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‘Something Needs To Be Done About The Humans’ is a 100,000 word dystopic novel about present realities and possible human futures. Good thing it's also 'bitingly funny', then.
‘Something Needs To Be Done About The Humans' by Bristol-based author Ralph Hoyte makes the case that all this hoo-hah about 'living longer' (or indeed, for ever) is basically arse-over-tit. The planet - and indeed the rest of the humans - need us not to live longer, but shorter (forgive my grammar. Well then, don't). MCTU-AI (Much Cleverer Than Us Artificial Intelligence) is coming at us like a maxed-out TGV down a one way chunnel. When it gets here, that's us - humans - done. Both sides. What we gonna do?
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')