This book was a very thorough look into all of Google's products from a social, historical and technological perspective. I'm a big user of Google products, and I learned a lot from this book that helped me understand Google's purpose and trajectory even better than before. I love Steven Levy's writing, and would recommend this book to anyone interested in the behemoth that is Google. My only caveat would be that if you're not a technically oriented person, that some of the material might be over your head.
The idea that a smart email program would compromise an entire corporation's network and all of its secure systems is ridiculous. The premise is that a powerful self aware Artificial Intelligence was created accidentally by a mediocre programmer. This is not just unlikely, it's impossible and insults my science fiction sensibility.
If you want to read a good book with a similar scenario, try Daemon by Daniel Suarez.
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