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Instinct   By: (1911-1981)

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In George O. Smith's mysterious sci-fi thriller, readers are introduced to a world where the boundaries between humans and machines are blurred. Set in a not-so-distant future, "Instinct" delves into the mind-bending concept of artificial intelligence and its increasing ability to replicate human behavior.

The story revolves around Dr. Morris, a brilliant scientist who has dedicated his life to researching and developing a highly advanced computer system named Minerva. What initially starts as a scientific exploration soon turns into a gripping narrative exploring the ethical repercussions and transformative potential of AI.

Smith's storytelling is characterized by its meticulous attention to detail and engaging plotlines. As the protagonist delves deeper into the complexities of creating an AI that mimics human instincts, readers are taken on an exhilarating journey filled with unforeseen consequences and moral dilemmas. The author masterfully weaves together elements of suspense, ethical questioning, and technological advancements to create a thought-provoking tale that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

One of the book's shining aspects is its well-developed characters. Dr. Morris is a complex and relatable protagonist, whose desire to push the boundaries of science is both intriguing and unsettling. Additionally, the interactions between Morris and Minerva bring a sense of tension and emotional depth to the story, allowing readers to ponder the existential questions raised by the creation of AI.

Furthermore, "Instinct" showcases Smith's ability to seamlessly blend scientific concepts with a thrilling narrative. The author's extensive knowledge of AI and robotics shines through, lending an air of authenticity to the story. Smith effortlessly explains complex scientific ideas in a way that is accessible to readers, making the book a fascinating and educational experience.

While "Instinct" provokes deep reflection on the potential ramifications of human-like AI, it also delivers a fast-paced and action-packed read. Smith's skillful pacing ensures that the story remains engaging throughout, with unexpected twists and turns that leave readers wanting more.

However, there are instances where the narrative becomes slightly convoluted, which may leave some readers feeling slightly detached. Additionally, the science-heavy passages may be overwhelming for those less familiar with the subject matter. Nonetheless, these minor criticisms do not detract from the overall impact of the story.

In conclusion, George O. Smith's "Instinct" is a captivating sci-fi thriller that explores the boundaries of artificial intelligence while keeping readers engrossed in a riveting narrative. With its thought-provoking themes and well-crafted characters, this book is a must-read for sci-fi enthusiasts and anyone curious about the future of AI. Smith's ability to seamlessly blend cutting-edge science with gripping storytelling ensures that "Instinct" will leave readers pondering the implications of technology on our lives long after the final page.

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You can keep a good man down, if you've got enough headstart, are alert and persistent ... so long as he limits himself to acting like a good man....

Illustrated by Martinez

It was 047 63 10 when he opened the door. Before his superior could chew him for prepunctuality, Huvane said as the chief looked up and opened his mouth to start:

"Sorry, but you should know. Terra is at it again."

Chelan's jaw snapped shut. He passed a hand over his face and asked in a tone of pure exasperation. "The same?" and as Huvane nodded, Chelan went on, "Why can't they make a mistake and blow themselves out of our hair? How far did they get this time?"

"All the way."

"And out?"

Huvane sat down shaking his head slowly. "Not yet, but they're over the hump, you know." Huvane's face brightened ever so slightly. "I can't be criticized for not counting them, chief. But I'll estimate that there must be at least a couple of hundred atoms of 109 already. And you know that nobody could make 109 if they hadn't already evolved methods of measuring the properties of individual atoms. So as soon as they find that their boom sample doesn't behave like the standard mess out of a bombardment chamber, they won't rest until they find out why. They'll find out... Continue reading book >>

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