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The Phoenix Code by Catherine Asaro

The Phoenix Code

by Catherine Asaro

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An android that's achieving sentience and a gifted robotics expert, Megan O'Flannery, along with a robotics genius, Raj Dundaram, who is trying not to act on his attraction to Megan, but the android can tell about the attraction and he's starting to feel something too.

It's an interesting look at artificial intelligence and the meaning of being human. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 12, 2015 |
A re-working of a staple inSciFi - an escaped android. Megan is working on the development of an AI android, which subsequently escapes. When she and a colleague are kidnapped by the android, they have to work fast to socialize it. What makes this worthwhile is a nice romantic element to support the plot. Though not very original, it is never-the-less a real page turner with an exciting conclusion. The book made me want to read more from the author. ( )
  jshillingford | Aug 8, 2011 |
The initial challenge of shepherding a budding artificial intelligence project to fruition turns deadly for coding expert Megan O'Flannery. In an isolated lab in the Nevada desert she and fellow robotics genius Raj attempt to diagnose and correct Aris's glitches and expand his grasp of what being human means. As Raj and Megan's relationship deepens, Aris begins to exhibit signs of jealousy, but as dangerous as a love-struck android may be, something worse is waiting in the wings that will test the resolution and humanity of all three and perhaps change the world as they know it forever.

Reminiscent in many respect of Asaro's Sunrise Alley, she again tackles the question of exactly what makes us human - and what humanity will do when we're no longer the only intelligent life out there. Not completely satisfying, but pleasantly resolved. ( )
  SunnySD | Jan 1, 2011 |
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Deadly awakening
When robotics expert Megan O'Flannery is offered the chance to direct MindSim's cutting-edge program to develop a self-aware android, it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project is trouble plagued--the third prototype "killed" itself, and the RS-4 is unstable. Megan will descend into MindSim's underground research lab in the Nevada desert, where she will be the sole human in contact with the RS-4, dubbed Aris. Programmed as part of a top-secret defense project, the awakening Aris quickly proves to be deviously resourceful and basically uncontrollable. When Megan enlists the help of Raj Sundaram, the quirky, internationally renowned robotics genius, the android develops a jealous hostility toward Raj--and a fixation on Megan. But soon she comes to realize that Raj may be an even greater danger--and that her life may depend on the choice she makes between the man she wants to trust and the android she created.

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