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‘Something Needs To Be Done About The Humans’ by Bristol (UK)-based author, Ralph Hoyte, is a full-length dystopic headbanger about present realities and possible human futures. Good thing it's also 'bitingly funny', then.
‘Something Needs To Be Done About The Humans’ makes the case that in a possible nearer-then-we-think future we are going to be knocked off the top of the evolutionary tree by AI (artificial intelligence). The irony being, of course, that it is we ourselves - Homo sapiens - that is developing the technology to supercede us!
When the Singularity occurs - or even before (for who needs 'consciousness' if you've already got superfast intelligence?) - all bets are off. Or ... does humanity, or at least 'the Saving Remnant' (of seven delinquent misfits chosen by AMI for 'augmentation') have any bargaining chips? What can they barter? Our lives, their souls?
‘Something Needs To Be Done About The Humans’ is, on the one hand, a deeply serious look at present pressing concerns such as the ageing and social care crisis, the state of the NHS (the National Health Service), and our attitudes to death and dying, and, on the other, a hilarious page-turning romp with a cast of 7 delinquents, a demob happy PM and a burnt-out detective trying to halt the whole shebang in its tracks (or is he?)
Well, sort of ... note to self: update!
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Review of the Week
A hilarious look at a deeply disturbing truth
It’s science fiction, but not as we know it. Ralph Hoyte writes with effortless authority about AI and algorithms and swarm technology but it’s how he combines this with a finely tuned observation of human nature that really stands out. There’s a confidence and fluidity to his style that showcases his skill as a poet and makes for a rollercoaster ride of a story.
From the dreariness of dead-end jobs in mental health wards and the frustrations of middle management to the machinations of government and a very believable AI – Ralph makes everything so real and believable. Which would make this fast approaching future quiet terrifying – if it weren’t so damn funny.
The darkness of the story is offset by a biting humour. Think Ben Elton does Isaac Asimov. And if that sounds intriguing, then check out ‘Something Needs To Be Done About The Humans’. Personally, I enjoyed every minute of it.
(Goran Powell, author of award-winning historical fiction titles 'A Sudden Dawn', 'Chojun', and the Cold War thriller 'Matryoshka')