Machines Like Me – Ian McEwan

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Alan Turing, the code-cracking mathematician who helped the Allies win the Second World War, died in 1954 at the age of forty-one. But what if he hadn’t?

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Alan Turing, the code-cracking mathematician who helped the Allies win the Second World War, died in 1954 at the age of forty-one. But what if he hadn’t? If Turing had lived, McEwan believes that the technological advances of the Twentieth Century would have progressed at a much faster rate. We could have had life-like artificial humans (à laWestworld) as early as the 1980s! This is the alternate reality that McEwan paints for us in his latest novel. Our protagonist, Charlie, is a young man living with his sweetheart, Miranda. Into this household Charlie introduces Adam, a synthetic man that Charlie purchased out of scientific curiosity. He decides that he and Miranda will share the responsibility of programming Adam’s personality. However, he cannot anticipate the difficulties this will lead to down the line. To my knowledge, this is the first time that McEwan has written a science fiction novel. Despite the shift in genre, his focus remains the same as in all his other books, and that is to examine and dissect the complexities of human relationships.

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