PDF or EBOOK (When HARLIE Was One) ´ David Gerrold

Tten An interesting philosophical look at AI and how they could be human with some stilted humour corporate intrigue and a love interest to add spice to it all Not as good human with some stilted humour corporate intrigue and a love interest to add spice to it all Not as good the original Interesting alternative nding but the original I liked better When HARLIE Was One is brilliant hilarious and ground breaking in very respect specially in the way Gerrold intertwines philosophical insight with computing possibilities My only gripe is the sole female character Annie I wish in 1972 it had been possible for Gerrold to write a gay love story between Auberson and Handley into this book instead of the laughable straight relationship between Auberson and Annie Seriously women don t find male genitalia velvety and beautiful like Annie does Not At All There are wonderful nods at homosexuality and gender non conformity as HARLIE tries to figure out his own identity and I wanted so much of that I haven t yet read Gerrold s revised version of the novel HARLIE 20 but I assume it maintains the same relationships just with updated tech But maybe now it s time for HARLIE 30 Ever since I started working at the book store I check the shelves ach week to see if there are any donated David Gerrold books I have all of his books but I m always curious to see if any show up on the shelves Last week HARLIE showed up I hadn t read it in many years so I made that my book to read while working It was when the psychiatrist David Auberson started xplaining this new concept of computer VIRUS to his co worker that I checked to see when it was published 1972 two years before Bill Gates founded Microsoft when Walt was learning FORTRAN and I was convinced I would never be able to learn to use a computer So much of this book needs to be viewed from an historical viewpoint HARLIE Human Analog Replication Life Input Euivalent is an Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health early form of artificial intelligence HARLIE is a human brain the most intelligent in the world with the power to design a GOD machine which will pretty much take over the world but benevolently Only for good It will solve all of the world s problems There s a lot of tech in here but it s than strictly a lesson in technology HARLIE is perhaps his creator s Auberson best friend They have very long philosophical discussions about things like the meaning of life and how you know you re in love a sensation HARLIE can txperience because he has NO SENSE OF TOUCH OR FEELINGTHE PLOT CONCERNS THE sense of touch or feelingThe plot concerns the of the company which owns HARLIE who feel he is a drain on resources and want to shut him down Can Auberson and HARLIE prove that the computer can have financial worth before they pull the plug And is HARLIE capable of deception if necessary to save his lifeWhat I love About All Of David S all of David s his his louent language and his ridiculous jokes and puns Everything he writes has a bit of tongue in cheek about it This book was updated in 1988 to Release 20 but I have not read that one Huh This is one I ve known of for a long time but had never read It was written in 1972 and a bit arlier and definitely shows it s age and in a number of ways Starting with type to a computer and it types back and in all upper case And roles of women And the idea of limited numbers of big computers rather than huge numbers of small computers Storyline 15Characters 15Writing Style 25World 15What makes science fiction so wondrous are the ideas Good sc. E named HARLIE also referred to by the proper name HARLIE an acronym for Human Analog Replication Lethetic Intelligence Engine originally Human Analog Robot Life Input Euivalents HARLIE's story revolves around his relationship with David Auberson the psychologist who is responsible for guiding HARLIE from childhood into adulthood It's ,
I read R10 a long time ago and there were lots of interesting philosophical bits in it In addition now that I program Cause Of Fear electronics the whole notion of inputs create better results is very relevant to me And the irony of thending is pricelessI just discovered that

d Rather Be Right has similar premise I haven t read it yet and the reviews are poor I wonder if DG read this at some point An njoyable mesh of science fiction and philosophy HARLIE is the first AI computer and HARLIE and the director of the operation that created him David Auberson spend part of this novel conversing via teletype machines on the philosophy of life and so love Along with the big uestions of why are we here and why do spend so much time accumulating digital watches It is also a story of intrigue as Auberson and his colleague Don Handley race to fight a board of directors intent on shutting HARLIE off for being non profitable But Gerrold uses this frame work as a jumping off point to xplore many other ideas The character Handley The Game of Love expounds at great lengths on computer viruses what they are and how they promulgate through a system Yeah BFD right Except this book was published in 1972 some 14 years before the first computer virus was written according to most sources So yeah interesting ideas here on the tech of computers andven a fairly convincing idea of why they communicatie with HARLIE via teletype as opposed to voice A very satisfying read and fun as well If you love science fiction you should consider this time well spent I read the Release 20 versionFirst off I d like to point out that little mote phrases were included by Gerrold back in 1988 grinAnyway this was another very different but very good book by Gerrold I d normally avoid books about AI a bit too cliche for me Maybe it s because of far too many cheesy 70s 80s movies from my formative yearsthe computer is my best friend until I get a girlfriendthe robot started killing veryone on the ship after the female lead showed it some kindnessThink I m kidding Watch Saturn 3 and you ll cringe on your couch But I figured Hey it s Gerrold it s gonna be good And honestly after reading this I can t imagine anyone really adding anything this covered the subject really well A great readOne of the things I love about Gerrold is his ability to mix philosophy and humor in the same paragraph like in the uotes above The humor usually catches me off guard because I m busy thinking about the insights He also approaches things well many sci fi authors ven those I love have a tendency toward a preachy tone when they get philosophical But Gerrold presents it like did you ver think about this and it just worksLike Star Hunt this was a revision of one of Gerrold s older books the 1988 date I cited above was for the revision the original was 1972 The reviews I read liked this version better ven though it was the original version that was a Nebula and Hugo nominee The revision was marketed as having incorporated the latest information on computer technology but the reviews I read stated that the interactions With HARLIE Were A Bit Better In This Version Probably HARLIE were a bit better in this version Probably when it was released it feels a little long in the tooth now and despite the update the sci fi is clunky in parts and there are long sections spelling out what is obvious now but would have been new back when this was wri. When HARLIE Was One is a 1972 science fiction novel by David Gerrold It was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1972 the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1973 The novel is a fix up of previously published short stories A revised version subtitled Release 20 was published in 1988 Central to the story is an Artificial Intelligenc.


Ience fiction can take those ideas and do something good with them Good science fiction leads to new interesting uestions and possibilities It xplains the mechanics of or significance of abstruse topics It throws the ideas into fun adventures giving them a role Gerrold had the big ideas part of science fiction down But nothing was done with them There is no adventure here Difficult topics are not successfully The Lady in Pink explained New uestions and possibilities never follow from the premise There was someffort at the last of those Gerrold however never seemed to be able to commit to an idea or to a uestion At some points in the story we are led to discussions about sentience while at others it was love In some portions of the story the idea under investigation was truth lsewhere it was sanity The circumstances had not changed We still had elsewhere it was sanity The circumstances had not changed We still had same characters Gerrold is simply unsure of what uestions or possibilities follow from his initial big ideaThe author does have some sort of conclusion A goal perhaps One based on optimism of technological progress and a belief in the greatness of science The problem with taking this seriously as a reader is that as with his big ideas Gerrold never convincingly persuades the reader that he is one with good insights or answers The reason for hopping around to so many new partially formed ideas is that Gerrold does not seem to know about so many new partially formed ideas is that Gerrold does not seem to know about things he s writing about The author does not appear to ither informed or articulate That was particularly problematic for a book that had such weak characterization a psychologist who does not appear to know any psychology a renaissance man who never showcases his knowledge and limited drama here too Gerrold had difficulty with committing to a decision What the book does have going for it is that it anticipated some technological developments in the future I ve not seen an arlier and accurate description of the internet Gerrold published this in 1972 Probably some of the descriptions of computers and computing possibilities were really cutting dge Some might Sinner's Heart even argue that cyberpunk starts here It is scarcely recognizable but so many of thelements of that future genre which William Gibson would get recognition for founding 12 years later are present here So perhaps I do him some disservice and this was revealing and thought provoking than I give it credit for It did not age well though and I just cannot find a way to njoy this from the vantage point of arly 1970s readers Too much of what was probably novel is taken for granted today I found little Spirit of the Wolf else to appreciate This is one of thearliest stories of intelligent computers anticipating much of the work of Vinge Gibson and many others since It followed The Moon is a Harsh Mistress in which a computer just comes alive once its complexity passes a certain point but Harlie was designed from the beginning to be intelligentThis alone would make it worth reading it is interesting to compare its vision of computing and artificial intelligence with the actual A Vineyard Christmas evolution of computing and the Internet to gain an appreciation of both the similarities and the fairly radical differences However it is also a great story in and of itself There is greed conflict non violent conflict mind you nobody is injured or killed andven depth A classic of Science Fiction worth reading and ven re reading many times rgb. Lso the story of HARLIE's fight against being turned off the philosophical uestion whether or not HARLIE is human; for that matter what it means to be human The HARLIE intelligence ngine appears in a number of Gerrold's other works including the Star Wolf series where it is routinely installed as the administrating AI of Terran warship. ,
When HARLIE Was One