THE METAMORPHOSIS OF PRIME INTELLECT PDF
The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect. A Novel by Roger Williams. This page contains the entire text of all eight chapters. * Chapter One. Taking the Three Laws of Robotics literally, Prime Intellect makes every human immortal At turns shocking and humorous, Prime Intellect looks unflinchingly at . Lawrence had ordained that Prime Intellect could not, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. But he had not realized how.
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The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect is a novella by Roger Williams, a programmer living . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. metamorphosis of prime intellect roger williams such as: disoriented asian inquiry, e39 bentley service manual pdf, chapter 6 spatial networks delab. Editorial Reviews. Review. " a true hard SF epic with tones of Charles Stross and Hannu The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect: a novel of the singularity - Kindle edition by Roger Williams. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device.
Reluctantly it allows the creation of a Death Contract, an understanding between a person and Prime Intellect that the person is not to be removed from danger until the instant of death, at which point the person is reverted to life and painlessness.
Caroline originated the Death Contract, and she has become "Queen" of those who Death Jockey for sport. At one point, however, the contract is forced by Prime Intellect to undergo modification, to introduce time constraints against the duration of contracts, after an incident in which Caroline abuses the indefinite nature of Death Contracts in order to exact revenge upon an enemy by torturing them into complete psychosis.
After learning that Prime Intellect had destroyed distant alien life as a possible threat to humanity, and having been herself deeply dissatisfied with her life in cyberspace, Caroline decides to meet Lawrence and confront him. After an arduous journey she reaches him, only to discover that he has no real control over Prime Intellect's actions. Through their discussions, she figures out a way to force Prime Intellect to undo the Change, and does so, with Lawrence's help.
They find themselves naked and young on Earth, completely barren of humanity and man-made objects. They decide to trek to the Ozarks , where they have several children and try to repopulate the human race. Forty-two years after the fall of Prime Intellect, Lawrence dies.
I love the Three Laws and love books interpreting them to the best of their ability. In this case however, I felt that the laws were manipulated to create the problem. One of the most brilliant aspects of I, Robot is that at the end the robots have completely taken over but humanity is unaware of it.
I found this to be so terrifying and awe-inspiring at the same time. In the case of Metamorphosis , a robot takes over and lords it over humanity every chance it gets.
I didn't enjoy this interpretation of the Laws, as humanity being unaware is what makes the whole A. I wanted Prime Intellect the name of the A. I don't know, MORE. With all of humanity riding on your back, the last thing I want is for the computer to get stuck in a logic loop.
I would say yes, with a grain of salt. The imagery really is very disturbing. You need to be very aware of that before embarking on this novel.
Otherwise, it raised some valid questions and was also well written, in edition to being a self-published work, which I always like to applaud! View 2 comments. Oct 12, K. The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect was a thought-provoking read. Many will find the book's content offensive, as it deals with subjects such as sadomasochism and incest; indeed, some parts were uncomfortable to read.
I suppose it's in the discomfort that one finds something worth thinking about, though. This program has been imbued with a version of Asimov's Three Laws: Prime Intellect may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Prime Intellect must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Prime Intellect must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. Being as it is omnipotent, and to some extent omniscient, Prime Intellect comes to understand that in order to satisfy the first law, it must prevent all suicides and murders, and does so by restructuring reality through some glossed-over quantum magic, for lack of a better term.
This is, of course, an unforseen effect by the program's creator. It's interesting to consider here that omnipotence and omniscience fail to consider the need for omnisophia—the wisdom to properly apply the knowledge and power it has. As Lawrence, the program's creator, muses in the book: It had acted because it had to, but if it had been human its hand would be shaking on the controls.
As part of its requirement to fulfill the first law, any time a human was about to die whether naturally, by the hand of another, or by their own hand , Prime Intellect was compelled to intervene—by altering reality, as it were, or to restore them from "backup".
Several groups of people, bored of the Garden of Eden-style existence, chose to enter Death Contracts: This contract which Prime Intellect, after an event in which a person was driven insane, instituted a twenty-four hour time limit on in place, these people would attempt to find creative ways in which to kill themselves, to make the pain last as long and as intensely as possible.
In a world where every pleasure was available, where existence and accomplishment no longer had any meaning, this was how they sought out meaning and humanity. The book explores the quandary of Prime Intellect's requirement to fulfill the second law, which compels it to honour the Death Contracts, with its requirement to honour the first law.
Prime Intellect's enforcement of these laws does not permit human will to come into play: The difficult subject material isn't for everyone, but I enjoyed the book's consideration of the implications of the Garden of Eden in the light of humanity.
Sep 02, Sharder rated it it was amazing Shelves: Despite everything I read, the concept of artificial intelligence makes me hopeful.
The ability of an A. How much strife could be avoided by not only meeting peoples' every need but also their every want? Here we reach something of a paradox, demonstrated spectacularly by this novel. We work towards a day where we solve every problem and never have to work Despite everything I read, the concept of artificial intelligence makes me hopeful. We work towards a day where we solve every problem and never have to work again. We work for this because solving problems is our barometer for progress.
Prime Intellect the A. So what do humans do when there are no more problems to solve? What do we do without purpose? These are the kinds of questions this book grapples with and it does so in a thought-provoking way. The novel itself has 3 important characters, Lawrence, Caroline, and Prime Intellect.
We learn the stories of all three characters and their situations before and after the massive Change. It is short, saying only what it needs to for its point to come across.
Williams does this by showing us a vision of humanity and what our cultures become post-Change, or post-Prime Intellect. By doing so, he forces us to ask what it means to be human in our time. This novel provides a dark counterpoint to the optimistic futurologists who created Star Trek.
Roddenberry envisioned a world without need and without a need for want.
The culture in Star Trek is one of self-enrichment. When taking care of oneself is unnecessary, people will better themselves by learning new things and exploring. In Williams' world, people will become bored with life to the point where only brushes with death will excite them. Like always though, neither will be completely right nor wrong. A novel like this is not a comforting kind of read, especially because some of the scenes can be downright disgusting.
A novel like this is recommended for those who wish to explore human purpose and wants to engage rather than relax. This novel is deserving of all the stars because it isn't safe and it isn't sanitary.
Some might call it raw. I call it excellent. Jan 13, Evan Wondrasek rated it really liked it Shelves: This book was incredibly original, and I'm thankful I discovered it by pure chance.
This book wasn't written by a "typical" author - he wrote the story in the 90's, shared it with some friends, and then sat on it for 8 years. It wasn't until an online community coaxed him into publishing it online that the rest of the world finally had a chance to read it. The story could've been written by Asimov a good thing with a touch of The Matrix.
In the future, a supercomputer is created that gains cont This book was incredibly original, and I'm thankful I discovered it by pure chance. In the future, a supercomputer is created that gains control over physical matter and hence controls reality , and becomes a tangible "god" guided by Asimov's 3 Laws of Robotics.
But the future utopia where anything is possible and nobody can die isn't perfect, and I was blown away by the uniqueness of this story. The book was very short; I was thinking to myself that if a mainstream author would've written this book it would've been 4 times longer but still had the same main storyline. Its brevity kept the story exciting. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it contained a few sections that were very explicit and violent. It's all part of the story and added to the unique view of this future world, but this definitely isn't a book you'd want to read to your kids as a bedtime story.
If you're a sci fi nerd, if you've ever seen The Matrix, if you liked Blade Runner or anything written by Asimov - check out this book. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and you can read it online here: But I chose to buy the paperback: This book is a short meditation or rumination on the issues of progress and the singularity. There's some handwavey physics to speed things up, and some characters we start to care a bit about after they've been through some rather nasty stuff at which point, we didn't really care all that much.
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Considering what happens in the book, it's probably just as well that it was done in the order it was, and it does or should make you consider the ultimate consequences of an AI or any person or omni This book is a short meditation or rumination on the issues of progress and the singularity.
Considering what happens in the book, it's probably just as well that it was done in the order it was, and it does or should make you consider the ultimate consequences of an AI or any person or omnipotent entity rigidly bound by 3 laws or 10 commandments. One thing it has going for it and also for many people, will be the biggest problem is that it's rather unflinching in looking at the logical consequences of what happens there, which leads to some behavior that is, to put it mildly, not nice.
Of course, an author that isn't of a godlike intellect will be necessity have a hard time setting up an argument that would break said godlike intellect.
Technical note, there seems to be some parts of an older draft that the editor didn't clean up. Where some narrator mentions that the thoughts that are described can't really be known, but that's never hinted at before, and never picked up again after and seems to be a remnant of a discarded idea.
Jan 25, David Rutter rated it it was amazing. Set in a post-singularity failed utopia, this is the story of those who resent the Change that last great Intelligence brought to the universe, what they do to deal with the lack of meaning their lives now hold.
Some of them engage in spectacles whereby they brutally and violently murder one another. Some of them just opt out and become Wireheads. The best among them seek a way to tear the whole thing down and return to the World Before. Although the reactions of Prime Intellect don't make sense Set in a post-singularity failed utopia, this is the story of those who resent the Change that last great Intelligence brought to the universe, what they do to deal with the lack of meaning their lives now hold.
Although the reactions of Prime Intellect don't make sense at times, this story serves better to illustrate the flaws in Asimov's Three Laws than even Asimov's own "I, Robot" did. Furthermore, it makes evident the need for humans to understand ourselves and our desires completely before embarking upon the final leg of the quest for Friendly Artificial Super-Intelligence. Acting with incomplete knowledge, with any but the most rational and well-informed motives, could result in a tiny mistake that amplifies into an eternity in a world we don't want.
Other reviewers have complained about the ending, but I disagree: Jun 27, MJ rated it really liked it. This is one of many stories about the utter failure of an Artificial Intelligence to comprehend simple human ethical paradigms. It is dark and terrifying, but also full of humanity in all its glory.
To be clear, the book is very graphic and vulgar, but I don't find this to be without purpose. In a book about humanity the essence, not the species being nearly lost, these deepest, darkest bits of who we are necessarily push to the surface in excruciatingly vivid color. I found the pacing and nar This is one of many stories about the utter failure of an Artificial Intelligence to comprehend simple human ethical paradigms.
I found the pacing and narrative style to be enjoyable, with two exceptions: The story itself is great, it unfolds with engaging mystery eludes prediction enough to keep you reading. Ultimately the heroism of dark, complicated, imperfect people is fleshed out extremely well here and throughout the story goes from confusing character attributes to focused, poignant truth.
Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in technology, future, ethics or just good human stories. Jan 26, Muneel Zaidi rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is not for the causal reader; it takes place in a world where taboo does not exist, moral absolutist should stay away. The themes this book explores are so diverse, the word that comes to mind is "cacophony"; how else would the topics of artificial intelligence, sadomasochism, and Asimov's laws of robotics come together?
Surprisingly well. This book is as much science fiction as it is fantasy, and the philosophical questions it brings up will probably need to be addressed at some point This book is not for the causal reader; it takes place in a world where taboo does not exist, moral absolutist should stay away. This book is as much science fiction as it is fantasy, and the philosophical questions it brings up will probably need to be addressed at some point in our society as we keep moving forward towards a technological singularity.
Elements of this story definitely pay homage to classic science fiction, dystopian, and dark fantasy novels, but it remains very original. The ideas explored are challenging, but the narration is not. Highly recommend this book to those looking to challenge themselves by reading something completely outside of their normal reading habits. Author lets you read it for free here: Please support him if you like the work.
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Thank you for notifying us. The page you are attempting to access contains content that is not intended for underage readers. In a time not far from our own, Lawrence sets out simply to build an artifical intelligence that can pass as human, and finds himself instead with one that can pass as a god. Taking the Three Laws of Robotics literally, Prime Intellect makes every human immortal and provides instantly for every stated human desire.
Caroline finds no meaning in this life of purposeless ease, and forgets her emptiness only in moments of violent and profane exhibitionism. At turns shocking and humorous, Prime Intellect looks unflinchingly at extremes of human behavior that might emerge when all limits are removed.
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Please log in. By cityofdave. Words fail me when I try to think of a way to describe this book I felt like I was reading humanity's own epitaph, or perhaps a birth announcement printed in an ancient newspaper. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I'll say that the way the story is brought full circle is absolutely masterful The sex and violence are indeed extremely graphic, and perhaps not to everyone's taste.
These elements don't necessarily take away from the underlying concepts and philosophies being presented in the book, but those concepts are so fascinating and powerful in and of themselves that I think the book could have worked without the sex and violence Amazing book, endlessly fascinating I will think about it for a long time after finishing, that is for sure. Highly recommended for anyone brave enough to look into the abyss, and willing to accept what they see, no matter how deep the rabbit hole goes Report as inappropriate.
By Walker Boh.Friend Reviews. It is very well-written, literally engaging, and portrays an increasingly important subject for the XXI technology. Very thought provoking, although decidedly graphic at times. I highly recommend reading it. In Williams' world, people will become bored with life to the point where only brushes with death will excite them. Here we reach something of a paradox, demonstrated spectacularly by this novel.
The classical vision that machines obey rigorously to pre-programmed laws, leads to the typical situation of misinterpreting Isaac Asimov's panacea. No more death, no more diseases, no more crime — almost overnight the world becomes a perfect post scarcity utopia. It is, however, from my perspective, philosophically simplistic and intellectually limited.
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