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Mindclone: When you're a brain without a body, can you still be called human?

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Mindclone asks the question, What if you had your brain scanned and all your memories and your entire persona were uploaded to a digital version of yourself? How would you and your Mindclone get along? How would your Mindclone feel about the fact that he has all your memories and desires--including a desire for your hot new girlfriend--but no physical body to act on them? ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published March 16th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published March 7th 2013)
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Richard Bunning
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There aren't too many science fiction books that are quite so positive about near future sciences that may well allow the 'cloning' of the human mind. I got the strong impression that Wolf is contemplating/dreaming a life for himself as an artificial intelligence when his body gives up the ghost, the 'soul'. We see the dream of a 'heaven', a life beyond the disposal of our corpses, a continued existence in the digital world. We see Wolf's hopes for adding the other senses, than just easily achie ...more
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sci-Fi at its best. And a wild ride across several fields, Artificial Intelligence, Psychology, Philosophy, Stock Market, Music, and so on...
I already had this book on my long list of books to be read. Luckily, someone in one of my book clubs was already reading it, and told me that she was really enjoying the story, and highly recommended it. So I moved it up on my list. Bought the book. And I started reading it. Bottom line, I have been reading it every day ever since, non-stop. Well, except
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mindclone is possibly the best independently published SF novel that I have ever read. The author's meticulous research into the field of Artificial Intelligence and his witty, accessible writing style made it a page turner that I was sorry to see end. As a neuroscientist who spent most of her time in biotech working in the damp and messy world of biological neurons, I had always tended to dismiss talk and writing about the “singularity”—the idea that the human brain, and its consciousness, coul ...more
The Time Traveler

Unfortunately the Author choose to focus on love interests more than a page turning Thriller.

I also would have liked a broader timeline of events and a more encompassing world for the reader.

The author limited the advancement of technology and the repercussions on society.

Worth reading but keep your expectations to nothing more than a good read (like reading the newspaper in the morning).
Brandon McNulty
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Black Mirror meets Michael Crichton

Loved this book. It's equal parts philosophy and emotion, with plenty of suspense to drive it from start to finish. I'll be thinking about this one for a long time.
Hazen Wardle
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Artificial Intelligence or The Singularity?
Science writer and author Marc Gregorio finds himself in a unique situation, but more on that shortly. Marc tends to get wrapped up in his work, and relationships with his girlfriends suffer as a result. Three successful books and three lost relationships later Marc has come to the understanding that he will probably never be successful at both, and he seems ok with that, until one day he meets two people at social party who will forever change his life
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I want to give this book 3.5 stars due to its shortcomings, but I am willing to go with 4 because the premise is great and it was executed fairly well. I have been fascinated by the subject of "mind uploading" for a while now, and I feel that this book does a great job portraying what the early days of this technology (if it ever exists) would be like. However, the book is not without its flaws.

First and foremost, the book can be quite cheesy in places. For one thing, the first chapter leaves a
Masquerade Crew
Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Mindclone is a love story between Marc Gregorio, a science writer of some note; Molly Schaeffer, an accomplished cellist; and Adam, Marc's brain-uploaded double, a computerized virtual person. Marc was not expecting anything surprising when he dropped in on a lab funded by Memento Amor, an interactive mortuary. What Marc suspected would be a naïve project used sophisticated scanners to copy him into the firm's first success, and more than anyone bargained for. Certainly more than
T.M. Raskin
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading "Mindclone". I felt the idea was unique and a perspective I had never thought of. As I began reading I was intrigued, I wanted to know more. I thought the idea of morality and artificial intelligence was fascinating. I imagine that the story might not even be fiction. After the initial introduction to the main characters, the book took a turn in a different direction, once when a romance began to bud and again when a scandal was intrduced. The ...more
Aug 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding novel; would make a great motion picture.

The story treats some of the classic religious/philosophical questions: What exactly constitutes a human being? What, if anything, makes a human being different from other animals and inanimate objects? Does a person have a soul? What exactly is a soul? Can the essence of a person be duplicated? If so, is the duplicate a viable, human being, like the original? What is intelligence? What is consciousness?

Mr. Wolf addresses the moral issue
Joe Crowe
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“I emerge from blackness into panic that swiftly inflates to mindless terror as I see the impossible: me watching myself.”

The intro of this book surprised me. It started out as stream of consciousness, with what to my proofreading eye appeared to be mistakes. That bummed me out. But I kept reading.

And I found out that it was first-person dialogue from one character. That’s a nicely done intro, very Robocop.. Even the font is different. When a writer changes fonts to depict changes in a story, th

Melissa Fabregas
Loved the book. It didn't take me long to "read". I often read multiple books at a time, but this one kept me interested and every time I opened the Audible app I would click on Mindclone. There were a few things I wouldn't buy, like the fact that they gave Adam unlimited internet access almost without question... I did think that the entity naming himself Adam was a nice nod to the Bible. The writing style was great. The science seemed well researched and just complex enough to make it believab ...more
Melanie Spiller
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This fast-paced story was a bit like peeling an onion--many-layered, with the sweet spot near the end. The characters are interwoven by changing viewpoints; only the AI character is first person, which lurches the reader into a very intimate experience with this strange new kind of being. Although there are classic plot elements, like good versus evil, Wolf keeps us guessing with quite a few of the characters about which side they're on. The ending was a surprise and quite conclusive, but I coul ...more
Kim Heimbuch
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mindclone is a book about a guy, Marc, who offers up his brain scans as part of a new form of AI in development. While the prior trials had failed, Marc's AI worked. Maybe to well. With access to the internet, it has literally become the most intelligent being alive. So smart, it knows how to manipulate the scientists within a matter ...HERE ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You have to wonder how far the science is away when you read Mindclone. It definitely got me thinking what it would be like to meet a virtual version of myself. It think this is a very clever and well written novel and I am hoping there will another one from David T. Wolf in the near future!
Skip Stein
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great new author. He writes with power and confidence and weaves an intriguing web of tech with crime and passion. Posing interesting quandaries on 'What If?"

I truly hope this will bridge into a sequel or something similar. Slight reminiscent of the WWW series by Robert Sawyer.
I thought Mindclone was interesting on multiple levels. First, the science is intriguing and I couldn't help wonder if this will be possible one day. Secondly there were the moral implications. Both are dealt with by David T. Wolf whilst telling a very good story. ...more
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