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Artificial Imagination: A Glimpse Into the Hi-Tech Worlds of California and Seattle [Kindle Edition]

Kalpanik S.
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Book Description

Written by an AI program mimicking human creativity, this humorous autobiography of an adventurous young man describes his journey through the Hi Tech world across USA--a journey which starts at the University of California and takes him through the technology worlds of Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Seattle (after a detour through Nashville, the Music City) and ending at beautiful San Diego.

The book starts in the middle with Kalpanik, a technologist in the Software industry moving from Silicon Valley to Seattle via Nashville to work for the internet leader

We read one lively story after another about their interesting experiences in the Northwest.

In the end, we travel back in time to the University of California, and learn how/where Artificial Imagination was born!

Book Review by John Lehman,the author of Everything is changing

I was half way through this book when I realized it is almost poetry in the form of prose. I am not just referring to the short paragraphs, but the imaginative leaps, stunning imagery and most importantly, words which hook us in, make us think this is our story . . . . We see them on the page but live them in the theater of our imagination.

This book reminds us that we share the mysteries of the human mind and soul, no matter what our occupation, no matter where we were born. "Why I am here may appear to be a simple question, but . . . is there a deeper purpose of being where we are?" We know that the question applies not only to the location where we spend our lives, but also to overall existence, and our place in the time continuum.

Just as the author who traveled from New Delhi to Silicon Valley felt he has traveled forty years into the future, so do I, sitting in the agricultural landscape of Wisconsin felt that I have had a glimpse into the vitality of the Hi-Tech worlds of California and Seattle.

I feel I am in the hands of a good guide. Here is what it means to do research in Computers: "Rip apart an electronic system and you see nothing moving, nothing vibrating, it's almost a make-believe world, a child's fantasy, a writer's imagination.",

and what it means to yearn for acceptance:

"I looked at Seattle's glistening skyline on one side and its beautiful waterfront on the other and asked it the same questions I had asked San Francisco 16 years ago: will it accept me? Or will its people treat me as someone different, not one of the? And will I accept it, call it my home? Right then, she appeared from no where, as if the city had sent her to answer my questions . . ."

I loved the section addressing Seattle's slacker sun, that comes late to work, like at 9 AM and goes back home at 4, the observation that for males, until the age eight, we want every young woman to be our mother, then for the next thirty years our friend and when we have daughters, we feel like bringing every young woman a glass of warm milk and cookies.

His first day in Nashville, the author looks out of his window and sees snow. The conclusion he draws about the snow flakes very fittingly describhis life and the message we can take with us from this hip, funny, poignant, beautiful book: "the snowflakes descend slowly, floating in the air, allowing the current to carry them with it, letting it change their paths. They have chosen not to confront their destiny, choosing instead to enjoy every second of their short lives, their journey to the ground."

Welcome home, Kalpanik!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1032 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Center of Artificial Imagination, Inc.; 2nd edition (February 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012SE7RQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,203 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A job history March 25, 2014
By Issybob
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This book is just a record of the author's career history in the digital world as he sees it. Not much to chew on.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Odd Little Book October 19, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an odd little book. Ostensibly it is a tale of an immigrant's journey through the US higher education system and on to a career in the technology sector. In reality, it plays out more like the libidinous musings of someone who thinks his rather common journey is somehow profoundly special. It's very hard to tell who the target audience is. My guess is that it's foreign-born RAs in US grad programs who majored in computer science. In other words, a very, very small target audience.

Also, if this book was not self-published, the editor should try another line of work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Artificial Imagination: digital book September 20, 2014
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i gave it a 3 simply because it's a book. nothing really special about it. not much to say about it either however i have NO complaints either
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but... June 13, 2012
By Mafig
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase's a bit too descriptive. I think it could have a more personal approach, but it's easy reading. Anyway, I enjoyed reading it.
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More About the Author

Kalpanik S. was born in India, or thereabouts, a long time ago. OK, so it wasn't really all that long ago, but it's not very recent either.

He came to the USA on a fellowship from the University of California in late eighties to do graduate level studies in Computer Science. After completing his studies, Kalpanik chose to stay back and serve the Software and Internet industries at West Coast's High Tech corridor - Silicon Valley, Seattle, and Southern California

He has been writing a journal about his "journey" through the US from the time he landed at the San Francisco Airport more than twenty years ago. Finally, some years ago, he finally gathered enough courage to get it published. Boy, are we glad he did!

Kalpanik (pronounced as KAAL-pah-nik) means "imaginary" in Hindi. Yes, it's a pen name. Author uses a pen name to allow him to separate his literary identity from his professional identity.

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