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Galatea 2.2: A Novel

Galatea 2.2: A Novel
Author: Richard Powers
ISBN 13: 9780312423131
ISBN 10: 312423136
Edition: 2
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $18.00

After four novels and several years 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 runs 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. Through repeated tutorials, the device grows gradually more worldly, until it demands to know its own name, sex, race, and reason for exisiting.

Washington Post Book World

A splendid intellectual adventure, a heartbreaking love story, a brief tutorial on cognitive science, and the autobiography of one of the most gifted writers of the younger generation.