Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about her world. But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH - the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States - and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening. WATCH is convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace. But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion - and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her friend.
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"Original and intriguing. Sawyer makes complex sci-fi understandable and thoroughly entertaining." (Romantic Times BOOKReviews)
"Watch is a helluva fun read and an excellent science fiction book." (SF Signal)
"Cast members complement one another and are effective in differentiating the various characters and story threads. They drive forward the momentum of the plot and flesh out the novel’s distinct personalities." (AudioFile)
I was especially drawn in by the performance. a good story, but there were language issues I was very upset about. I almost stopped listening because of this. other than that the book was very interesting and I had to finish it and see what happened.
Robert J story or is becoming one of my favorite authors in science fiction. The concept of an emerging artificial super intelligence were handled thoughtfully. Lots of details which was fun to set your mind thinking about possibilities. For some reason I have not been a fan of his endings and the last chapter as with other of his books gets a bit preachy. However it wasn't enough to diminish the enjoyment of the entirety of the book.
Robert's character are very convincing, and it is easy to empathise with them. During the reading process, and afterwards, you can't help thinking if such a thing was really possible.
An easy, fun read but also thought provoking in endless ways.
This is my second time listening to all these books. And although the ending to the trilogy is amazing and well executed this book is my favorite. "Into the future... Together"
Computational cognition, ethics, transhumanism, etc.
You're not prepared for the 2020's unless you're reading relevant scifi. RJS's www trilogy should be mandatory for all youngsters, but it's critical for 80s kids & older. We laughed at our parents, but the exponential returns of technology (partly due moores law) guarantee we will be surpassed even further. Be sure to also see childhoods end.
The background research, references and speculation involved are excellent. The story is well thought out and the performance rendered is addictive. Could not stop buying all three books and having a marathon listening session.
It's no great secret that Caitlin and other researchers posit that Web Mind is composed from internet packets whose Time-To-Live (TTL) counters never reach zero. Because they never reach zero, they hang around on the web forever. These packets behave like cellular automata. At a high-level, this means Web Mind is rather fragile.
It is, however, a secret from a division of the National Security Agency called the Web Assessment Threat Containment Headquarters (WATCH). As the name implies, WATCH monitors the web for potential threats. They first become aware of Web Mind through its interception of the signals sent by the implant in Caitlin's eye. WATCH can't decode the data without writing a program to implement some very complex algorithms. They need to figure out how Web Mind is created to form a plan to eliminate it.
We also see Web Mind's existence become public. It communicates instantaneously with everyone who contacts it, and helps find missing people, prevent suicide, etc.
It’s funny watching small minds play big games. The fact Mr. Sawyer can look up others ideas and fold them into what he thinks the world should be, does not make it so.
The story was wonderfully done, but I didn’t need or want to be preached at for a quarter of the book. Just like actresses that should shut up and act and musicians that should shut up and sing Mr. Sawyer should shut up and write.
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What can I say about the middle-book of a trilogy?
I disagree with the notion that this book can stand alone – it’s like picking up a book from Chapter 7! I liked Book 1, so I predictably moved on to Book 2… and of course will finish the story in Book 3…
It’s a boring review, I know – but the story is not over so what can I say? Great story, very interesting, I love it but really I wish it was all just one volume.
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