By Richard Powers
After a number of years overseas, novelist Richard Powers -- the fictitious protagonist of the tale -- returns to the US and accepts the placement of Humanist-in-Residence on the huge, immense and prestigious heart for the examine of complex Sciences. There, he meets Philip Lentz, an outspoken neurologist rationale on making a version of the human mind with computer-based neural networks, and jointly they embark on an outlandishly bold undertaking -- to educate the neural web English literature in order that it might probably cross a tough master's exam.
As their test progresses, their brain-child absorbs increasingly more info, progressively changing into more and more worldly. quickly, it calls for to understand its identify, intercourse, race and explanation for latest. in the meantime, this literary crash path sparks in Powers a parallel awakening, and he starts a reconsideration of his selected occupation, his decade-long, failed courting with a former scholar and his obsession with the master's candidate opposed to whom his cybernetic student is slated to compete.
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