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While reading a brief blurb in a newspaper on Alan Turing and his work at the British Bletchley Park code breaking centre during World War II it struck me that the first computer built there was named Colossus. Considering the history of that project remained classified for a fair few decades I doubt there is any correlation, but the similarity is quite apt.
As the name Colussus struck a vibe, I decided to dust off my collection of works by the author D.F. Jones. I doubt his books, or even the movie adaptation, will ring a bell with today’s younger minds. Still, when you take a moment to bring yourself back in time to circumstances and conditions in the age of writing of these books they are quite remarkable.
The fundamental themes? The ongoing quest of man to seperate himself from his environment, creating instruments in pursuit of that quest and not simply losing control of a created instrument, but finding himself to be an instrument. Artificial Intelligence.
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