Book The End of The Computer Review by Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer Thomas Duff Duffbert This was a unique ride to say the least The End of the Computer by Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn Normally
Book The End of The Computer Review by Amazon Hall of Fame Reviewer Thomas Duff "Duffbert"This was a unique ride, to say the least... The End of the Computer by Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn. Normally, anything deemed "green" lowers my interest and expectations a couple notches right from the start. I definitely don't qualify as an "environmentalist." But, balance that against a sci-fi novel involving the demise of the computer, and my interest is right back up there. Solonitsyn (the "author") takes the reader into a near-future scenario where the accidental creation of a super-intellient silicon being leads an eclectic group of characters to a decision point that could either save or doom civilization as they know it. But regardless of what path they take, millions (if not billions) will die...The story centers around a foursome of scientific geniuses who discovered a flaw in a small number of computer chips that would, if all the chips were combined, create a super-intellingence that would be infinitely more powerful than anyone could imagine. They've written the code that would run this new creation, but there's only one problem. Once these chips are placed in the proper alignment to create the new entity, it will also fuse the chips into a burned-out lump of silicon. There's no second chances, and no additional chips to try it again. Furthermore, they've "borrowed" money from some government accounts to fund their project, and now the various governments want their money back... along with the disappearance of the chips and the people who have them. They meet up with another computer genius who used to work for the government until he saw what his ideas were being used for... weapons of mass destruction. Now off the grid, he has to decide whether he can trust anyone enough to risk bringing the super-intelligence to life even though it may put him back on the government's radar screen for elimination.Since it appears that nothing can be done to test the programs or theories before they try their one and only attempt, they put the chips together and get what they had feared... melted silicon. But in that split second of functioning, the spark of "life" happens, and they now have someone(?) who has abilities beyond belief, and who can simulate and model everything that exists. The results are not encouraging, and the fate of humanity could be at stake depending on which path is followed.As with much sci-fi, there is some suspension of disbelief that needs to occur to make the story work. In other words, just because something doesn't exist now doesn't mean it wouldn't exist in the future. Furthermore, if you accept the initial premise, you have to be willing to follow it into areas that only make sense if you took that first step. The End of the Computer works well with that mindset. The "green" aspect of the story comes into play when topics such as genetically modified food and ocean ecology come up. There are a couple spots where the book tends to veer a bit into "soapbox" mode, but it gets back to the story relatively quick. The characters are different than what you usually encounter, but I felt they belonged in this setting. To top it all off, the problems brought to light in the story are all very real, and the choices are the same ones we all face but generally do very little to resolve. It begs the question... are we facing the same outcomes?The End of the Computer wasn't quite what I expected, but it was definitely worth reading. It delivers on the entertainment front, but it also left me wondering about the overall future of humanity and the planet given our current actions.. The End of The Computer am Books Travel to the edge of The End of the world with some of the most interesting and enjoyable people you ll ever meet.Share the spine chilling thrills and great emotional epiphanies as this company of friends are forced into the adventure of leaving their hollow lives in Moscow and Berkeley and becoming the earth mothers and fathers of Thunder Valley if any of them surviveTravel to the edge of The End of the world with some of the most interesting and enjoyable people you ll ever meet.Share the spine chilling thrills and great emotional epiphanies as this company of friends are forced into the adventure of leaving their hollow lives in Moscow and Berkeley and becoming the earth mothers and fathers of Thunder Valley if any of them survive the journey.Thrill with the discovery that a hypercomputer can be fun, kind, happy and the most dangerous person in existence to those who would destroy the earth with the possible exception of one strange and lovely woman who grew up being told she was mentally deficient and utterly broken.As this company of friends get to know each other better, the story accelerates into hyper drive, with heart pounding crisis after crisis, drawing you ever closer to The End of this high stakes game for the continued existence of the human race on Earth Winner takes all If there is one.Deja vu and serendipity Eternal love, dark betrayal and death Unexpected joy and heartbreaking failure Sparklingly brilliant universal concepts, with a rare mix of whimsical humor And a look into the past to save the future The path to The End is full of some of the most intriguing thoughts ever put into words.The conclusion has many complex levels, but one thing is certain you will reach The End on a high note, with a sense of deep fulfillment and then want to go back to the beginning and start the adventure all over again.The End of the Computer is this planet s GREEN thriller of 2011.. Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn was born in Canada, date uncertain see below His father, Mikhail Ivanovich Solonitsyn, was a Russian civil engineer on a long term building project in the far northern territories when he met and married Chantell du Jeunere, a Canadian citizen of French extraction Canada recognizes dual citizenship Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and Russian law are both complex But according to the UNHCR, in association with the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, dual Russian Canadian citizenship is possible under the circumstances of Andre s birth.His new family went back to the U.S.S.R with Mikhail at the end of the Canadian project, and Chantell eventually became a Soviet citizen Canada continued to recognize her Canadian citizenship, and recognized her Russian citizenship The U.S.S.R no longer recognized her Canadian citizenship.Both of Andre s parents were killed at the same time while vacationing in the French Alps, apparently victims of a lightening strike while off piste skiing They are laid to rest in a small private cemetery in La Grave, a commune in the Hautes Alpes department of southeastern France.The details of the life of Andre Mikhailovich Solonitsyn are subject to debate Global records pertaining to Andre himself were corrupted or deleted June 16, 2011, by a virus which appeared for only a few days, then self devolved Damage to the world wide web was minimal, affecting no than a dozen people s records But for those people, the event was catastrophic No further emergence of the so called Thunder virus has been reported to date July, 2011.It is impossible to say for sure, but it is believed that Andre attended primary and secondary school in Novogorod, then went on to Lomonosov Moscow State University for his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, attending the university s highly regarded Research Computing Center The dates he completed his degrees, which may include a doctorate in computer software engineering, were also lost during the viral attack.Several academic papers bearing Andre s name were published online, but the only coherent remnants after the viral data corruption are two titles The English translations are Inconsistencies in Whole Numbers, and Fractals of Cyber Intelligence.Andre s death was widely reported at the same time the virus destroyed his records, but that is apparently one of the function of the Thunder virus Those reports seem certain to be untrue, since a recently published eBook, The End of the Computer, credits him as author It is apparently a fictionalized story of actual events in which he took part, although that has not been confirmed.Attempts to contact the author to gain information for the purpose of this new bio have been unsuccessful.. Popular Book The End of The Computer Sometimes, a story is a painting made with words. But even the best paint and brushes can lead to something that only feels partially done. With The End of the Computer, all fears are abated. It’s a story that is well aware of itself, not unlike the so-called artificial intelligence at the center of the narrative. The author – a term that I use questionably, because how can we be sure just who wrote this – did an excellent job of weaving anecdotes with exposition and an increasingly tense plot. This is science fiction at its finest: a journey that asks you to leave your skepticism at the door, but rewards you with an adventure the likes of which you’ve never seen, where something as innocuous as a teddy bear could hold the fate of the world in its hands. And just when you think the story is going in one direction, it has the power to change course in surprising, interesting ways. To really go off the grid, the intriguing cast – a collection of players that represent various countries across the world – need to work things out on a more primal scale. It’s a definite change of locale and presence, but not any less appealing than the rest of the journey for the new residents of Thunder Valley. I would definitely recommend this to fans of science-fiction, and am looking forward to reading the stories that follow.
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