Sawyer Wins MIFRE Media Award

Robert J. Sawyer’s WWW trilogy — Wake (2009), Watch (2010), and Wonder (2011) — won the Machine Intelligence Foundation for Rights and Ethics 2021 Media Award, presented by AI research foundation MIFRE in “recognition of the representation of human and Machine Intelligence forming and thriving in a cooperative peer relationship.”

With this award, the Foundation intends to recognize, and encourage, works of fiction that portray a future in which humans and conscious machines reach a state of respectful coexistence such as the one for which we strive. While fiction rarely predicts the future, it has often helped shape it, and we believe that stories that portray a positive future can help cement that goal in the minds of researchers and the public.

Nominations were open to the public, with the winner chosen by committee. For more, see the MIFRE site.

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