The near future: In a claustrophobic living and laboratory project, programmers work day and night on the artificial superintelligence DAVE. It should change everything for the better for the ailing humanity.
Surprisingly, the 28-year-old computer nerd Syz is promoted and ends up in the Inner Circle of the facility.
There he learns the problem Professor Fröhlich's team is facing: Without a personality, DAVE cannot recognize himself - and therefore cannot act proactively.
Syz is supposed to bring the solution to this by being a model for DAVE in so-called copy sessions - with his own memories.
But the more advanced the copying process is and the deeper Syz gains insight into how the laboratory works, the more his belief in the technology and increasingly his sense of reality begin to waver. Are all of these memories still his own?
His friends and colleagues slip away from him, and the entire laboratory appears to Syz shrouded in a strange fog. And then there is Kathun, a young doctor around whom his thoughts revolve and whom he wants to find again in the labyrinthine corridors of the place.
DAVE is about the connection between memory and space, between body and machine.
Are computers becoming more and more human or are people gradually becoming computers?
How can you even distinguish between humans and bots? And what is actually more threatening: evil machines or evil people?
Raphaela Edelbauer's highly topical novel touches on discourses surrounding artificial intelligence, belief in technology and surveillance in the digital present in a complex way.