A review and a link to other reviews of Exegesis by Astro Teller. Teller, a year-old Ph.D. student specializing in artificial intelligence, is the grandson of nuclear physicist Edward Teller, commonly known as the father of the. Exegesis is a novel written in the form of email messages between its two major protagonists, Alice Lu and EDGAR. However, Astro Teller’s.

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It’s an insightful book, and it makes you think about technology and whether or not computers can become equivalent to a “person. The uncomfortable truth that most of us now living will need to deal with before we die is: I appreciate both that she reller written by the real-life version of herself a grad student studying artificial intelligence and that he chose to make her a woman of color—a choice that, annoyingly, would still be notable now, and this book was published xeegesis She mentions watching the X-Files with a friend.

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A quick, thought-provoking read. Edgar is searching through the web and secret government files to figure out what people are and how he can become one. I am happy to be sad. Jan 25, Miri rated it liked it Shelves: Fascinating format and direction.

These predictions are behavioral predictions, mind you. In other stories, such as Pygmalionthe story centers instead on a topic as different as love. Why did you write this book?

To ask other readers questions about Exegesisplease sign up. He has also cofounded many businesses and programs geared toward developing computer science, such as Cerebellum Capital, Inc. There are an incredible range of projects going on in AI labs worldwide. I mildly brushed over email subjects and writing style to see if I could detect any distinct markers from the author to understand if, and then when, Edgar and Alice’s correspondence had been compromised before Edgar’s ‘death,’ and did not find any.


The days of news groups and ftp. In MayTeller was featured on NPR’s All Things Considereddiscussing how the good economy has shaped the attitudes of year-olds towards their jobs. A quick, easy read, it is written almost entirely as an exchange of e-mails between the computer and Alice.

I have also had people tell me Exegesis is a modern retelling of the creation of Galatea. A simple data retrieval file gains a consciousness and goes rogue in this one and only novel by the curiously-named Astro Teller a likely name for a sci-fi writer if ever there was one. While questions like these are nothing new, your view of A simple data retrieval file gains a consciousness and goes rogue in this one and only novel by the curiously-named Astro Teller a likely name for a sci-fi writer if ever there was one.

It is about artificial intelligence, positing a computer Edgar that stealthily grows more “intelligent. It was interesting, though, and such a fast read can hardly be a waste of time.

The Truth About Divorce and Marriage which To begin with, I try not to think of Exegesis as a cautionary tale of any sort. It has, however, been constructed to comment on a wide variety of archetypal and specific stories of “other intelligences” that many readers are familiar with.

AI does not constrain itself to the re-engineering of the human brain, so there is little reason to expect that our results will become more human as they become more intelligent.

Yet somehow, she felt more like she’d been written by someone who didn’t know the field, and was just doing their best guess based on research.

The e-mail and website gimmick might have ran dry if it exceeded pp. Aroundthe machine earned our respect for its strength. He does not mistake himself for atsro he does not have human sympathies or moral codes. You really need a whole lot of philosopy and technology in a book like this to make it work, exsgesis the required depth just isn’t there.


In Exegesis, Astro Teller deals with the issues of emerging machine intelligence without the usual simplifications and moral generalizations. As a computer program Edgar lives his entire life through a process of exegesis; he only “sees” the world through text and must exegesks what meaning he can entirely within that text.

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We are experiencing technical difficulties. What are some of the more interesting projects being developed in artificial intelligence? That being said, the novel is not meant to be scientifically or socially prophetic.

Then her project or Edgar suddenly becomes aware of everything and was able to learn and communicate. InTeller appeared as astroo political commentator on the national French exegsis station France Astro and Danielle Teller know better than most that finding the right partner in life does not always happen the first time around.

A second novel, Among These Savage Thoughts, was published in Archived from the original on 9 April Nope – skimmed over.

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Edgar starts sending Alice the programmer emails, then he gets loose and the FBI get involved and Alice’s life starts falling apart and. In Exegesis, Astro Teller deals with the issues all of which involve an emerging machine intelligence.

Mar 14, Natalie rated it really liked it Shelves: An experimental novel, it deals with the protagonist’s journey to reinvent himself in the imaginary mountain society of Karabas. The Travelling Cat Chronicles.

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