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Synapses Interview: A Novel Paperback – July 1, 2017
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About the Author
Tiberiu Popovici introduces himself
My name is Tiberiu Gabriel Popovici.
I was born in the town of Făget, Timiş county, on the 6th of March 1984.
I grew up and spent my childhood in Gladna Montană, a mountain village.
I graduated from Aurel Vlaicu College in Lugoj and Timişoara Polytechnic Institute, section Automation and Computers. Therefore, today I am a computer programmer.
At 14, I wrote my first poem, called Autumn, and it was followed by poems on all the other seasons.
Poetry brought me emotional satisfaction, although I didnt publish any of my poems; I managed to write over 100 poems by the age of 20.
At 22, I settled in the city of Timişoara, once I finished my university studies and I became a corporatist, starting my IT career.
At 25, I started to write prose. My first writing is El Hemer. It is 137 pages long, a first fantasy exposed after years of collecting ideas. Never published, it is still in my heart as something I wanted to write my whole youth up to then.
The following year I finished a new book, The White Rose, 110 pages long, that I recommend to every woman, married or not, because I am sure they will love it.
After two finished books, I started to write The Artist (ePublishers, Bucharest, 2014), which contains questions that humans ask since the moment of their birth. But the novel, through the curiosity of its main character, an artist, transforms existence, crowning youth with the knowledge star, which becomes a guiding star. A restless traveler, the artist, in the company of his lover, Dido, conquers the unknown in a mystic era. If the novel The Artist raises more questions than brings answers, its because in this progressive era we still dont know how to ask the right questions. The few answers we get are the proof of how deficiently we make up our questions.
My fourth book is Synapses Interview. It is a book I dont want to tell you anything about because I would like you to read it and judge for yourselves.
My fifth book, Running after Dandelions, is being prepared for publication by ePublishers. Its Romanian edition will be launched soon.
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This book, despite the themes and topics that are the center of the story, is an easy read and the pace is rather fast but not to the point of rushing everything. Everyone at least once has thought, what will be our legacy after we are all gone? What will you left behind? Those questions haunts some of us who are worried to be completely forgotten, but what are we forgetting is that we have the internet now, the media web sites are here, our posts about pretty much everything we share are there forever.
Yes, computer, smart-devices and all of that can be replaced but the information is already on the net and is going to be there for the rest of their existence, this book taught me several things about technology and our current research about the future and everything in between, this is definitely a read you shouldn’t miss.
What I find even more interesting about this topic is because it could go so many ways depending one who you talk with. One person may integrate religious views, or how technology has saved their life, while a third may bring up their child being their legacy. I very much enjoyed the story and easy pace, but I also like the fact that this can be a continuing conversation. So we want out online life to be our legacy? How much should be private? Is our “online life” silly or a way for us to leave a mark? This book was so thought provoking, especially for someone who has grown up with technology and lives in a society really trying to analyze the benefits from it.
Being an expert in computer technology and the new, ever growing world of IT connections Tiberiu has captured both the wonder of the possibilities of networking as a means toward immortality and as tool for connecting synaptic bonds with other people, his premise being that our experiences and memories have endless possibilities of sharing among others.
In his fascinating Introduction that touches on our past belief systems as well as our new systems infused with the advent of ‘information’ from computers Tiberiu shares the following – ‘According to a theory, also called the law of energy conservation, which we study in the lower secondary school, we will become soil for flowers, then even flowers, which will follow the biological process called life, as we do: we are born, we grow, we multiply and we die. The physics law doesn’t mean the disappearance of the lost energy with the death of the individual, but moreover it states that a transformation will take place. How romantic, isn’t it? Becoming flowers would be an honor for many of us, but it seems that it’s not enough for those who live with the fear of total disappearance. Flowers are not the next step, they represent the material transformation, or even the transformation of the energy, although energy is a complex phenomenon, very difficult to follow, which we will leave aside for now. This little walk through the flower garden doesn’t have the intention of demonstrating our next existence, but only its scientific possibility. If this is how things are, if this rich existence is locked in a capsular universe and not even a single speck of dust can escape from it, then how could our energy escape, the impulse that make our muscles move, or even the information we gathered in our life? I definitely can’t give you the answer to this question, because I don’t support this theory, but I can recommend you to look for people that have the knowledge to answer to it. I wasn’t shy in introducing the term “information.” You might think it’s something to do with my profession. Yes, it is. It’s connected to everything, not only to PC’s. But a short journey inside computers’ world doesn’t hurt and maybe it will help us come to a constructive conclusion with regards to the information life expectancy. On a production line, a new machine is born. It’s the machine called personal computer (PC), very popular nowadays. It gets on your desk and it serves your daily needs related to immortality. Really? With its help, you create a Wikipedia or Facebook account, or you share every day moments on your Twitter account. Immortality? Yes, it’s possible! This is a primitive form of immortality. Therefore, information travels and survives in the network, for how long? Forever! Even this primitive form of networking can give information a life where there is no fear for an end. When the machine stops working, it will be taken away, but the information will still be in the network; for as long as the network exists, your profile will be there. You will buy a new PC and you will continue to feed the world with information, and you will contribute to the interaction of all the knots in the network…’
The pleasure of this novel is Tiberiu’s ability to create a story – a fantasy that weaves the mysteries of immortality with the possibilities of the access to IT immortality. His characters are beautifully chosen – Iugo Franc -a Nobel Prize winner for his book on Synapses Theory and the subsequent responses from the public and his close associates until a stroke makes him bedridden. ‘The beginning… my first synapse was certainly my mother,” Iugo said, sipping from his wine and smoking. “Yes, of course, it was my mom, my synapse with her was physical for nine months but then it was interrupted by information and affection. Back then, my brain probably had only two brain cells and a used synapse,” he smiled back to her beautiful smile, but she gestured him to go on. Iugo would have never believed that he was going to meet a creature to understand him so well, so he went on.’ And this manner of communication between science and emotions carries the book through to a satisfying end with another Nobel Prize going to the author of “The life of the great Iugo Franc.”
At times the writing (or the translation) feels cumbersome but the joy of the message remains. This is a young author to watch carefully as he helps us navigate the rope bridge between reality and possibility – a topic extremely relevant to our times. Grady Harp. January 18
This book isn't the longest read, but is fast paced but not in the sense it becomes rushed. The book looks at computers and their human users, how it serves your daily needs related to immortality. How with its help your able to create social media accounts, allowing you to share your every moment of the day, leaving the internet's version of carbon footprints. Unbeknown to most posting online, you are making yourself immortal. I never really thought about it but whatever you put online will always stay there. Once you die your legacy will live on.
In this book a lot can be learnt by the reader, in a way it's quite the eye opener.