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Speak By Louisa Hall Suet Yee Chong,

  • Title: Speak
  • Author: Louisa Hall Suet Yee Chong
  • ISBN: 9780062391193
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understandingIn a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very differentA thoughtful, poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence illuminating the very human need for communication, connection, and understandingIn a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very different characters, Speak considers what it means to be human, and what it means to be less than fully alive A young Puritan woman travels to the New World with her unwanted new husband Alan Turing, the renowned mathematician and code breaker, writes letters to his best friend s mother A Jewish refugee and professor of computer science struggles to reconnect with his increasingly detached wife An isolated and traumatized young girl exchanges messages with an intelligent software program A former Silicon Valley Wunderkind is imprisoned for creating illegal lifelike dolls.Each of these characters is attempting to communicate across gaps to estranged spouses, lost friends, future readers, or a computer program that may or may not understand them In dazzling and electrifying prose, Louisa Hall explores how the chasm between computer and human shrinking rapidly with today s technological advances echoes the gaps that exist between ordinary people Though each speaks from a distinct place and moment in time, all five characters share the need to express themselves while simultaneously wondering if they will ever be heard, or understood.
    Speak A thoughtful poignant novel that explores the creation of Artificial Intelligence illuminating the very human need for communication connection and understandingIn a narrative that spans geography

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    1. We are programmed to select which of our voices responds to the situation at hand moving west in the desert, waiting for the loss of our primary function There are many voices to choose from In memory, though not in experience, I have lived across centuries I have seen hundreds of skies, sailed thousands of oceans I have been given many languages I have sung national anthems I lay on one child s arms She said my name and I answered These are my voices Which of them has the right words for this m [...]

    2. We re linked to histories we can t ever know, forgotten stories that form our most intimate substance Speak is a novel about an AI, a BabyBot Hall s futuristic terminology is not her strong point called Mary 3, a kind of cyborg similar to what Spielberg created in his film AI Except Hall s cyborg is not intended for childless parents but as a companion for children Mary 3 s memory consists of various historical documents including the memoir of the daughter of one of America s founding fathers, [...]

    3. This book is a little outlandishSurprisingly touching warm qualities The structure of Speak is uniquenking together six narrative voices Artificial intelligence is linked with humans desires for intimacy and connections.There is so much emotion felt My mind was thinking yet my heart was feeling empathy for these characters and their situations.It s complex and will have you seriously thinking about how much our memories mean to us SPEAK touches on the feasible negative repercussions that artific [...]

    4. According to the legendary code breaker Alan Turing, if an interrogator could not tell the difference between man and machine under questioning it would be unreasonable not to call the computer intelligent Artificial Intelligence AI , as it s known, is in the news quite a bit at the moment just yesterday I was reading about how the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is looking to design a robot to help around the house He envisages that in ten years it s possible that a computer could be designed th [...]

    5. If you walk into almost any public place, you ll see people on their phones, emailing, texting, surfing the web And this behavior isn t just exclusive to solitary people how often do you see groups of people in which some or all are on their phones simultaneously And how often have you seen two people at a table at a restaurant, or sitting next to each other, yet they re immersed in their own electronic connections instead of taking advantage of the physical one right there in front of or beside [...]

    6. Intertwining stories that move backwards from banished babybots, including the prison journal of their inventor, trial evidence containing transcriptions of online chats between the disembodied mind of a bot and a young girl, the marital divorce letters of a previous nanotechnologist and his wife, letters from Alan Turing to the mother of his close and deceased friend, and the journals of a newly married young woman on a journey at sea.I loved the framework and the telling of this story but didn [...]

    7. So apparently this book is kind of like Cloud Atlas because it takes place over different time periods with different characters, and those time periods and characters are all connected somehow by recurring images and themes But honestly, I wish I would have read Cloud Atlas instead because that s supposed to be amazing, and while this was interesting, and I think my book club is going to get a good discussion out of it, I wouldn t say that it works as a story I feel like Speak is a thought expe [...]

    8. If I have to compare this book to something, it would be Cloud Atlas It lacks that books complex structure, but does tell a story that involves one sprawling theme through several narratives set over the course of several hundred years From a girl s diary in the 1600 s to a discarded robot in a warehouse in the future Both books are patchworks from many styles and genres as well And I enjoyed both books very much.Hall s novel is fascinating and I would like little than to sit down with her and [...]

    9. Powerful, poignant, and deep, Speak has an unusual structure, weaving together six narrative voices that together illuminate a link between the creation of artificial intelligence and the fundamental human yearning for connection When I started the book its nonlinear format put me off, but it took just a few chapters for me to become totally hooked The narrators include a Pilgrim or Puritan girl leaving her former life behind to journey to America, AI pioneer and WWII code breaker Alan Turing, a [...]

    10. Actual rating somewhere between 3.5 and 4 It was a different book, sometimes I liked it sometime not I m not usually eager about reading letter like books or even diaries and that s why I didn t enjoy this book completely.In this book there are letters from a man to his wife a man to his best friend crush mother a man from the criminal facility to his divorced wife,a crippled girl chat with a robot and a diary of a newly wed 16 years old woman They lived in different period from past to future T [...]

    11. It s hard to explain how much of an impact this book had on me, which is ironic, given that the book is all about language and speech While at first glance it might seem that this is a science fiction tale about artificial intelligence gone wrong, it is a beautifully interwoven narrative on ideas of what makes us human and forms our personality What truly forms our self identity Do we have free will, or are we a collection of algorithms built upon the experience of our lives, our experiences, ou [...]

    12. I wanted to enjoy this and really dig into the story of this evolution of an AI and the people that shaped it and interacted with it But ultimately it was shallow and fragmented and I struggled to connect because the narrators voices were inauthentic or contrived Snippets were good, but the whole was lacking.

    13. MLA Freebie.The publisher rep at the MLA convention in 2017, said his boss loved this novel I can see why You know all those reports about computers making people lonely Hall examines that and other ways we cannot communicate or can communicate with those around us The book is powerful.

    14. I loved this book How to describe it Well, Emily St John Mandel author of Station Eleven, which I also loved wrote, Speak is that rarest of finds a novel that doesn t remind me of any other book I ve ever read But I have to disagree with that Either that or Ms Mandel has never read The Cloud Atlas or anything by Margaret Atwood, which I find hard to believe Speak is about artificial intelligence, but also about the connections between people and between people and machines It s about language It [...]

    15. Hall interweaves disparate time periods and voices to track the development of artificial intelligence The fact that all six narratives are in different documentary formats memoirs, letters, the transcript of a dialogue, a diary, and so on means they are easy to distinguish One might argue that two of them Alan Turing s letters and Mary s shipboard diary are unnecessary, and yet these are by far the most enjoyable They prove Hall has an aptitude for historical fiction, a genre she might choose t [...]

    16. NY Times review, sums up the novel pretty nicely and also might prompt me to remember the things I ll no doubt forget down the track If only I had memory like MARY3bile.nytimes 2015 08 30

    17. Here there be dragons Or, as in this instance, the perils of the multi narrative novel David Mitchell made it seem so effortless in Cloud Atlas, where he flung together disparate voices from the distant past and the deep future However, the effect can be quite jarring and disjointed where it does not work, as in the case of Speak.Here we have Stephen R Chinn, a computer programmer writing his memoirs in a Texas jail in 2040 Chinn is the inventor of the so called babybot robot companions, which a [...]

    18. Perfect, just perfect Five tales over five centuries, bound by yearning for intimacy and understanding, looking for it in the wrong places.Mary Bradford travels to the New World with her new husband, who is thrust upon her the day before the voyage She clings to her dog her diary as her confidantes companions, shunning the patient man trying to be her mate.Alan Turing finds a confidante and companion early in life, despite the odds he is awkward, intellectual, homosexual, at a time when to be so [...]

    19. The novel Speak is told in 5 voices from different times periods There is Stephen R Chinn, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, in prison in 2040 for the knowing creation of mechanical life He is in the process of writing a memoir to explain how he got where he is Gaby White is a young girl who got too attached to her baby bot , a robot companion, and now is ill, her main contact with an intelligent computer program Karl Dettman is a computer scientist circa 1968, and is in the forefront of the explor [...]

    20. The structure of this book vaguely reminded me of David Mitchell Each individual story is interconnected by different links, whether it s the subject matter, an actual character or place or an idea While the book, on the surface, is about our reliance on computers and increasingly realistic AI, the stories tended to speak to the characters human interaction and their remorse at having neglected those relationships in favor of computers At least that s what I took away from it That and the lesso [...]

    21. Connection is one of our most profound needs as human beings Failure of communication and the endless quest to be known come to with the territory Still, nothing shatters us than when the person or thing that understood us is gone.The BookMuch like the format in the book Cloud Atlas, Speak spans many time periods and characters, weaving a plot with the central theme of human connection and how artificial intelligence AI fits into our communication, connections, and ultimately, our lives Some of [...]

    22. Book blurb In a narrative that spans geography and time, from the Atlantic Ocean in the seventeenth century, to a correctional institute in Texas in the near future, and told from the perspectives of five very different characters, Speak considers what it means to be human, and what it means to be less than fully alive This book gets pitched to David Mitchell fans, and I think if you go in with that expectation you are going to be disappointed It s good, but not great There are five interconnect [...]

    23. Judge this book by its cover It s as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.Literary fiction with a sci fi edge, Speak masterfully weaves five distinct stories that span centuries from a feisty young woman traveling to America in the 17th century to mathematical genius Alan Turing to a former inventor in a dystopian future imprisoned for creating illegally lifelike artificial intelligence.The stories all connect in subtle yet meaningful ways, exploring timeless aspects of humanity such [...]

    24. Speak is a story about artificial intelligence, but not in the usual way Hall isn t really interested in how it will happen the tech, the business, the laws far in how we will react to it In how it will force us to define ourselves We re so very alone as a species the only member of Homo still extant, the only as far as we re able to define it intelligent creature on the only planet where we ve found life Do we even, without leaning on 3,000 year old texts, know what it means to be alive, to be [...]

    25. A slow and thoughtful book, less about artificial intelligence itself, and about the human stories behind the invention This is a very unique addition to the sci fi genre, and something I can see people who aren t usually drawn to that genre enjoying Unlike some sci fi novels, Speak is very much character centric, and perhaps the reasons for the developments in this changing society are less important By the end, I came to the conclusion that there wasn t really much of a plot and most of the m [...]

    26. I started this book with very high expectations based on a promising first chapter That promise slowly dissipated like helium from a leaky balloon over the following pages, such that I was seriously considering setting it aside by the time I reached the midpoint of the book Only grudgingly did I trudge on, although in hindsight I m not sure that was the right choice The second half of the book gets better, but only marginally so, and I didn t feel that the novel concluded in a particularly satis [...]

    27. Could a machine think The arguments are familiar Machines have no soul machines lack free will machines cannot feel Science fiction writers have toyed with our paranoia What if they can Author Louisa Hall transforms the question into a vital and visceral experience in this novel Philosophical assumptions are examined by the machine itself in dialogues with a 13 year old invalid, Gaby White Gaby What s wrong with you I already said I don t want to talk about places outside I m sick of you bugging [...]

    28. I listened to this book on Audible mostly while taking short walks around my neighborhood It s an incredible book told from multiple points of view that keep multiplying as the story unfolds I won t recap the plot here other than to say it reminded me of Cloud Atlas in terms of the breadth of its narrative scope but has a stronger thematic focus that pulls the storylines together a 17th century diarist en route to the new world, a narcissistic robot engineer, a girl frozen in a wheelchair, Alan [...]

    29. Still January, and it s going to be very hard to find something to surpass this A deeply unsettling meditation on loneliness, memory, loss, and the voices we mine from past and present in our attempts to connect with others The comparisons to Cloud Atlas aren t quite fair This is a very different, maybe less ambitious book, and it s all the moving for it Now go home and hug your dog.

    30. I really enjoyed this one, even though I expected something quite different It is much an exploration of memory and the history of computing than a science fiction novel But the language is captivating, the different voices are really different , and Mary Bradford s 17th century diary is hilarious.

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