This science fiction story targets younger readers and deals with the relationship between artificial intelligence (AI) robots and humans.
- Book Intro
Three junior literature writers have written stories about the AI robots that will emerge in the future considering the issues in current society captured through their own perspectives. Robots were designed to complete the arduous tasks that had been performed by humans. Now, these robots have been replacing humans in various sectors of society with the help of technological advancement. It is expected that robots with AI will become world leaders in the near future. If that really happens, would robots be a blessing or a curse for humans? Can humans and artificial intelligence coexist? In either case, it is obvious that humans will confront AI robots that exceed themselves. And that future society is getting closer. For younger people who will live in a future society, AI robots are not something unrealistic nor merely imaginative. They are concrete beings that will be encountered in everyday life. For these reasons, our attitude towards artificial intelligence is very important. The three stories included in Addiction to Robots talk about the way we look at and build relationships with robots. Among them, Beyond Singularity by Kim Soyeon illustrates a scene in which an android robot that does not use deep learning competes with human students on test scores, while Addiction to Robots by Im Eojin imagines a situation in which a 3D-printed artificial intelligence robots develop abilities and have feelings just like humans, leading humans to rely on robots. Lying Robots, written by Jeong Myeongseob, features a story about robots that are used only for the convenience of humans and robots that are made to be capable of lying to test the former ones. All three stories are about AI robots in the appearance of humans, which is the main theme of Addiction to Robots. The younger readers will be allowed to meet AI robots who resemble humans and possibly have more humanity while thinking about future societies which will be significantly changed under the influence of rapidly progressing science and technology.
- About the Author
(English) Lim Eojin received the Saemteo Award and the Grand Prize at the Woongjin Junior Literary Awards. Lim authored Story Thief, Children of Delta, Goblin Party, Handless Wife, Are We Family and Do You Want Me Gone?.
Kim Soyeon received The Grand Prize at The 11th Changbi Good Children’s Book for Creative Writing for her book Myunghye in 2007. Recently, she wrote the picture book Heartful Table and the youth short story Standing in the Square.
Many of Kim So-yeon’s works have been praised for weaving literature with historical and traditional cultural elements. Recently, she has expanded her literary spectrum into science fiction. Kim looks active and strong-minded, but she is actually shy and timid, just like Seung-Ah, a character in A Quarantined Child. In 2005, Kim received the grand prize with her novella Kkotsin at the Children’s Story Contest by the monthly magazine Children’s Hill. Since publishing in 2007 the full-length historical novels Myeong-Hye and Kkotsin, Kim has steadfastly written novels for children and young adults. Her works include children’s stories, such as “My Deskmate’s Secret,” and young adult novels, such as Seung-Ah’s Trouble, A Quarantined Child (co-written), Time Slip 2120, A Savage Street, Good-Bye Joseon, Standing in the Square (co-written), and Addicted to Robot (co-written). (2021. 우리학교)
Chung Myung-seop (Jeong Myeongseop)
(English) Chung Myung-seop first released Jeokpae, a historical detective novel in two volumes, in 2006. Since then, he has been producing various other works in multiple genres including novels and educational books. In the past, Chung was an office worker. Then he became a barista and made nice cups of coffee. Professional writer is the third job Chung has had in his life. He is interested in telling a story that is not popular but important to know, rather than a well-known story. Books he has written for children and teenagers include Aro, the Boy Who Prints, Jikji; A Girl from Tsushima Island and The Birth of a Great Detective.
The author has previously worked for a conglomerate, and then a barista before becoming a professional writer. He believes his writing shines most brightly when he tells stories about cryptic or vanished places that people do not know about. He was the winner of 1st Jikji Literary Award in 2013 and was the recipient of New Creator Prize at the 21st Busan International Film Festival in 2016.