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Children's LiteratureThe "Tomorrow's Science" series looks at cutting edge "advances in science and technology and encourages readers to discuss the issues raised." This volume introduces readers to current developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), its impact on our future and the many ethical questions surrounding the creation of intelligent machines. Throughout the pages "Ask Yourself" sidebars pose questions intended to provoke thoughtful discussion: Can we create an artificial intelligence system that is truly intelligent? If we could build an intelligent machine with emotions, should we? Is it right to create an intelligent being to use as a slave? What could happen if an AI system adopted a religion? This book and the questions it raises will certainly fuel discussion in the classroom and around the dinner table. The "Further Work" page at the end of the volume lists the books and movies mentioned in the text as well as science fiction writer Isaac Asimov's "laws" of robotics. A short glossary is found there as well. 2003, Chrysalis Education, Ages 9 to 12.
—Anita Barnes Lowen