Davids Sling

Davids Sling None

  • Title: Davids Sling
  • Author: Marc Stiegler
  • ISBN: 9780671653699
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
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      Published :2018-05-22T23:49:54+00:00

    1 thought on “Davids Sling”

    1. 3.5 stars. This is one of those books where the story is clearly just a vehicle for the underlying philosophical discussion, but I enjoyed the underlying philosophy, so that was okay. The Zetetic Institute and its maxims were interesting, and the decision duel construct was great. The Prisoner's Dilemma was well illustrated rather than info-dumped. The portrayal of software developers as heroic protagonists was unusual and well done; I enjoyed that and the portrayal of the project manager as a f [...]

    2. political future not exactly fulfilled in reality, but interesting concept of creating a weapon that seeks out the responsible party instead of blasting the foot soldiers (so to speak). a little too simplistic, but definitely technology forecasting from several decades ago. Never really found the characters engaging though.

    3. Geeky Silicon Valley engineers save the world by developing smart weapons which, like, just kill the bad guys and don't cause a lot of collateral damage and all that shit. Cool, huh?There's this great sequence where a software bug looks like it's going to result in the weapons Doing Something Bad, but the alpha geek manages to fix it in time. Sometimes deadlines bring out the best in you.

    4. Clearly the story only serves as a vehicle to allow the author to express his opinions about human rationality, but as the story isn't bad, and I hold the same views about human rationality, I found it an enjoyable read that I finished in two settings.

    5. Parts of this book truly appealed to me, but others had me nodding offf. It was clearly a vehicle for views with storytelling seconded, and that works well sometimes but didn't really do so brilliantly here. Recommended for hardened sF fans or those with a particular cold war interest.

    6. It was a fun read of a very 80s book. Funny to see the places where there was such boundless optimism now transformed into mundane aspects of everyday life.

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