Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Although there is a thriller plot to this book, you need to like computers to enjoy this. The Avogadro Corp basically runs most the on-line applications (webmail) and searches on the Internet. Basically, it really reminds me of Google. The CEO of the corporation is even a Russian wonderkid.
The corporation has developed an on-line application for email that basically searches other peoples email so you can write winning proposals. Although sounding far fetched, its probably something Google could do today. Take a email addressed to a gmail account, search the recipients gmail and then make suggestions based on that search. Frightening but doable. The story goes a little SCI FI when the application starts to take over the entire internet and starts ordering people to do things like arm floating server farmers with automated missiles and machine guns. It gets even more far fetched by the end. It does give you an idea of the massive scale that firms like Google have to handle web traffic throughout the world.
So in summary long on techno facts and thin on plot, but still enjoyable if you like books about computers taking over the world. Sort of surprise ending which I won't give away here.
Sure (from audible) but I would have infinity low expectations - As an IT geek I found this story light on underlying technology and high on magic in the wires. Wires that became intelligent without any advances in science and/or Einstein type involvement in AI programming.
Adam Sandler & Jim Carrey playing mindless programmers or college students who stole & copied code from IBM's Dr. Watson. Then the supercomputer named Dr. Watson would take over the world.
This is somewhat of a crowded genre, especially with some of the movies out recently, but the author does a great job of making the creation of an AI very believeable while at the same time keeping up the excitement level as each phase of the AI's evolution unfolds.
despite being a science fiction book, it's very plausible and somewhat convincing it'll be the real thing in few years from now. the alternate AI approach seems legit. the plot is compelling and the end is well knotted
I like to read while I listen. I bought the trilogy in both versions but the two versions don't match. Why would you sell as a bundle with obviously different editions of the book?
I wasted my money.
Avogadro develops on a shallow, single track course, building very, very slowly to the predictable end. It would have been exciting to someone reading it 10 or 15 years ago when much of its technology was unimaginable. Yet, I could have enjoyed it still, IF I had not first read Daemon and its sequels. Daemon is incredibly complex, fast-paced, and still way ahead of today's technology. This narrator would have made a great 911 operator or ER physician for his emotionless voice that communicated "Move along, folks, nothing to see here" calmness throughout, regardless of whether the characters were in a fight for their lives or ordering yet more rounds of coffee.
The premise of the story was fascinating. But the execution left somewhat to be desired. Far more plot and character development was needed. I found it difficult to form a clear distinction between the two protagonists. The character of the accountant turned private investigator was especially one dimensional.
This work has the makings of a great story. Or even a great movie. It just needs a bit more polish, more details, and a higher dimensionality.
The narrator did a fairly decent job of distinguishing the characters. At times it was difficult to distinguish male from female characters, though.
A have to call into question the 5 star reviews. A book of quality simlar to Daemon by Suarev warrants 5 stars. If this book deserves 5 stars, Daemon deserves 20.
I'm not sure why this ended up on a must-read list of sci fi. I was really intrigued by the topic, but it wasn't executed well. I had no connection to, or concern for, any of the characters. I found that listening to it at 3x speed was the only way to plow through it.
This book was probably intended for someone like me. A hardcore tech enthusiast with an engineering degree and working in the IT field.
the epilogue and the floating datacenter along with armed roombas would probably be better removed from the storyline. oh yes, no bombs and explosions too.
Avogadro Corp is evidently a fictional version of Google and is one of the world’s most successful technology companies, with hundreds of millions of users of its email service AvoMail.
AvoMail’s spell checker on steroids becomes the world’s first AI. Avogadro’s Email Language Optimization Project (ELOPe), not only corrects spelling and grammar, but analyzes huge email databases to find the style and arguments more likely to persuade a given recipient and modifies the text accordingly.
As the system spreads, grows, and evolves, it gains notice from several people who have the ability to threaten its survival. ELOPe starts to protect itself by created a floating datacenter and arming it with Roombas with guns.
As the story progresses, a race to survive by the AI is waged against annihilation by its human creators.
The story was promising and kept me engaged for the most part. It wasn’t until about 2/3 to ¾ of book until the novel just went from something worthy to be converted to a SyFy “B” rated made-for-tv movie to just plain horrible.
It’s not enough that I had to suspend my disbelief, not S3 (other computer nerds like me will get the humor) but rather at S4, to somewhat enjoy the book.