Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Triggers 4 - Robert J. Sawyer

"And yet the predicted surge had come: the vast, all-encompassing, world-changing whooosh of accelerating power. It was a chain reaction, an unstoppable cascade. But rather than machines, it was human beings amplifying each other, the wisdom of crowds writ large, the society of minds spreading far and wide. To know everything, to understand all, to appreciate the totality of nature, of literature, of mathematics, of the arts. And to be free, at last, of duplicity and mendacity, of concerns about reputation, of establishing hierarchies, of all the game playing that had gone with petty individuality. It liberated so much of the intellect, so much energy—and it brought peace. Susan Dawson didn't regret the old life she'd lived—a life she, and everyone, would always remember—but this new existence was so much greater, so much more fulfilling, so much more stimulating. And it had only just begun." 2.5 out of 5

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