The Two Faces of Tomorrow

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Midway through the 21st century, an integrated global computer network manages much of the world's affairs. A proposed major software upgrade - an artificial intelligence - will give the system an unprecedented degree of independent decision-making, but serious questions are raised in regard to how much control can safely be given to a non-human intelligence. In order to more fully assess the system, a new space-station habitat - a world in miniature - is developed for deployment of the fully operational system, ...

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Overview

Midway through the 21st century, an integrated global computer network manages much of the world's affairs. A proposed major software upgrade - an artificial intelligence - will give the system an unprecedented degree of independent decision-making, but serious questions are raised in regard to how much control can safely be given to a non-human intelligence. In order to more fully assess the system, a new space-station habitat - a world in miniature - is developed for deployment of the fully operational system, named Spartacus. This mini-world can then be "attacked" in a series of escalating tests to assess the system's responses and capabilities. If Spartacus gets out of hand, the system can be shut down and the station destroyed... unless Spartacus decides to take matters into its own hands and take the fight to Earth.

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This hefty manga adapts the 1979 near-future hard-sf thriller by Hogan (Mission to Minerva). When a lack of judgment on the part of TITAN, the semi-intelligent computer managing many aspects of Earth society, almost kills five people, humanity has two choices: to downgrade TITAN's capabilities—or to increase them and create a system that might evolve real intelligence and might see humans as a threat. To test the risks of the latter plan, Dr. Raymond Dyer and his team of AI researchers stage an experiment in which the personnel of space station Janus are pitted against the station's next-generation computer, Spartacus, designed with a survival instinct. When Spartacus proves more ingenious than anticipated, people start dying. Hoshino (2001 Nights) streamlines Hogan's intelligent and gripping story, introduces a new wrinkle at the end, and concentrates less on characterization and background than on detailed renderings of technology. With its realistic art style, its pages flipped to read left-to-right, and its large 7 x 10 format, this will appeal more to sf fans than average manga readers. With minor nudity and gore, it's recommended for adult collections.
—Steve Raiteri

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671878481
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.22 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    best scifi AI I have read

    This is by far the best scifi story about AI (artificial intelligence) I have ever read. It starts a little slow but soon it grabs you once things start to go a little wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Thought provoking and fun!

    What makes TTFOT such a treat is the amount of thought that Hogan put into what it would take to create an artificial intelligence from computer programming and a little human ingenuity (a feat even more impressive when you realize he wrote the novel back in 1979!). He offers us interesting, ingratiating, believable characters set against a background of action that normally would seem fantastical. Its a testament to Hogan's skills that you never stop to think of how implausible it all might be (a fact that comes up with many, far-lesser science fiction novels). In fact, Hogan goes a long way towards convincing you it all is QUITE plausible. Its fun and stimulating and recommended.

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