M H Shakir explores the effects of artificial intelligence in debut young adult novel
With people living longer and the over 65 population on the increase, clinician M H Shakir wondered what would happen if medical advances meant we could prolong human life.
Described by BBC News as ‘one of the hottest topics on the planet right now’, artificial intelligence is an area of developing interest and it was these two contributing factors that inspired Shakir’s debut young adult novel Aalot’s Revenge . Set in a dystopian world faced with an increasing population, there are no solutions except to take advantage of the use of artificial intelligence to care for the elderly citizens.
The eponymous novel details Aalot’s attempts to get back at his parents. Bitter for having been born severely disabled, teenager Aalot blames his parents’ selfish ways for his situation. He decides to infiltrate the minds of his parents by adapting the technology that aids his disability. Having taken control of his father, he causes him to risk everything by launching a project to reintroduce human-like robots as a solution to the shortage of carers for the elderly. Both illegal and highly controversial, the project reignites past fears regarding what are referred to only as the ‘troubles’, situations that occurred when robots became totally independent.
Copies of M. H. Shakir's dystopian novel, Aalot's Revenge , are available upon request from Matador.
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