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Book review: Robotsex with a synthetic aftertaste

For a couple of years ago passed a Russian computer program for the first time the so-called turing test – it got a man to believe that it was also a human being. And the can their robotberättelser probably know what this wont be able to portend in terms of artificial intelligence, technological singularity and a potentially enslaved humanity.

In the near future where the Marina's fiction debut takes place, the robots are still our servants, not least sexually. The company Swerotica AB sells dreams of liberation and pleasure to the modern woman, in this case embodied by the cool and independent Cathrine. Without blinking she puts a month's salary on the advanced sexdockan Bobby Love, who in addition to always be ready for erotic adventure can also discuss astrology and ask follow-up questions.

explore humanity's borderland is perhaps that carries over to the allure of androids in fiction; what is important is not who the robot is, but who we become in the face of them. The most interesting parts of the ”Bobby Love” consists also very true of the relationship as quickly suggereras up between man and machine. It is really comical when Cathrine at one time has forgotten to charge their synthetic guy and his ”vulnerability” raises an unexpected tenderness. And as scary as a reprogramming allows canon of the one who always reads suddenly hardens: ”They began a silent battle as most, she tried to twist out of his grip while he calmly continued the massage”.

The biggest problem with this novel, however, is that the people are about as nuanced as the cheap sexdockans fixed personlighetslägen.

Therefore, it is a shame that Nilsson does not make more of this existential dynamism, and instead let the ”Bobby Love” to get a fairly ordinary huvudintrig in the corporate environment. Should you bet on the expensive but sophisticated doll, which at least temporarily can give the illusion of human companionship? Or the cheap but well-equipped dumhuvudet? In addition, trusts the author to markers like skin care, design and framtidsdoftande technology can on its own create a the greatest story. When the robot-Bobby is said to be able to recite the ”provençal poetry” there is no point in this – it is just a label that will signal a kind of alien sophistication.

with this novel, however, is that the people are about as nuanced as the cheap sexdockans fixed personlighetslägen, where the customer after the mood can choose the company as the ”finkänslige Charles” and ”Mr. Domino”. The replicas will be in places almost a satire on the ambition to imitate human traits, as in this short monologue about coffee: ”the Temperature of the water is also extremely important. Preferably there should be between ninety two and ninety six degrees when it meets the ground beans. Therefore, the best way to do that in the old times. Just when it boils, and the air bubbles is equal to that of fish eyes, of it from the plate and let it be reconciled with the coffee in a hot act of love.”

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