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    Illegal, Addictive and necessary, Ramez Naam’s Nexus
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    Nexus is about the evolution of a techno-participatory culture.

    It’s called Nexus, an upgrade to the human brain, an update to the human mind, a coherent nano-technological addendum to the future of mind-to-mind communication.
    Its all this and more, in a very real sense the Nexus technology as portrayed by Naam is a predictive and highly plausible vision of the evolution of complexity, technology and society.
    The story is fast paced, the theme uncommon enough to be intriguing, the storyline common enough to allow non-stop fascination.



    It’s a science fiction book all right but not of the regular kind (whatever one may mean by regular in a genre that is anything but), the difference in this case and my interest in the book is its emphasis on the connectivity effect.
    Yes there are bad guys and good guys and the full complement of every good techno-thriller action packed scenes, nevertheless I admire Mr.Naam for the ingenuity of hiding in plain sight what I believe he meant to convey.
    Namely, our future (2040 in this case) is made of humans desiring to connect to other humans in a transcendent fashion.
    In other words whatever you will think nexus is about, my take is that the meaning of the book is its techno-participatory culture.

    Such a culture is already here now and in this sense Naam’s nexus is (as all good science fiction is) a critique of our current state of affairs, with all its attending protagonists, the luddites and the technophiles, the control freaks and the meditating mind connected lovers.

    It is a good read indeed, much better than I expected, I am the first to admit, but more importantly perhaps I think that what this science fiction narrative is trying to show us is that technology is much more than a tool, deeply ingrained and reflective of our conflicting desires.

    I salute Ramez Naam’s ‘Nexus’, his first novel, highly recommend it and expect him to provide a sequel, I for one have become a fan.

    Ramez Naam’s take on his book Nexus at Google Talks:
    Data flowing in and out of our brains, Google being the third part of our brains
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