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Lightspeed: The Case of the Passionless Bees

Mr. Holmes!

Published onSep 30, 2019
Lightspeed: The Case of the Passionless Bees

Sherlock Holmes is one of my favourite detective character (Reminded me also of my trip to 221b Baker St. when I was in London — the house became a museum now) so this short chapter really brings me joy!. Overall, it feels to me that this could really be the next Sherlock Holmes franchise( in dark, steampunk style).

I really like how the author treats Gearlock Holmes’s personality similar to Sherlock Holmes’s, as well as his relationship with Dr. Watson. It gave me this familiar feeling of reading Conan Doyle’s stories, and that feeling of fluid and personal interaction between human and machine/AI in such a way that you don’t even realize that Gearlock is a robot with metal face and shiny limbs, similar to H.E.R, but instead of voice, this one is writing.

Fig 1. Short illustration

Gearlock is a special kind of ‘servant’ with amazing cognitive abilities, and because of this, he has a permission to make his own amalgamated ‘servants’ army. Even though controlling/programming other amalgamated ‘servants/soldiers’ are prohibited in the story, I am wondering what could really happen in the next story if this happens.. Maybe there could be a war between human and and these ‘servants’, as the human try to exploit and harm these robots, thus connection to the three laws of robotics by Asimov.

The ending is also very interesting and touching, “Joseph Bell was evil, doctor. Oh, I’m sure he considered himself to be doing a good thing—”,“Our very friendship is a process in my circuitry. It does not touch me.”. It seems to me that Gearlock is actually in pain, from being too intellectual, too understanding, and from not being able to experience how human experience, taste, and feel.


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