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In this BBC article, science fiction author Alastair Reynolds says that he can’t “think of anything more pointless than reading a piece of fiction written by a robot.”

Why not? It’s often suggested that much of fiction is simply a repetition of basically 20 reoccurring plots. So, if software can write an excellent book doesn’t that make it a worthwhile read?

The key difference between robot and human is not so much whether a robot can write a novel, but whether it would care to read one.

To read is to make connection and to form an emotional investment with fictional characters.

Despite our personification of robots, a robot is still simply a machine, devoid of humanity.  A robot writing a novel from its stored memory of millions of novels has never – nor will it ever- live the emotional experience that is the essence of literature.

 Without the author’s heartfelt living of unique life’s experiences, a robot written novel misses an key element that makes it a worthwhile read-

 A Lived Life