Richard Powers, a Humanist-in-Residence at the Center for Advanced Scientific Research, gets involved with a project to train a machine to pass a comprehensive exam in English literature--and with the degree candidate against whom the machine is competing. 25,000 first printing.
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Cognitive neurologist and well-known writer team up to produce a machine that can pass a comprehensive exam in English literature, with predictably unpredictable results. Like The Gold Bug Variations, this is another of Powers' wild, unforgettable novels encompassing science, philosophy, and the frailty of mankind.About the Author:
Richard Powers has been the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. He is the author of eight novels, including Plowing the Dark, Gain, and Galatea 2.2. He lives in Illinois.
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Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux (T), 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0374199485
Book Description Farrar,Straus & Giroux, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition; First Printing. Book and DJ New. DJ not price clipped ($23) No names or ANY markings. NOT remaindered. ; A mint 1st printing. Bookseller Inventory # 10962
Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux (T), 1995. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: After four novels and several years of living abroad, the fictional protagonist of Galatea 2.2 - Richard Powers - returns to the United States as Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There he falls afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer-based neural networks. Lentz involves Powers in an outlandish and irresistible project: to train a neural net on a canonical list of Great Books until the machine becomes capable of passing a comprehensive exam in English literature. Through repeated tutorials, the device grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own name, sex, race, and reason for existing. Powers drills it in Chaucer and Austen and James, a crash course that elicits a violent reconsideration of his own literary vocation, his decade-long, failed relationship with a former pupil, and his growing obsession with the twenty-two-year-old master's candidate against whom his cybernetic Helen is slated to compete. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0374199485
Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux (T), 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0374199485
Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux (T), 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110374199485