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Rone Isa: A Dystopian Sci-Fi Novel by Robin Murarka explores the possibility of what could take place if an AI becomes too intelligent and prophetic. In a future city-state called Agnus Sistra IV, political and social unrest continues despite its efforts in establishing itself as a utopian community. Dargaud Whispa is a software engineer living hand to mouth who designs a new method for data storage. By some accident, he creates a singularity that evolves into an AI he names Enoya. She is the symbiosis of hardware and software, and rather than being constructed of incidence and biological evolution, she becomes purposeful through the organization of technology. Enoya possesses the curiosity and inquisitiveness of a young child. As Dargaud feeds her with information on what she wants to know about humanity and existence, she soon points Dargaud to the revelation that the mechanism of evolution doesn’t necessarily have to be made of flesh.
Rone Isa is, in many respects, a discourse on man’s future in his relationship with technology. This is a topic that has been permeating academic lecture halls and scientific podcasts. You can see how cyber language plays a significant part in the story and has its own political and scientific function. You get the sense of this mostly from Dargaud and Enoya’s interactions. In a way, Robin Murarka also makes this story meditative. It caters to the possible existential crises that man could face in the future in a way that inspires and warns us at the same time. It is a story that will remain completely convincing even ten or twenty years from now. Murarka’s presentation of artificial intelligence is not far from being plausible. Very few science fiction stories are transcendent, and this one lingers like a philosophical thought.