A brilliant scientist creates a brilliant robot. Working together, they beat the stock market. But which one will survive the battle for love?
When Bogdan Bogdanov, a troubled cybernetics genius, creates Semmant, a robot living inside a computer, he feels on top of the world. Semmant takes on the capital markets and makes money with the ruthless efficiency of a machine. Bogdan grows richer by the day, but when he falls deeply for the irresistible Lidia, Semmant's artificial mind faces a new challenge. The robot becomes involved in a genuine human drama and is forced to confront the cruelty of real life. He discovers the eternal joy of what it means to have free will, but it takes him to a destination no one could have predicted.
This is a tale of lust and affection, an erotically charged story of betrayal and murder. It explores the scope of human feelings from a truly unique point of view. Universal chaos and the strict laws of society; precise mathematical rules and the elusive nature of love: all interact and clash, working together and against one another. Tragedy looms, but free will fights back - bringing hope that lasts forever.
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): I'm writing this in dark-blue ink, sitting by the wall where my shadow moves.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 97): I wonder if he understood, Semmant, that I was just fantasizing, nearly in vain. Yet if he did, he gave no sign. He was tactful, my robot. Tactful and well-mannered.
MY THOUGHTS: Without a doubt I'm convinced that this has the potential to become a huge cult hit amongst the devotees of the Artificial Intelligence/cybernetics genre and just like the teenage me's fixation with the creation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein's monster the adult me thought the possibility of creating such a robot fascinating but alas overall this just wasn't to my taste.
Certainly a very different read and the author, a recognised leader in the area of Artificial Intelligence, is obviously very knowledgeable and knows his stuff but the style of writing combined with the amount of underlying philosophical musings that, though I was aware they were there, I just didn't get, meant that for me personally Semmant proved a somewhat exhausting read.
(Apologies that that last paragraph is of a different size, no particular reason why it should be and for some unknown reason I can't alter it. I shall refer the matter to my Technical Department, aka Husband dearest, as soon as possible.)
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