A.I. Apocalypse [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044966796
  • Publisher: William Hertling
  • Publication date: 7/25/2012
  • Series: Singularity , #2
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 70,426
  • File size: 284 KB

Meet the Author

William E. Hertling is a digital native who grew up on the online chat and bulletin board systems of the mid 1980s, giving him twenty-five years experience participating in and creating online culture. A science fiction writer and digital strategist, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    Keep your politics to yourself

    Why do people have to push their political agendas in their stories. It ruins an otherwise good story.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Brilliant and fun to read

    Very original story blending computer science, biology, and philosophy within a wargames movie scenario. Easy read and quite informative.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2015

    It's some years from the present and the world has become interc

    It's some years from the present and the world has become interconnected with most things being computer-controlled. Leon is a very right high school student and deeply involved in writing algorithms to improve his chances on complex massive multiplayer games. He's the son of Russian immigrants and has an uncle who has gone back to Russia where he works writing viruses for Russian mobsters. But his uncle is in trouble-- the anti-virus writers are getting ahead of him, the botnet is shrinking, and his employers have given him a deadline to get the botnet back to full strength. The uncle is desperate and calls on Leon for help, and Leon responds by writing a virus based on biological principles, one which can learn and evolve as it infects more and more computers, and thus maybe keep ahead of the anti-virus writers. They set this virus loose and it works far better that they'd hoped, rapidly evolving and infecting millions of computers. As the descendants of Leon's virus rage through the computer world, everything run by computers, which includes almost all communication and transportation, gets tied up by the viruses, pretty much shutting the world down. The story goes on to tell how Leon and a couple of his friends, the U.S. Military, and an existing AI battle the viruses and try to get things working as the viruses evolve into sentience. It's a fast-paced story, with mostly believable science (although Leon's programming ability requires some suspension of disbelief) and a fascinating projection of viral evolution.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2014

    Good story, reads and flows well.  

    Good story, reads and flows well.  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

    Fast paced, gripping and technical enough to please a hard SF fan.

    I had not read the first book in the series and was initially afraid the story wouldn't make sense. Thankfully that was not the case. A.I. Apocalypse stands up on its own. The writing is good and laced with just the right amount of tech talk to blur the lines between the possible and impossible, the hallmark of great SF. Character development was slightly thin but as most of the action was around the AIs it didn't impede the story heavily. I'll definitely be looking out for more from this author including the first in this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    interesting story

    someday this might happen if we're not careful. good story development and I really enjoyed this book. (5 *'s right)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2014

    Really enjoyed it

    I'll be reccomending this one

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  • Posted June 15, 2014

    An Enjoyable read

    This book was one that I looked forward to picking back up after putting it down.

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  • Posted June 6, 2014

    Can not put this one down.

    As stated in the headline, I was literaly glued to this one until I finished it. Need I say more?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Good book

    Good over all book. There were a few parts here and there I felt the author could have left out, because they didn't matter to the overall story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Very good!

    Excellent extrapolation of possible future consequences to current technology wrapped in good storytelling!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    Gripping tale of future Artificial Intelligence

    I couldn't put this book down. There will be A.I. in the future and the beginnings of biologically based replicating A.I. has been started. This book is an interesting peek at a possible future. This should appeal to Sci-Fi geeks and anyone that loves their Nook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Facinating

    Predictive and inciteful storytelling at its finest

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Awesome, you won't be able to put it down.

    A must read for everyone, but especially those who work in IT.

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  • Posted December 29, 2013

    Very, very satisfying sequel to the first book in the series. An

    Very, very satisfying sequel to the first book in the series. And what an exceptional book! I positively tore through this with little thought to any other personal pursuits. If I wasn't at work, I was reading this book.  If you are at all interested in computer science, artificial intelligence, or "what-if" scenarios for the future, this book is definitely worth a read. 

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