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Building God by [Kuras, Jess]
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  • File Size: 172 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BNV2CEM
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The idea of building a machine that can predict the future and how that might affect our free will, only for it to determine that there won't be a future pretty much from the moment you turn the machine on. Is the lack of a future truly predicted by the machine, or is the creation of the machine itself the reason the future does not exist?

This is one of the most interesting short stories I have ever read. It was well written and thought provoking and I can see why it was a first place winner. Well done Jess Kuras. I hope you write more stories like this.
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This novella is only twenty-two pages, but don't let the small size fool you. It's worthy of a five star review because she makes you think. All "post humanists" and people studying artificial intelligence need to read this.

It starts out with Catharine as the head of Global Modeling. Her dad started working on the GM (global modeling) machine but suddenly quit due to his "religious upbringing". But Catharine had no second thoughts of picking up where her father left off and even nicknaming the GM "The God Machine". She wanted to "build God" and predict the future.

Catharine was the first to have a monitor embedded under her skin to monitor her vitals and hormone levels as well as her every movement. All this data goes into the GM. The plan was to do this with all humanity thus predicting the future.

Toward the end Catharine has her "aha" moment.

"But all we can do is watch it happen," I said, wondering if this is truly what my dad ran from. To be able to see disaster approaching and be unable to do anything to stop it? This wasn't what I wanted. This was not God.
Kuras, Jess (2013-03-01). Building God (Kindle Locations 279-280).

You'll have to read the book to see what happens at the end!

This book should make athletes rethink of just how far they would alter their bodies in the name of sports!
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A nice quick read at bedtime to help you sleep. Unfortunately it felt as if I was reading something written for a high school creative writing class. It wasn't bad and being free meant it was priced right.
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I'm a sucker for time travel stories. Though "Building God" isn't a time travel story, it does deal with many of the conventions and themes in a very new, unconventional way.

Jess Kuras has created a vivid near-future world where the population has to answer a question for itself - what would you rather: know the future and everything that will happen to you, or live in the present where you feel your free will can make a difference?

But the story isn't just philosophical. The fact that the "God Machine" sees an imminent future where earth's entire population ceases to exist makes the story a tense nail biter. It slowly builds to a "what will happen?" climax.

Jess Kuras has created a story with many different threads that will have you asking yourself some serious questions. It doesn't preach - it leaves the reader to answer them for him or herself. "Building God" had me thinking about the story long after I read it. I highly recommend it.

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A clever exploration of free will vs predestination. Read also the mammoth novel by Anthony Burgess "Earthly Powers" which adds the nature of Good and Evil into the mix.
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