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A.I. Apocalypse (Singularity #2) ➽ [Reading] ➿ A.I. Apocalypse (Singularity #2) By William Hertling ➲ – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 th 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 crimesThe 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 dieBut 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 notLeon 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.

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  • Paperback
  • 262 pages
  • A.I. Apocalypse (Singularity #2)
  • William Hertling
  • English
  • 15 June 2017
  • 9780984755745

10 thoughts on “A.I. Apocalypse (Singularity #2)

  1. Michael Jr. Michael Jr. says:

    Overall 1 out of 5 starsBeing an aspiring writer myself makes these types of reviews very hard to do If I am also going to be The Critical Critic which I very much enjoy and like to be a gatekeeper of quality, then I have no choice.I only read the first few chapters of A.I Apocalypse and skimmed the rest because it was simply all I could take No matter how much William Hertling wanted to write a good story or had good ideas, there is simply no way that he can look someone in the eye and said that he did his best writing this book There is minimal effort given in writing A.I Apocalypse and it came through in the pages and dialogue Reading the first few chapters, I said to my wife that it read like someone who just used technology terms but had no idea what they actually meant, then I read on the back cover that William Hertling is a fifteen year veteran of the technology field and that is.let s just say interesting.If you had to put A.I Apocalypse into a genre, it would be a technological thriller set in the not so distant United States A 17 yeard old, smart kid develops a virus that infects the computers and things become a mess.Creativity 1 starAnyone heard of this idea before Spelling and Grammar 3 starsNothing stood out, but wasn t really looking.Characters 1 starThe main character Leon, is very smart and has aspirations of going to a great college Leon s family cannot afford college, so he is doing his best to fulfill his dream and hunts after a scholarship, from being so smart, Almost, immediately he completely risks all his dreams because an uncle, that he has met once and lives in Russia, emails him, asking for help in committing a crime When the main character s completely violates his reported personality, imagine how weak the rest of the characters are I am a rookie writer, I know that, but this mistake is a basic writing no no.Execution Black hole that adsorbed all of the other starsThe whole of the writing sounds like someone simply making stuff up to try and sound cool or fool the people around them I have to go over some of them It took 6 years to develop this cell phone, if you spend six years developing something in today s technology, how obsolete would it be when it came out You can t spend six years developing anything any.These teens spend time drooling over the resolution of this cellphone screen and this is set in the future It doesn t matter how high the resolution of the screen isWE CAN T SEE IT The new ipad screen exceeds our visual capabilities We are at the limit now of not what technology can do, but what we can see and anyone into graphics knows this, and these kids would know this for sure.This is set in the future with crazy technology, but the communication that changes everything, was sent on email to his phone and the guy waiting for a response keeps clicking refresh to see if he got a response, who clicks refresh any and this is like 40 plus years in the future, we are using email to send what a simple text message could All of the cars have government mandated stopping devices to avoid collisions and the HOV lane cars are controlled by a central computer This is not fantasy, this is our world in the near future, so these things must have a logical basis The cars would all need to be retrofitted with this technology at a cost that would be impossible, even if we started today with such a project, it would take 15 20 years to accomplish and that s just for stopping, now centrally controlled cars is a whole different problem This must be set a good 40 or years in the future but the military still has some 1960 70 jeeps running around One character s father was in the military about 14 years ago in the story s timeline and she has his M16, they hardly use M16 now, they won t be using them 30 years from now.The electric car engines, emit an electric whine noise, but today s electric motors are silent, thus the controversy over the subject with blind people not being able to hear them Did we suddenly lose technology and our electric engines got noisy When downloading an email attachment from his uncle, Leon note s the huge size of the file The files was nothing but text, algorithms, and notes, By today s standard that files doesn t make a blip With today s technology an entire book is overestimated 2MB and my service can download at 9MB sec and that s slow compared to some so in 1 second, I can presently download 4.5 books, Leon certainly didn t even download that much and with future bandwidth and file that size would be literally nothing.This novel feels cheesy and a less than half hearted effort There is no effort to research technology, military, or anything at that matter The characters are weak and violate their own codes I do not recommend this book to anyone for any reason.Michael A Wood Jr The Critical Critic www.criticalcriticreviews.com

  2. Rushi Rushi says:

    A.I Apocalypse is Mr Hertling s second book and a direct sequel to Avogadro Corp The plot starts when a Leon, a gifted teenager, inadvertently unleashes a virus that spawns an entire civilisation of A.I.s We are re acquainted with Mike Williams and the now rather cute, loveable and just a little creepy ELOPe from Avogadro Corp I quite enjoyed the first half of the book where the author describes how the A.I.s evolve, how their civilisation was organised and the fallout of all this happening The second half describes the interaction between the human and A.I civilisations with ELOPe acting as an intermediary The story has some interesting ideas the military using massively multiplayer games to recruit soldiers, the idea of trade replacing competition as the central organising principle of the A.I civlisation, and the use of evolutionary algorithms As in Avogadro Corp, the writing in A.I Apocalypse is uneven Instead of conversing, the characters seem to be quoting from wikipedia I also found it hard to empathise with most of the main characters I am interested in A.I., neural networks and machine learning, so this did not bother me, but avoid this book if you are looking for sparkling dialogue Mr Hertling does throw in some bits which made me laugh out loud In one scene, an A.I states All your bases belong to us I guess Mr Hertling knows his target audience.I would give the book 3.5 stars.

  3. Tracy (Cornerfolds) Tracy (Cornerfolds) says:

    I bought A.I Apocalypse on when it was either free or 0.99 The premise sounded interesting and, while Sci Fi is not at the top of my reading list, I ve found the possibility of an Artificial Intelligence takeover interesting since Philosophy 101 Unfortunately, this book missed the mark for me.The first couple of chapters really had me hooked Leon seemed to be a legitimately interesting character and his run in with the Russian mob had me on the edge of my seat His friends were equally interesting and even Mike and ELOPe drew me in briefly Once the virus was actually released, however, the story quickly went downhill.There are several issues with A.I Apocalypse The first and most blatant is the gross overuse of technical jargon Sure, it s a book about a computer virus, but surely there is a way to write for the average reader I know a little about computers and I was able to follow the geek speak for the most part, but it was so dry that it was completely lost on me I found myself skipping paragraphs first and by the end I was skipping full pages Not only was there a lot of technical language, but it was extremely repetitive There was than once instance of a situation being explained multiple times to different people If a situation is so complicated that it needs to be explained twice for the reader to understand, perhaps it should be simplified Had the technical jargon been simplified and condensed this book could have been better.Not only was this book far too technical for the average reader in my opinion , but the author doesn t seem to have thought the tech of the future through completely For example, the setting is decades into the future where simple robots and drones carry out mundane tasks and buildings are on lockdown with super fancy security systems Meanwhile, people still communicate via email on their phones, video games are played on phones isn t virtual reality already a thing , and the backdoor of a fancy museum is susceptible to the breaking and entering efforts of 17 year old kid There are also several references to current pop culture that just don t seem to fit WALL E, for example.Finally, the ending of A.I Apocalypse was far too tidy and, frankly, completely unbelievable As a prior military member, I cannot believe that the federal government would handle Leon in the way this book suggests I believe anyone reading just the summary could guess at a believable outcome I was teetering between one and two stars before I read the last chapter, but I just can t with that ending I hate giving negative reviews and I m almost embarrassed to post two in two weeks, but this book just did not do it for me I was in no way invested in the characters and finishing was a struggle.I, Robot did it better.This review is also available at Cornerfolds.com.

  4. Nicko Nicko says:

    I had no problem with how technical this book was Mainly because the technical verbiage did not really make a lot of sense So if you are able to move past the main plot point of the story the fact that the main character can create a virus that becomes self aware and the programming took about three days of rushed coding to complete then you are in for a really good pace of action.I am not going to fault Hertling much about that because I know that he is not writing a damn manual for software He is writing a fiction novel But at the same time there are some things within the story that really made me cringe Without spoiling the story, the fact that we are dealing with an AI hey, it s the title of the damn book that is acting as if it were human seems forced, to move the story along, than a natural evolution of its self awareness Also, the military is once again reduced to a bunch of warmongering monkeys that act autonomously for some reason with the POTUS being reduced to a figure head who is completely out of her element.Again I get it This book reads like a movie It is entertaining and it is an easy read on a boring summer weekend But treat it like any action flick out there and suspend your disbelief in order to have a good time.

  5. Kelly Kelly says:

    My Rating 3.0 Obtained Through Goodreads First Reads During high school, I found myself stuck in the Computer Science major where I learned so many programming languages and computer terms When I requested and won A.I Apocalypse, I was looking forward to reading it, mainly because it had such an interesting plot A high school kid creating a virus that eventually takes over the world Who can give up a book like that As I was reading A.I Apocalypse I realized how scary it would be if such a virus existed like it does in the book Our own computers can be used against us, data such as our date of birth, SSN, and most importantly, our location There will be no cars, no buses, and most important, no subways, especially if you live in a place like New York City Thank god these events really can t happenI hope The only downside of this book was that the writing wasn t really that engaging The font also suddenly changes in the first few chapters of the book Most computer terms were also not explained I only knew some of them because I learned them at school If you love action, creativity, and know your computer facts, then this totally is the book for you.

  6. Jerry Ward Jerry Ward says:

    A few years back the press and the book world were filled with nuclear winter stories mankind had finally found a technology the atomic bomb that was beyond our ability to control and the whole world was vulnerable, very dangerously vulnerable There has been little such reaction so far to the invention of the transistor Mr Hertling s book tells us that perhaps there should be, that we may have reached the stage of development such that computers can think and act independently of their human masters And not always benignly it makes an exciting story.But after liking Avogadro Corp very much five stars I was disappointed A I Apocalypse requires a higher level of geek than I possess there were a few spots where I just couldn t take it and skipped a few pages I m sure that there was a logic behind the morphing phenomenon that was such a crucial part of the plot, but it was over my head.And without giving away one major element of the story, there was one truly major event described that made 9 11 look like a momentary diversion, yet this seemed to me to be presented almost clinically, with inadequate emotion Exaggerating a bit, like the whole orphanage with all the kids burned up at an average temperature of 673 degrees.

  7. Tac Anderson Tac Anderson says:

    This is the second book in a trilogy by William Hertling The first book was Avogadro Corp the third book, The Last Firewall comes out later this month So far both books are excellent and from everything I ve heard about the third book, it s even better William is a programer Because of that the situations in this book are very plausible frighteningly so The only possible downside is that there is a lot of explanations in this book If you re a geek, you will probably really like the explanations about how various technological developments came about, but if not, you might find some of the technical details a little boring That being said, even if you re not a techie, the book is still a great read and if you re into Cyberpunk or techno thrillers, this is a great read.

  8. Eliot Peper Eliot Peper says:

    William Hertling is a software security consultant who s recently started to pump out some of the most interesting techno thrillers out there A.I Apocalypse is the follow up to Hertling s breakout hit Avogadro Corp that follows the development of a rogue artificial intelligence by a Google like company techies will notice the clever play on Google s name A.I Apocalypse follows the release of a computer virus developed along the foundations of evolutionary biology The book is a thrilling page turner that most readers will tear through in no time Hertling is a software expert and the scenario he envisions is scary precisely because it s so possible with current technology that it seems almost inevitable Software is permeating literally everything we use, touch or do Computers infrastructure has changed the world in ways we take completely for granted Hertling presents a compelling and chilling view of what very well be around the next corner Apparently the book is a cult hit at Google itself, so we all better stay sharp

  9. Frances Coronel Frances Coronel says:

    Man this book kept me going I loved the first book and decided, okay, I m going to read the rest of this series and pray humans don t die out by the end and so I read this and guess what I love this one too Now, I will admit, its realism was a bit off in some parts in terms of tech factoids, but the overall skeleton of the story was just so captivating.Great read, it did what I want every book to do to me make me enter my own creative abyss and just ponder.

  10. William Hertling William Hertling says:

    This is the sequel to Avogadro Corp Whereas Avogadro Corp explored what might happen if an artificial intelligence was created in the next future years in a large corporation, A.I Apocalypse explored what would happen about fifteen years in the future, by a teenage computer hacker.A.I Apocalypse features a complete civilization of A.I..

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