AVOGADRO CORP: The Singularity is Closer than it Appears
A Singularity Novel
Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than it Appears is my techno-thriller that explores how artificial intelligence will emerge, and how humanity will respond to it.
David Ryan is a brilliant computer scientist, hired by Avogadro Corp, the world's leading Internet company. David is the designer of ELOPe, a new language-optimization feature for Avogadro Corp’s flagship email product that will make his career if successful.
When the ELOPe project is threatened to be cancelled because of server shortages, David makes a subtle change to the software to allow it to secretly modify company emails to ensure the success of the project.
But soon ELOPe is social engineering people around the company to get more servers allocated to it, to modify other software to expand its own capabilities, and to neutralize threats. As David and his coworkers slowly realize what’s happening, they take ever escalating actions to shut ELOPe down, only to find the software is always one step ahead of them.
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A Singularity Novel
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 — a little 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 of people may die.
But evolution never stops. The virus continues to change, developing intelligence, communication, and finally an entire civilization of A.I. called the Phage. Some may be friendly to humans, but others most definitely are not.
Leon and his companions must race against time and the military to find a way to either befriend or eliminate the Phage and restore the world’s computer infrastructure.
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THE LAST FIREWALL
A Singularity Novel
Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. Yanked out of her perfectly ordinary life, Catherine becomes the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination.
PRAISE FOR THE LAST FIREWALL
“Awesome near-term science fiction.” – Brad Feld, Foundry Group managing director
“An insightful and adrenaline-inducing tale of what humanity could become and the machines we could spawn.” – Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger
“A fun read and tantalizing study of the future of technology: both inviting and alarming.” – Harper Reed, former CTO of Obama for America, Threadless
"A fascinating and prescient take on what the world will look like once computers become smarter than people. Highly recommended." – Mat Ellis, Founder & CEO Cloudability
“A phenomenal ride through a post-scarcity world where humans are caught between rogue AIs. If you like having your mind blown, read this book!” – Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
“The Last Firewall is like William Gibson had a baby with Tom Clancy and let Walter Jon Williams teach it karate. Superbly done.” – Jake F. Simons, author of Wingman and Train Wreck.
PRAISE FOR THE SINGULARITY NOVELS
“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
“I found myself reading with a sense of awe, and read it way too late into the night.”
GENE KIM, author Visible Ops
“A terrific, and stunningly believable, account of how the first sentient artificial intelligence might accidently arise.”
JEFF WEISS, senior web architect
“Avogadro Corp is 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, founder paleoplan.com, bacn.com, unthirsty.com
“This is a highly entertaining, gripping, thought inspiring book. 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
“As a fan of Charles Stross and William Gibson, I was delighted to read Avogadro Corp. The story is a startling, feasible examination of the emergence of artificial intelligence.”
“HAL, the self aware CPU from 2001 a Space Odyssey, is a kitten compared to ELOPe.”
SHAWN CHESSER, author Trudge and Soldier On (Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse series)
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