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Avogadro Corp Audiobook

Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

  • Science Fiction DIY Book Festival, Winner, 2011-12
  • Gold Winner, Science Fiction Book of the Year, 2011

"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)

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    K. Williamson Miami, FL 01-24-15
    K. Williamson Miami, FL 01-24-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A base primer, for the 2nd Book."

    Overall a good story, good voices

    Defiantly read the sequel, it expands the AI monster.

    I really liked this series.

    Also read Deamon as it builds on this theme v

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 12-17-14
    John S MA 12-17-14 Member Since 2014

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "This must be Google"

    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.

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    james newport news, va, United States 12-09-14
    james newport news, va, United States 12-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A pausible story if published in the 1960s or1970s"
    Would you try another book from William Hertling and/or Rob Granniss?

    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.


    Could you see Avogadro Corp being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


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    Wiegand Pinckney, MI, United States 08-17-14
    Wiegand Pinckney, MI, United States 08-17-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Great computer AI story"

    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.

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-04-14
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 08-04-14 Member Since 2015

    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)

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    "Skip it. Too formulaic with flat characters."

    ummm... okay.

    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.

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    Zanriel NW Arkansas 03-07-17
    Zanriel NW Arkansas 03-07-17 Member Since 2015

    I like coffee, cats, music, superheroes, computer games, wizards, castles, spaceships, and I'm a sucker for a good love story.

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    "B Movie Characters, Plot, and Narration"

    This book gets a few things right, but a lot more wrong. The tech on display, as well as descriptions of how software development works, is pretty accurate in a lot of places.

    Unfortunately, the two main characters, David and Mike, couldn't possibly be developers, or even competent sysadmins. They design a system that improves (compromises) email by analyzing sentiment and suggesting (or silently altering) words and phrases. When they add self preservation algorithms to the system itself, things escalate quickly.

    So what do these brilliant engineers do? Do they switch away from email to discuss the problem? Or how about even switching providers? No, apparently forgetting their email system is compromised they keep using it. How did they even have the brain power to design the system in the first place?

    Enough ranting. My reviews aren't usually this long but I was just offended. Bad world building by way of incongruous behavior on the part of characters in a story is a pet peeve of mine. Let me be clear: anyone who is capable of designing a system like ELOP would never make the kinds of boneheaded moves these guys did unless they became severely impaired mentally. Fin.

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    Corey Rochelle, IL 02-17-17
    Corey Rochelle, IL 02-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely no Daniel Suarez, but a decent author!"

    I have seen many reviews comparing this book to "Daemon" and "Freedom". Hertling is no Suarez, nor would I want him to be! He has his own unique writing style that at times flows quite nicely yet he has a tendency to brush over critical parts. I will continue this series if nothing else, just to see this author develop.

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    Lorenzo 11-22-16
    Lorenzo 11-22-16 Member Since 2009
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    "It's short but awesome"

    If you would like to explore what will undoubtedly be headline news at some point in the next fifty years, this series is really entertaining.

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    Walter Crumbley Key West, Fl 11-09-16
    Walter Crumbley Key West, Fl 11-09-16

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    "Exciting book"

    Whether the singularity will appear in my lifetime I don't know, but I feel it's not a question of if, but rather when

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    Jerry 09-29-16
    Jerry 09-29-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting story but not a great narration"

    I like AI stories and thought this one was pretty decent, but it felt like the narrator was reading a textbook to a classroom. I'd be very interested in seeing where this series goes, and listening to the rest of the books, as long as the narration improves.

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