Book: The Perfect Round by Will Silver Hastings
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Will Silver Hastingsabout this book: The Perfect Round is intended for all the bright young kids who want to grow up to be programmers and developers in robotics. The story is a tall tale about a meteorological robot in the future who accidentally lands on a golf course and has to protect his proprietary technology. According to his programming he is supposed to self-destruct in a violent explosion, but the sequence has failed so instead he has to blend in and play a round of golf. This is a family safe, humorous sci-fi fantasy story with beautiful colour illustrations (the artist is a computer game designer).
The title refers to the inadequately defined notion of what a perfect round of golf is supposed to be. Is it par? The best golfers always try to play "under par." So how far under is perfect? For the author, there is only one perfect score in golf and that is 18. There are 18 holes in one game of golf and a perfect score would be 18 holes-in-one. Of course, such an idea is absolutely absurd and has never been done. Well, all that is about to change.
Of course, the underlying message of the story is also about the future of technologically-assisted human activity. When and where does it cross the line? When does it become unethical to have computers involved in what we do and how we do it? Maybe "The Perfect Round" can help us see what it means to be an imperfect human always trying to do what is best.
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