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.
This book is amazing, and the series is holding up so far! After I listened to Swarm, which I got on sale during one of Audible's $4.99 special offers, I looked into the author and the series - incredibly, he's written 11 of these so far. My first thought was, when does the series start to suck - I'm not a fan of the series concept in general, and 11 just seems like way too much. I'm happy to say, all three books so far have been fantastic, and I can imagine where BV Larson might be going with it. It's EPIC in it's reach. It's setting up a Star Wars-like future with many galaxies, races, and factions with serious political and military considerations. But the first book starts with Earth today, and takes you there, step by step.
To the people who've called the series flat, or juvenile, I reply, "seriously?"
Try this first book. I suspect you won't regret it. I hope the next 8 are as good as the first three. I'm devouring them with relish.
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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