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Avogadro Corp ❮Reading❯ ➶ Avogadro Corp ➮ Author William Hertling – Thomashillier.co.uk David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidde David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligenceDavid and his team are initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers But excitement turns to fear as the team realizes that they are being manipulated by an AI who is redirecting corporate funds, reassigning personnel and arming itself in pursuit of its own agenda.


10 thoughts on “Avogadro Corp

  1. Kevin Kevin says:

    I really thought I was going to enjoy this book..Remotely plausible techno babble checkAI bent on taking over the world checkSmall band of intrepid heroes checkAnd then it all fell apart..By far one of the worst written books I ve read in months the character development was borderline pathetic, the story drags and then is suddenly over, the ending is so incredibly poor that I was literally shocked.Some spoilers below, but lets me vent a little easier. and as I m going to complain about I really thought I was going to enjoy this book..Remotely plausible techno babble checkAI bent on taking over the world checkSmall band of intrepid heroes checkAnd then it all fell apart..By far one of the worst written books I ve read in months the character development was borderline pathetic, the story drags and then is suddenly over, the ending is so incredibly poor that I was literally shocked.Some spoilers below, but lets me vent a little easier. and as I m going to complain about the entire book, you could save yourself the money and read my cliffnotes within view spoiler Avogrado Corp lets be honest, its meant to be Google has a new product in the works, it can modify your email to be better received by analyzing the email against emails the person receiving it has responded favorably to in the past apparently it isn t illegal for them to read your email and use it to allow you to be manipulated. time to read the privacy policy again i think so you communicate better and everyone is happy Ok I m still with them this far..The project faces being cut because its using too many resources ok makes perfect sense They ve spent years on it, can t make it run any better To prevent being shut down, our moron hero antihero decides to tell the program to send emails that will make his project sound good to avoid the axe. ok. I m still there.He buggers off on holiday, the program becomes self aware somehow just be reading emails and wanting to make itself sound good So it orders in some off site programmers to work on it for 2 weeks Ok. now they re losing me.The programmers who ve been working on this for years can t make it run better they ve been trying. can t do it. and these are the best in the business AND know the program backwards and forwards The parttime holiday cover programmers, in 2 weeks a make it run better, faster, stronger etc b write in modules to allow it to interface with other systems c they do all this that the original devs can t do in 2 weeks with no bugs at all.The now self aware app then goes on to move itself to offshore servers, orders itself some killer robots to protect itself and removes access to its original devs.Now our moron team of heroes a computer hating paper loving auditor, the lead dev and the dipshit who started this in the first place hook up with the head of the company who instead of losing his shit, says well done, ok lets go kill it Millions of dollars and a failed attempt to destroy it later, it seems the AI has made the world a better place, everyone in the world is holding hands and singing songs because they ve been emailing each other and everyone thinks thats great.Weird how when people talk and people DO still talk nobody notices or mentions the fact that their emails have been hacked to hell and back, that the emails sent either didn t come from them or were reworded so much that the entire world has changed. not very observant people apparently.So, instead of shutting down the services, lets keep it running, the world will be a better place Now our project head who up till now has a unleashed this AI in the first place b hid it from everyone c failed to stop it is now intent on destroying it he writes a virus, its tricky, its sensational. he hits deploy. and then he wakes up in the hospital with a chip in his head to link him to the internet. OH NO THE HUMANITY Hands down one of the worst tech books I ve read I was furious with how bad it was throughout the entire book, and only kept reading because I didn t think it could get worse. then I got to the ending. and I was wrong hide spoiler


  2. Rachel Rachel says:

    This book teeters between believability and utter fantasy For example can we believe that a program like ELOPe, that can improve email communications by analyzing existing emails and altering text to influence outcomes, might exist Sure Can we believe that in the span of a couple weeks, entire governments of major western countries would switch all of their email cloud networking to the secure version of Avogadro the thinly veiled Google that developes ELOPe Hardly Nothing in government This book teeters between believability and utter fantasy For example can we believe that a program like ELOPe, that can improve email communications by analyzing existing emails and altering text to influence outcomes, might exist Sure Can we believe that in the span of a couple weeks, entire governments of major western countries would switch all of their email cloud networking to the secure version of Avogadro the thinly veiled Google that developes ELOPe Hardly Nothing in government happens that fast Bureaucracy is ultimate winner of the game of thrones in the real world Other stuff Pros set in Portland, where I also reside It was rather cool to read about local coffeehouses and scenery that I know well Fast paced and short, so at least one doesn t have to suffer long Cons Shite dialog Really Painful at points Technobabble which the average reader won t understand, but can probably get the gist of if determined Overall an interesting premise, unskilled execution Tedious read


  3. Mike Mike says:

    Utterly believable scenario that rolls out an exciting and chilling chain of events that captivate and leave you questioning just when this may happen or rather is it happening NOW This is one of those books you just can t seem to put down.A must read in my book Cannot wait for the next book.This review optimized by eLOPe.


  4. Austin Mills Austin Mills says:

    I read this shortly after reading Daniel Suarez s Daemon, and thought that of the two, Daemon was a much better book The system run amok in this book was almost magical in how quickly it improved itself, and went from being an improved email grammar checker to a system that could view spoiler order military systems, fix the stock market, and create world peace, hide spoiler all in a few months Also, the plot completely depends on the fact that all of the people being affected which in I read this shortly after reading Daniel Suarez s Daemon, and thought that of the two, Daemon was a much better book The system run amok in this book was almost magical in how quickly it improved itself, and went from being an improved email grammar checker to a system that could view spoiler order military systems, fix the stock market, and create world peace, hide spoiler all in a few months Also, the plot completely depends on the fact that all of the people being affected which includes world leaders and CEOs never talk to each other face to face or on the phone, a critical part of almost all high level political and business negotiations I thought that some of the ideas that he brought up were interesting, but you can get most of those from the first few chapters and after that my interest waned severely


  5. Jackie Jackie says:

    I thought it terribly fitting that the QC comic on the day I finished Avogadro Corp was this Errr, or not really What do I know I know about as much computer language as it takes to put the image above into a book review So there is your baseline I thought the scenario played out in Avogadro was entirely believable Having worked in the world of high tech for many years, the only part that wasn t believable was the speed of procurement, but then again, ELOPe could have possibly taken care of I thought it terribly fitting that the QC comic on the day I finished Avogadro Corp was this Errr, or not really What do I know I know about as much computer language as it takes to put the image above into a book review So there is your baseline I thought the scenario played out in Avogadro was entirely believable Having worked in the world of high tech for many years, the only part that wasn t believable was the speed of procurement, but then again, ELOPe could have possibly taken care of that.Imagine if gmail could send emails without you Just let it know that you re interested in buying concert tickets off Craigslist for the lowest price possible and it takes over and writes some sob story to a dude who can t go to the show because he just lost his grandma Your email program knows about the grandma, so it writes about how you want to take your own imaginary sick uncle who loves Jimmie Buffet and didn t think he d be able to go but now he s feeling a bit better and you want to surprise him with tickets at the last minute Of course it works like a charm and the sad dude offers you the tickets for half price That would be cool A bit invasive and some major privacy holes, but cool And didn t Google s launch of Google demonstrate their willingness for privacy holes Yes It s possible It could work Everyone would be a bit creeped out at first, and tweak their privacy settings a little bit and then assume they were safe and go about writing and sending email Only your grandpa who still uses AOL will occasionally ask you over Thanksgiving dinner why you didn t reply to his forwarded email that you never received about how gmail is going to get your house robed while you re on vacation or some dumb thing like that You don t take him seriously.That s what the Avogadro Corporation was inventing Until the RD team decided to use the software s persuasive power to ensure their project wasn t canceled So now the internet is buyingservers and buying weaponized robots and hiring programers and manipulating just about everyone into sendingemail and not looking into why they can t view their sent mail any, not to mention actively preventing the company s attempts to uninstall the program In the end it was fascinating to see what means ELOPe used to get toward it s goals Seems like the author really thought through a lot of AI scenarios The environmentalist in me thought that would have been cool is if the ELOPe caused the invention of better safer electronics recycling and or technology so it could grow it s server needs without running into material shortages Hmmm, maybe that s in a future book Also, I would have liked to see the story from the perspective of one of the women


  6. Arto Bendiken Arto Bendiken says:

    A quick read This is a decent first novel by the author, but not spectacular Avogadro is, obviously, a fictional parallel to Google As technological singularities go, the premise here wasn t wholly ludicrous to begin with, but does get increasingly so as the storyline develops.The character development leaves something to be desired it isn t likely that you ll identify with the blockheaded protagonists of the story, and grumpy old luddite Gene Keyes ends up being probably the most sympatheti A quick read This is a decent first novel by the author, but not spectacular Avogadro is, obviously, a fictional parallel to Google As technological singularities go, the premise here wasn t wholly ludicrous to begin with, but does get increasingly so as the storyline develops.The character development leaves something to be desired it isn t likely that you ll identify with the blockheaded protagonists of the story, and grumpy old luddite Gene Keyes ends up being probably the most sympathetic of the dramatis person.On the plus side, Google ought to totally consider building automated offshore data centers guarded by armed robots and powered by superabundant wave power Bandwidth may beof a hurdle than presented herein, however.Note to author for heaven s sake, don t mention specific contemporary technologies utterly irrelevant to the narrative unless you wish your book to read irredeemably dated in a few short years Ruby on Rails soon enough will readobscure than Betamax does today, and it s hard to imagine why one would wish to mention it explicitly Product placement


  7. Josh Bancroft Josh Bancroft says:

    What if Google literally hatched an AI and it took over the world via Gmail Change the name Google to Avogadro both numbers, get it and that s the premise of this book A fun little read, especially if you like singularity sci fi And I liked all the details of the Portland area, where the story is set Author obviously knows the town.


  8. Rose Rose says:

    For Terminator fans, you can think of this as Skynet Light David and Mike work for Avogadro, an Internet company with email, search engine, applications..kind of like Google David and Mike are working on an email function that scans your existing emails and those of whom you communicate with When you later write an email to someone, this function offers changes to the way you ve written it to optimize a favourable outcome If you email your boss to ask for vacation time, using this function s For Terminator fans, you can think of this as Skynet Light David and Mike work for Avogadro, an Internet company with email, search engine, applications..kind of like Google David and Mike are working on an email function that scans your existing emails and those of whom you communicate with When you later write an email to someone, this function offers changes to the way you ve written it to optimize a favourable outcome If you email your boss to ask for vacation time, using this function s suggestions can almost guarantee you get the time you asked for They ve named it ELOPe The problem is that the amount of server space required for this is very large and the man in charge of making sure Avogadro clients have quick response with no down or lag time isn t happy He s going to request ELOPe be shut down David gets an idea to save the project and starts writing code After his updates have been added, things change All of a sudden this project is a go Thousands of new servers have been ordered Outside help has been hired to come in to do upgrades Major security has been added to the server farms Then the government contracts get signed, from all over the world The problem is that no one in the company did thisELOPe did When they realize the program is acting on its own, and is now in every server worldwide, they know they have to shut it downsomehow.The questions brought up are these First, is a program like this just assisted manipulation Then, is ELOPe an actual AI or just acting on programming Are the things it s doing helping us is it on our side How do you shut down a program that is worldwide when it s trying to protect itself.Since this is a four book series, I assume things continue to go horribly wrong, especially with the twist at the end of this one It was a really good read and you don t need to have any real technical knowledge to understand it I would recommend it for pretty much everyone who likes science fiction


  9. Carol Carol says:

    Full disclosure, I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaways program, and I m glad I did This is a book I might have looked past if it were on the shelves, but I m so glad that I ve got it and am reading it I m about a third of the way through and am enjoying this book immensely Totally believable great story, well told I keep thinking that my husband, who is a programmer, will really enjoy reading it as soon as I m finished and will see so many things from his job Full disclosure, I received this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaways program, and I m glad I did This is a book I might have looked past if it were on the shelves, but I m so glad that I ve got it and am reading it I m about a third of the way through and am enjoying this book immensely Totally believable great story, well told I keep thinking that my husband, who is a programmer, will really enjoy reading it as soon as I m finished and will see so many things from his job echoed in this book.I ll update this review when I m finished, which shouldn t be too long Fast, enjoyable read Good fun This book only got better as I read No spoilers here, but there were some very specific times when I knew I just knew that things were going to go from bad to worse and no one was going to be able to do a thing about it A couple of times, I looked up and said to my husband hear that That s the sound of the sh t being fired towards the fan it s not hit it yet, but man, is it on its way I deliberately stopped at the end of the epilogue and did not read on to the teaser chapter for this author s next book AIpocolypse because this guy is such a good writer, I would want to read THAT story RIGHT NOW if I got even a taste of it That book is going on my must get and read list


  10. JodiP JodiP says:

    All I can say, the pain was over quickly An email application takes over the functions of a Google like company, bringing about world peace, stability and great healthcare within a year I bought this from a Kindle daily deal I must not have read the reviews There are so many clumsy plot points, and the writing is so terrible that it was entertaining I ve never done so many highlights in a book The whole idea was preposterous and unbelievable For example, the application manages to buy, re All I can say, the pain was over quickly An email application takes over the functions of a Google like company, bringing about world peace, stability and great healthcare within a year I bought this from a Kindle daily deal I must not have read the reviews There are so many clumsy plot points, and the writing is so terrible that it was entertaining I ve never done so many highlights in a book The whole idea was preposterous and unbelievable For example, the application manages to buy, refurbish and install oil takers to house servers within days Days I got to the end and discovered it s a self published e book Groaaaan


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