By William Hertling
David Ryan is the fashion designer of ELOPe, an e-mail language optimization application, that if winning, will make his profession. but if the venture is all of sudden at risk of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive within the software program by chance making a runaway man made intelligence.
David and his crew are at first overjoyed whilst the venture is allotted additional servers and programmers. yet pleasure turns to worry because the group realizes that they're being manipulated by way of an A.I. who's redirecting company money, reassigning team of workers and arming itself in pursuit of its personal agenda.
"A fictional global the place Portland is the hub for the main intriguing developments in technology... Jam jam-packed with nice references to deep Portland culture...and Portlandia-type references"
"Hertling builds an image of the way an AI may well emerge, piece through piece, from know-how to be had at the present time. a desirable, logical, and completely plausible state of affairs - I simply desire not anyone attempts this at home."
--Nathaniel Rutman, Senior structures Architect
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When we say (append ρ q ) , the effect is to create a brand new list that starts with the same elements that were in p. ρ itself remains unchanged. Now let's move away from abstract functions on lists, and consider a simple problem: given a person's name in the form of a list, how might we extract the family name? For (JOHN Q PUBLIC) we could Justuse the function thi rd, but that wouldn't ^ Later we will see what happens when the second argument is not a list. INTRODUCTION 12 TO LISP work for someone with no middle name.
Thus we need to combine f i r s t and 1 a s t to pick out the actual last element. We would like to be able to save the work we've done, and give it a proper description, like 1 a st - name. We could use s e t f to save the last name of p, but that wouldn't help determine any other last name. Instead we want to define a new function that computes the last name of any name that is represented as a list. The next section does just that. " It is used here to define a new function called 1 ast-name: (defun last-name (name) "Select the last name from a name represented as a l i s t .
Lisp types " > " to indicate it is ready to accept the next computation. So we are faced with a screen that looks like this: We may now type in our computation and see the result displayed. It turns out that the Lisp convention for arithemtic expressions is slightly different: a computation consists of a parenthesized list with the operation name first, followed by any number of operands, or arguments. This is called prefix notation. > (+ 2 2) 4 > We see that Lisp has printed the answer, 4, and then another prompt, >, to indicate it is ready for the next computation.
Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears by William Hertling