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Humphries Explores the New Laws of Robotics in "Avengers A.I."

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Activating in July, "Avengers A.I." features a team of Earth's Mightiest Robots dealing with the aftermath of the current "Age of Ultron" event. Writer Sam Humphries spoke with CBR News about the series.

Popular culture is full of fascinating science fiction stories about artificial intelligences trying to co-exist with humanity in futuristic, but somewhat grounded worlds. Isaac Asimov wrote a series of novels and stories exploring the "Three Laws" humans devised to govern robot behavior. In Phillip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep," the writer examines what happens when human looking automatons try to blend into society. In modern cinema like the "Terminator" and "Matrix" franchises, machines have declared war on humanity. What would happen though if a large population of artificial intelligences suddenly appeared in a world where the fantastic is possible, like the Marvel Universe?

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Writer Sam Humphries and artist Andre Lima Araújo answer that question this July with the launch of their new Marvel Comics ongoing series, "Avengers A.I." CBR News spoke with Humphries about the series, starring a team of Earth's mightiest automatons, and follows up on the aftermath of the current "Age of Ultron" event.

CBR News: Sam, this series is called "Avengers A.I.," but it sounds like it has a lot in common with the X-Men books in terms of theme. Is that correct?

Sam Humphries: "Avengers A.I." is built on the foundation stone of the Marvel Universe -- "the world outside your window." These are superheroes, but they live in our world and the central themes of these books are things people deal with in their day-to-day lives.

We're going to step through the looking glass of a section of the Marvel Universe and see what it looks like through the eyes of machine intelligences. We'll get to experience the world as they see it, and the Marvel Universe is a very, very different place when you're an A.I.

"Avengers A.I." by Sam Humphries and Andre Lima Araújo activates in July from Marvel Comics

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