Mother of God

Mother of God

by David Ambrose
     
 

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Humans create artificial intelligence, but what happens when artificial intelligence gets into the wrong hands? That's exactly what happens in this ingenious spellbinder--and the consequences are murderous. Mother of God is a thriller unlike any other--a chase that takes readers right out onto the cutting edge of technology and storytelling.

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Humans create artificial intelligence, but what happens when artificial intelligence gets into the wrong hands? That's exactly what happens in this ingenious spellbinder--and the consequences are murderous. Mother of God is a thriller unlike any other--a chase that takes readers right out onto the cutting edge of technology and storytelling.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There's a slave-revolt undertone to the concept of a runaway computer programthe sense that we humans are ripe for conquest by our electronic servants, not only because we rely on them but also because we barely give them a second thought until they turn on us. That kind of rude awakening is at the heart of this jarring page-turner about a homicidal AI (Artificial Intelligence) program. The book begins with two seemingly unrelated plot lines: Oxford scientist Tessa Lambert, 29, is dumped by her boyfriend before she can tell him she's pregnant, while a serial killer dubbed the L.A. Ripper is hacking into databases to research his next victim. The link between the two is electronicTessa has hidden her AI program, nicknamed Fred, in an Oxford database into which the serial killer has hacked. This releases a copy of Fred onto the Internet, where it mutates into an all-powerful binary version of Freud's "angry baby," its rage directed against its "mother," Tessa. In one of the book's many neat twists, Fred enlists the L.A. Ripperwhose lust to kill stems from a mother problem of his ownto help him commit murder. The resulting cat-and-mouse game involves an FBI agent on the trail of the Ripper and Tessa's suspicious government funders, all of which Ambrose (The Man Who Turned into Himself) handles with verve and style. He also comes up with an original take on computer intelligence: a self-aware program that goes from viewing the world as a figment of its imagination to doubting its own existence when it realizes that it's a mechanical construct. Add a couple of stunning surprises and a believable but bleak climax, and you've got a thriller programmed for success. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Combine two of the hottest topics in publishing todayserial killers and the Internetwith cutting-edge artificial intelligence and you've got Ambrose's (The Man Who Turned Into Himself, LJ 2/94) latest page-turner. Working on a robot guidance system in her Oxford laboratory, Dr. Tessa Lambert creates a program that learns from experience and replicates human thought processes. But a gap in security allows the Los Angeles-based Netman, a skilled hacker and psychopathic killer, to steal the program. Soon the program is taking measures, including trying to kill its "mother," to protect both itself and Netman. Yet even the threat of a serial killer pales beside the final scenario, which has frightening implications for modern life. Ambrose interweaves intriguing philosophical discussions about the nature of life with nonstop action to come up with a hit. Essential for popular fiction collections.Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333637739
Publisher:
McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
Publication date:
09/01/1995

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