Wow. I should have checked The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect on Goodreads a lot sooner. I did excerpt a five star review from Goodreads reviewer Kiersi but I must have taken it directly from her Goodreads page, because I had no idea of all of the other nice reviews posted to that site. Thanks, guys.
I can’t possibly excerpt quotes from all of the other 90 reviews, especially as I’m still reading and digesting them, but here are a few comments that I’ve already found that offer some insight. I’ve chosen to clip out a few quick quotes to give you a taste of what people are saying.
But feel free to follow the links to get each reviewer’s full comments and ratings…
William Hertling: “…the author does a great job of dealing with the practical and philosophical issues of what it means to get AI to behave ethically towards human using Asimov’s three laws of robotics and what that would do to the human psyche, as well as what happens in a post-singularity world where every desire can be instantly fulfilled.”
Girish: “…I’m reminded of this famous quote by Derek Parfit: “We live during the hinge of history…We shall soon have even greater powers to transform, not only our surroundings, but ourselves and our successors. If we act wisely in the next few centuries, humanity will survive its most dangerous and decisive period.”
Muneel Zaidi: “Elements of this story definitely pay homage to classic science fiction, dystopian, and dark fantasy novels, but it remains very original.”
Cassie Journeay: “I have never been a big fan of sci-fi, but this novella captured me instantly. With large tones of existentialism and an indepth look at an interesting possibility, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read, never letting me down once. BDSM is also a large topic, which I greatly appreciated since many people will become uncomfortable with reading about that culture, let alone writing it.”
David Rutter: “…this story serves better to illustrate the flaws in Asimov’s Three Laws than even Asimov’s own “I, Robot” did. Furthermore, it makes evident the need for humans to understand ourselves and our desires completely before embarking upon the final leg of the quest for Friendly Artificial Super-Intelligence. Acting with incomplete knowledge, with any but the most rational and well-informed motives, could result in a tiny mistake that amplifies into an eternity in a world we don’t want.”
Wow. There are lots more, so I’m going to do this again some time, but that’s enough thought-provoking book review commentary for now.
By the way, if you ever want me to excerpt or link your review of MOPI or anything else Roger has written on the fan site, let me know where it is so I can check it out.