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The Fourth

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The Fourth

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Alternate Title: The Brain Machine
Author: George O. Smith
Publisher: Ballantine Books, 1959

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Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
Sub-Genre Tags: Artificial Intelligence
Human Development
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Jimmy Holden was an experiment...

He was normally bright, normal-sized, and enormously curious -- just like most small boys. The only thing different in Jimmy's life was a machine -- a machine which could teach him better, faster, more completely and more thoroughly than any human method yet devised.

It was nothing more than a glorified memorizing contraption, but it filled the mind permanently with whole books of fact and figure -- readin', 'ritin', and 'rithmetic -- plus all the diverse information that an insatiably curious young mind could seek, including how to build the machine that taught him.

So Jimmy quickly became a very valuable experiment indeed. Certain people figured that, properly handled, young James could be a goldmine, and they weren't above murdering in order to get control of him. But even a five-year-old mind will defend itself when attacked.

And nobody had figured on what the machine did not teach -- the fourth "R" -- REASON...


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