Brother Jonathan

{4.5/5} “It’s not just the profits we’ll make. It’s the changes we’ll cause. We’ll be moving Intertel right up into the Consortium and carrying everything up with us.The technological surge will create new industries, new professions, just as the inductance field did, and the microchip.”

Brother Jonathan by Crawford Kilian, published in 1985

Jonathan has some brain damage — he can’t move any of his limbs. When he’s moved to a new place where they run tests on him, he wonders what it’s all for. Then a new experimental computer is implanted in his brain, and he can talk and walk and feed himself. Another advantage also becomes apparent. He can hear the thoughts of the other subjects — a few other kids, a dog, and two chimps.

It’s about extremely hostile corporate takeovers, and AIs deciding to do things other than what humans ask them to do.

There’s on thing near the end that’s not explained satisfactorily but it’s not too surprising. Other than that, I liked it a lot.

This is the 1st book I’ve read by Kilian.

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