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Book: Rainbows End and Book: Perion Synthetics

March 4, 2016 | 1 Comment

Two contrasting scifi reads.

Rainbows End

Summary: Vernor Vinge does Neal Stephenson circa the Diamond Age. A novel of the future in which a former master poet, Richard Gu, reemerges after being cured of Alzheimers mixed in with a techno-political thriller. Vinge tries imaging a future in which augmented related plays a large role, and does so with some considerable insight into the tools (wearables) that will allow this. Also the spelling in the title is intentional.

Rating: If you like Stephenson, definite recommend. It has some YA elements, read it for the tech.

Perion Synthetics

Summary: The story of a company bent on building ultimate robots, synthetics, as it’s founder lies dying because he won’t accept the technology of another major company that could cure him. A world in which people were devices to broadcast their life to feeds which big corporations battle to dominate.

Rating: To me this read like an action flick plus some pretty routine “what happens when robots pass the Turing test” stuff. Not my personal cup of tea.

One person is talking about “Book: Rainbows End and Book: Perion Synthetics

  1. This is the first time I’ve seen someone write “not my personal cup of tea” instead of “this book sucks.” I’ll have to take a screenshot! Thanks for reading!

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