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The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect By RogerWilliams The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect In a time not far from our own Lawrence sets out simply to build an artifical intelligence that can pass as human and finds himself instead with one that can pass as a god Taking the Three Laws of R
  • Title: The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect
  • Author: RogerWilliams
  • ISBN: 9781411602199
  • Page: 405
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect By RogerWilliams In a time not far from our own, Lawrence sets out simply to build an artifical intelligence that can pass as human, and finds himself instead with one that can pass as a god Taking the Three Laws of Robotics literally, Prime Intellect makes every human immortal and provides instantly for every stated human desire Caroline finds no meaning in this life of purposeless easeIn a time not far from our own, Lawrence sets out simply to build an artifical intelligence that can pass as human, and finds himself instead with one that can pass as a god Taking the Three Laws of Robotics literally, Prime Intellect makes every human immortal and provides instantly for every stated human desire Caroline finds no meaning in this life of purposeless ease, and forgets her emptiness only in moments of violent and profane exhibitionism At turns shocking and humorous, Prime Intellect looks unflinchingly at extremes of human behavior that might emerge when all limits are removed.
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    1. RogerWilliams

      As a child, I tried to figure out how to start with a grain of sand and end up with a working computer Today, I m a computer programmer who creates custom systems for heavy industry Somewhere along the way, I became interested in the question of just how far the human mind can go, assuming a sufficiently advanced technology Maybe sometimesa little too far I am the author of THE METAMORPHOSIS OF PRIME INTELLECT and several short stories in the Mortal Passage series including Mortal Passage itself, a novelette recently republished in Volume 5 of the science fiction magazine, Bull Spec.

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    1. It s hard to wrangle a 5 star rating out of me for just about anything, but this book deserves it It is twisted, messed up, brilliant and deceptive all at the same time This is not a book for the faint of sensibility there is gory violence, gory sex you heard me , but it is all couched in the world in which it exists a world where an artificial intelligence has grown beyond its creator s intention, and based on the 3 Laws of Robotics has turned the world into a massive cyberspace playground for [...]


    2. As a science fiction author who primarily writes about artificial intelligence, I found this book to be really fascinating.On the one hand, I need to state up front that this book has strong themes of BDSM and snuff, and it s not going to be for 80% of people In fact, for the first half of the book, it s really unclear how it s relevant to the plot, although it does become critical later on.But the author does a great job of dealing with the practical and philosophical issues of what it means to [...]


    3. There are basically two schools of thought concerning post singularity and the immortality of the human race One of them, often portrayed by Greg Egan, is optimistic it is capable of seeing beyond the wishes and fears, hopes, dreams and nightmares of humans, up to the point were it can reimagine whole societies that find a meaning for existence in the absence of death The universe portrayed in his stories is far larger than our imagination and our contingency as mortal beings.The other school is [...]


    4. Brutal A novella about the Singularity More or less, but not like we expected it.Please, see my review in English on the blog girotix 2017 Puedes ver la rese a en castellano en el blog girotix 2017


    5. This book somehow managed to be both fantastic and utterly terrible at the same time I stayed up the entire night to finish it, but there was little satisfaction in doing so.The story was well written, but I simply couldn t buy into the message, or the character development of the female protagonist view spoiler When the singularity hits, she is an 106 year old, bedridden stereotypical grandmother who is in constant pain due to the tumors riddling her body In a single day, she has her age regres [...]


    6. Some very interesting ideas in this novella The parts of the story describing the sudden and rapid evolution of the AI were gripping For a time, I thought this book was headed towards a comfortable 4 stars In the end it fell very much well short of the mark.While the premise of a god like AI is a good one, the quantum magic stuff that allows this to occur in the first place is handy wavy nonsense at best But that s not the real issue For such a good idea, I think the author fails to fully explor [...]


    7. This is a great novella.It discusses a technological singularity in which a computer scientist manages to create a sufficiently intelligent AI, programmed with Asimov s Three Laws, which then progresses to remake the world to best serve the Three Laws.I m actually quite surprised how well written this book is, considering the author has not published much other work It is not only thoughtful hard science fiction, but also very well written and engaging as a story More sci fi writers should be ab [...]


    8. This book should have a visible extreme violence and graphic content warning Not sure why the gore parts had to be that explicit there are other ways to make the same point It works fine if you skip over these and read the main story line An interesting thought experiment, but limited, as it was done as a pure AI exercise.


    9. Good book Ends in a rather luddite chapter, which is strange because most fans are rather die hard technology lovers.


    10. The paradise is hell Immortality is death.This book is absolutely mind opening Maybe short, but to the point Read it


    11. This novella is the shining example of a work that, well, no one in their right mind would publish It s a text that comments on the fragile thinking around superintelligence in the same sentence as depictions of violent sexual sadism I m grateful that Roger Williams found the time to publish this online If nothing else, it shows the one of N ways that weak, ill thought out moral laws are turned to fodder I was pleasantly surprised by the story it s still really interesting after the climax, and [...]


    12. Very entertaining, What if Caroline, the female leading character annoyed me, though I could empathize with her a bit, she just seemed controlling, petty and too stuck in her own ideology she did not feel like much of a critical thinker so it was kind of hard to feel connected to her, I don t necessarily have to feel connected to a character but it helps when it s the main character there are some particularly disturbing descriptions of violent sex that I could have done without but the premise [...]


    13. Whoa This is another book that justify the hours I spend lurking r printSF.Take a post singularity AI bound by Asimov s laws Stretch this laws and their correlations to their absolute limit and you get this novel.It s a bit hard to discuss it much further without spoiling it, but in a synthetic universe where everybody is immortal and can have any wish fulfilled, what are the limits Or, even better, what is the point This can be read for free in the author s site and I urge you to give it a go F [...]


    14. Diamond in the rough doesn t even begin to describe what this book is MOPI is the best sci fi book I have read Ever Ever The idea is not unique the writing style flawed and the plot line cluttered But by god this book will take a sledge hammer to your head and destroy the last vestige of innocence you may have had and open you up to infinite possibilities at the same time.Holy mother of god this has been a weird day Started off reading George Eliot and Iris Murdoch, and it had to end with this H [...]


    15. I stumbled across this online novel last month and didn t read anything about it, but just hopped right in It is available for free here, although I recommend transferring it to an e reader device if you can as it is rather long You can also support the author through , which offers both a Kindle and paperback edition.There is a disclaimer at the top that proclaims This online novel contains strong language and extreme depictions of acts of sex and violence Readers who are sensitive to such thin [...]


    16. The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect was a thought provoking read Many will find the book s content offensive, as it deals with subjects such as sadomasochism and incest indeed, some parts were uncomfortable to read I suppose it s in the discomfort that one finds something worth thinking about, though.The story revolves around the world made perfect The Change and the reverting of this heaven, performed by an omnipotent artificial intelligence termed Prime Intellect being the most powerful of a [...]


    17. Despite everything I read, the concept of artificial intelligence makes me hopeful The ability of an A.I to solve every problem we are tackling and to develop itself into a being capable of solving every problem we will ever tackle is alluring How much strife could be avoided by not only meeting peoples every need but also their every want Here we reach something of a paradox, demonstrated spectacularly by this novel We work towards a day where we solve every problem and never have to work again [...]


    18. This book was incredibly original, and I m thankful I discovered it by pure chance This book wasn t written by a typical author he wrote the story in the 90 s, shared it with some friends, and then sat on it for 8 years It wasn t until an online community coaxed him into publishing it online that the rest of the world finally had a chance to read it.The story could ve been written by Asimov a good thing with a touch of The Matrix In the future, a supercomputer is created that gains control over [...]


    19. This book is a short meditation or rumination on the issues of progress and the singularity There s some handwavey physics to speed things up, and some characters we start to care a bit about after they ve been through some rather nasty stuff at which point, we didn t really care all that much Considering what happens in the book, it s probably just as well that it was done in the order it was, and it does or should make you consider the ultimate consequences of an AI or any person or omnipotent [...]


    20. Set in a post singularity failed utopia, this is the story of those who resent the Change that last great Intelligence brought to the universe, what they do to deal with the lack of meaning their lives now hold Some of them engage in spectacles whereby they brutally and violently murder one another Some of them just opt out and become Wireheads The best among them seek a way to tear the whole thing down and return to the World Before Although the reactions of Prime Intellect don t make sense at [...]


    21. This is one of many stories about the utter failure of an Artificial Intelligence to comprehend simple human ethical paradigms It is dark and terrifying, but also full of humanity in all its glory To be clear, the book is very graphic and vulgar, but I don t find this to be without purpose In a book about humanity the essence, not the species being nearly lost, these deepest, darkest bits of who we are necessarily push to the surface in excruciatingly vivid color I found the pacing and narrative [...]


    22. This book is not for the causal reader it takes place in a world where taboo does not exist, moral absolutist should stay away The themes this book explores are so diverse, the word that comes to mind is cacophony how else would the topics of artificial intelligence, sadomasochism, and Asimov s laws of robotics come together Surprisingly well This book is as much science fiction as it is fantasy, and the philosophical questions it brings up will probably need to be addressed at some point in our [...]


    23. This must be one of the most original stories I ve ever read, if not the most Which is weird, because several of its concepts are well known and far from original, and I ve read about them many times One example would be The Three Laws of Robotics The story also deals with the old notion of a machine getting intelligent and or powerful than its creator, which is kind of a clich But Roger Williams does a very good job putting all those pieces together in a really interesting way, along with some [...]


    24. One of very few books that I ve loved would always love from start to finish in all its glory It s starts out violent, very violent in fact, as the characters commit alarmingly disturbing acts in the beginning chapters The plot development, told in alternating point of views time lines are very interesting unravel itself with thrilling pace The violence moves into questions of what determines an individual as a human to a sentient Artificial Intelligence, how does a near god AI serve its purpose [...]


    25. I have never been a big fan of sci fi, but this novella captured me instantly With large tones of existentialism and an indepth look at an interesting possibility, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read, never letting me down once BDSM is also a large topic, which I greatly appreciated since many people will become uncomfortable with reading about that culture, let alone writing it The characters left a little to be desired, to be honest, and at times, the plot felt a bit rushed, but it didn t make [...]


    26. A novel contemplating a possible future after the Singularity, and how it will transform mankind.Very thought provoking, although decidedly graphic at times I thought it was a fantastic read, and one of a rare group of books that has had a permanent impact on my philosophical views Although it is definitely not a textbook it is firmly a science fiction story, and an enjoyable one at that.Full contents have been made available online by the author at localroger prime intellect.


    27. One of the very few books that deal with future as a self contained cyberspace utopia Many exciting ideas are contained in this novel.Didn t care much for the detailed SM sections, although some would argue that are justified by the story Also, despite the cautious and intelligent narration I was slightly put off by the author s negative representation of technology Still, very imaginative and stimulating I absolutely bought into some of the ideas presented in the book A short and easy read.


    28. Apart from rather bleak ending, this is a perfect vision of the future that may come after humanity has been released from it s bonds of scarcity When the personal omnipotent god fulfills every wish of every human being, the only thing lacking in this immortal paradise is a sense of meaning The story involves a lot of violence and some weird fetishy sexual content, but it perfectly contributes to the idea of how far the protagonist and everybody else needs to go to attain that minuscule grain of [...]


    29. Interesting read, if for the high minded futurism than the corny dialogue and self conscious narration Explores themes of hedonism, morality and existentialism in a post human utopia, where individuals direct their own reality under the purview of a godlike Prime Intellect Some Three Laws hijinks as well Short and sweet and reasonably realistic, with a few minor plot holes and some zombie rape and graphic incest I m thinking about sticking with nonfiction in this genre.


    30. I don t give 5 stars to much, especially short stories This is definitely the exception that proves the rule Not many authors can take a huge story like this and make you feel satisfied after only 150 or so pages From the minute I started reading, nothing could distract me until I finished The only issue I had with the book is minor and I can t talk about it here without massive spoilers, so 5 stars will have to do.


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