Teaching Machines how To Cry

Teaching Machines how To CryTeaching Machines how To Cry by Paula Hidalgo Sanchis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An excellent debut novel about tech, tears, and tenacity…

"Teaching Machines How To Cry" by Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis is a poignant exploration of the human spirit's quest for completeness in an increasingly digital world. Alba, the protagonist, returns to her hometown, Porto, for a promising job opportunity, yet she grapples with an unexplainable void within her. Despite a supportive network of friends and a loving family, there's an emptiness she can't pinpoint.

The narrative subtly unveils Alba's unique past, marked by childhood surgery and the companionship of M, an AI-prototype. Her connection with M as a child is the last memory of feeling truly whole. As she seeks to bridge the emotional chasm in her adult life, her yearning for M becomes the driving force.

Through Alba's journey, we witness the complexity of human-AI relationships and the fusion of technology and emotions. The narrative takes an unexpected turn with a passionate love affair, but tragedy tests the limits of Alba's emotional resilience. It's in these moments of despair that she realizes her reliance on M is more profound than she ever imagined.

When M resurfaces in Alba's life, the story takes on a dramatic twist, challenging her perception of reality. The author skillfully navigates themes of identity, belonging, and the impact of AI on our lives. The narrative raises profound questions about what it means to be human in a world increasingly dominated by technology.

"Teaching Machines How To Cry" is a thought-provoking and emotionally charged novel that will resonate with readers who appreciate introspective tales exploring the intersection of humanity and artificial intelligence. Paula Hidalgo-Sanchis has crafted a compelling narrative that keeps you engaged until the final page, leaving you pondering the boundaries of existence and the depths of human connection. Highly recommended and a well-deserved five stars from me.

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