The Three Body Problem

Written on March 12, 2017. Written by .

I really liked how this book was super physics-centric. It was very unique in this regard; typically science fiction deals with far-fetched ideas, but this one centered around the three-body problem and it’s chaotic solutions, which is very old school classical stuff. The world that the book creates feels a bit drab, so it ranks […]

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The Last Firewall

Written on January 4, 2015. Written by .

Although I really like the author’s Avogadro Corp and this book had even better reviews, I was overall bored with the book. It is basically a Sci-Fi action book and I personally don’t like action books. The plot revolves around AI and a population that has neural implants to interface with the internet. AI generally […]

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Manna: Two Visions of Humanity’s Future

Written on June 18, 2014. Written by .

I really like how this book addressed the issue of technological unemployment. It depicts a future in which an artificial intelligence called “Manna” is used to direct low-paid employees through headsets to optimize their performance. It would give step-by-step instructions to employees for how to cook a hamburger, take out the trash, or restock the […]

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Freedom

Written on September 9, 2013. Written by .

This book had some really interesting themes, but overall it just wasn’t that entertaining. It had a great theme of self-sufficient community building and the corruption of government and power elites. But the bulk of the story was about a network of individuals who all wore augmented reality glasses that plugged them into a real-world […]

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Avogadro Corp

Written on May 3, 2013. Written by .

I think this is one of the most realistic and interesting portrayals of the development of artificial intelligence that I have seen. “Avogadro Corp” is a direct analogue to Google and it has an online email application just like Gmail. They are developing a new feature that auto-suggests ways to make your emails more persuasive. […]

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Nexus

Written on April 6, 2013. Written by .

This book is about a futuristic “drug” called Nexus that is actually a liquid containing nanobots that interfaces with the user’s brain. When people take Nexus, they are able to feel the thoughts and emotions of other users around them. The main character of the book hacked the drug to allow him to install software […]

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The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect

Written on February 4, 2013. Written by .

This is a fascinating story about the development of an omniscient, omnipotent artificial intelligence. Unlike most science fiction about AI, this one takes place not just after the AI has taken over, but also during its development. It is also unique in that the AI is actually designed to serve humans, so it creates a […]

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