- File Size: 893 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Starboard Rock Press; 1 edition (July 12, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 12, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073X7RY86
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,409 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Turing Test: a Tale of Artificial Intelligence and Malevolence (Frank Adversego Thrillers Book 4) Kindle Edition
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What I like most about this series is that technology is not just a stage prop or some magical device, but it is real technology with real powers and real limitations. This book is no exception. Instead of some faceless, all-powerful demon, the AI, Turing, is a human artefact with strengths and limitations. Humans are bound to give Turing a personality, although the story just describes it as a product of human ingenuity and explains the technology behind its human-like features.
In this fourth thriller, Frank continues his journey into a social life involving humans. I am curious how this will develop in the next books (if any). A moral dimension crops up when Frank starts to wonder on which side he should fight. Over the four books, I see a development in the writing skills of the author. The latest story is more balanced with respect to the characters and the writing feels smoother. There are also a lot of puns in the story. And, most importantly, it truly is a thriller with a lot of suspense.
Spoiler alert, I'll disclose two puns I found: One of the characters is called Shannon (after Claude Shannon, the father of information theory) and at a certain point, Charles Babbage goes to dine at Ada's. This is a dinner I would have loved to attend.
There is mention of a license plate XKCD/1613. If I hadn't known about xkcd.com, I would have missed the significance of this and not thought to look it up. Now I'm wondering what else I missed.
I wish there were some way to purchase a physical copy for a gift.
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