A working theory of love / Scott Hutchins.
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- ISBN: 1594205051 : HRD
- ISBN: 9781594205057
- ISBN: 1594205051
- Physical Description: p. cm.
- Publisher: New York, NY : The Penguin Press, 2012.
|Summary, etc.:||When Neill's father committed suicide ten years ago, he left behind thousands of pages of secret journals, journals that are stunning in their detail, and, it must be said, their complete banality. But their spectacularly quotidian details, were exactly what artificial intelligence company Amiante Systems was looking for, and Neill was able to parlay them into a job, despite a useless degree in business marketing and absolutely no experience in computer science. He has spent the last two years inputting the diaries into what everyone hopes will become the world's first sentient computer. Essentially, he has been giving it language--using his father's words. Alarming to Neill--if not to the other employees of Amiante--the experiment seems to be working. The computer actually appears to be gaining awareness and, most disconcerting of all, has started asking questions about Neill's childhood.|
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Library Journal Review
A Working Theory of Love
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Neill Bassett coasts through life in San Francisco without genuine attachments. He works for Amiante Systems, a pioneering artificial intelligence company whose scientists are using Neill's father's voluminous diaries to create a personality for the first "intelligent" computer capable of passing the Turing Test (able to fool a human user 30 percent of the time into believing that it is human). Neill spends his days in "conversation" with his dead dad, a cold and distant Southern gentleman who committed suicide when Neill was in college, while his young on-again, off-again girlfriend, Rachel, is drawn into a cultlike New Age organization dedicated to helping people "click" with one another. Though the subject matter is high-tech and even higher concept, one is reminded of E.M. Forster's epigraph to his 1910 novel Howards End: "Only connect." VERDICT First-time novelist Hutchins manages to address weighty questions (e.g., what makes us human?) without ever losing his sly sense of humor in this witty, insightful Silicon Valley comedy of manners. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/12.]-Lauren Gilbert, Sachem P.L., Holbrook, NY (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly Review
A Working Theory of Love
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In Stegner Fellow Hutchins's ambitious debut novel, the writings of Dr. Neill Bassett, who committed suicide in 1995 and kept extensive diaries for two decades, form the basis of a linguistic project to create the first software program to process natural language. Though the doctor's son, Neill Jr., is not a programmer, he's the only native English speaker at Amiante, the tiny three-man tech firm taking on the task, and his job entails humanizing the program so that it responds like a real person rather than a computer. During the course of the project, the emotionally distant Neill, a divorced 36-year-old living in San Francisco who thinks of himself as "an experienced practitioner at the art of falling apart on the inside while appearing catatonic," becomes involved with Rachel, a 20-year-old member of a cultlike group that employs questionable methods to engage its members. The relationship never sizzles because Rachel remains a cipher, but Neill's interactions with the software, which becomes more and more a stand-in for his dead father, and a rival software developer's provocative end-use plans for a successful Bassett-like program, create intriguing ethical dilemmas and force Neill out of his indifference. Neill's unusual "one-on-one" with the program is revelatory and exciting. Agent: Bill Clegg, WME Entertainment. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A Working Theory of Love
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Neill Bassett Jr. attempts to parse relationships, family ties, and his own legacy, or lack thereof, in this first novel, a deadpan serious look at the life of one modern worker searching for meaning in an increasingly banal world. Neill thought his relationship with his father ended while he was in college, when the senior Neill committed suicide. But the lasting, haunting inheritance from his father is an endless barrage of internal questions, vague guilt, a life Neill lives on the sidelines (more via technology than messy real-life interactions), and the sneaking suspicion that his father has been reincarnated in the guise of a supercomputer. Talking to the computer, known as Dr. Bassett and linguistically powered by the diaries Neill's father left behind, makes Neill feel as if he is constantly trying to catch his attention, shaking him awake much, one suspects, as he did with his actual father. When he meets a young woman, Rachel, under deliberate yet unexpected circumstances, more pathways open for him to explore all the reasons we harden our hearts and how to soften them again, before it's too late.--Trevelyan, Julie Copyright 2010 Booklist