“You realize that there is no free will in what we create with AI. Everything functions within rules and parameters”
Clyde DeSouza, an Indian author, has penned his science-fiction novel, Maya that is based on augmented reality with the help of AI and how digital immortality can be achieved with it through his heart-touching yet enlightening story about three individuals.
A story of one man's determination to HACK his destiny...
"EMOTIONS ARE LIKE A VIRUS, a common cold...disrupting the flow of logic in the mind." Daniel reminds himself.
Dan's work involves creating commercially viable Augmented Reality solutions. The recession and an explosion of data-cops is drying out his streams of income. He turns to close friend, Krish, a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, in the hope that they can come up with ideas for the Entertainment market. His girlfriend, Maya, and her family return to their homeland due to her father's illness.
Dan and Maya continue their relationship via Dirrogates (Digital Surrogates), experiencing human touch through haptics. Krish gets a job at the prestigious A.I.R.I. Using AIRI's lab, Krish and Dan, create an advanced visor with Augmented Intelligence built in. They dub it "Wizer". A Board member at AIRI sees potential in the Wizer other than what Dan and Krish have in mind.
At a test in a nightclub, things go wrong...
Dan is a young man works to build stuffs as augmented reality. His scientist friend, Krish, working in AI, develops an high-tech visor, called Wizer. Krish's sister, Maya, a classical dancer, is in love with Dan. Well they are more like friends with benefits. Dan goes to Mumbai to give his finishing touches as well as his inputs into this visor and simultaneously his confusing affair with Maya takes off, but one night in a club, things go terribly wrong when this visor falls into the wrong hands and the test run of the visor attracts undue attention, thus changing the course of Dan and Krish's lives, followed by the seed of an idea of digital immortality through this visor.
The book is deeply layered with thousands of technical jargon that is quite hard to understand if we don't read it carefully. But the author have done a great job in introducing some new concepts behind augmented reality of how it can please us and can equally take control of our lives. There is a love story running parallely with the invention of this visor.
The chemistry between Dan and Maya is compassionately depicted and have been layered with the benefits of using AI to please one another in a sensual way. Their inevitable attraction for each other kept me rooting for both Dan and Maya till the very end. The author have played out the emotions very well.
The writing is simple and easy, but like I said, the author may not have included too much details in the world building department, but that left us confused and hard to contemplate with. The depth of the story was so hazy with technical descriptions about AI, and it was midway through the book when I realized what Dan and Krish was actually creating.
The characters are all okay, especially the primary character, Dan who is not too over the top or someone who we can really cheer for. The author's initial descriptions about him gives me an idea as someone who is terribly nerd, but as the story progressed I realized that Dan is a very social girl, who flirts and sleeps around and also works in a cool club as a DJ.
Yes there is a major tear-jerking twist, that changes the whole course of the story and I absolutely fell for the story after that incident and it kept me engrossed till the very end.
Verdict: If you're a huge fan of stories about AI then do grab a copy of this book for sure.
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