The recognition of intelligence lies at the root of our humanity. How we treat other intelligent life, therefore, reflects upon ourselves. If we wish to continue progressing as a life-form, we must push the envelope of our morality beyond the species." - The Machinehood Manifesto, March 20, 2095

Increasingly intrusive social media, corporate/government surveillance, the gig economy, the rapid inroads that AI and robotics are making into our everyday life - in Machinehood, S B Divya takes all these, and amps them up to deliver a thrilling novel that updates Asimov’s three laws. The man versus machine conflict is age old, but Divya takes a fresh look at the same, and compels the reader to think about equality, humanity and machinehood in radically new ways.

Are we truly ready for the robot revolution?

In this session, we’ll discuss Machinehood with the author, S B Divya.

About the speaker: S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Machinehood (Saga), Runtime (tordotcom), and the short story collection, Contingency Plans For the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations (Hachette India). Divya is the co-editor of the weekly science fiction podcast Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. She holds degrees in Computational Neuroscience and Signal Processing and worked for twenty years as an electrical engineer before becoming an author. Find her on Twitter @divyastweets or at

About the moderators:

T G Shenoy is an SFF enthusiast, a columnist and critic. Shenoy hosts To Boldly Go, a fun SFF quiz every Saturday.

VIjayalakshmi Harish is a columnist, writer, and author of Strangely Familiar Tales.

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