Attach electrodes to the fingers of five six-month-old babies. Then create new neural networks and program the brains of these children to process data at an extremely fast rate.
Neuraldine is the corporation conducting this experiment to aid those with learning disabilities, one of which is handicapped with Downs Syndrome, (Number One). Nobody knew because there was no way to know that Number One was a savant. An undetectable rarity with Downs Syndromes children. The Children, numbered one through five, absorbed the data being fed to them at an amazing rate. As the children grew older, they became data addicted. Soon the Neuraldine Corp. could not obtain and feed the data at a rate required by the children and they rebelled. This story is enriched with physics (String Theory), neural networks, nuclear destruction, electromagnetic pulse attacks, as well as a worldwide plague.
Number One is in charge.
©2009 Thomas P. Roberts (P)2014 Thomas P. Roberts
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By Mike on 28-05-15

Great Story

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Always seem to learn something new when listening to a book again so I will listen to The Five again in the future.

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I found it very interesting how they taught the children at such a fast pace. Seems like something that will be done in the near future, if not already.

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I have listened to a number of audible books performed by Paul J McSorley. He always does a great job and The Five is excellent.

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The Five makes you think about how we will be teaching kids/adults in the future.

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By Matt on 04-11-14

Fantastic story

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“Fantastic story! It was obvious the author new his stuff. I found the Artificial Intelligence (Neural Networks) idea intriguing. I also found the whole concept of computer training a portion of the brain to understand code, then feeding data at a rate the human brain was not meant to receive. The Ebola parts will definitely give you the creeps but you will not be able to stop listening. I would highly recommend this book if you are looking for an exciting techno thriller. By the way, I thought the narrator did an excellent Job. He added a few special effects that really added to the story. Not music which I hate in audio books.

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