Saturday, February 2, 2013

The Fear IndexThe Fear Index by Robert Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's easy enough to hypothesize super machine intelligence, then work backward for the details. But there is always a disconnect. An algorithm does not engender something that is essentially different, such as ambition. In fact, one of the attributes of a good algorithm is cohesiveness, the ability to stick with Goal A. And also, wouldn't a super intelligent AI use something a little more sophisticated than bogus e-mail? Lisbeth Salander is way ahead of this rogue computer.

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