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A.I. Apocalypse Paperback – May 24, 2012
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About the Author
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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:
Virus: propagation, infection, & detection-avoidance
Trade guidelines: trustworthiness, peacfulness, & contribution
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.
Just as I said after his first book in the Singularity Series, I can't wait for the next one.
A teenage boy agrees to help his uncle by writing a virus. He develops a software package, basically overnight, that takes over all the world's computers and molds itself into an Artificial Intelligence that threatens to destroy humanity. Hmmm. He's able to do something (create a true AI) overnight that IBM, Google, even the NSA haven't been able to do over a period of decades?
Likewise, the teenager and his friends hijack a delivery drone (this is the future) to escape the city and the utter devastation his virus has wreaked? Like the big delivery companies make it easy to hijack their drones?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent read. Really advances the story line that was started in the first book.Published 18 days ago by Mia M. Burlet
Great SciFi! Brought up on Asimov, I thought I'd heard most of the Ai ideas. Well, I was wrong. Identifying with the Ai characters as well as the humans was a pleasure - well done!Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent read. I learned some amazing things about computers and evolution biology. I highly recommend this book. Very relaxing read, couldn't put it down until finished.Published 1 month ago by K. Joy Sandiford
Fun ready for geeks and nerds. Might not be as much fun for those not into computers.Published 1 month ago by Josh Davis
I should preface my remarks by saying that I do not subscribe to a belief in the technological singularity. Perhaps it's possible, but I for one doubt that it will ever happen. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James R Petrarca
Mind expanding! A peak into the co-existence of humanity and AI in a not so distant future. Entire 3-book series highly recommended and can't wait to read more from this author.Published 2 months ago by MaryinOviedo
Somewhat entertaining, but held
back by its apparently hastily-written and under-edited prose. An interesting premise and action-movie pace got me through to the end, but... Read more