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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Liquididea Press (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984755748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984755745
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (331 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Highly entertaining, gripping, and thought inspiring. Don't start without the time to finish--it won't let you go."
--Gifford Pinchot III, founder Bainbridge Graduate Institute, author of The Intelligent Organization

"A tremendous book that every single person needs to read. In the vein of Daniel Suarez's Daemon and Freedom(TM), William's book shows that science fiction is becoming science fact. Avogadro Corp describes issues, in solid technical detail, that we are dealing with today that will impact us by 2015, if not sooner. Not enough people have read these books. It's a problem for them, but not for the [emergent] machines."
--Brad Feld, managing director Foundry Group and cofounder TechStars


"An alarming and jaw-dropping tale about how something as innocuous as email can subvert an entire organization. I found myself reading with a sense of awe, and read it way too late into the night."
--Gene Kim, author of Visible Ops

About the Author

William Hertling is the author of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall.

Brad Feld, cofounder of TechStars, called his first novel, Avogadro Corp, "a tremendous book everyone must read."

A fifteen year veteran of the technology industry, he holds ten patents on software and internet technology and is a frequent speaker at SXSW Interactive. When not writing, he works on web and social strategy.

He's been building online communities since 1986 when he ran seven phones lines into the back of his Apple //e to create an online chat system. An active blogger since 2002, his website, williamhertling.com, receives more than 50,000 visitors a year.

He resides in Portland, Oregon.

More About the Author

William Hertling is the author of the award-winning Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and The Last Firewall. His near-term science-fiction novels about realistic ways strong AI might emerge have been called "frighteningly plausible", "tremendous", and "must read".

He's been influenced by writers such as William Gibson, Charles Stross, Cory Doctorow, and Walter Jon Williams.

William Hertling was born in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up a digital native in the early days of bulletin board systems. His first experiences with net culture occurred when he wired seven phone lines into the back of his Apple //e, creating an online chat system.

He currently resides in Portland, Oregon. By day he works on web and social media for HP. Follow him on twitter at @hertling or visit his blog williamhertling.com.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.
watchman247
He also has full understanding and knowledge of his subject matter, and is able to convey that information to the reader.
Jerome O. Pinkney
This plot based story with some very well developed characters moves at a perfect pace.
David Lackey

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Macdonald on June 5, 2012
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Once the titular apocalypse began, I could not put this book down. I was glad to see ELOPe again--the most interesting character in the book is not a human being. The details of how an AI society would be organized are great. Don't skip the first book, Avogadro Corp., which is also a terrific yarn. And now I can hardly wait for the third in the series.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Coffey on April 6, 2012
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Book 1 was good. This, book 2, was even better. It seemed almost written by a different author.

I like a Sy Fy thriller, and even more so when it is based in hard tech.

Hertling packed the following fun into this tales:
Hacking
Algorithms
Biology
Evolution
Singularity
Crowd-sourcing
Virus: propagation, infection, & detection-avoidance
Trade guidelines: trustworthiness, peacfulness, & contribution
A.I.
Learning mechanisms: assimulation, experimentation, & exchange of information
Human thinking in dozens of operations per per minute.

Fun. Fun. Fun. Best i have read in 3 months. That is ~ 90 books.
so lets round up. The book is 1 in a 100.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lodi on March 9, 2012
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The wonderful thing about this series is the proximity of it -- the future doesn't depend on some magical technology becoming available, transforming the world. It's all about current trends, current technology, pushed just a little bit and combined in a way that enables powerful, believable results. This book is a perfect follow-on to Avogadro Corp, starting a new story but building on the the previous work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gallagher HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
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While not completely necessary, before you read this book you might want to consider reading Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series) which is the first book in the series.

This second installment could be a standalone, as there is a large time gap in the series of events between the two which makes me wonder if there will be another installment in the series which bridges the gap as they are really two different books that just so happen to have two characters carrying over from the first installment; unlike most sequels, I thought this one was a heck of a lot better than book one of the series.

I think the author does a good job of giving you one possible scenario of how a computer program could become a true artificial intelligence, as well as how a computer virus program could spin out of control and form multiple A.I.'s as it certainly got me thinking about it well after I completed the book. Without having a spoiler there are a few instances where you want to call "bull" on the situations, yet it was very thought-provoking and one of those books I didn't want to put down until I plowed all the way through it. However, the Walter Mitty fantasy-type moments I had while reading the book - and continue to have - certainly outweigh my previous comment.

If you like a good science fiction thriller that seems just a couple of years into the future, I'd recommend this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Terri L. Griffith on March 24, 2012
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William Hertling has the gift. He can create a world that's plausible, but exciting in its differences from our current reality. A.I. Apocalypse tells the tale of what we should worry about as our computers become more powerful and have greater connection to our information... And what we may be able to do about it.

Just as I said after his first book in the Singularity Series, I can't wait for the next one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jerome O. Pinkney on August 24, 2012
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I don't do many reviews, but felt I should for this book.
I read the first book in this series,and found it to be pretty good, but seemed a little rushed or slightly thin in some areas.
The author clearly had a second book in mind from the start because this book is better than the first in the series.
The pace is fast moving, never too slow. Exacting details are always given.
He also has full understanding and knowledge of his subject matter, and is able to convey that information to the reader.
I'm a CIO for a Healthcare Company and found a lot of his information to be accurate.
The technology that he writes about made the geek in me want a "Gibson" phone.
All in all an enjoyable read, and I look forward to the third book in the series "The Last Firewall".
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Weiss on March 2, 2012
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A.I. Apocalypse (Singularity Series) is set about 10 years in the future, following the events of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears (Singularity Series). The benevolent artificial intelligence from the first book, ELOPe, has nudged human interactions to provide significant advances in computing, medicine, world peace, etc. While ELOPe hasn't exactly been lonely as the sole strong AI, he's about to have a lot more company.

After depicting a realistic scenario for how strong AI might develop today with a large amount of resources during the first book, Avogadro Corp, this second book is even more frightening in its illustration of how strong AI might accidentally come about (again!), though this time with far fewer resources.

In A.I. Apocalypse, we see the evolution of individual AIs and their development into a civilized society. It's an interesting exploration of the genesis of a society, its values, and its attempt to control rogue agents.

The action of the man vs. machine (later becoming machine vs. machine) conflict is just as page-turning and un-put-down-able as the first book. It's almost enough to make one want to live off-grid.
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