Author Offers Glimpse into Future of Artificial Intelligence in Suspenseful, Humorous Sci-Fi Story

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In 'The Thinkers,' Deanna Sparrow examines modern society’s increasing reliance on robots and reminds readers to not lose touch with the beauty of the natural world.

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It is crucial that we become selective about how much of our lives are dependent upon artificial intelligence, and this book is kind of a cautionary tale about that – albeit, an entertaining one.

Longtime writer Deanna Sparrow has published her exciting, futuristic science fiction book that speculates on the forthcoming nature of artificial intelligence and its applications within families and society and explores how behaviors are learned and passed on from parents to children – and, yet more interestingly, to robots.

“The Thinkers” is set in the very near future and unfurls the quirky tale of Winthrop, a family bot who has mirrored the behaviors of those around him and manifested himself into an intelligent, comical and often intolerable character. Johnathan, a 15-year-old robotics prodigy, is asked to fix Winthrop’s unsightly “bugs” before the robot is forced to be retired from the home and family he has cherished and loved for years.

Programmed to be a progressive thinker, Winthrop feels that his only solution is to run away from home in search of the answer to his seemingly volatile emotional experiences. Ultimately, Johnathan’s mettle is put to the test, and he must utilize his extensive skills, parents’ fully stocked robotics lab and lessons he’s learned from church, the Bible and his faith to repair Winthrop.

“I wrote this book to start our young people thinking about their future and encourage them to plant that seed of curiosity within their parents, too,” Sparrow said. “It is crucial that we become selective about how much of our lives are dependent upon artificial intelligence, and this book is kind of a cautionary tale about that – albeit, an entertaining one.”

“The Thinkers”
By Deanna Sparrow
ISBN: 978-1-5245-5399-9 (softcover); 978-1-5245-5398-2 (e-book)
Available through Xlibris, Barnes & Noble and Amazon

About the author
Deanna Sparrow has wanted to be a writer since the third grade. After settling down with her family, horses and beloved pets in her 30s, Sparrow pursued her writing goals by taking a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature, which provided her with the tools needed to create, edit and publish a 12-page newspaper for 25 years at her place of work. Today, most of her creative writing ventures originate from her dreams. Sparrow is a South Jersey native, and she currently resides in Vineland, N.J. To learn more, please visit http://www.deannasparrow.com.

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