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Accelerando (Singularity) de Charles Stross
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Accelerando (Singularity) (2005 original; edició 2006)

de Charles Stross (Autor)

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The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day. Struggling to survive and thrive in this accelerated world are three generations of the Macx clan: Manfred, an entrepreneur dealing in intelligence amplification technology whose mind is divided between his physical environment and the Internet; his daughter, Amber, on the run from her domineering mother, seeking her fortune in the outer system as an indentured astronaut; and Sirhan, Amber's son, who finds his destiny linked to the fate of all of humanity. For something is systematically dismantling the nine planets of the solar system. Something beyond human comprehension. Something that has no use for biological life in any form...… (més)
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Títol:Accelerando (Singularity)
Autors:Charles Stross (Autor)
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Accelerando de Charles Stross (2005)

  1. 50
    A Fire upon the Deep de Vernor Vinge (ahstrick)
  2. 20
    Glasshouse de Charles Stross (roundballnz)
  3. 20
    Permutation City de Greg Egan (amayzes)
  4. 32
    Rainbows End de Vernor Vinge (PortiaLong)
    PortiaLong: Extrapolation of how we interact with our informational devices and the digital world is an interesting done theme in both works.
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That was an information overload for me. whew.
It made my headache worse.

P.S. At first I thought it's Michael Swanwick's book.
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
Vertigine.
Questa parola ricorre spesso a proposito di questo libro. Ricorre nelle recensioni sul web e in quelle scritte dai lettori di Anobii e Goodreads, ricorre nella postfazione di Salvatore Proietti e, infine, è ricorsa spesso nella mia mente durante la lettura.
3 sezioni, la prima che inizia in un mondo che potrebbe essere il nostro dopodomani e l'ultima che finisce in un universo completamente alieno, completamente stravolto dalla forza centrifuga dell'evento conosciuto come "singolarità tecnologica" e, al centro della scena, 3 generazioni della famiglia Macx, in questo che è certamente più di un romanzo (o meno di un romanzo, dipende dai punti di vista) ma è un vero è proprio manuale di sopravvivenza al futuro: il vero protagonista del libro.
E, lasciatemelo dire, ci voleva un libro che ritornasse a parlare del futuro perché, se non ve ne foste accorti, moltissime delle narrazioni fantascientifiche degli ultimi tempi ( e con narrazioni intendo libri, ma anche serie tv e fumetti) avevano un po' smesso di parlare di cosa ci attenderà, preferendo narrare, sotto le mentite spoglie di un tempo a venire, storie di noi esseri umani contemporanei, dei nostri dubbi esistenziali, dei nostri problemi e delle nostre sfide. Tutte ottime narrazioni, questo va detto (Battlestar galactica, giusto per farvi un esempio, rimane un capolavoro)ma chi può dire se i problemi di noi scimmie glabre saranno gli stessi che abbiamo oggi..e soprattutto, potremmo definirci ancora umani in un futuro più o meno lontano? A tutto questo, Charles Stross, cerca di dare una risposta, senza inventare niente (o quasi niente), ma portando a estreme conseguenze tutte le teorie scientifiche e i progressi della tecnica che sembrano caratterizzare il nostro tempo.
Non si tratta di un libro facile, caratterizzato com'è da una lingua ricca di tecnicismi, quindi se cercate una storia fluida che parli più al vostro cuore che al vostro cervello, beh, potete guardare da un'altra parte. Ma se siete appassionate di scienza e tecnica, se non vi spaventa informarvi su ciò che non sapete da altre fonti e, soprattutto, il vostro spirito è animato da un genuino "sense of wonder", allora Accelerando è il libro che fa per voi!

Appendice 1
Situazioni classiche della fantascienza che, dopo aver letto Accelerando, mi sembrano delle imperdonabili ingenuità.

- Civiltà aliene che vengono a farci visita su astronavi
- Astronavi che esplorano lo spazio con equipaggio umano in criogenia
- Intelligenze artificiali che ragionano come esseri umani del 900
- civiltà interstellari che sembrano poter fare a meno delle reti informatiche
- Economie che sembrano una derivazione del mercantilismo del XVI secolo.

Appendice 2
Pagine di Wikipedia che vi verranno molto utile durante la lettura di accelerando:

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singolarità_tecnologica

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scala_di_Kardashev

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wetware

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligenza_artificiale

http://www.openverse.com/~dtinker/agalmics.html (su wikipedia non esiste il concetto di economia agalmica, e purtroppo ho trovato solo questo articolo in inglese che spiega in che cosa consiste, per avere un esempio applicato, vi consiglio il racconto "Maneki Neko" di Bruce sterling)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bekenstein_bound (en)

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vuoto_del_Bootes

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradosso_di_Fermi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computronium (En)

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sfera_di_Dyson

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cervello_Matrioska

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spugna_di_Menger

queste sono le voci che ho trovato più interessanti, ma potrei essermene dimenticata qualcuna... non abbiate paura di informarvi con questo libro! ( )
  JoeProtagoras | Jan 28, 2021 |
A book about the 21st century, containing what one would describe as the singularity. Essentially a massive take-off in intelligence through computation, exploitation of the entire solar system, etc. Unfortunately the best characters were caricatures and the others were just gratingly annoying, the science was bad (which I could forgive), and there were lots of logical inconsistencies throughout. Still amusing because of a few elements but not great. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
This would have been a five-star rating, given its incisive presentation of a lot of singularitarian concepts, economic extrapolations from current trends, well conceived centuries-spanning plotlines, and cycle through a series of engaging sub-storylines, if not for one drastic failure. The author engages in rather blatantly willful ignorance of the single biggest problem of his vision of transhumanism, providing exactly nothing to address the fact that the obvious interpretation of his version of technological "immortality" is of egotistical perpetuation of one's influence on the world in an act of personal suicide. The biggest problem facing the "upload" concept of transhumanist immortality in speculative fiction is the fact that copying a mind then killing the body in which the original lives is not actually uploading consciousness so much as creating a clone and ceding control of one's identity to that clone.

It's a problem addressed exceedingly well in the writings of Greg Egan and William Gibson, among others -- especially in Gibson's story Winter Market, which addresses the egotistical suicide-immortality attitude as well as the underlying problem that it actually is nothing but suicide and cloning. Meanwhile, Accelerando just ignores the problem altogether, as if failing to address it will ensure readers never catch on to the existence of the man behind the curtain. Stross takes an even more bafflingly ineffectual approach to the matter in Rapture of the Nerds, his collaboration with Cory Doctorow, where the authors confront the problem head-on then choose to dismiss it without meaningful justification, so this problem seems endemic to Stross' thinking rather than a momentary curiosity in one book.

The upshot, in any case, is that a glaring flaw in the thinking behind the construction of the plot and the world in which it evolves keeps this book from being a solid five stars, but the book is so good on matters other than this one problem that it does not quite deserve to be reduced to below four stars. ( )
  apotheon | Dec 14, 2020 |
This book starts off with a headache inducing deluge of acronyms and technogadgetideas, some of which are well known realities now. It's something that might be familiar to readers of some other Stross books, for instance the ones set in a near future Scotland e.g. [b:Halting State|222472|Halting State|Charles Stross|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1232769480s/222472.jpg|930563]. A geek-guru makes a living from freebies given by grateful companies he puts in touch with other grateful companies in order to realise whatever mad idea he's come up with next.

The future overtakes even him, though, and soon most people aren't actually people, they're computer simulations - but the simulated people are being made redundant by self aware financial products and corporations. Where next? The edge of the solar system - then beyond.

The latter two thirds of more traditional SF appealed to me much more than the first third of techno-mag geekery but that probably means I'm already future shocked, like the older characters in the book. There's some crazy extrapolation on display - technology, economics, interstellar travel and no-one else I know of is really doing this kind of thing at all, let alone as well. It's a step beyond cyber-punk, for people who were born playing with a mobile phone.

The ending of this book is a disappointment, but I can't explain why without a massive spoiler. Instead I like to remember that the first artificial intelligence was a bunch of lobsters' brains mapped and simulated and strapped together by a group of Russian techno-spies... ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
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The Singularity. It is the era of the posthuman. Artificial intelligences have surpassed the limits of human intellect. Biotechnological beings have rendered people all but extinct. Molecular nanotechnology runs rampant, replicating and reprogramming at will. Contact with extraterrestrial life grows more imminent with each new day. Struggling to survive and thrive in this accelerated world are three generations of the Macx clan: Manfred, an entrepreneur dealing in intelligence amplification technology whose mind is divided between his physical environment and the Internet; his daughter, Amber, on the run from her domineering mother, seeking her fortune in the outer system as an indentured astronaut; and Sirhan, Amber's son, who finds his destiny linked to the fate of all of humanity. For something is systematically dismantling the nine planets of the solar system. Something beyond human comprehension. Something that has no use for biological life in any form...

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