WWW: Watch

I’m halfway through Watch, Robert J Sawyer’s second entry in his trilogy on consciousness. The main story here is that the internet has become self-aware. In Watch, this event has attracted the unwanted attention of U.S. intelligence authorities, much to the dismay of Caitlin Decter, the formerly blind teen living in Waterloo, Ontario who first made contact with the so-called Webmind.

The series is chiefly about consciousness as there is a side-story about a chimp-bonobo hybrid who seems to have gained self-awareness who poses the question, Are apes persons (I’m inclined to say yes)? And, as with the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, Sawyer asks if the surveillance society is such a bad thing.

But mainly, I just like he weaves the often positive effects of emerging technology on humanity with references to Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, and Tim Hortons.


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