Factoring Humanity

By Robert J. Sawyer

In the close to destiny, a sign is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri process. Mysterious, unintelligible facts streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor within the collage of Toronto psychology division, has dedicated her profession to decoding the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is operating at the improvement of man-made intelligence platforms and new machine expertise using quantum results to provide a near-infinite variety of calculations simultaneously.

When Heather achieves a leap forward, the message finds a startling new know-how that rips the boundaries of area and time, preserving the promise of a brand new level of human evolution. In live performance with Kyle's discoveries of the character of cognizance, the major to unlimited exploration---or the top of the human race---appears shut at hand.

Sawyer has created a gripping mystery, a pulse-pounding travel of the farthest reaches of technology.

Factoring Humanity is a 1999 Hugo Award Nominee for most sensible Novel.

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Yet, hell, while could be the correct time? now not whereas they have been completing their masters’ levels, after all. and definitely no longer whereas doing their doctorates. And, good, the beginning salaries for affiliate professors have been abysmal—Heather had already made up our minds that an instructional existence used to be what she sought after, and Kyle, who didn’t take pleasure in tense occasions, was once leaning towards that besides, instead of the high-pressure global of business computing. after which after all they wouldn’t rather be safe till no less than considered one of them had tenure. And by means of then— through then, greater than a decade could have slipped by way of, and Heather will be into the high-risk age for being pregnant. offerings. Turning issues. it will possibly cross by some means. ultimately they’d opted to have the kid; numerous pupil had performed an analogous through the years. it might be difficult—a stretch financially, an extra call for on their already overtaxed time. however it will be worthy it. definitely it'd be worthy it. Kyle remembered vividly the category he’d been within the day Heather had instructed him she was once pregnant. It had appeared so acceptable, in some way. “Suppose,” Professor Papineau had stated to the dozen scholars within the seminar that had looked as if it would start far from desktop technological know-how, “that you reside simply north of Queen’s Park and also you paintings simply south of it. extra think that you simply stroll to paintings on a daily basis. You’re confronted with a decision each morning. You can’t stroll down the heart line, because the Parliament structures get within the method. after all, I’m certain there’ve been occasions whilst many people have desired to wade through the Legislature in a tank . . . yet I digress. ” Laughter from the scholars. Papineau have been an excellent prof; Kyle had long past to his retirement dinner fifteen years later, yet hadn’t noticeable him considering that. “No,” acknowledged Papineau, as soon as the chuckling had stopped, “you need to move round the buildings—either to the east, or to the west. each one method is pretty well an identical distance; you permit domestic whilst and also you arrive at paintings whilst despite which path you decide. So, which path do you opt? You, there—Kyle. Which method could you pass? ” Kyle had his beard even again then. As at the present time, it was once pink, although his hair used to be black. yet in these days he’d saved it scruffy, unkempt—never trimming it, by no means shaving his neck underneath. He cringed now to consider it. “Down the west,” he stated, shrugging to show that it was once a in basic terms arbitrary choice. “A wonderful choice,” acknowledged Papineau. “But it’s now not the one selection. And within the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, we think that any time a decision should be made a technique, the choice selection is usually made—but in a parallel universe. If Kyle did certainly come down the west part during this universe, there could additionally exist a parallel universe within which he got here down the east part. ” “But definitely that’s only a metaphor,” acknowledged Glenda, a pupil Kyle occasionally proposal he may need pursued had he no longer already met Heather. “Surely there’s quite just one universe, no? ” “Or,” stated D’Annunzio, a biker sort who regularly appeared misplaced in school, “even if one other universe does exist, there’s no strategy to turn out it, so it’s now not a falsifiable speculation, and accordingly no longer actual technology.

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