Short note on Building Harlequin’s Moon by Larry Niven and Brenda Cooper

Interesting sci fy book. Noot only about cool space stuff like interstellar travel, AI, nanotech etc but also about humans, human work, power, dominance and resistance.

Interesting view on AI and humans as both enslaved for some other purpose than their own. Being scared of overdeveloped technology and the sanctity of direct work/manual laboour. About the need to experience things first hand as that is what it takes and what makes us human. It is not good enough just to release wast computer and techno power, humans need to tend gardens with their own hands, work the fields, plants and soil. Really interesting.

Also about how one group of humans clone/grow another group of humans to have them work for them almost llike slaves, not in harsh conditions but with no say about their future. They do have a similar approach to AI despite it being a conscious entity. In the end political struggle, bit of violence and nonviolence helps the groups to find a common interest. Ancient story of human politics, emotions and deeds just with the background of spacefaring and high technology. Interesting and thought provoking.

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