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Pandora's Brain Around Half The Scientists Researching Artificial Intelligence AI Think That A Conscious AI At Or Beyond Human Level Will Be Created By 2050 If They Are Right, The Consequence Could Be An Intelligence Explosion, In Which The Artificial Intelligence Rapidly And Enormously Exceeds Human Cognitive Ability.Pandora S Brain Is A Techno Thriller By Best Selling Writer Calum Chace It Uses The Issues Raised By The Coming Machine Intelligence Explosion As A Platform For A Fast Paced And Thought Provoking Adventure Story.Set In The Very Near Future, It Features Matt, A Shy But Engaging And Resourceful Student Who Discovers That His Recently Deceased Father Was Involved In Research That Could Enable The Construction Of The World S First Conscious Machine.Matt S Enquiries Lead To Him Being Kidnapped, As He Is Caught In The Crossfire Between Two Groups Pursuing That Goal One Led By An Internet Billionaire, And Another Backed By The US Military Matt Has To Do Than Simply Survive He Has To Harness These Powerful Forces To His Own Ends At Stake Is His Own Life And Those Of His Family And Friends.A Dramatic Seaborne Rescue Operation, A Series Of Brutal Murders And Other Filmic Action Scenes Follow In The Course Of His Adventures, Matt Discovers That The Potential Upside Of Creating Machine Intelligence Includes Immortality, And Godlike Powers Of Understanding And Being But The Potential Downside Is Immediate Extinction, Or Worse As He Is Drawn Deeper Into His Adventure, He Becomes Both The Symbol And The Victim Of A Global Struggle Over The Approach To Be Taken Towards This Powerful New Technology A Landmark Decision At A Meeting Of The UN General Assembly Forces Matt To Make A Fateful Decision Which Sparks The Story S Final Twist.A Book That Will Appeal To Fans Of Michael Crichton Also Suitable For Young Adult Readers.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 415 pages
  • Pandora's Brain
  • Calum Chace
  • English
  • 24 April 2019

About the Author: Calum Chace

Calum studied philosophy at Oxford University, where he discovered that the science fiction he had been reading since early boyhood is actually philosophy in fancy dress.He published Surviving AI , a non fiction review of the promise and peril of artificial intelligence in September 2015 Previously, he published Pandora s Brain , a novel about the first conscious machine.He is a regular speaker on artificial intelligence and related technologies, and runs a blog on the subject at www.pandoras brain.com He is also the co author of The Internet Startup Bible, a business best seller published by Random House in 2000 Prior to writing Pandora s Brain, Calum had a 30 year career in business, in which he was a marketer, a strategy consultant and a CEO He lives in the UK and Spain with his partner, a director of a design school, and their son.



10 thoughts on “Pandora's Brain

  1. says:

    I got this free for an honest review I m sorry to say it s not a good one It s a 9 hour audio book I made it a bit over 4 hours before I couldn t take it anyThere was very little about AI, just a poorly written thriller The characters are flat, the situations simplistic, the plot trite when it wasn t ridiculous The main character never showed any signs of being particularly bright nor insightful the idea that he was worth the significant risks taken was ludicrous.Perhaps I went I got this free for an honest review I m sorry to say it s not a good one It s a 9 hour audio book I made it a bit over 4 hours before I couldn t take it anyThere was very little about AI, just a poorly written thriller The characters are flat, the situations simplistic, the plot trite when it wasn t ridiculous The main character never showed any signs of being particularly bright nor insightful the idea that he was worth the significant risks taken was ludicrous.Perhaps I went into this with my hopes too high The author has also written Surviving AI The promise and peril of artificial intelligence, a nonfiction book plus several others about the Internet While his background is in business marketing, I had thought he would have been better versed in the actual science of AI I m no expert in the field, but I have a Sunday Supplement level of understanding due to a love of SF my career working with computers.The field is rife with complexity, yet all he could come up with was brain mapping via really thin scrapings What abouthttp www.humanconnectomeproject.org There s no mention of mind melding or direct communicationhttp io9.com 5987567 brain to brainThe main character is supposed to be interested in philosophy AI, but there is no depth to the brief discussion on what consciousness is or the ethics of creating it I gotout of this article story puts forth some vaguely paranoid philosophies about the motivations of a completely artificial intelligence, but pattern survival versus the traditional gene survival isn t mentioned at all.http www.kurzweilai.net pattern surI don t recall him mentioning patterns at all which is odd since he mentions Kurzweil several times Chace mentions the singularity, but if he didthan skim the Wikipedia article about ithttps en.wikipedia.org wiki The_Sinthere is no sign of Kurzweil s ideas is that extending the neocortex is desirable by extending pattern recognition That s a whole can of worms that would really be interesting to explore from a philosophical point in AI since it s not a simple linear process in our own brains It s a layered process that also reacts with other parts of the brain isn t always accurate since it relies on bidirectional hierarchies There was a brief mention of two identical machines being used to check each other, but nothing was said about the statistical nature of our chip building I regularly build identical machines have different results.Anyway, there were a lot of places this story could have gone, but it didn t I was highly disappointed It was thoroughly banal facile The narrator, Joe Hempel, was serviceable, but his rather flat narration didn t do anything to improve the story I m not sure John Lee could have, though

  2. says:

    Full disclosure I received the audiobook for Pandora s Brain for free from audiobookblast dot com in exchange for an honest review I was recently listening to a Market Foolery podcast and they were talking about having an easy act to follow with regard to an incoming CEO at a large company As I began to read Pandora s Brain, I had just finished reading the Three Body Problem, a wonderful, epic work that I enjoyedthan almost any book I have ever read And while Pandora s Brain doesn t Full disclosure I received the audiobook for Pandora s Brain for free from audiobookblast dot com in exchange for an honest review I was recently listening to a Market Foolery podcast and they were talking about having an easy act to follow with regard to an incoming CEO at a large company As I began to read Pandora s Brain, I had just finished reading the Three Body Problem, a wonderful, epic work that I enjoyedthan almost any book I have ever read And while Pandora s Brain doesn t rise to the level of Three Body, it is an excellent, thought provoking work that I highly recommend I first heard the author of Pandora s Brain, Calum Chace while listening to the Singularity Podcast episode 164 if you are interested and become very interested in Chace s thoughts about the future of AI This book, while fiction and with the prerequisite action scenes, is really about big ideas It is well written and you will learn a lot while reading or listening to this book There are a lot of info dumps spaced out at different points in the book where the main characters talk about AI and what it means to be human Most of the characters in the book are not well developed and serve mainly a supporting role to push the story forward The main character Matt, though, is a most compelling and likable character that you really can relate to as he goes through multiple ups and downs and twists in the story In summary, if you re looking for a non stop action thriller story involving a rogue AI, there are better choices out there such as AI Apocalypse from William Hertling or Daemon from Daniel Suarez However, if you would like to listen to a very thought provoking and still entertaining book, this is very solid choice The implications of the story will linger in your mind long after the final page is finished Regarding the audiobook format, this was the first time I had listened to Joe Hempel It likely will not be last I really enjoyed his narration of the book and thought he did a solid job with the different voices Up next for me are two related books, 1 The Six by Mark Alpert, a YA novel featuring a rogue AI named Sigma, brain scanning, and 6 teenagers whose minds are downloaded into robots, and 2 Surviving AI, a non fiction companion to Pandora s Brain also written by Calum Chace, available to borrow for free forPrime members

  3. says:

    I have the audible version, but will review the book here as well s a huge science fiction fan, I was curious as to how this topic AI, and the possible dangers of consciousness of artificial intelligence could be done in a new way since it is a topic that has featured in many science fiction stories I was pleasantly surprised This is an extremely thoughtful book with an interesting blend of philosophy and science, and it made me think, wonder, worry It seemed well balanced between scie I have the audible version, but will review the book here as well s a huge science fiction fan, I was curious as to how this topic AI, and the possible dangers of consciousness of artificial intelligence could be done in a new way since it is a topic that has featured in many science fiction stories I was pleasantly surprised This is an extremely thoughtful book with an interesting blend of philosophy and science, and it made me think, wonder, worry It seemed well balanced between scientific explanation and plot, and never read like a text book Though the science wasn t watered down or overly simplified, it was accessible to the lay reader to the non expert It was also thoughtful in terms of questions like what is consciousness, what are we facing in our quest for artificial intelligence, why are we seeking it, who would be seeking it, what is our moral obligation, what are the real dangers given human nature, etc And that kind of thoughtful exploration, to me, is what makes science fiction fun and interesting I think particularly if this is a topic that is new to you, this will be a really informative and thoughtful book.In addition to that, it is fairly well written, in my opinion, and well paced The story and plot itself are strong, and I felt engaged by the characters and their dilemmas in fact some of their plight was a little scary at times, and I felt involved in the goings on For those who are not into philosophy or hard science fiction, this book is pretty strong in terms of plot as well it is a bit of a thriller, with villains and good guys, and plenty of action, etc.But I do have a few small criticisms It is, at times, I think, perhaps a bitdescriptive than it needed to be, but not so much that it ruined the overall experience Also, I think I would have liked it had the main hero been a little less perfect from the outset had a bitof a complex or flawed character, to make him a bitaccessible and relatable But still, he does work as the hero, so it s not a major problem The ending was a little open as though a sequel is not out of the question Personally, I am not a big fan of that but it is so common these days, I can t really single this out, and to be fair, I would probably be interested in a follow up story.The narrator does a good job too and it felt performed and audibly engaging, not simply read in fact, the narrator gave me the book for free for my unbiased review and assessment through audiobookblastdotcom, and I am glad he did I really did enjoy it Overall, it s a pretty engaging and thoughtful book, and kept me entertained, and had some interesting insight as well from a scientific and philosophical point of view

  4. says:

    Is our world a real, created world or it is merely a simulation Are we being watched by a God who created us or by an entity who simulated us Are we real Or, are we really nothing at all I wasn t sure what to expect when I started this book and it didn t make a great impression when I first began reading it I don t know how much it had to do with the book or that I had just finished a book I hated to see end Sometimes the book after a really great read doesn t fair so well even if it hap Is our world a real, created world or it is merely a simulation Are we being watched by a God who created us or by an entity who simulated us Are we real Or, are we really nothing at all I wasn t sure what to expect when I started this book and it didn t make a great impression when I first began reading it I don t know how much it had to do with the book or that I had just finished a book I hated to see end Sometimes the book after a really great read doesn t fair so well even if it happens to be a great read on its own It did becomeinteresting as the story progressed A little lacking in character development they didn t have the depth required to make you care about them They were okay but there was nothing about the characters that made them uniquely different from each other There was a lot of repetition in this book different characters repeating the same problem, theories and incidents verbatim The characters had the same problem They each had one problem, one feeling, one personality trait or one attribute which was retold throughout the book Because of this I found them to be dull and lifeless Of course, may be that was the point if we are a simulation wouldn t we be rather lacking in depth Something to consider The audio narration was really good I enjoyed listening to the narrator and would definitely purchase another book narrated by Joel Hempel This would be good book for a light read, or listen

  5. says:

    The plot of the first half of the book could have used any background as a premise for the story, and used AI The second half, specifically about AI, was too neat, simple and straightforward, although interesting and different The speed at which Matt and his family adapted and enthused about his new state was to me unrealistic The characters all seemed much the same with little depth Nice scenic desciptions at times, but generally the prose was flat and the dialogue was very mechanical and c The plot of the first half of the book could have used any background as a premise for the story, and used AI The second half, specifically about AI, was too neat, simple and straightforward, although interesting and different The speed at which Matt and his family adapted and enthused about his new state was to me unrealistic The characters all seemed much the same with little depth Nice scenic desciptions at times, but generally the prose was flat and the dialogue was very mechanical and cliched

  6. says:

    I am fascinated by the subject, near term general artificial intelligence And perhaps this novel is a good introduction for some people I also liked the part where view spoiler Matt becomes a conscious upload and starts learning super fast hide spoiler But i almost quit the book after 1 3, because of its implausible thriller storyline and shallow characters I am fascinated by the subject, near term general artificial intelligence And perhaps this novel is a good introduction for some people I also liked the part where view spoiler Matt becomes a conscious upload and starts learning super fast hide spoiler But i almost quit the book after 1 3, because of its implausible thriller storyline and shallow characters

  7. says:

    Excelente plot The ending was unexpected and a bit disappointing

  8. says:

    You got so much in this book it could be two Wet dream for all futurology lovers AI, trans humanism, simulation.

  9. says:

    Great story and narration There was an editing error in chapter 24 and Ivan s accent was a little off, but those complaints are insignificant This was truly an awesome story I d love to see this author narrator combo doon A.I.

  10. says:

    Great book , great points brought up on AI, found it very interesting and thought provoking.

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