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Monday, April 05, 2021

Reader's Diary #2183 - Elizabeth Bear: Dolly

 "Dolly" is a sex-maid-robot. She/it may have murdered her/its owner. There's a mystery here as it looks at first as if the robot has been programmed to murder, and therefore a programmer would be to blame. However, then it starts to appear that she may have actually been program to become sentient and decided to commit murder on her own. 

Interestingly, the story then turns to a question of whether or not she can prove self-defense but drops the responsibility of the programmer altogether, even though she wouldn't have gained such a thought process in the first place unless a programmer allowed her to do so.

Obviously a very provocative story!

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