Views of AI in society.
The end of the book, I definitely didn't expect it. I won't spoil it though ;)
Will an emergent artificial intelligence convince humankind that is here for the good of humanity?
I view this book as slightly weaker than the other two due to the fact that it explores the inner workings of the characters the least. To say it another way, the characters came alive in the previous two books but acted as expected in this book with few if any surprises. However, it did wrap the series up quite nicely and would recommend this book to anyone who has read the other two.
interesting story, I only had one negative about this whole series, there was a little cursing which I hate to have to listen to, and usually don't....but before it started I was drawn in and very curious about what was next. good storytelling, excellent performance!
l'enfer c'est les autres
The series definitely makes the listener think. The author has the protagonist's math Professor named Heidegger for a reason. I had no problem with how the author steps through the creation of the self-aware entity into its understanding of its being about being, and is engagement in the world as an other. Heidegger (the real philosopher) if anything is nothing but a refutation of Descartes and his 'cogito ergo sum'. I'm not bothered at all by the author taking two entirely different approaches to the question of our own existence and self awareness (Heidegger v Descartes). This little novel provokes as a good science fiction should always.
I particularly enjoyed Caitlin's father, Malcolm. The author presents the character in a realistic fashion as someone who is on the Asperger Spectrum. It was a clever way to use him as a reflection to how some humans as well as an AI might see the world differently than neuro-typicals do.
The author gives voice to atheist and pretty much just assumes a progressive political world view. There was one theme that the author really pressed throughout the book, and that is you don't have to become like your enemy in order to defeat your enemy (either when fighting a bully or when fighting those who want to destroy you because your different).
The voice acting was superb and the discussions the characters have on the nature and evolution of consciousness are enlightening.
I'm a huge fan of Audible. I tend to listen to mostly science fiction, but I try to get to every genre. I listen mostly on my drive to work. I'm also on Goodreads.
I listened to all three books. The narration in this book was one of the best.
The ending was wonderful. This was a good stand alone, but a wonderful ending to the entire series.
Jessica Almasy as Caitlin (or Kaitlin, sorry not sure of spelling) did a fantastic job. I alway enjoy Marc Vietor, and I really enjoyed the reference to Webmind using this narrator as his voice.
I enjoyed the entire book, but the Epilogue was a nice closing.
Highly recommend the entire series to science fiction fans or anyone that enjoys a book about humanity.
Clinical treatment and research awareness. Sci-fi to Science to Maximim PC/parenting. How to best network HDMA? 70% SciFi-thrillers-30% science
This is one of the most memorable books/series I have ever read. I am always on the lookout for anything by Sawyer. His first book on this was my intro to him and I was awed.
A compelling argument for the origin-point and consequences of self-actualized A.I. -- Set in the ultra-near future-- Like, no kidding, next week "near future" --This story meshes golden-age style theorizing-- think Asimov-- with modern social consciousness-- think Doctorow-- and gets a very tailored and interesting result. A trifle slow to start in the first book, but once he gets going, Sawyer introduces more new ideas per-page than most contemporary sci-fi plot-lines. And he does it without fantastic or incredible elements-- outside of the perfect timing and collusion of real, albeit extremely rare, phenomena.
Now, I like explosions and ancient alien races a whole lot, just like most fans of this genre-- and this book doesn't go there. Instead of fantastic adventure outside of time and galaxy, we are plunged into the fantastic adventure that is our current lifestyle in advanced countries around the world. Sawyer could be offered a TED fellowship after this. I only have one critique about the story telling--it's just that---well, listening to teenage girls swooning over boys is a lot to ask, and not something I seek out. However, the sappy, love-struck, giddiness provides an emotional counterpoint that serves as a vehicle for several powerfully original suppositions about the consequences of social media. So...I guess it's a wash.
In short: A great story for idea junkies like me, not so great for hardcore fans of space-opera/ray-gun type science fiction. To the author: Thanks man! I wouldn't have learned about "confabulation" without you!
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
I enjoyed this story more than the middle book, as there was more concentration on Webmind and less on Caitlin and her boyfriend. But why ever did Sawyer have her send the photo to her boyfriend? How was that relevant or necessary to the story?
The ending gave me much to think about and to discuss. Would I want a "friendly" internet entity choosing my country's form of government or deciding what code of morality I should live by? Most definitely, no, not even if it went along with my own set of beliefs. Sawyer took an interesting turn at the end, not what I would have expected, and yet, it was a worthwhile listen. I would recommend the series, if this topic interests you.
Eclectic mixer of books of my youth and ones I always meant to read, but didn't.
I enjoyed Wake and Watch and keenly anticipated Wonder to the point that I waited a month before I picked it up. Although I found the re-cap at the beginning a bit tiresome, this is a small criticism, because as soon as we returned to the broken Chinese hacker, I was back on track and the storyline was humming.
As far as storylines go, this was a brave one. It's bound to offend someone. For one thing, I can't see it being highly recommended in some countries, but I guess that is one of the author's points.
I enjoyed the Caitlin Dexter character more, although I think it's still hard for dinosaurs like me to really relate to her. Barb' was easier for me to get a handle on. I also thought the autism angle an interesting one, although not quite the match for the clinical definition, I'm told by someone who reads DSM4 for fun. Again, the Hobo character had a great ability to provoke a mental segue (for me at least) to "2001" and "Planet of the Apes".
As with the previous two instalments, I thought the vocal performances were very good. The Mark Vietor double take was particularly amusing. Jessica Almasy is outstanding.
Although I feel this was pitched at a younger audience (20's to 30's), it was still entertaining and had an Asimovic "Foundation" like optimism. It was well worth the waiting and rewarded the reader of all three books.
This was a total suprise. I can't find the words to praise this masterpiece! It was a long time since I found a recently written book so exciting. Not only the topic focusing on blindness is fresh, the story is exciting, full of fresh innovative ideas. Of course the singularity idea is not new per se but it doesn't hinder the story at all, it enriches the thema. I couldn't wait for every next chapter. Jessica Almasy's narration is excellent, you can't wish for any better. It perfectly fits to the character. Her voice is also very easily comprehensible and pleasure to listen to. I can't recommend this book high enough to anybody who would like to see one of the possible outcomes of the inevitable singularity phenomenon.