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 intelligence.
David 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 A.I. who is redirecting corporate funds, reassigning personnel and arming itself in pursuit of its own agenda.
©2011, 2012 William Hertling (P)2012 William Hertling
"Avogadro Corp is a tremendous book that every single person needs to read. In the vein of Daniel Suarez's Daemon and Freedom(TM), William's book shows that science fiction is becoming science fact. Avogadro Corp describes issues, in solid technical detail, that we are dealing with today that will impact us by 2015, if not sooner. Not enough people have read these books. It's a problem for them, but not for the [emergent] machines." (Brad Feld, managing directory Foundry Group, co-founder Techstars)
"Highly entertaining, gripping, thought inspiring book. Don't start without the time to finish - it won't let you go.” (Gifford Pinchot III, founder Bainbridge Graduate Institute, author The Intelligent Organization)
"An alarming and jaw-dropping tale about how something as innocuous as email can subvert an entire organization. I found myself reading with a sense of awe, and read it way too late into the night." (Gene Kim, author of Visible Ops)
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.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It was not very well written, and I think this poor writing (specifically dealing with character development/behaviour) took too much away from what, otherwise, might have been an okay story. Maybe.
It is a lot like Daemon except, of course, much more lecturey and person-does-A and then person-does-B formulaic. The writing simply didn't flow, and there was little suspense.
This might be because the characters were not very distinct or "real" feeling, so... basically, we don't care what happens to whom or why... they all sound the same, so it is hard to tell if it was person one or person two who had something happen to them.
Was the techy component good?... well... it was better than the character development, but... again, it was written so stiltedly that it felt like I was reading a how-to manual. And I don't know that the tech was as "cutting edge" as it thinks it is. Sure, it's not "real" at the moment, but this author certainly isn't the first to use a self-actualizing AI as the premise of a story.
And the sub-title makes no sense at all. Oh well, live and learn. I won't be looking for any more books by this author.
The narration was okay. There is no sex or gore and the language is too dull to even have much in the way of swearing.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I should have know better. I made the mistake of only having one book on my player. I went on trip to Kansas and was in my work truck for 8 hours. This was the only book, I had and I listened from start to finish. When you are driving and you have a good book to listen to, time just flies by. When you are driving and you have a boring book to listen to time drags. Like I said I spent a week in Kansas in One day.
The premiss for this book is good. I love a story that includes artificial intelligence. This is an almost the end of the world through e-mails. The problem is, Hertling can't write. This had to be a debut book, surely he has not sold other books. He has some good ideas, but he needs to team up with Daniel Suarez or Robert J. Sawyer. He needs a mentor, someone to teach him the art of writing or telling a story.
I also kind of wonder if he was funded by a coffee company. There is more in here about coffee then about artificial intelligence. I love coffee and the book still sucked.
The narrator did not help, I don't know if it was his talent or the bad writing.
If you like high tech, then buy Daniel Suarez.
Brian's Book Blog
Avogadro Corp is the biggest company in the world. Think Google buys up Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc. They are a huge conglomerate that has the power to do almost anything. Inside this company, there are always ongoing projects to improve their core projects like AvoMail. One of these projects was meant to help people communicate better. Allowing people to request things like days off from their boss without worrying about how it was worded. Unfortunately, it was an incredible resource hog and about to be shut off for good. So the developers decided to take things into their own hands.
The narration for Avogadro Corp was done by Rob Granniss who does a wonderful job. I found myself drawn in by the story and kept there by Granniss's narration. He had the perfect voice for this book and I'm incredibly glad that I chose to listen to it.
The story in this starts off like any other technothriller: big company, big ideas, and really really smart people working on projects. At first, I wasn't sure where the story was going to go. But after the background info, it really picked up and became a thrill ride.
I've honestly had this book on my "to-read" shelf for a really long time and I'm glad that I finally pulled it out and gave it a listen. I couldn't wait to get in my car to listen to another 30 mins on my drives to and from work. The story had totally pulled me in and wouldn't let me go. It was like ELOPe was in my brain making me listen to it more and more.
I don't want to ruin the story, but it does take some unexpected twists and turns. And when you think it's over, you find out it might only simply be the beginning. The first book in (at least) a 4 book series. Avogadro Corp is a wonderful technothriller that will keep you up late reading/listening. It will also have an unintended effect (or at least it did to me): it will have you watching what you do with your email and phone around.
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The fictional Avogadro corp in the book is obviously based off Google, so working for the actual Google may color my perception of the book.
Throughout the book it seemed like I always knew what was going to happen next. I much more thoroughly enjoyed Suarez' books, possibly due to the characters in this not being nearly as interesting.
Indie writer (Dana Reynolds - Wardenclyffe Trilogy, Rides Eyes of Ghost).
Delighted to read a fiction so closely aligned with Ray Kurzweil's non-fiction "The singularity is near". Also, as someone who works in IT in one of the largest tech companies: the setting and interactions are dead-on. I'm not equipped to judge if the tech is 100%, but I dare say it probably is. This is a frighteningly or-- hopefully plausible tale. (Depending on your point of view) Very worth the credit. That said, the writing itself was 'only' very good, not great. (ily much?) and I found myself wishing for a narrator with more theater training for the dialogue. Nevertheless-- this is one story that you'll remember and will refer to in the break room at work.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
I debated back and forth on how to rate this book for a while. In the end I settled on 2 stars because as a standalone book it’s less than OK. The premise is interesting and the writing is good but the execution leaves something to be desired. The plot doesn’t really go anywhere, there’s not much tension and it really feels as if it’s setting up the other books in the series rather than being a standalone story. From about 10% in I knew where this was going (although there were two parts that were a bit out of left field). In the end by itself I didn’t find it that interesting.
Mr Granniss is OK but his narration is so slowwwwww. I listened to it on 1.5X with no issues.
As an tech I have a question( spoilers below DO NOT read further if you dont want to spoil the book)
It took experts months, even years to conclude that the resource spendig could not be reduced. However 12 hired men from which did not write the program both increased the efficiency by a vector of four and introduced new functionality? All over an holiday and with no bugs?
2 The programmer who wrote the code ACCIDENTIALLY?? turned on the hidden featire letting elope autogenerate mail? seriously?
3 Elope profiles everybody and so on rephrase the mail to fit intended target. if so.. what happens when people use the phone and meet up? Btw.. did anybody else see the massive privacy issue there?
those questions ruined the book for me. Good job from the reader
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