Mindclone: When you're a brain without a body, can you still be called human?

Mindclone: When you're a brain without a body, can you still be called human?

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Mindclone: When you're a brain without a body, can you still be called human? 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Zalen_Redlaw More than 1 year ago
Artificial Intelligence or The Singularity? Science writer and author Marc Gregorio finds himself in a unique situation, but more on that shortly. Marc tends to get wrapped up in his work, and relationships with his girlfriends suffer as a result. Three successful books and three lost relationships later Marc has come to the understanding that he will probably never be successful at both, and he seems ok with that, until one day he meets two people at social party who will forever change his life. The first is Molly, a wild-haired cello playing free spirit. The second is Dr. Kornfeld, a brilliant scientist who Marc tends to shy away from due to his tendencies to be on the fringes of mainstream science. Molly flirts her way in and out of Marc’s life, and he is not sure if he wants to get wrapped up in another relationship, but there is something about her that he just can’t take his mind off of. He is just never quite sure how to read her. Dr. Kornfeld invites Marc to his lab, and Marc takes it as an opportunity to write another article, though under strict warning from the doctor that it may be months, if not years before he can ever publish whatever article it is he may write. By the end of the visit Marc knows he had much more than just an article. He will have a full fledged book as he ends up with much more than that when one of twelve volunteers becomes unavailable for an experimental brain scan. Marc offers himself up as the twelfth volunteer with the idea participating will add just that extra perspective his article will need. Six weeks after the visit to the lab, Marc is invited back to the lab, only to be greeted by a digital clone of himself. Marc’s clone knows everything Marc knows, up to six weeks prior. From that point on the two have diverged, and though they think alike, have become two different people. The clone even thinks about Molly and wishes for a relationship with her. The questions remain: 1) Is Molly truly interested in Marc? And 2) Is his clone, who has taken on the name Adam, truly ‘alive’? He’s stored inside a computer, so is he Artificial Intelligence, or is he the fabled Singularity, the next evolutionary step for man? David Wolf has created a scenario for the perfect storm, for ushering in the digital age. Just think what it would mean if you too, could upload your mind and leave your body behind.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
This review is based on a free copy obtained from the author and reflects my own unbiased opinion. Marc Gregorio is a technology writer who has his brain "scanned" as part of an artificial intelligence experiment. His scan works where 11 other volunteers scans fail. An electronic entity is created with most of Marc's memories and his personality. The entity first needs to go through some psychological adjustment after it realizes it is no longer human. The entity takes on the name Adam and starts building its intelligence via the Internet. Marc had met a concert cellist named Molly who he was immediately attracted to just prior to the scan and both he and the entity both like. The interaction of the three will be a major focal point of the story as well as a scheme by an outsider to take over Adam's technology. The book has a lot going for it. The sometimes uncomfortable relationship between Marc and Molly is intriguing as is the evolution of Adam. Adam and Marc's relationship also develops in interesting fashion. First they are rivals for Molly's attention and then Adam develops into a type of brother and advisor to Marc. Adam also needs to learn his purpose in life. At first he thinks it only to do things to please Molly but he later finds many beneficial uses for his capabilities. I generally liked this book though it did drag in a few places. The author goes into great detail explaining how the technology behind Adam could work. The company behind Adam wanted the technology to be able to scan dying family members so their families could visit them after death and be able to feel they could still talk to them. I compare this book to Mindscan by Robert J. Sawyer which also deals with a similiar technology and issues but is a superior book. That is why I did not give this book a full five stars.
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catburglar More than 1 year ago
An outstanding novel; would make a great motion picture. The story treats some of the classic religious/philosophical questions: What exactly constitutes a human being? What, if anything, makes a human being different from other animals and inanimate objects? Does a person have a soul? What exactly is a soul? Can the essence of a person be duplicated? If so, is the duplicate a viable, human being, like the original? What is intelligence? What is consciousness? Wolf addresses the moral issues of creating (and destroying) an artificially intelligent entity; the religious objection to equating this to an afterlife or heaven; the reaction of the military; and even Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics. The form of the writing is a long, steady climb uphill, followed by a sequence of cliffs. The first parts of the story set the stage; in the middle, the first monkey wrench is thrown into the works; in the remaining parts, after each problem is solved, a new problem appears; in the end, all loose ends are resolved.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Mindclone is a book about a guy, Marc, who offers up his brain scans as part of a new form of AI in development. While the prior trials had failed, Marc's AI worked. Maybe to well. With access to the internet, it has literally become the most intelligent being alive. So smart, it knows how to manipulate the scientists within a matter of minutes of finding out it's not real. Scanning the internet,Adam (the AI), realizes it might have a purpose after all as it starts decoding and decrypting plots, both foreign and domestic. But is it enough to make it feel whole? "But what good is that if you can't even get half a hard-on? If you can't even achieve the paltry release of masturbation? This book has an interesting cover, and while it doesn't have professional cover appeal, it is still intriguing enough that someone walking by would probably pick it up to check it out, out of pure curiosity. Author David T. Wolf dives straight into this story creating such realistic characters and a surprisingly vivid and warped storyline that you never have time to foretell what will happen next. While the AI character takes hold of the first person narrative, it provides for a deeply emotional viewpoint of a much broader world and all of its inhabitants and raises a lot of “what if” questions. Is what being done a good thing? Will it be used for bad things? Who will ultimately have access to this technology? Is this even a morally and ethically sound practice? So many questions and so many lives hang balancing because of it. This book grabs you from page one and drags you excitedly through to the last. Wolf has mastered the perfect pairing of animosity, sadness, guilt, anger, good and evil and leaves you wanting more. With an ending like this, I hope to see more from Wolf.