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.
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- Andrew Rojecki
Powers emerging power in evidence, but not fully
he is a wonderful writer. the characters, the development of H as cognition and learning system, the language and writer struggle ..all are memorable and well articulated.
his humanness is deep and attractive. but
the love interests are a novel (c) and s very short story (a) . these didn't work for me. too overwraught and seemingly unconnected to the work with H.