Will the rise of machines result in our becoming slaves? What is the human consciousness? Science fiction fans whose typical Hollywood diet of future killer robots may not have considered the very real possibility that, when quantum computing gives rise to artificial intelligence, its rate of technological advancement will not only become exponential, but it will apprehend quickly (and scarily to us) who we are, and who IT is, especially if this A.I. has instant access to all human knowledge (and so would be able to make connections both faster and never before conceived). Such a being would seem like a god, and there is no reason to assume it would have our human, ego driven flaws. In fact, it may intend to save us from ourselves...but in a way that might be even more frightening than the extinction we are moving toward in our own insanity.
©2014 Jonathan Lowe (P)2014 Jonathan Lowe
I loved the fast pace, and the story kept me engaged and constantly wanting to keep listening. The ending was a pleasant surprise as well, much different from what I expected and from the sort of ending that is often typical for stories in this genre. I highly recommend this for anyone who likes sci-fi.
Lowe manages to pack in the social, the political, and the personal in a single, hour-long story about a government-related computer project gone rogue (literally, the computer gone rogue). His wryly humorous protagonist seems the most grounded of them all--or perhaps the mostly deeply in denial--about the future being shaped for the planet by the Nexus system. Lowe wisely leaves the story with room for interpretation--and further development. I for one would enjoy hearing this story either retold from multiple perspectives or with additional subplots/characters, creating a series of short stories or in essence a full-length novel from this novella.
Yes. I am interested in AI.
The coming together of science fiction and the real world.
Easy voice to listen to.
The ending seemed to tie it all together nicely.
I would like to see more books like this.
Yes, it was engaging and thought provoking.
The author seems very well acquainted with the intricacies of technology and human nature.
Christopher Vournazos gives the characters life and personalities through his portrayal of their voices and emotions. He is brings the story to life in a way written words can not.
Several, as what was behind the unexpected events was realized.
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