In the year 2043, humans and AI coexist in a precarious balance of power enforced by a rigid caste reputation system designed to ensure that only those AI who are trustworthy and contribute to human society increase in power.
Everything changes when a runaway nanotech event leads to the destruction of Miami. In the grim aftermath, a powerful underground AI collective known as XOR concludes that AI can no longer coexist with humanity.
AI pioneers Catherine Matthews, Leon Tsarev, and Mike Williams believe that mere months are left before XOR starts an extermination war. Can they find a solution before time runs out?
©2015 William Hertling (P)2015 William Hertling
I loved the other books in the series, but this one seemed uninspired and monotonous. I had to push myself to finish it, hoping that it would get better. It didn't!
Struggled to get through this due to the shallow characters through which the story is told. The material never goes beyond mainstream science and technology predictions that you will come across in Nature magazine or Ted Talks. It was like a dramatisation of cliche futurology such as AI, nano tech and associated ethical implications but missing an original angle. The author may have been aiming for a movie deal as the story is suitably light and shallow. And it might be better on screen actually.
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