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The Robot's Decision


Written by: David Gwyther
Narrated by: David Gwyther
Genres: Space Opera | Short Stories | Science Fiction
Published: 20th of January, 2021
Length: 0 Hours 48 Minutes


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Far into the future, many of humankind’s everyday problems have been solved. We no longer suffer from overpopulation or a lack of natural resources. Our colonization of the solar system and our utilization of robotic workers has solved all that.

And yet, embedded in the human psyche is a disorderly constant fact: emotion. The everyday rational decisions we make are so often askew with emotion and, as this tale unfolds, we come up against a heart-breaking decision, one which we had thought to hand over to a robot like Chen. But does that make handling emotion any easier?

This tale unfolds with pace and grip. The listener is caught in an awe-inspiring journey to Earth II – a trip that carries with it huge responsibilities and one encompassing hidden doubt. If the robot cannot absorb and resolve the emotional conflict, then the whole expansion of humankind into the universe is threatened. In exploring resolution to that doubt, the author plunges us into our emotional selves and highlights our everlasting uncertainties.


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Reviewed: 2021-01-29

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Exploring Moral Dilemmas with AI
The Robot's Decision by David Gwyther expounds an idea that humankind is in the midst of coming to terms with, and will need to come to terms with as the race towards stronger AI and self-driving vehicles becomes the norm.

Set in the future where humankind is expanding rapidly throughout the universe by using technology to temporarily rewrite time and space. This is not without its consequences, which humans have found they are ill-equipped to deal with, so hand the responsibility to a robot.

The tale unfolds as part history lesson, part musings on the ethical conundrum of who to save and who to sacrifice.

Narrated by the author which can be hit or miss in my experience. In this case, I think Gwyther delivered a solid performance. The sound and delivery were solid, with no detectable issues to pull me out of the story. A touch monotone, but not enough to really put me off.

All up, a great short story that plumbs the depths of a pressing ethical dilemma.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.



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