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It was no surprise when Simon, the world's most powerful supercomputer, successfully learned to communicate with humans shortly after being retired to tiny Cabrillo University in San Diego. After all, Professor Ross Erricson and his misfit band of students had done their homework well, ...
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It was no surprise when Simon, the world's most powerful supercomputer, successfully learned to communicate with humans shortly after being retired to tiny Cabrillo University in San Diego. After all, Professor Ross Erricson and his misfit band of students had done their homework well, anticipating just about every possible outcome of their computerized language learning experiment.
Just about, that is.
They forgot that humans aren't the only intelligent species inhabiting Southern California.
Posted May 12, 2003
Cabrillo University in San Diego was granted Simon, the world's most powerful super-computer, for their experiment. Professor Ross Erricson and his graduate students did their research in a small subterranean computer lab that USED to be an auxiliary storage area. One wall was constantly damp due to the Ocean Park dolphin tank being on the other side of the wall. But the heat Simon generated would take care of that and no one worried. ......... No one could have foreseen the unintended consequences that would follow! After all, humans are not the only intelligent species on this planet. ....... ***** This is an astounding novel that I found hard to put down. Every time I believed nothing else could happen to surprise me I was proven wrong. Highly recommended reading!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
All the great American universities put in a bid to ¿house¿ and conduct experiments using the most advanced supercomputer Simon. Though MIT or one of the West Coast IT giants are the favorites, GCS shockingly assigns Simon to little Cabillo University in San Diego. The victory stuns everyone especially Professor Ross Erricson, the author of the winning concept in which Simon would be programmed to teach itself languages. Simon moves into a basement room with a wall shared with dolphins residing at the nearby Ocean Park aquarium. Simon soon learns and translates ¿dolphinese¿ into English. However, though Ross, his students, and his mentor realize what they have learned, no one else believes them when they explain a dolphin¿s look at humanity and warn them of a secret race of people. THE DELPHINUS CHRONICLES is a superb science fiction thriller that never slows down from the moment Simon checkmates the world¿s greatest grandmaster to the climax. The story line is loaded with intrigue, action, but especially insightful powerful relationships between people, humans and Simon, dolphins and Simon, and the world wide web of sonically connected dolphins so that the key cast including the supercomputer seem real. Though some extra intrigue involving nasties adds drama and tension, it temporarily slows down an incredible triumphant look at how mankind communicates and interprets events. This reviewer¿s interpretation communicated through this review is that RG Roane deserves strong accolades and a vast appreciative audience for this winning novel. Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.