The Sendai Test - Official Site
Release: 25 October 2022
Description: Martin secretly built an intelligent artificial assistant to help him with his research. When he finds out that his assistant had also been helping an international company construct the most realistic virtual world ever made, Martin is thrown into the limelight as he becomes an influential part of a project to evaluate AI systems—including his assistant—so they can join society. As opponents try to use his daughter's illness as leverage to end his involvement in the project, Martin learns that the treatment for his daughter may only be found in the virtual world itself.
"Although science fiction is not my usual choice for leisurely reading, this book was different. The well-rounded characters interacted and developed in realistic ways. I found the settings intriguing, and I learned a lot about the science of artificial intelligence without ever feeling bored or overwhelmed. The speed of the book was good, starting with a groundwork for understanding the science, and growing steadily into gripping action. While carrying me into a new realm of possibility, the author also kept me looking closely at my own reality and wondering what will soon be possible within it. I will definitely recommend this book."
Release: 3 November 2022
Description: Being accepted into the prestigious Edthin has long been Lanoth's dream because he wanted to promote peace between the warring nations surrounding his people, but Edthin wasn't quite what he expected. Lanoth and his new friends start noticing strange things that allow them to have unique abilities and, before long, they realize that they might be the only ones who could stop an imminent genocide.
"I’ve read the whole trilogy, and I can’t say which one I like best, but I’m sorta leaning towards this one. Simply because it’s so different from anything I’ve read. Absolutely fascinating."
Release: 7 November 2022
Description: As Lanoth and his friends venture deep into enemy territory to try and save their friend, Lanoth begins to understand his role is not only to prevent genocide, but something so far reaching that it could affect everyone. Meanwhile, in the real world, Martin wakes up from an accident to find a shaken memory and a deathly sick daughter, her only chance for treatment is dependent on whether or not Lanoth can pull off something that seems impossible.
"As the trilogy comes to a fast-paced conclusion, the virtual and real worlds resolve, not always happily, into an intriguing look at how intelligent beings interact through language, culture, physicality, emotion, and ultimately, violence. The concept of physical embodiment as a requirement in obtaining enough cultural data to create spontaneous conversation is an unexpected challenge to current attempts at natural language processing using more limited data. A nice addition to the literature on sentient android robots."
Listen to the first chapter of the first book by watching the YouTube video below!
About the Author
Casey Kennington is an Associate Professor at Boise State University where he researches how machines can acquire, represent, understand, and apply natural human language to improve spoken interaction with people. He enjoys reading, running, cycling, hiking, exploring, and studying languages. He resides with his family in Idaho.
"I wrote The Sendai Test because I've found that I often have a different perspective on AI than most other researchers and practitioners. Writing about fictional characters does a better job of explaining that perspective than writing an academic book. The medium and the content both illustrate how miraculous language really is."
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