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Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz writes about the intersection of science, technology and culture. Currently she is the tech culture editor at Ars Technica, and previously she was the founding editor of io9, and the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo. She has also written for publications including Wired, Popular Science, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Slate, the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and more. She has published short stories in Lightspeed, Shimmer, Apex, and Technology Review’s Twelve Tomorrows.

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Autonomous: Is anyone truly autonomous?

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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

2017’s Autonomous is Annalee Newitz’s first novel. Autonomous questions what life would be like in a world with AI, a world where everything is property, whether it’s physical, molecular or intellectual.

Pirate Jack (Judith) Chen is a biologist who started off fighting the restrictive patent system that keeps vital medicines away from people who need them, guaranteeing instead corporate profits. Disillusioned, she has become a pharma-pirate. To her horror, a productivity drug she reverse-engineered is causing deaths. Jack is eager to get her knockoff version off the market, but then she learns that there is no error in her pirated drug; the official drug has the same effects and that news is being suppressed.

Meanwhile two operatives from the International Property Coalit... Read More