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Agency (The Jackpot Trilogy) (edició 2020)

de William Gibson (Autor)

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""One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working" (The Boston Globe) returns with a sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral. Verity Jane, gifted app-whisperer, has been out of work since her exit from a brief but problematic relationship with a Silicon Valley billionaire. Then she signs the wordy NDA of a dodgy San Francisco start-up, becoming the beta tester for their latest product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. "Eunice," the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, soon manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and an unnervingly canny grasp of combat strategy. Verity, realizing that her cryptic new employers don't yet know this, instinctively decides that it's best they don't. Meanwhile, a century ahead, in London, in a different timeline entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His employer, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice have become her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can't: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner. And something else too: the roles they both may play in it"--… (més)
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Títol:Agency (The Jackpot Trilogy)
Autors:William Gibson (Autor)
Informació:Berkley (2020), Edition: 1st Edition, 416 pages
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Great sequel. ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
Keeping track of the characters and getting wet when they are in is a challenge. That made it a little harder for me to follow the plot. The AI is Distributed AI which makes it science fictional but it is interesting. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Aug 1, 2021 |
Time travel books and movies usually give me a headache. In the hands of a master like William Gibson I only got a mild one, but I still have trouble with the implications of going back and changing things. AGENCY moves between two times, one a basically current day world but with some changes from our actual reality (a different winner in the 2016 Presidential race for one thing!) and a far future setting. The world Gibson has set up deals with the time travel dilemma with something called "stubs" which are an offshoot of the past where something has changed. I get it, but it still makes me a little confused as I read. What I really enjoyed in this book, which is what I always enjoy about Gibson's writing, is the relationships between the characters and mainly here between one of our point of view characters, Verity, and a sentient AI named Eunice. The way the relationship grows and blossoms is really interesting and, amazingly, touching. Obviously we live in an age of ever developing AIs (hello Alexa and Siri) but the complexity of Eunice is still in the future. Gibson imbues her with a real personality and that ends up creating a lot of questions about what is life? Is sentience alone enough? Very good stuff, very readable with short chapters, and in the end quite enjoyable. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
Many interesting ideas. ( )
  jvnickerson | Jul 10, 2021 |
Maybe should have read the 1st book, gave up on pg 178 ( )
  jimifenway | Jul 10, 2021 |
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From his beginnings in 1984’s Neuromancer, Gibson has offered the struggle for agency as an unacknowledged, quietly devastating war – fought by hackers, gig economy workers, off-gridders and their networks – against the algorithm, against the manipulation of our needs, our personal information and our appetites, by big data and gangster capital. If he was “prescient” back then, he’s right on the ball now, when it’s so much harder to believe in those loose human associations he imagined in the 1990s, whose combination of technical nous and cultural know-how enabled them to quickly distinguish the real from the sucker fantasy.
afegit per melmore | editaThe Guardian (Feb 22, 2020)
 
But there's no boom. His bomb ticks and ticks, then hangs there, suspended between hope and catastrophe, because his stories these days are all about highly competent people being brought together to solve a problem — drawn in like rays inevitably converging, arriving just before everything explodes. His conflicts are intellectual, occasionally solved by the swift application of overwhelming violence, but more often seeing victory come as the natural result of more intelligent systems processes; through more effective usage of human capital and resources. And the good guys win simply because they are smarter and geekier and just so much cooler than the bad guys could ever hope to be.
 
Regardless of Gibson’s shifting ratios of glee to cynicism, he can always be counted on to show us our contemporary milieu rendered magical by his unique insights, and a future rendered inhabitable by his wild yet disciplined imagination.
 
Someone else might’ve made this fresh and clever, but from this source, it’s an often dull and pointless-seeming retread.
afegit per melmore | editaKirkus Reivews (Nov 10, 2019)
 

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""One of the most visionary, original, and quietly influential writers currently working" (The Boston Globe) returns with a sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral. Verity Jane, gifted app-whisperer, has been out of work since her exit from a brief but problematic relationship with a Silicon Valley billionaire. Then she signs the wordy NDA of a dodgy San Francisco start-up, becoming the beta tester for their latest product: a digital assistant, accessed through a pair of ordinary-looking glasses. "Eunice," the disarmingly human AI in the glasses, soon manifests a face, a fragmentary past, and an unnervingly canny grasp of combat strategy. Verity, realizing that her cryptic new employers don't yet know this, instinctively decides that it's best they don't. Meanwhile, a century ahead, in London, in a different timeline entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plutocrats and plunderers, survivors of the slow and steady apocalypse known as the jackpot. His employer, the enigmatic Ainsley Lowbeer, can look into alternate pasts and nudge their ultimate directions. Verity and Eunice have become her current project. Wilf can see what Verity and Eunice can't: their own version of the jackpot, just around the corner. And something else too: the roles they both may play in it"--

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