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A Working Theory of Love

Hutchins, Scott

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Working Theory of Love
When Neill's father committed suicide ten years ago, he left behind thousands of pages of secret journals, journals that are stunning in their detail, and, it must be said, their complete banality. But their spectacularly quotidian details, were exactly what artificial intelligence company Amiante Systems was looking for, and Neill was able to parlay them into a job, despite a useless degree in business marketing and absolutely no experience in computer science. He has spent the last two years inputting the diaries into what everyone hopes will become the world's first sentient computer. Essentially, he has been giving it language--using his father's words. Alarming to Neill--if not to the other employees of Amiante--the experiment seems to be working. The computer actually appears to be gaining awareness and, most disconcerting of all, has started asking questions about Neill's childhood.

Publisher: New York, NY : The Penguin Press, c2012
ISBN: 1594205051
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 05, 2012
  • lilylibrarian rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

An interesting idea: using the diaries of a recently deceased man to create a computer program that can pass as human in its communication, and use the son of the deceased to shape the program. This part is interesting, but the greater part of the book deals with that son's failed marriage, various sexual daliances, and nonstop self-recriminations. That part stinks, and if this is the new California lifestyle, I'm never leaving Cleveland.


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