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Daniel Suarez: Daemon: Bot-mediated Reality

Daniel Suarez , Shoulder High Production Chris Baldwin  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Daniel Suarez
  • Directors: Shoulder High Production Chris Baldwin
  • Producers: Stewart Brand and the Long Now Foundation
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Whole Earth Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H9MLFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,976 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The viral success story of the year is a techno-thriller called Daemon. Software developer Suarez printed the book himself after being turned down by mainstream publishers. Blog raves, Amazon raves, and a brief item in Wired magazine turned the book deservedly into a runaway hit.

In this presentation, his first on the subject, Suarez spells out the ideas behind Daemon and its forthcoming sequel, Freedom(tm): "'Bots' are simple software programs designed to automate tasks - such as finding, retrieving, or acting upon information. Bots set loose on the Internet have been the catalyst behind many revolutionary Web 2.0 technologies. However, the unintended consequences of activating millions of bots in our networks -- bots that wield increasing influence over the activities and opportunities of human beings - may have serious consequences for society."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting talk, discussing bots in depth December 12, 2008
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If you are interested in more depth about ideas which inspired Daemon, this is a nice presentation describing what bots are, what they do, where they are now, and what they may do in the future. Various other authors and concepts are presented, which sent me packing to Amazon to order more books. Several interesting aspects of personal privacy regarding ways our personal data is collected and sold are presented. Interesting discussion of how many existing techs can be integrated to create new systems, a la Daemon. Also how this could benefit society if organized as he presents. If you haven't read the book, start there (I've read it 4 times so far). If you are interested is seeing where bot technology is now, and may head toward, this is worth a look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reality of a Thriller December 27, 2008
The technical ideas surrounding the "underground" book sensation - Daemon - are explored in this presentation by author Daniel Suarez.

Originally self-published under the pseudonym Leinad Zeraus, the book is slated for hardcover release in January 2009. In this DVD, Suarez delves into the cyber-world of bots, daemons and other incredible marvels - that can be used for good....and evil - from the book and the planned 2010 follow-up, Freedom.

The concepts are presented in a way to hold the interest of the uninitiated, while containing enough gems to make it an intriguing view for those with a better understanding of the material. This is the reality of a thriller that actually happens each time we turn on virtually every device that makes our personal and professional universe incredibly smaller each moment of every day.
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