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read WWWWatch doc à Hardcover ´ eyltransferservices  [BOOKS] ✪ WWWWatch By Robert J. Sawyer – Award winning author Robert J Sawyer continues his wildly thought provoking science fiction saga of a sentient World Wide Web Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended CaHer world But Webmind has also come to the attention of WATCH the secret government agency that monitors the Internet for any threat to the United States and they're fully aware of Caitlin's involvement in its awakening WATCH i I was relatively lukewarm towards WWWWake the first volume in this projected trilogy but Sawyer's upped his game with this one Like its predecessor WWWWatch shows signs of having been written very uickly but in this case the narrative rush works to draw the reader in uickly tooI'd recommend reading the first book before diving into this one; you'll want to be familiar with developments to date even though I think it'd be fairly easy to pick up on what's going on even coming in cold The cast of characters is largely unchanged from the first book; the focus remains on sixteen year old Caitlin Decter and her relationship with the fast growing Webmind Caitlin is a good protagonist and a realistically imperfect human being Sawyer doesn't shy away from depicting Caitlin as an adolescent with adolescent concerns about sex and schoolwork However he also uses Caitlin as a channel for some of his own opinions from time to time which can be a little jarringSawyer seems to be something like the Steven Spielberg of sf authors talented but often visibly manipulative He hit a lot of the right buttons for me this time though There were several times in fact when Sawyer's renditions of various good parts from sf films like WarGames and Star Trek The Motion Picture actually made me tear up a bit Not to mention what happens when Webmind and Hobo meetBut at least they're happy tears WWWWatch is a defiantly hopeful book in a way that reminds me of what sf used to be like back in the Golden Age when I was twelve The book makes some solid scientific as well as fictional arguments in favor of the value of consciousness of evolution and of cooperation The seuel still has some of the kitchen sink aspects of its predecessor a preference for infodumps to which I objected but they work a lot better for me this time So in spite of feeling manipulated and even though the prose was a little breathless I have to admit that I really liked this book

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Award winning author Robert J Sawyer continues his wildly thought provoking science fiction saga of a sentient World Wide Web Webmind is an emerging consciousness that has befriended Caitlin Decter and grown eager to learn about The eponymous title is not an imperative addressed at the reader but an acronym of an NSA division the Web Activity Threat Containment Headuarters Vigilant watchfulness of all web activity is the reality in this book written in 2010 three years before Edward Snowden's disclosures portrays This is the second book in Sawyer's trilogy Although Sawyer gives a recap of the events that took place in the first book a sense of attachment to the characters would be lost by not reading these books in order This is particularly important because the balance has shifted here to plot advancement over science The result is a book that felt much like a young adult genre book It's a problem enhanced by Sawyer's failure not for lack of trying to develop the character of Caitlin's father Malcolm Decter a brilliant theoretical physicist with Asperger's syndrome Book One ended with fifteen year old Caitlin receiving an implant that corrects the faulty decoding in the optic centers of her brain Blind since birth she is now connecting emotional sensations to abstractions like color and beauty Thanks to the implant Caitlin is able to view and communicate with an emergent entity which she calls Webmind She has shared knowledge of its existence with her parents the two Dr Decters and with Dr Kuroda in Japan After recovering from their shock they agree to keep Webmind a secret in order to protect it Dr Kuroda creates programming for Webmind to decode visual as well as textual information This advance allows Sawyer to draw on film allusions from “War Games” and “Star Trek The Motion Picture Director's Cut Part of the charm of the story is the depiction of Webmind's uneven learning curve Driven by an almost insatiable curiosity it works on password cracking methods in its spare milliseconds interrogates Caitlin's mother about her first marriage and solves a serious multitasking dilemma As Webmind's information base expands he yes Caitlin has decided to assign it a gender becomes articulate The disjointed outcries of Book One become uestions and observations couched at first in archaic syntax and later jokey collouialisms Of course like every fictional AI before him Webmind wrestles with the directive of “Do Good” Sawyer draws material from evolutionary algorithms non zero sum gaming theory and evolutionary biology However I found the material less integrated into the narrative than in the first book Possibly this was because I have no familiarity with the literature in these areas particularly on the uestion of the evolutionary value of consciousness which it never even occurred to me to ask Instead I allowed myself to be caught up in the plot WATCH of course discovers the existence of Webmind and is bent on destroying him — a threat to national security they claim Agents from Canadian Intelligence are dispatched to coerce the Decters into disclosing how that might be accomplished The scene in which they interrogate Caitlin is one of the most appealing sections of the book They spin a seemingly benign cover story They only want to help Webmind Listening Webmind messages Caitlin “He's lying” It's a satisfying moment The agents have all along been underestimating Caitlin thinking of her as a gullible “kid” It also represents the small victory of individuals pitted against powerful government agencies A second plot strand carried forward in this book is that of Hobo the bonobo chimp hybrid who has been taught sign language Hobo has started to exhibit aggressive chimp like behaviors just at the time his stay at the California institute where he has been raised is being challenged by the zoo where he was born One of the disappointments I had with this book was the failure

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WWWWatchS convinced that Webmind represents a risk to national security and wants it purged from cyberspace But Caitlin believes in Webmind's capacity for compassion and she will do anything and everything necessary to protect her frien When I read Wake 10 months ago my initial impressions were of a lot of disparate threads The AI the blindness the chimp the Chinese just to name the first few that occur to me now I gave it a 4 star rating because I enjoyed it I wonder now if my own defences particularly on the blindness thing caused me to not allow it the breathing space it deservedThis instalment is certainly a 5 star offering There are no fewer threads and subplots everything's still going on and the American government are weighing in on the stage as well But I think my main reason for catapulting this book to my highest rated standard is its education value Webmind the AI of the story is growing and Caitlin though clever is not omnipotent This opens up a great deal of room for exposition and because of the computer oriented content I can certainly see that as a teen I would have learned a great deal about all sorts of things from this book“It’s only because you have a limited perspective that you understand that the person facing you must be seeing something completely different from what you’re seeing as you face him just as one example a very neat summary of the theory of mind There are nuggets scattered throughout like any evolutionist should have intuitively known that tonsils had value The sheer uantity of topics discussed through evolution to zero sum situations is breathtaking in scopeThen there are the things not facts but things that Sawyer clearly either believes or at least could some day The fact that we can choose our path that consciousness puts the breaks on instinct for example is one such another is the exposition on surveillance of particular significance here because Webmind can practically see everythingSawyer's bringing up material he's handled before but somehow in this setting and written like this it all seems to gel so much effectively the Neanderthal Parallax series of books Hominids Humans and Hybrids argue that having ones every move monitored is a good thing in an alien context but written here the way it is really made me stop and think about it on a Human level Carry that thought to religion Calculating God evolution frameshift racial diversity Starplex or indeed almost any other tenet of Humanity you can think of he seems to have something to say on itSo to sum a brilliant continuation of the story better than the first I'd say; but also fascinating for the information and opinions you learn too