Dr Moore's Automaton

Dr Moore's Automaton

By Chris Lincoln-Jones

Format: Paperback

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Publication Date: 28 Jan 2024


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Categories: Crime and Thrillers

ISBN: 9781916668072
eISBN: 9781835740095


Craig Moore is a brilliant but introverted programmer, who finds himself thrust into a world of government intrigue and technological warfare when a letter arrives from the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

Officials want Craig to assist them in their attempts to automate a recently developed tank, but the extent of Craig’s brilliance astounds them, and he is exploited on both sides of the Atlantic – both in the production of the tank and, later on, a prototype uncrewed helicopter.

However, when his machines are used to exact vengeance on a terrorist group, the terrible, unexpected consequences, and the subsequent political fallout, leave officials looking for a scapegoat – with the machines’ inventor in the firing line.

Dr Moore’s Automaton considers a critical issue of our time, delving into the complex web of responsibility involved in the development of autonomous vehicles, and the human toll of technological advancement.


Chris Lincoln-Jones was a military officer for twenty-five years and a reservist for fifteen. During his reserve service, he was a contractor for the defence industry, advising on the design and use of drones. He has lectured on ethics in applying lethal force at the University of South Wales MSc course in International Governance. He was the military advisor to the film Eye in the Sky and the intelligence and military advisor to the film Official Secrets. Chris lives in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.


Justin Potter (Guest Review) - 06 Feb, 2024

I not only thoroughly enjoyed the story but also reading about how AI might be used in the military and also exploring some of the moral and ethical issues that arise.

For me, long retired from the Army, it is a must read.

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