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Timothy Dwyer is an American writer living in New Zealand. He has written a novel (Awareness Threshold) and a number of short stories. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Instrumentation and Control. Before his engineering career he was a professional musician—and he remembers most of it. He loves cats.
on Aug. 20, 2015 :
Normally, I lose interest in science fiction. Not so with "Awareness Threshold." The plot is interesting and Dwyer's writing engaging. I realized just how much this story had affected me when I began to notice headlines and blog posts about artificial intelligence after I read the book.
This month, an article pointed out that Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates had issued a warning about artificial intelligence -- and I thought back to "Awareness Threshold," clear that Timothy Dwyer's warning was delivered first! This is a great read.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
on Oct. 02, 2012 :
For this reviewer, the best fiction feels believable far beyond the page. From the first chapter I was hooked. When the central character's experiment with Artificial Intelligence goes beyond his expectations, the reader is in for an energetic ride. Long after I set my Kindle down, I considered the conundrum: Can man create an artificial intelligence that continues to seek knowledge on its own? And, once created and connected to all of us, will it behave as unpredictably as humans do? How does one inculcate the best of human traits and avert the worst?
Highly recommended! Awareness Threshold's believable storyline and endearing characters should one day fill the big screen!
(reviewed the day of purchase)