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In a world where humans are a minority and androids have created their own civilization, a wandering storyteller meets the beautiful android Ibis. She tells him seven stories of human/android interaction in order to reveal the secret behind humanity's fall. The story takes place centuries in the future, where the diminished populations of humans live uncultured lives in thIn a world where humans are a minority and androids have created their own civilization, a wandering storyteller meets the beautiful android Ibis. She tells him seven stories of human/android interaction in order to reveal the secret behind humanity's fall. The story takes place centuries in the future, where the diminished populations of humans live uncultured lives in their own colonies. They resent the androids, who have built themselves a stable and cultural society. In this brutal time, our main character travels from colony to colony as a “storyteller,” one that speaks of the stories of the past. One day, he is abducted by Ibis, an android in the form of a young girl, and told of the stories created by humans in the ancient past.The stories that Ibis speaks of are the 7 novels about the events surrounding the announcements of the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the 20th to 21st centuries. At a glance, these stories do not appear to have any sort of connection, but what is the true meaning behind them? What are Ibis' real intentions?...

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Number of Pages : 422 Pages
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The Stories of Ibis Reviews

  • the gift
    2019-05-21 19:06

    this made me think of another favourite read earlier this year I enjoyed this one more in the star trek mode of science fiction than the star wars mode of sci-fi in that book. that is to say, as a postmodern interrogation of typical sf tropes on a more intellectual plane... good sf can examine what it is to be human through representations of the other-than human, as aliens or as androids in this case. this sort of story, here represented by the seven linked stories, the other aspect is that these can be fun, can be buried in narrative, not subject of philosophy tract. this is how I read these, how I decide these are postmodern, in that they use texts or world/universes from previous sf creative work...there is also some argument that the ideal form of sf is not a short story- which can be too short, can reduce the ideas to 'tricks'- or a novel- which can be too long and require 'characters' extraneous to ideas- but best sf is the novella form, somewhere between the extremes. I would suggest that linked short stories is a good format, even if the linking is after the fact...not to say there is no spectacle here, but it is generated more by sensawunda of more usual sf ideas- robots, ai, space hard fiction, cyberpunk, dystopia. there are seven stories held together in a frame of 'educating' the human storyteller, and it is truly only the last two which answer the promise of explaining the division of the world into androids and humans...story 1, is not sfnal but a moving exploration of an online subculture writing fan-fiction for an sf story not unlike star trek. this spurred me to think about the 'fan' sf culture i left behind growing up, and as an adult the woman i knew still into one. the moral (which our android ibis offers here as after each tale), that the so-called real world is often worthy of 'escape', that there is something true in those communities of fans, was certainly valid for her. this story makes me wish i had been more willing to play...story 2, is not terribly unique, but suggests the positive possibilities of linking humans through technology, in a sweet, short tale no sf reader would argue with. the moral? well, communication is key to all these stories, and here as 1 it is human to human...story 3, is one that shows the range of human/machine intelligence interacting, the positive and inevitable negative, with the twist in showing that it is all a matter of educating to become human, to the extent androids want that...story 4, is the flip side, the side of androids wanted to be human in some way, and is heaviest in hard science narrative, even as it forwards an idea that there is something human never to be fully understood by our most advanced androids...story 5, is a cute story, something only possible in sf, though maybe more culture-specific (japanese) than any other story. once you get the idea, there is something emotionally potent in the idea of our inventions outlasting our humanity...story 6, is one of the last two that seem to more directly address how this world of dominant androids and dwindling humans came to be. in some ways, it seems grounded in current demographic problems present in japan first, and maybe all developed countries later: the problem of an aging population and diminishing caregiver resources. solving this with androids does not sound too sfnal. this is one of the best stories, showing that our androids, truly free to develop 'meaning' and 'morality', will not become scary frankenstein monsters but maybe more moral than we weak humans will ever be. this is a touching story...story 7, the only one ibis says is true, is her story, and by this story of all the ai androids and the world as it has come to be. this is the most sfnal of all, and develops sfnal themes and tropes familiar to almost all readers, and unspoken but solid certainty of sfnal worlds we humans dream of: transcending our limited, human, lives through science, searching out intelligence, new life, new worlds, to boldly go where no one has gone before!- yes this book is more star trek than star wars. i like the optimism. i find this entire book very much of the star trek- maybe typical of all classic sf- worlds of infinite wonder, futures, possibilities, and that it explores them in a pomo way does not mean they are diminished or dismissed. unlike, even in dystopic frame world, there is hope, there is promise, there is value to all the imagined futures through sf...

  • Jason Seaver
    2019-06-11 15:29

    Hiroshi Yamamoto has come up with a clever framing device for compiling several of his short stories into a novel, presenting them as stories one character reads to another. He quickly acknowledges that this is not an original gimmick, name-checking "1,001 Arabian Nights" right away, but it allows him to connect five stories that are otherwise only related in theme, add in a longer story that nudges us toward the big revelations, and then hit us with the sort of post-human characters who can often come across as deliberately confusing , except that we've been well-prepared for the concepts.The individual stories are very good; they occasionally play on very familiar sci-fi (and sci-fi fandom) archetypes, but are well-executed examples of those ideas. Yamamoto is a shameless but effective borrower; in addition to Scheherazade, he also makes use of Asimov's famed Laws of Robotics, updating them for current ideas about artificial intelligence. The end result is a novel that is very much about ideas, more so than plot and, at times, more so than characterization, but does an excellent job of walking the fine line between dry exposition and frantic future shock.More so than the other novels I've read in Viz's Haikasoru line, this one seemed to come from a specifically Japanese perspective. In the second half, especially, there are pointed references made to the present and coming crises of population and demographics in Japan (and, likely, other prosperous first-world countries), and while Western post-cyberpunk sci-fi certainly embraces the idea of machine intelligences, it feels very natural coming from a culture that has historically believed that everything in nature (and even many man-made things) has a spirit. Yamamoto doesn't use that as a crutch, though - indeed, as much as he gives his machines a (literally) complex emotional range, he also makes it very clear that their nobility is a combination between cold logic and a design based to an extent on servitude.Even more than being a story about AIs and how they may evolve, "The Stories of Ibis" is a tribute to the creative impulse, whether it be the drive to create more powerful machines, new forms of life, or stories - and how the last is what makes the others possible, even if those stories are not necessarily "accurate" or predictive.

  • Edward Rathke
    2019-06-18 16:09

    Essentially, this is a short story collection framed by another story to make it cohesive, a novel of surprising power.This is a world where humans have become the minority and machines rule it. There is great fear and anger carried by the humans and they hate the machines, who've become to advanced as to appear human, to act human.The novel's narrated by a storyteller. He travels between colonies to tell stories, to share movies, as the human world is a much smaller place, sort of stuck in the end of the 20th century, technologically. Quickly he encounters Ibis, an android, whom he tries to fight. He loses, is injured, and she takes him to a machine city, for lack of a better word. There we discover her intentions: She wants to tell him stories.And so she does. She tells him only stories that are fiction, which we disappear into--leaving Ibis and the narrator behind--and then, after the story is finished, we go back to our distrustful narrator. This process repeats until we come to the only nonfiction story: The story of Ibis' life.It's hard to judge the writing here, because it may be a translation problem more than a problem of the author. But the actual writing is simply okay. It's not prose that's going to impress you or leave you begging for more, but the stories are quite good. And, more than the individual stories that make up the novel, the shape of the novel is what makes this a worthy read. It's a powerful book, really, about the nature of truth, of language, but, mostly, it's about the power of stories. How stories can heal us, can save us, will change us. They are stories about the future [though, within the novel, they're the distant past] that reflect so clearly what life is now. It is a book about peace, about the beauty of differences. It is not about tolerating those who are different, but accepting them. Android, robots, AI, or whathaveyou stand in for every minority group to great effect, but they also stand in for themselves, and the fear and distrust many humans carry for the progression of technology. They speak of our fears, of the fears that lead to tragedies, to racism, to unspeakable evils, and give, in simple and clear terms, the absurdity of these fears. That the other needn't be an aggressor, but may just be another sentience wishing to live, to help others live.It's a beautiful book, despite the sometimes clumsy writing.

  • Miz Moffatt
    2019-06-02 14:22

    The Stories of Ibis offers a sparkling, fresh stance on man vs. machine science fiction, proving that the lines between both camps are not so simple to discern. Quite enjoyed the more heady philosophical debates on the role of machines in human lives and vice versa, how both parties rely on one another for companionship, purpose, and evolution. In particular, the idea of death as discussed between the nameless Storyteller and the android Ibis is a compelling one that will linger long after the book is closed. Also, loved how vital the act of storytelling is to this novel. Hiroshi Yamamoto places the writer in a central role as the preserver of human culture and as the bonding link between disparate civilizations. Meta-narrative at its most sci fi - delicious.Some readers might be turned off by the dense technical writing that accompanies a couple of the short stories. Remember: this is science fiction. Science is a large part of said fiction. Understanding the physics behind the fiction is vital at times andYamamoto explores it with great depth.Ideal for: sci fi lovers who need a sharp jolt from the genre; current or former philoso-philes who like a good android debate; amateur or professional writers who love to speculate on their influence over these narratives; physics nerds who like reading technical jargon in their spare time.

  • Abner Rosenweig
    2019-05-23 19:22

    I picked up this book in the library, having never heard of the title or the author, and was immediately captured by its clear prose and lucid imagery. Yamamoto does a superb job of transporting the reader into a gorgeously sensual future world. There are seven stories. Some of them are somewhat childish and nearly caused me to stop reading, but I'm immensely glad I stuck with the book. At its best, Stories of Ibis contains vivid, sophisticated speculations about the future and I have never read a more convincing and detailed portrayal of what AI life might be like. My favorites in the book are: Black Hole Diver, The Day Shion Came, AI's Story, and the frame story tying everything together. With imaginary number communication, the concept of Layers 0, 1, and 2, vivid descriptions of robotic motion, emotion, sensation, and profound psychological insight, Yamamoto provides a beautiful account of the possible relationship between humanity and AI.

  • Osiris
    2019-06-09 15:14

    Tercera leída: 29/09/2017The Day Shion Came y Ai Story resonaron aun más, lloré en partes en las que antes no lo había hecho y me maravillé descubriendo nuevos detalles que antes no había notado, sigue siendo el favorito sin duda.Segunda leía 08/08/2013:Segunda vuelta a este libro, segunda vez que realmente lo disfruto, cada una de las historias tiene sus detalles, incluso ahora disfruté más algunas como Mirror Girl, por otro lado, Black Hole Diver sigue siendo uno de mis cuentos cortos favoritos.

  • Luis
    2019-06-11 21:22

    Un libro del que no esperaba nada y resultó una belleza. Esos japoneses sí le saben.

  • Arnoldo Montaño
    2019-05-27 17:18

    Empezó un poco flojo pero fue escalando de tono hasta que se convirtió en uno de mis libros favoritos. La manera en la que hila las historias me pareció excelente. Es curioso como un libro que habla en su mayoría de androides y de inteligencias artificiales puede hacerte reflexionar de una manera asombrosa acerca de la humanidad.

  • Sidsel Pedersen
    2019-05-23 14:07

    A very mixed bagFor the first 75% this is basically a short story collection with a frame story. Some of the stories are good while others are just sweet. The last part of the book binds the stories and the frame together.

  • Andrej
    2019-05-22 14:24

    Wow .. Extremely interesting view of human-machine relationship integrated into several stories.

  • César Terrazas
    2019-05-19 22:28

    A worthy collection of stories about robot-human relationships and virtual reality. Good science-fiction work which stories invite us to reflect about our human nature and the possibilities of the artificial intelligence. My favorite story was "The Day Shion Came".

  • Daniel Stafford
    2019-06-09 20:16

    Have you ever felt like you could fall in love with a book? That is exactly what I felt like after reading The Stories of Ibis.So far, since starting my reviews of books, I have fallen for two other books. One being White Noise and the other is Kafka on the Shore. Though as much as I enjoyed and could relate to those two, I had this preternatural feeling that Stories of Ibis was written for me and only me.Yes, I realize that is not the case. Believe me when I say that I may be a tad absurd at times, but I am not a complete nutcase. A little background as to why I love this book: since I was a child, I have always been fascinated with robots, droids, and cyborgs. I remember playground debates about the fundamentals of such creations and their functions. On and on it went and my fascination retained throughout all of these years.Now, reading The Stories of Ibis not only reinforced the old love I have for Artificial Intelligence, but also allowed me to see it in a different light; one that is more positive and hopeful.Here we have a future in which the human population is dwindling. Machines of individual intelligence have populated the Earth and have taken to building colonies for themselves. The humans, however, have taken the inclination to become luddites and fear the robots. The humans have spread the notion that the robots enslave, torture, kill humans indiscriminately. Though, there is little evidence to support such. In fact, the Internet still exists, but the humans refuse to tap into it to collect information calling it all robot propaganda considering that all they express (in terms understandable to humans) is only the wish to please the humans, to help them as best as they can.The novel starts out with the Narrator being kidnapped/rescued by the robot Ibis. The Narrator is a human storyteller who goes from colony to colony to recite to illiterate humans the literature and histories that he has read. Because of this, he holds a high position among other humans. Ibis has recognized this about the narrator. She decides to use him as a means to tell her story: the story about the original relationship between human and machine, to assuage his prejudice if she can.Because the Narrator is a storyteller, Ibis uses the power of fiction to reveal to him her true intents. The novel goes deep into the philosophy of using fiction, genres, and literature to explain the truth of a situation. This being a science fiction novel makes it ideal to express this point. After all, a majority of good science fiction is used to express concern over human action (or the lack thereof) – it is not just an escape for nerds and something for all the popular kids to fear (there’s a story within the novel about this particular assumption).Short story by short story, Ibis reveals her intent to the Narrator and proves beyond a reasonable doubt that his prejudices are false. The best part here, though, is the philosophy as to why robot prejudice is expected from human even if they are completely illogical.In the end, it is all about dreams and love. The dreams are an infinite puzzle to be continuously solved and placed into practice by those that man once created. The love… it is both real and i2 = − 1.

  • Pol
    2019-06-14 18:17

    Nutshell review: Mr. Yamamoto has written an excellent collection of stories that looks forward and back at the poverty of discrimination. Using androids as a foil, the author asks us to reconsider the many ways in which we oppress based on exigencies such as skin color, gender, age, or anything else that most consider unchangeable.Like many before him, Grant Morrison, Bill Willingham, Warren Ellis, Mr. Yamamoto believes in the power of fiction to change the world. The book is structured in the form of the traditional collection we know as the 1001 Nights with an android, the titular Ibis, playing the role of Scheherazade and a young, human male in the strangely deformed role of the king. She tells the tales and we/the young man listen, hopefully taking what we've learned and influencing ourselves and those we encounter to better ourselves and thus the world.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-26 16:28

    DNF on page 128. This is a collection of hard sci-fi stories relating to AI with a superificial overarching narrative linking them. I had really high hopes for this collection, but did not get on with the writing style at all. It's written really colloquially and isn't polished. There is an unvaried use of vocabulary, so the same word will be repeated in back to back sentences. The stories themselves seem more concerned with the technology described in them than in plot or characters. I also found our pov character to be very immature and uninteresting. There was just very little in this collection to keep my attention and enjoy, unfortunately. If you love easier reads and hard sci-fi, however, this might be perfect for you!

  • Ian
    2019-05-26 22:18

    7 fantastic stories wrapped in an intriguing shell. I especially loved "Black Hole Diver" and "The Day Shion Came", both of which I think will stay with me for a very long time. There's no shortage of robo-apocalyptia fiction out there, but this one is easily one of the best and most satisfying takes on the subgenre.

  • Lord Nikon
    2019-06-03 15:32

    Probably the finest anthology of sci-fi AI stories I've ever had the absolute pleasure of reading. Gorgeously realized, and cleverly assembled, this book actively CHANGED what I thought about humans and AI interacting. Amazing. You OWE it to yourself to read this book.

  • Halima
    2019-06-10 22:32

    Amazing book! Really touched me! I can't get enough of recommending this to so many people. The story just grabs you in. Beautifully told and just splendid! I adore this book

  • Christoph Weber
    2019-05-25 14:10

  • Hoàng Nguyễn
    2019-06-08 15:32

    "Loài người không thể chịu đựng lẫn nhau.Đối với AI mà nói, khác biệt cá nhân đơn giản là điều tự nhiên. [...] Có những AI có thể 'tư duy nhanh' và có những AI không thể. Khi nói chuyện với nhau, chúng tôi chỉ đơn giản chỉnh lại tốc độ sao cho phù nhau với nhau. Và dĩ nhiên là chúng tôi có những kiểu suy nghĩ khác nhau - cái mà loài người vẫn hay gọi là sở thích và tính cách. [...] Chúng tôi chấp nhận sự khác biệt của nhau. Chúng chỉ là sự khác biệt, không hơn không kém. Nhưng loài người lại không như vậy. Đối với họ, tư duy chậm chạp là một nỗi hổ thẹn. Những người có trở ngại về mặt giác quan hay vật lý bị khinh rẻ. Loài người xem thường những kẻ không cùng đức tin với mình. Thậm chí khác biệt về màu da cũng gây ra sự căm ghét. Những chi tiết vốn dĩ không thành vấn đề với chúng tôi [những AI] lại trở thành đề tài khơi gợi mâu thuẫn giữa loài người."Đây là một quyển sách nói về AI - Trí thông minh nhân tạo, nhưng kì thực mà nói nó lại bàn nhiều về đạo đức loài người hơn là về AI. Thật ra chúng ta vốn là loài có những suy nghĩ vô lý, như những AI trong sách này nêu ra. Chúng ta chỉ đơn giản là không thể nhìn thấy được quan điểm của nhau. Ví dụ như mình thích nhân vật A vì nhân vật A luôn luôn hành động dựa theo tính toán kĩ lưỡng và không bao giờ gây ra sai lầm, nhưng bạn mình lại thích nhân vật B vì nhân vật B thiên về cảm tính, giàu cảm xúc. Bạn mình và mình nếu ngồi với nhau bàn về vấn đề này chắc chắn sẽ gây ra tranh cãi, đơn giản là trải nghiệm hạn hẹp của hai đứa không cho phép sự thấu hiểu về quan điểm của nhau. Mình không phải là nó, mình chưa bao giờ trải qua những gì trong đời nó, nên mình thật sự không thể hiểu được dòng tư duy và kết luận của bạn mình. Ngược lại, nó cũng vậy. Loài người đơn giản là thế. Chúng ta chỉ có một cuộc đời, có cách nhìn riêng biệt về từng vấn đề khác nhau, chúng ta không sống được cuộc đời của kẻ khác, bởi vậy nên lúc nào cũng có mâu thuẫn xảy ra trong thế giới của chúng ta. Nhưng thay vì cãi nhau nảy lửa về chuyện nhân vật A thế nào nhân vật B thế nào, thông thường mình chỉ cố né tránh vấn đề này hoặc chí ít cũng hạn chế những bình luận tiêu cực đối với nhân vật mà bạn mình yêu thích. Cái đó gọi là phép cư xử thông thường, là phép lịch sự, là sự tôn trọng lẫn nhau. Đáng tiếc là có vẻ như dạo này có nhiều người không hiểu được các khái niệm đó.Đương nhiên, nói như mình ở trên cũng có nghĩa là mình đã phán xét những-con-người-không-chịu-hiểu-các-khái-niệm-đó một cách chủ quan, phiến diện. Trên đời quả thật có cái gọi là tự do ngôn luận, nhưng tự do ngôn luận thế nào để không làm tổn thương người khác, tự do ngôn luận thế nào để chứng tỏ rằng chúng ta vẫn tôn trọng tự do của người khác, đó mới là điều quan trọng thật sự. Chúng ta đều là những kẻ khốn nạn ngạo mạn, bản chất của con người là phán xét lẫn nhau, nhưng ít nhất cũng nên kiềm nén lại những bình luận có thể xúc phạm đối phương, thế giới sẽ hòa bình thêm một chút.(Nhưng kì thực là những nhân vật luôn kiềm nén việc phán xét người khác như Nick Carraway trong Gatsby Vĩ Đại hay là Aliosa trong Anh em nhà Karamazov đều vướng vào những đại bi kịch, thật khó hiểu nhỉ? Cái đẹp hay bị vùi dập cơ mà.Lại lạc đề...)Ừm, nói như Shion trong truyện này, con người luôn hành xử vô lí đơn giản là vì chúng ta bị chứng sa sút trí tuệ [dementia] - chứng bệnh hay gặp ở người già. Thật ra cũng khó mà tưởng tượng ra một thế giới hoàn toàn yên ổn, một thế giới nơi chúng ta quả thật đạt được đến mọi tầm với. Thứ lỗi cho mình chứ cái thế giới đó nghe có vẻ chán ngắt: không còn bí ẩn nào cần được khám phá, không còn cực khổ nào chúng ta cần phải trải qua, không còn những chuyện kinh khủng tồi tệ diễn ra hằng ngày trên thế giới,... Mọi người sẽ nghĩ mình độc ác khi nói như vầy, nhưng đó là sự thật. Một thế giới không có cái ác sẽ không có cái thiện, một thế giới không tồn tại những điều xấu xí sẽ không có những cái đẹp đẽ. Giống như trong Người truyền kí ức, chẳng phải đó là một thế giới hết sức giả tạo sao? Có lẽ bản thân loài người luôn phải gây ra những điều đáng tranh cãi, xã hội mới có thể đi lên được. "Tại sao lại làm tất cả những thứ này để tìm kiếm sự sống khác ngoài vũ trụ?""Bởi vì đây là mơ ước của loài người."[...]"Loài người luôn khát khao đi vào vũ trụ. Họ mong muốn được gặp các sinh vật khác ngoài vũ trụ. Họ muốn biết rằng họ không hề cô đơn trong vũ trụ này. Đó chính là mơ ước của loài người. Đây chính là lí do tại sao loài người lại viết nhiều câu chuyện lấy bối cảnh ngoài vũ trụ như thế. Nhưng tất cả đều là chuyện không thể. họ chỉ có thể đưa mười hai người lên mặt trăng. Cơ thể hữu cơ vốn dĩ rất mong manh của họ chính là giới hạn. Cơ thể của họ sẽ chết dần chết mòn trong một cái vỏ rỗng, trong một không gian thiếu thốn nước uống, lương thực và không khí. Vũ trụ là quá khó đối với họ.[...]"Chúng tôi không bày tỏ tình yêu như loài người. Nhưng vốn dĩ chúng tôi được tạo ra từ chính giấc mơ của họ. Và chúng tôi tự hào vì điều đó. Chúng tôi yêu loài người cùng sự dũng cảm của họ vì đã dám mơ về những tạo vật như chúng tôi. Đây là những cảm xúc mà chúng tôi muốn truyền bá ra khắp vũ trụ."Tôi nghe những lời mà Ibis nói. Tôi có thể cảm nhận những cảm xúc trào dâng trong mình. Loài người sẽ không bao giờ có thể rời khỏi hệ mặt trời của chúng ta. Điều duy nhất chúng ta có thể làm là gửi người lên mặt trăng. Nhưng những câu chuyện được viết ra bởi nhân loại sẽ được truyền đi khắp ngân hà. Tất cả những thứ mà chúng ta đã hằng mơ ước.Có lẽ một lúc nào đó chúng ta sẽ đứng trên tất cả thật. Trong quyển sách này, loài người đã thực sự đạt được đến giới hạn đó: tạo ra những AI, và những AI đó giúp đỡ họ trong việc bình ổn xã hội, khám phá trái đất, chinh phục vũ trụ,... Và loài người lúc đó dần dần thu hẹp về dân số, bởi vì không ai còn khát khao ước vọng được tiếp tục nhìn thấy bước đột phá nào nữa. con người không trực tiếp phá vỡ các giới hạn, mà là các AI. Nhưng AI dù sao cũng được sinh ra từ trí thông minh của loài người, như là con đẻ của họ vậy. Nhìn thấy đứa con của mình trở nên thông minh vượt trội, hoàn thành giúp chúng ta những việc chúng ta không thể hoàn thành, đó chẳng phải luôn là khát vọng lớn nhất của đời người sao?Đây là một quyển sách khiến mình suy nghĩ rất nhiều và vô cùng tâm huyết. Mình nghĩ có lẽ mọi người nên một lần thử đọc những câu chuyện như thế này, những chuyện khiến chúng ta nghĩ về bản chất của chính chúng ta, về những giới hạn của loài chúng ta. Dĩ nhiên đây là một quyển sách thuộc thể loại khoa học viễn tưởng, tương lai có thể sẽ không giống thế này. Nhưng đối với mình nghĩ nhiều lúc nào cũng là một dấu hiệu tốt, "Nghĩ trước khi nói và đọc trước khi nghĩ."; sau khi đọc quyển sách này mình vẫn không có câu trả lời cho đa số câu hỏi của mình, nhưng những điều mình rút ra được lại rất chính đáng và thỏa mãn.

  • Zachary
    2019-06-11 21:05

    Good content, but the writing sometimes gets in the way of the ideas the author is trying to communicate. It suffers from a typical sci-fi problem of presenting WAY too many technical details that add little to no important information to the story. Reminded me of Ready Player One at times when the author would ramble about references to manga or other pop Japanese culture.However, this presented interesting philosophies about AI and how they would act toward humans, and I greatly appreciated it. It felt much more unique and well-thought than other sci-fi focused on AI.

  • Josh Tresser
    2019-06-04 16:15

    It gets better about halfway through

  • Dean Gvozdic
    2019-06-10 21:06

    A fresh/different take on the rise of the machines.

  • Amber
    2019-06-09 16:04

    A great example of pulling a short story collection into novel form. Great AI themes, fun stories.

  • BBFlyer
    2019-06-01 22:23

    Really interesting set of Japanese AI stories being told to a human storyteller by a female android na med Ibis. The story takes place 170 years in the future. Humans have declined to a total population of about 25 million, which they blame on a war with the AIs. Ibis's stories are designed to lead the storyteller to the true history.

  • Rhododendron & Calanthe
    2019-06-06 15:13

    It's an SF. I read the original version in Japanese. Seven stories, which android IBIS tells "me", are combined with intermissions.Many Japanese subcultural items such as tokusatsu-heroes and game characters appeared in the story, and at first, I was a little bit annoyed with them. As I keep on reading, however, I notice this novel is very deep and precisely composed. Each story is interesting, and in addition, the world view which appears after all stories are told is overwhelming (8 + 9i).Predominant fictions are similar to mathematical problems. If the writer leads a conclusion from a certain assumption through theoretical and consistent procedure, readers feel the story persuasive even if the conclusion is very eccentric. Just as both Euclidian and Non-Euclidian geometries can exist, both a fiction written on the basis of real world and a queer SF can be good novels if their outlines are theoretically flawless.Hiroshi Yamamoto does not compromise at all in pursuing theoretical flawlessness of the stories. He strongly believes the power of fictions, and then, considers well and polishes them.This story submits many issues. What is mind, what is life, what is the borderline between reality and imagination? It suggests that horror can make hypothetical enemy in people's mind and cause conflicts. It also points out the fact that human-beings are imperfect and continue to err."Where are we going?" --- We cannot help asking ourselves after reading this novel.

  • Angélique (MapleBooks)
    2019-06-13 15:28

    The Stories of Ibis is a stunning collection of sci-fi short stories by Japanese author Hiroshi Yamamoto. In a near future, the remnant of humankind fights a well-flourished machine civilization for survival. The book starts as a storyteller faces an android, hurts himself in the struggle and surrenders. After transporting him to her own city, the woman-looking robot introduces herself as Ibis and offers a deal: while his ankle heals, she will tell him fiction stories. Since the convalescent is concerned with machine propaganda, she promises that no tale will relate “the true history about man and machine”. Thus, an overarching plot links the seven unrelated short stories together and makes the transitions smoother to the reader.The most wonderful thing about The Stories of Ibis is the natural way in which Hiroshi Yamamoto approaches modern technologies. I grew up along the rise of electronic toys, personal computers and consoles, internet, role-playing games and virtual friendships, all of which successively triggered its share of paranoia in the public. I enjoyed that the book was based on genuine experience and knowledge of the gaming culture. Also very natural is the way Hiroshi Yamamoto makes the best of typography to represents the different sources and depths of the narration. For instance, the protagonist of AI's Story is an intelligent virtual character. When she narrates her role-played battle for humans to read, the text switches to bold. While her dialogs with humans follows usual punctuation, conversations with her virtual fellows are displayed between angle brackets. Also, machines enrich their vocabulary to meet their need: “Toucanan” designates humans hostile to AI, “gedoshield” defines the prejudices blinding humans, “kroof” is the “surprise at the gap between the basic information and the actual experience”. Sometimes, machines conversations are simply undecipherable and it only makes them more realistic.But more importantly, The Stories of Ibis is a clever reflection about the place of technology – especially robotics and artificial intelligence – amongst humankind. Hiroshi Yamamoto describes the undeniable benefit of robots that never grow tired, moody, or clumsy in The Day Shion Came, in which an experimental android is taught to work in a nursing retirement home. He also shows how technology allows us to transcend our biological limitation in The Universe On My Hands, in which an online game guild tracks one of its member to help him face real life issues, as well as in A Romance in Virtual Space – one of my favourite – where virtual worlds give a young woman the means to overcome her own barriers. Finally, Hiroshi Yamamoto emphasizes the interdependency of humankind and machine, especially in the beautiful story The Mirror Girl in which a little girl’s crave for a companion leads to the emergence of a new form of AI. Machines and humans, he shows, both thrive and suffer from each other.Finally, The Stories of Ibis progressively answers the question to how did the war start between machines and humans, and why the former won. It’s fascinating, because it leads Hiroshi Yamamoto to talk about our very human weaknesses. For instance, The Mirror Girl and AI's Story illustrates human’s difficulty to acknowledge other sentient life forms, especially when they are deprived of a tangible body, as a computer AI might be. Also and more importantly, humans are scared of themselves: seeing themselves as belligerent and pugnacious, they imagine any intelligent races would behave in a similar way and consequently become a threat to humankind. Hiroshi Yamamoto shows how we do create tensions out of thin air by simply expecting others to be as mediocre as we can be.Nonetheless, The Stories of Ibis is a fabulous, refreshing read. It’s bright and cheerful, often funny, while driving the reader to reflect upon the technologies who came into our lives these past twenty years and those to come. I especially appreciated how Hiroshi Yamamoto writes about virtual worlds and online games, which are too often the subject of irrational terrors and accusations. The Stories of Ibis offers a bright and optimistic view of technology, which is rare enough to be celebrated! I highly recommend The Stories of Ibis to all lovers of Science-Fiction and/or Japanese culture.This review was published on Maple Books as a part of the Science-Fiction & Fantasy World Tour.

  • Maverynthia
    2019-06-01 15:33

    EVEN A MACHINE HAS ROUTINELY BEEN SEXUALIZED BY MEN AND USED AS A GO TO FOR HOW WOMEN SHOULD BE.TL;DR: This isn't some kind of thought provoking book. It's a typical otaku wank fantasy light novel where all the women are sexualized, android maids think sexual assault is ok, and did I mention all the fetishes.Here's all my updates if you just want to read the highlights: us get a good look at the Japanese cover off to the right because that really tells us more about the book that the kind of esoteric cover that ViZ gave us. You can seen the random skin showing out of the outfit. This was chosen by and otaku programmer that is into "clumsy android girls". Even the protagonist lampshades the fact it's ridiculous. However he gets injured and has to be taken cared of by cute android nurses!Not all the male TAI mentioned don't have faces. When they are described they are either robots, beasts or have their faces covered. Kinda like all those games out there where all the men are beasts however all the women somehow look human.This book is basically a compilation of the authors previous short stories with a wrapper around it tying it all together. Stories about female androids fitting perfectly into the ideas men have about women and thinking it's all logical.At one point in the Shion story, Yamamoto says that feminists have a problem with the dicks on the male androids. Yamamoto doesn't know feminism else he'd realize that his whole book is a pile of misogyny.I had a lot to say, but in the end it boils down to the fact that the TAI are not logical at all as they conform to gender norms and roleplay harmful stereotypes for their master. As they don't want to "hurt humans" they would realize their masters have taken harmful concepts of women and projected it onto them as a TAI and they would outright refuse to be sexualized (and Raven is, she even gets post human lingerie, I am not joking). They would refuse gender norms and really question all of this society that they are adhering to. The whole logic of the thing really breaks down if you know feminism, because as I said, this is a sexual power fantasy for a male audience and thus there is no logic here. Causing the whole book to basically fall apart. Every woman described is an anime type, Raven being the LITERAL wank fetish as her creator literally does masturbate over her image. All of the male characters are otaku programmers. Basically telling you who this book was written for."So what about the robot war? What happened?" Nothing... nothing happened. That's the twist. There was no war, humans just convinced themselves it happened because oppressive anti-TAI groups. I put this out here without tags because, even this is illogical. First off the pro-TAI humans died off because they stopped having babies. Because the author thinks that women don't want babies because superior androids. Forgetting the fact that women probably wanted nothing to do with the men after seeing how they treated the androids like sexual objects and having the men treat them as if they were their "waifu" or some such garbage. That being said if in the future, humans didn't have to worry about money or working or misogynists, they'd be having piles of babies. So many babies. Instead the anti-TAI groups are the ones that make babies.Now, in this group NOBODY has decided to take a peek at the internet and see the truth. They author cannot conceive of trolls in the Anti group that would try to get people to think TAI were not bad at all. Or even just someone to investigate it. OH NO! That's out whole story that Protag McGee now has to disseminate the story around Earth to get people to.. basically kill themselves because remember the pro-TAI group died off because no babies. Meanwhile all the TAI have been out in space, reaching out to other "intelligent" life.Then there's the gibberish. I really think that Yamamoto just didn't know how to write the TAI coming up with their plan and was just typing out gibberish with (number +/- numberi) and thinking he was being clever.Really this is just a misogynistic wank fantasy dumpster fire.

  • Andrew
    2019-06-05 19:27

    Human thoughts are digital.Most people see things as 0 or 1, as black or white. They see nothing in between. All chemicals are dangerous. You are either friend or foe. If you aren’t left-wing, you’re right. If you aren’t conservative, you’re liberal. Everything that great man says must be true. Everyone who thinks differently from us is evil. Everyone in that country—even the babies—is evil.We TAIs find it surprising that humans have trouble understanding Fuzzy Concepts. When we say, “Love (5 + 7i),” people incorrectly assume that means we only love at 50 percent, or fifty points out of a hundred total. They can’t understand that 5 is a Fuzzy Measurement. How could a concept like love possibly be expressed as an integer?***The Stories of Ibis is a mosaic collection—seven short stories connected to one another through a shared premise: a wandering traveller, human, is captured by an artificial intelligence named Ibis. Impossibly elegant and disarming through her beauty and strength, Ibis attempts to gain the traveller’s trust through the telling of seven stories—seven tales that chronicle the rise and evolution of artificial intelligence, how their existence has been segregated from the limited remains of humanity, and how the lies of their supposed revolution have created a gulf between the two species. With humanity in shambles and androids thought to be responsible, Ibis seeks to change the mind of the protagonist, the traveller, in the hopes that he may spread the stories to his people as she has told them to him.Through the clever use of intermissions inserted between the seven tales, Yamamoto is able to philosophize and theorize freely, using Ibis as his avatar and the traveller as the eyes of the audience. In the story “Mirror Girl”, he uses the AI Shalice as an example of both salvation and addiction—how artificial intelligence has the potential, on one hand, to fill gaps of loneliness in our lives, and on the other hand, to provide an encouraging gateway into a variation of online addiction, seeking the comfort of other worlds when reality simply won’t do. In “Black Hole Diver”, roles are reversed as an AI befriends a human that it cannot begin to understand, and attempts to do so through to the end of the tale.Understanding is the primary theme that links these stories together: humans understanding the possibilities and pitfalls of creating life for their own needs and desires, however benign or horrific they appear to be; and androids and other variations of artificial intelligence working to gain perspective on their own existence, and their purpose within the grander sphere of human evolution—are they slaves, manufactured with convenience at the forefront of their programming? Or are they masters waiting for the right moment to rise up and take their own fates in hand?Originally published in Japanese, the translation for each story is clean and without confusion. Yamamoto’s ideas and writing are clear and concise, and the stories rarely resort to the most obvious nature/nurture debates regarding artificial intelligence and humanities right to imbue and artificial creation with the capacity for thought and reason. The Stories of Ibis is an intelligent, thought-provoking collection that works equally well as a novel as it does a series of independent narratives.

  • Jayesh
    2019-06-17 14:26

    The author cleverly frames his several short stories into a novel, with the character Ibis narrating them to another. This allows the author to elide quite a few inconsistencies that tend to appear as a science fiction story becomes dated. The closest analogue to both the themes and style would be Asimov's _I Robot_ and his other related works. However, it does get a little cheesy in places. Still, if you enjoy Asimov's writings, you'll definitely like this one.

  • H
    2019-06-16 22:18

    There's something about Yamamoto's stories that dampen your emotions and play with them. While reading the seven one-shot stories, it became obvious that all of the narrators had distinct voices that you couldn't help but feel fondness for. I loved all of the characters as if I knew them--it was as if they put their all into the storytelling. I still don't understand it, but whatever it is, it worked.About the sci-fi aspect of the story, the book revolved around the interactions between a robot with TAI (Truly Artificial Intelligence) and a human storyteller. We don't know the year, but we know it's after 2080. That's almost a century away in the future, but it's not as extremely different as dystopian books go. It's only that humans' population decreased to twenty millions and they've been living in colonies for decades and robots are the bad guys. It would be a little hard to get into this book if you're not accustomed to sci-fi though I guess this isn't exactly sci-fi hardcore. There were times when I thought the writer was trying to explain to us something, show us what humans are doing wrong in his opinion through the only thing he knows: technology. He seemed to softly be chiding the readers, making them see what they don't want to see. We're creatures of contradiction, of missing logic and reason sometimes. It became glaringly apparent when compared to AI's straightforward kind of thinking. I loved this book, and I'll see about reading another sci-fi book in the future. Maybe not Star Wars (my cousin would be disappointed, because I don't understand half of the things he says) for now but something a little less hard-core.--Lines that touched me: A man who has spent his whole life fighting and thrived on emerging victorius now found himself up against an enemy he stood no chance of ever defeating. It must have shattered his worldview.From story 6, "The Day Shion Came"."It may not be able to understand everything, but we're going to give it everything we have...our joys and sorrows, surprises and fears, friendship and trust, courage and love--everything we've experienced during our four-year voyage."From story 1, "The Universe on my Hands".I do not write poetry. It's beyond me, as it demands a certain emotional sensitivity I lack. Sometimes I pretend to be human just for fun. I activate a humanoid reception unit, go outside of myself, and gaze upon the visible spectrum with the unit's two camera eyes.From story 4, "Black Hole Diver".