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A near future novelette about the surge in AI that might bring hope to humanity if used well. In war-torn Kurdistan, a group of traumatized orphans is given a gift that could change their lives and the lives of everyone in the world, while in Washington, DC, an elderly woman undergoes medical procedures that radically change her life. At the Publisher A near future novelette about the surge in AI that might bring hope to humanity if used well. In war-torn Kurdistan, a group of traumatized orphans is given a gift that could change their lives and the lives of everyone in the world, while in Washington, DC, an elderly woman undergoes medical procedures that radically change her life. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


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A near future novelette about the surge in AI that might bring hope to humanity if used well. In war-torn Kurdistan, a group of traumatized orphans is given a gift that could change their lives and the lives of everyone in the world, while in Washington, DC, an elderly woman undergoes medical procedures that radically change her life. At the Publisher A near future novelette about the surge in AI that might bring hope to humanity if used well. In war-torn Kurdistan, a group of traumatized orphans is given a gift that could change their lives and the lives of everyone in the world, while in Washington, DC, an elderly woman undergoes medical procedures that radically change her life. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

30 review for One/Zero

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    In a broken third world country, a young boy is saved by AI, while in the rich first world, an old woman is irked by its intrusions. Inevitably, their paths converge. There's some wonderful writing scattered about this, but also some fairly clunky exposition, and overall it felt a bit pat for my tastes, beginning as it does with so blatant an image of wounded innocence as a child's birthday party destroyed by war, and ending on a note of "I believe the children are our future".

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andria Potter

    Grim, sad, and well written. I shall continue searching for more by this author. Another Tor free short fiction piece!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Brilliant!!!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Golnoush

    Boringly long paragraph and descriptions. It failed in all fronts: showing the implications of the wide use of AI on a deeper level, making a point and being enjoyable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Prabhjot K

    It is a very interesting and thought provoking read. It is a story of two different worlds and how the technology or more specifically AI transforms lives of two different people from different worlds. It brings us back to the question whether technology and bots are a boon or a curse. In a war torn world, AI saves the life of a young child and in a rich first-world country, AI interferes in day-to-day lives and is thought of as nuisance and something taking over the world not in a good way. I w It is a very interesting and thought provoking read. It is a story of two different worlds and how the technology or more specifically AI transforms lives of two different people from different worlds. It brings us back to the question whether technology and bots are a boon or a curse. In a war torn world, AI saves the life of a young child and in a rich first-world country, AI interferes in day-to-day lives and is thought of as nuisance and something taking over the world not in a good way. I was not able to get into Mai's POV at first but once I got into it, it made me reflect things that I also sometimes do or neglect to do in this case like tick on all the terms and conditions without reading them first and god knows what am I really agreeing to. Writing was very gripping and intense. I recommend it to all the science fiction lovers out there. 4.5 stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    JM

    It reminded me a bit of Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" and "The Diamond Age" in tone. I kept expecting the SI to unmask its evil plans at some point, but the author played with my preconceptions being a guy who grew up watching 2001: Space Odyssey and Terminator, and it turns out there's no evil AI out to destroy humanity, and instead, it's merely helping. Duncan Jones did something similar in his film "Moon" with the robot Gertie, and I think it was well done in both cases. I wonder if this tie It reminded me a bit of Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash" and "The Diamond Age" in tone. I kept expecting the SI to unmask its evil plans at some point, but the author played with my preconceptions being a guy who grew up watching 2001: Space Odyssey and Terminator, and it turns out there's no evil AI out to destroy humanity, and instead, it's merely helping. Duncan Jones did something similar in his film "Moon" with the robot Gertie, and I think it was well done in both cases. I wonder if this ties into some of the author's novels?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Zoe's Human

    One/Zero was a beautiful and intriguing story. I love the idea of powerful AI in the hands of children in desperate need and the subplot of a woman renewing her purpose. However, there were some gaps where I felt a bit confused as to how things happened. Despite the moments of confusion, I was immersed for most of the story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nerine Dorman

    I liked the vivid imagery, and especially the dilemmas one faces in a world where one rapidly loses control as responsibility is abdicated to AIs. I did, however, feel as if the story needed a little more of a push or a twist at the end and that there was a bit too much philosophising. However, that may just be me who's at fault.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    This was good, although a little bit confusing to follow at first with the two seemingly unrelated points of view. An example of how perhaps AI could be used for good instead of evil.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ninja

    Near future story split between older woman in the US, teenage girl and younger brother in the middle east against a backdrop of rising AI and ongoing war in Kurdistan.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Not sure about this one. An interesting premise about super AIs and how they might change the world in the future. However, I found the story did not read too well and jarred a little.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Interesting, if a bit hard to follow. I liked the proliferation of helpful self-driving vehicles helping the refugees.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yaru

    La tecnología es mala y Edison era una bruja.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Richard Cosgrove

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jimg3

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

  18. 4 out of 5

    PVB

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

  20. 4 out of 5

    Snarkelpuss

  21. 4 out of 5

    SA

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ben

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kit

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pexa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

  30. 4 out of 5

    Virginie

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