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In a near future where almost everyone on earth is connected to a worldwide net, Jasmine Reese discovers the existence of an intelligence called Gestalt-a self-aware entity generated by the collected consciousness of eight billion networked people. And only Jaz can stop it from controlling the world....

Title : Technogenesis
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ISBN : 9780451458643
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 326 Pages
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Technogenesis Reviews

  • Vilmibm
    2019-04-07 03:47

    really quite delightful. a hidden gem.

  • Michael
    2019-04-12 03:38

    Quite good. I gave it four stars because I feel this was a worthy contribution to transhuman speculative fiction. I felt that the pseudo-utopian descriptions of a globally linked populace were far-fetched but I appreciated the vision. I also really enjoyed all the descriptions of being linked to the Net; the author did a pretty good job with that. The plot-line was not particularly original, which kept this from being a truly spectacular book. But given that this was an opportunity to showcase coming technological possibility, a really strong plot could have distracted. The same with the characters. Tate and the Witch were interesting, though. This is the second book by her that I've read and I'll, doubtless, read more.

  • Scott Holstad
    2019-03-31 05:05

    This book has to be easily one of the cheesiest books I've read in a very long time. In fact, I didn't even finish it. I made it to page 216 and gave up in disgust. It's just so damn stupid. I don't know how much experience the author has with cyberpunk, but she could use a few lessons.In the future, virtually everyone in the world is connected to the Net. 24/7. And that's all they want out of life. There are a few cranks who are disconnected, but no one pays them any attention. Jaz is a "natural," a type of psionic who can break into networks, data, and even minds, working for an info company in Seattle. Everyone wears face rigs -- all day long. One day, hers breaks. She takes it for repair, but because hers is custom made, it needs to be shipped off, so she's left with pretty much nothing. And she didn't realize how horrible it would be to be without the Net. She can't pay for a bus ticket. She can't get in her apartment building. People in rigs are staring at her. She feels different. She goes to the library and uses a public connection and starts doing some research. When she finds some relevant articles, they start disappearing before her eyes. What's going on? More importantly, she feels something in the Net, an entity, and it soon appears before her, a self conscious, constantly growing entity reliant on ten billion networked humans for survival, and it calls itself Gestalt. It scares the hell out of her.She calls some work friends and talks them into a disconnected hiking/camping trip weekend. She's going to tell them she has some suspicions. For instance, no networked person has committed suicide in years. She noticed that people are more complacent. She steps in front of people to try to get a rise out of them, but they just walk off. She meets her friends and they hike to a spot out in the boondocks. She shares her suspicions and is met with a variety of reactions, and they aren't all very supportive. However, soon some snowmobiles show up with what appear to be rangers and they say an avalanche warning is in effect and they have to evacuate. They're not given a chance to collect their belongings and Jaz winds up with one of the rangers. The others move ahead while Jaz's slows down. He stops, pulls out a mortar and blows up their camp, before dragging her back on the snowmobile. She's being kidnapped.I can't remember, but she must have been knocked out, because when she comes to, she's in a prison cell. A military man comes to see her. He informs her he's a colonel with the NSA. She tells him the NSA is a research organization and he tells her he's with their enforcement division. She's in their prison. She has one choice. Go to Pasadena to infiltrate a break out organization that's offline, for what purpose we're never told, or be killed.OK. The NSA doesn't have an army. They don't have prisons. They don't have assassins. And they sure as hell don't have witches in dungeons, which is something Jaz encounters in her ONE day of training. The two NSA agents sent previously have both disappeared, presumed dead, so she's given one day of training. And a partner. A hacker who's in an NSA prison. If they succeed, he gets pardoned.I'm going to stop. They get to Pasadena, get mind read, immediately invited to join the breakaway organization and they have their own network with their own version of Gestalt. So what's the big damn difference? I couldn't take it anymore. What a stupid damn book! I can't believe I read over 200 pages of it. What a waste of time. Jaz is thinking of deserting the NSA and joining this organization for real. Personally, I hope she gets blown away. She's a damn idiot. If you like cyberpunk, this is the LAST book I would recommend.

  • Megan
    2019-04-09 08:03

    This was a really quick read and I liked a lot of the ideas explored, but the characters left something to be desired and the ending made me kind of angry. Jaz stumbles upon a horrible truth, that the net has given rise to a metamind, an artificial intelligence that has made mankind complacent. It keeps its existence secret for fear of rejection. Jaz feels this is a huge breach of privacy, and so wants to work against it. (view spoiler)[ It ends with her joining up with another metamind that robs her of privacy, but for some reason she really likes this one, probably because it's hooked up to fewer people. But her initial grievance never gets resolved. Sure, she joins it willingly, but why is that one so good and the original so bad? She gets found out as a spy and thrown into a sensory deprivation tank to be used as a processor for the new AI. It ends with her leaving her newfound true wuv to go to the moon with the psychopathic assholes who threw her into the tank and fried her brain because she felt really bad about it. Until then she was just kind of a horror movie level of stupid, like "Oh, don't go in there." sort of dumb. But why ruin her life to go to the moon with people who want to kill her? Why not send other naturals to do the exact same thing? Why did she feel like it was so important to have a metamind? (hide spoiler)] Until the end I liked the book fine enough, but ugh I had bad endings.

  • Anja
    2019-03-25 05:48

    I absolutely loved the idea, but I wasn't a fan of the writing style or characters. The character I was most interested in, Tate, dies without ever being given much of an explanation. She was the one character that really seemed to interest me, how had she come to be so distrustful and bitter, what had made her into the unusual person she was when Jaz met her, but unfortunately she really received little attention. The other characters just didn't grab my attention at all, and I even felt a bit of mild dislike for most of them, but I can't quite put my finger on why.So overall in my mind, a really interesting concept in a not so interesting book.

  • Zia Swim
    2019-03-26 02:58

    Good: A really well thought out exploration of the where the combination of targeted marketing, and the rise of AR (augmented reality) technology could take us. I was also impressed with the interesting ideas of collective consciousness that were introduced.Bad: Many interesting characters were introduced in this book, I just wish that more of them would have been fleshed out. Conclusion: A solid entry in the cyberpunk/near-future speculative fiction genre. Not groundbreaking, but if this genre is your cup of coffee, you won't regret spending a day or so reading it.

  • Nicky Penttila
    2019-04-22 04:00

    Good pacing and surprisingly solid in both brain science and tech progress for being more than a decade old. I enjoyed spending time with Jasmine and the people she meets and puzzling out the conundrums their (and our) networks bring up. Adventure and technical aspects most entertaining; a late-breaking romance didn't seem essential to the story. Sorry it is out of print; there aren't so many strong women (or half-Indian, half-Irish!) in starring roles in SFF.

  • Chris Ellis
    2019-03-25 07:05

    Nothing really wrong with this book, just didn't feel like it flowed naturally somehow. The idea behind the story, a "skynet" type variation, seems entirely plausible, the characters are interesting, the plot moves along. And yet..... There was just something about it. The writing is not bad, and I would have no problem recommending it as a quick and entertaining sci-fi read.

  • S. K. Pentecost
    2019-03-28 08:58

    Eye opening concepts to inspire both fear and hope. It's been a while since I read it so I'm only listing what's stuck with me four and a half years later.Definitely on my to be read again list. I go now to make a to be read again list.

  • Jordan
    2019-04-06 09:05

    Interesting, but I really wish some of the characters and ideas would have been expanded on a bit more. Overall though, I'm a sucker for the ideas that it uses and I'd definitely give another of this author's books a try.

  • Joe
    2019-04-19 05:46

    What if everyone were connected to the Internet 24/7? What if you could get information about a person you met on the street with a thought and details about what their facial features meant?What if that collective unconsciousness gave rise to something else?

  • Aleece Meliet
    2019-03-25 07:02

    Written 11 years ago, this novel prophesies what we are now becoming without being aware of it. It was fascinating then to think about the technology of the future, that we take for granted now.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-09 01:50

    Well, I read it in a day, so I guess it was pretty good.

  • J
    2019-04-15 10:06

    The writing style was not my favorite (a bit too dense), but I loved the concepts and philosophy behind it. Spent a good long time thinking about the Witch, especially.

  • R.
    2019-04-09 08:53

    Kind of meh.

  • Maria
    2019-04-22 09:52

    Interesting, but I distinctly remember disliking the second half and feeling like it fell apart. Didn't like the sex in it.

  • Artifice Magazine
    2019-03-27 08:49

    Kind of meh.