“15 Campus Novels to Spice Up Fall,” The Reading Room, November 2, 2015.
Galatea 2.0 made the list of “10 Fabulous Campus Novels to Cozy Up With This Fall,” by Maddie Crum, Huffington Post, September 24, 2015. “Powers’s novel is as fascinating as its premise: a professor with writer’s block teams up with a computer scientist in an attempt to build a computer that can write a, Read More
“How Treating Robots Like Children Is Changing A.I.,” by Jacob Brogan, Slate, September 4, 2015. This article highlights the work of University of California–Berkeley’s artificial intelligence researcher Pieter Abbeel. In his lab, robots are educated like children. Galatea 2.2 is cited as an early example of this concept. “Powers’ novel may clarify the scope, Read More
Galatea 2.2 is #1 in the “Top 10 books to read this summer,” by Holly R. Bogardus, TheCelebrityCafe.com, March 13, 2014.
After four novels and several years living abroad, the fictional protagonist ofGalatea 2.2—Richard Powers—returns to the United States as Humanist-in-Residence at the enormous Center for the Study of Advanced Sciences. There he runs afoul of Philip Lentz, an outspoken cognitive neurologist intent upon modeling the human brain by means of computer-based neural networks. Lentz, Read More
To celebrate both Powers’ literary accomplishments and his contributions to the University of Illinois, the Provost’s Office commissioned production of five short video works, each of which interprets a passage from one of Richard Powers’ five novels. The videos are a collaborative endeavor between Powers and a group of artists and designers from the, Read More
“Improvisations.” PEN America, Volume 3, Issue 5 (2004): 15 (2 pages). Excerpt from Galatea 2.2.
“Novel Thoughts: Four Fiction Writers with Metaphysics on Their Minds” by John Updike, New Yorker 71 (August 21, 1995): 105. John Updike admits to crying over Powers’s neural network AI, Helen, from Galatea 2.2.