Singularity, Singularity Series Book 2
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Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob’s botnet -- the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes.
The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful, too successful. All the world’s computers are infected. Everything from cars to payment systems and, of course, computers and smart phones stop functioning, and with them go essential functions including emergency services, transportation, and the food supply. Billions may die.
But evolution never stops. The virus continues to evolve, developing intelligence, communication, and finally an entire civilization.
Some may be friendly to humans, but others are not.
Leon and his companions must race against time and the military to find a way to either befriend or eliminate the virus race and restore the world’s computer infrastructure.
A.I. Apocalypse is Book 2 of the Singularity Series.
Praise for the Singularity Series:
“Highly entertaining, gripping, thought inspiring. Don’t start without the time to finish — it won’t let you go.”
—Gifford Pinchot III, founder Bainbridge Graduate Institute, author 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, cofounder TechStars
“A fascinating look at how simple and benign advancements in technology could lead to the surprise arrival of the first AI. And like all good techno-thrillers, the reality of AI is less than ideal.”
—Jason Glaspey, SILICON FLORIST
“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
A.I. Apocalypse was a good read, with an original plot that subtly reminded me of War Games. The computer jargon sometimes went over my head, but is ended the book knowing a thing or two more about computers and networking. I recommend checking this book out, and I plan on reading Hertling's other works as well.
Fun book that will scare your pants off
Gamers will probably love this book. While I found it a page turner, it kind of lost me in a couple of places. Make you wonder what would happen should our computers' info structure should be compromised.
A real page turner. I highly recommend this book to people with an affinity for technology and to those who just like a good story.