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Phantom by Ted Bell
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Apr 12, 2012

really liked it
Read in April, 2012


Bell is an elegant writer, and I've followed his Alex Hawke series of thrillers from the start. Always solid, realistic plots. But I have to admit my first impression of this one was "he's run out of credible plots." I felt like I was getting into the unreality of sci-fi, which I do not read, because Bell was leading us into something called The Singularity.
But I finished the book just because it's Ted Bell, and I love his useage of the King's English (literally).
The I read his "Afterword."
Should have been the Foreword.
The Singularity, according to Bell and a cited book by Ray Kurzweil, the futurist, is the point at which artificial intelligence (AI) and human intelligence are equeal.
AI, it is theorized, will then go beyond human intelligence and change the world.
There is no God in this discussion, which I found disturbing, because the picture painted is possibly a grim one for the human race.
Read it -- "Afterword" first -- and see what you think.
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