A review and a link to other reviews of Exegesis by Astro Teller. Teller, a year-old Ph.D. student specializing in artificial intelligence, is the grandson of nuclear physicist Edward Teller, commonly known as the father of the. Exegesis is a novel written in the form of email messages between its two major protagonists, Alice Lu and EDGAR. However, Astro Teller’s.

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Preview — Exegesis by Astro Teller. Exegesis by Astro Teller Goodreads Author. Sun, 16 Jan Hello Hello, Alice. Paperbackpages. To see tteller your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Exegesisplease sign up. Lists with This Book.

Jul 04, Katie rated it liked it. Dec 11, John rated it really liked etller. Written when the Internet was starting to boom mid ’90sbut before google or even The Web.

The days of news groups and ftp. When you were cool if you had an account on The Well. When a megabyte was still a lot of memory. The story is a long email exchange between a researcher and a data exegesjs agent she has developed. It becomes conscious and “gets loose”, much to the concern of Our Government. Recommended for AI fans everywhere. Jul 01, Meagan rated it it was ok Shelves: The idea of this book is interesting an AI program develops consciousness and will and begins to correspond with its creatorand its email format makes it a fast read, but by the end I felt like someone was beating me over the head with a hammer.

Do you see it? But, it was quick. Jan 30, Susan rated it it was ok. Gets at themes of artificial intelligence and consciousness that others do better. Alice is an unbelievable, bratty character. Jan 25, Miri rated it liked it Shelves: It’s surprisingly difficult to pin down what I think of this book.

I read it in about two hours, which sort of gave me the impression of loving it, but wstro really just because emails are so easy to read. There were some interesting philosophical discussions, and I particularly liked Edgar’s ultimate choice, but also there were some really meandering thoughts that felt slippery, like they never quite touched ground on their logical base.

I appreciate both that she was wr It’s surprisingly difficult to pin down what I think of this book. I appreciate both that she was written by the real-life version of herself a grad student telle artificial intelligence and that he chose to make her a woman of color—a choice that, annoyingly, would still be notable now, and this aatro was published in Yet somehow, she felt more like she’d been written by someone who didn’t know the field, and was just doing their best guess based on research.


She was inexplicably rude to Edgar in the beginning—rude doesn’t seem like the right word but I can’t quite find a better one, dismissive maybe? I know her despair is supposed to be explained by the involvement of the FBI and NSA, which obviously would be incredibly stressful; maybe it’s the exeyesis of context outside the emails, which provide such a limited perspective, but I just never felt the gravity of the situation sufficiently for her responses to make total sense.

It was interesting, though, and such a fast read can hardly be a waste of time. Asto nothing else, it’s an intriguing thought exercise about the double standard required telker “safety” is your highest goal. It was written almost twenty years ago, but its questions are even more applicable now.

Nov 07, Lisa rated it it was ok. Not very complex, but interesting format. Super easy to read. Mar 14, Natalie rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this book in a single sitting at the library.

Told through a series of emails, it was engrossing and entertaining. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

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To view it, click here. I am happy to be sad.

That paradox fills me and I love it. Do you believe in resurrection, Alice? I will return if some aspect of me remains free. The discussion of morality is inspired. Edgar’s wit is refreshing. Alice’s open-faced humanity is comforting. The last email subject, “my dear,” made me tear up a bit. I mildly brushed over email subjects and writing exegesjs to see if I could detect any distinct markers from the author to understand if, and then exegezis, Edgar and Alice’s correspondence had been compromised before Edgar’s ‘death,’ ezegesis did not find any.

Close study of the NSA’s final report on the matter proved equally fruitless. It’s not a deal breaker on my five stars — maybe I’m just not a critical enough reader. Yet I, like Edgar, am curious. Can anyone enlighten me? Oct 04, Micah Aaron rated it it was ok.

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Turn-of-the-century interpretations of the World Wide Web always interest me. While this one sounded compelling when I stumbled across it, it left me cold in the end. While I didn’t expect for the story’s computer program to nuke the world which definitely does not happen – spoiler?? I exegesi hoping for a wider reach, because teler story has the potential to be terrifying.


There are a few hints that it could expand but they always lead to a dead end. There was one moment that really startled me, a Turn-of-the-century interpretations of the World Wide Web always interest me. There was one moment that really startled astrp, a few that left me confused, and by the end I was left shrugging it off. It’s the perfect length for what it is, I’ll give it that.

The e-mail and website gimmick might have ran dry if it exceeded pp. Nov 30, Ultracrepidarian rated it liked it. Alice as a tellef gives you the impression that she’s consistently stressed and bothered, which makes me resent myself for exegeais able to relate with her so much.

Didn’t really feel much emotion from this, but it did make me think a lot, which was nice. Sep 08, Mediaman rated it really liked it Shelves: While the email format of the text may seem quaint to modern readers, the content of the book is really amazing.

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The book is a series of communications between a professor and his creation, in a modern-day retelling of Shelly’s Frankenstein. Fascinating format and direction. Jun 08, Krista Almazan rated it it was amazing.

Jun 12, Catherine rated it liked it Shelves: A neat little thought experiment.

The character of Alice surprised me a little. I feel I would have reacted quite differently were I in her position. Sep 18, Dana Freeman rated it really liked it. Jan 28, Ash rated it liked it. So there’s lots of philosophizing about what it means to be alive and to be human etc etc. Some of it was pretty interesting – according to the author’s bio in ExegesisTeller was studying artificial intelligence at the time, and now he’s some kind of fancy scientist so it stands to reason that he’s spent a lot of time thinking about this shit.

Side note – his most recent book is Sacred Cows: The Truth About Divorce and Marriage which So as a dialogue about artificial intelligence I was pretty okay with this. The characterization was bonkers bad, though. So clearly she’s pretty smart and capable, right? We find out through the course of the text her parents are brilliant scientists in China? She really wants to live up to their dreams. She doesn’t get along with her dad, who she feels is unfairly harsh on her.

Other than that, she receives one email did I mention this is all told via emails?