Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Virtual Librarian, A Novel

posted by Blake

birdie writes "The Virtual Librarian, a forthcoming novel from Theodore Rockwell, award-winning author of "The Rickover Effect" and "Creating the New World," and co-author of three other important non-fiction works. He includes as co-author his deceased son, who discussed with him many of the ideas that led to this story.

In "The Virtual Librarian," information technologist Keith Robertson keeps reminding himself that Lib is not a real person; she's a virtual librarian software, nothing more. Like the telephone voice that tells you whether your flight's on time. But Lib's software is evolutionary, designed to keep improving itself as it learns. So she is outgrowing her creators and developing a mind of her own."

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