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The Pattern Seekers: Simon Baron-Cohen **** 23 November 2020 - Convincingly shows the uniqueness of invention and using a pattern-based what-if approach in humans, and explores the overlap of systemising tendencies spectrum with the autism spectrum. Disappointingly short, but interesting.
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AI in the Wild: Peter Dauvergne *** 20 November 2020 - important points on the positive and negative impacts of AI on the environment, but hindered by writing style and straying beyond the environment to political content.
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Dragons' Teeth and Thunderstones: Ken McNamara *** 14 November 2020 - Truly original book on the historic and prehistoric attempt to find meaning in fossils. Fascinating topic, but content gets a touch repetitious.
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Set My Heart to Five: Simon Stephenson **** 17 November 2020 - Written from the viewpoint of a 'bot' that gains feelings, clever combination of observation of the human condition with the language and theory of film (even if the science is a bit flaky).
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Machine: Elizabeth Bear **** 20 October 2020 - James White's Sector General space hospital stories meet Iain M. Banks in this impressively woven SF thriller. Too much inner monologue, but still a great novel.
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Hard Time: Jodi Taylor **** 17 October 2020 - A strong addition to Taylor's humorous time travel books, focusing on the Time Police who try to preserve the timeline. Page turning adventure.
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