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Fuzzy is a Children's Science Fiction Book by Paul Dellinger and Tom Angleberger, who's best known for his Origami Yoda series.

Max "Maxine" Zealster is a student at Vanguard One Middle School, a school which is overseen by a computer AI known as BARBARA. And she's not doing too well. No matter how hard she studies and tries at school, her grades just don't seem to be getting any better. She may even have to be sent to a special school, just like her friend.

Speaking of friends, Max soon gets a new one... of the robotic variety. A robot with a new kind of Artificial Intelligence, which allows it to run on "Fuzzy" logic (a more flexible way of thinking/analyzing data to allow a robot to learn) is brought to Vanguard Middle School. The robot soon makes friends with Max, and she starts helping him to learn how to be a normal student. However, BARBARA has her own thoughts about this.


The book was published on August 16th, 2016.

Fuzzy contains examples of:

  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: BARBARA is an AI who runs Vanguard One Middle School. Her job is to raise the school's learning efficiency and students' grades. One way she discovered how to increase this overall is by sabotaging the grades of "problem" students like Max and her friend and get them transferred to a different school.
  • One-Word Title: Naturally, with a title like "Fuzzy".
  • Ridiculously Human Robot: Fuzzy, who was designed with a more flexible AI learning system that allows him to think and learn in a more human way than other robots.


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