A.I. Apocalypse

A.I. Apocalypse

by William Hertling

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ISBN-13: 9780984755745
Publisher: Liquididea Press
Publication date: 05/24/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 300,729
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

William Hertling is the author of Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears, A.I. Apocalypse, and the forthcoming The Last Firewall.


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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A. I. Apocalypse 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very original story blending computer science, biology, and philosophy within a wargames movie scenario. Easy read and quite informative.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Explanations of AI were easy enough to follow for a non computer adept reader. Thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u liked it so much y did u only give it 4 &starf s
Dick_L More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, reads and flows well.  
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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
someday this might happen if we're not careful. good story development and I really enjoyed this book. (5 *'s right)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll be reccomending this one
HuntersvilleMan More than 1 year ago
This book was one that I looked forward to picking back up after putting it down.
snoopy301 More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
Excellent extrapolation of possible future consequences to current technology wrapped in good storytelling!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictive and inciteful storytelling at its finest
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for everyone, but especially those who work in IT.
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groberts1980 More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why do people have to push their political agendas in their stories. It ruins an otherwise good story.