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The Origin of Homo Optimus:Humans, Aliens and Superbrains
     

The Origin of Homo Optimus:Humans, Aliens and Superbrains

by William D. Gibson
 

It is 124 years from now. Ken is a young, smart hackmaster/retro resistance fighter, who was found guilty of hacking into a number of augmented realities. He is serving his parole time by working for a beneficent artificial intelligence firm seeking to develop a human level, human-friendly artificial intelligence. Although somewhat unorthodox, his work ethic and

Overview

It is 124 years from now. Ken is a young, smart hackmaster/retro resistance fighter, who was found guilty of hacking into a number of augmented realities. He is serving his parole time by working for a beneficent artificial intelligence firm seeking to develop a human level, human-friendly artificial intelligence. Although somewhat unorthodox, his work ethic and outstanding performance puts him on the fast track at the company.
Secondary plot: Ken's brother Orin is the co-pilot of the pre-colonization expedition to Jupiter's moon, Europa, a desirable candidate for a colony due to its vast ocean under a relatively thin ice cap. It is also the most likely place for complex extraterrestrial life forms in the solar system.
Tertiary plot: The earth's future is at risk due to the recent discovery of a dark comet on an earth-crossing path large enough to extinguish a quarter of the world's population and send civilization back several hundred years.
Ken's diligence and creativity instills awe and enthusiasm in his co-workers. He holds the key to the dilemma of taking the AI to a superintelligent level. Will it be human friendly if he decides to unleash it? If not, what will it do? Could it lead humanity to evolve into another species? Can it help the strange happenings with the alien life found on Europa? What can it do to mitigate the apocalyptical disaster of an earth-crossing object? The final chapters switch scenes rapidly until the final chapter's conclusion which answers the questions.

Would you believe the author has the same first & last names as a more famous sci-fi writer? It's true.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940032871316
Publisher:
William D. Gibson
Publication date:
11/02/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
236 KB

Meet the Author

Raised in Massachusetts, William Gibson is a Brown University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He served as a Special Agent in Counterintelligence in the Army during the Vietnam War, and obtained an MBA after that. Forty years of his working life have been at least partially devoted to putting words together, first writing intelligence and inspection reports for the military. Out of the Army, he followed a career in banking in Risk Management and Credit Administration. It was professionally satisfying to generate policies, plans, and reports for the bank. But when he retired, he opted for the fun of writing about zombies, science fiction, and now something real like Bigfoot. He currently resides in Berkley, Massachusetts.

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