Circus of Prodigy
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When adolescents attending the School for the Masterful Application of Robotic Technology display their talents in the annual Circus of Prodigy, their parents find they are the victims of a massive identity theft, and the brilliant inventor who founded the school is put in jail, while his elaborate plot is set in motion. In the year 2035, students design autonomous robots, programming them to compete underwater, on the ground, and through the air of a massive dome teeming with wildlife. Their state-of-the-art design tools center around Chumi, an artificial intelligence that also serves as administrator of the school. When the founder of the school is discovered to have evolved the students through a virus that connects their minds to the Internet, the children are placed under quarantine, enforced by the government's robotic soldiers. Some of the children plot an escape, forcing the President to choose between the slaughter of innocent children and acceptance of the superhuman,... More > homo conexus.< Less
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Oct 27, 2016Mark Morris uses his unique combination of extraordinary creativity and grounded scientific knowledge to create a believable near-future world that engages the reader. I became immersed in the SMART school environment where the students tackle autonomous robotics challenges to guide their learning. These competitions between fellow students groups were reminiscent of those that made Ender's Game such an exciting book, and they had me rooting for my favorite characters while admiring their clever solutions. In the end, Circus of Prodigy also tackles one of the more difficult topics of humanity's near future, Artificial Intelligence, in a way that balances the fantastic wonderment of possibilities along with the need to be thoughtful and careful in development. I'm looking forward to learning more about this world from the mind of Mark Morris in his future projects!
Jun 26, 2016In a world with ever advancing technologies capable of co-mingling with the brain to change our perception of reality, we ask ourselves what it really means to be human. Circus of Prodigy is an entertaining story anchored by real science and based on actual experience in the field of robotics. Morris challenges the reader with questions about evolution, adaptation, and creative problem-solving. I can't wait for the follow up.
Jun 12, 2016Harry Potter meets Ender's Game in a school where brilliant children build robots to compete in a giant arena. Mark Morris has built a fascinating world in this book, and what a fun world to be immersed in. From the school with its near-future technology and omnipresent administrator, to the robot competitions with well thought out strategy and compelling symbiosis of nature and technology, to the larger science fiction story of the dangers of AI, to the kids and their infectious love of science and creativity, this book is a very engaging read.
Jun 7, 2016Mark Morris' Circus of Prodigy is a science fiction novel that explores the themes of Artifical Intelligence and singularity through gifted children at SMART-- School for the Masterful Application of Robotic Technology. As Josephine and James, two siblings, battle their robots with their team in "the dome", they are learning the skills they will need to battle a much more dangerous enemy. This was a fantastic book for anyone interested in robotics, science or animals. Like Hogwarts, you can really get absorbed in the world Morris creates-- kids designing and printing robots, animal optogenetics and futuristic wearables. His knowlege of robotics and futurist technologies makes it much closer to reality than wands and spells. This book is great for kids and adults alike. Highly recommend.
Jun 3, 2016Having worked with gifted and talented students, I believe middle schoolers thru high schoolers --as well as adults--would find Mark Morris' Circus of Prodigy to be highly readable and very entertaining. This talented author does an exemplary job of blending not-so-futuristic science and technology with creative scenarios and interesting characters. Thought provoking and a fun ride!
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- Mark Morris (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Mark Morris
- April 22, 2013
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.4 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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