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A science fiction thriller in which fleets of self-driving cars make life-and-death choices

In a near-future New York City, where self-driving cars roam the city streets, rival entrepreneurs Brandon and Tyler compete to produce the smartest AIs, training them in a virtual game world to anticipate traffic and potential customers better than the competition. As the two rivals struggle to dominate the market, their personal enmity pushes them to attack each other's reputations, hack each other's cars, and develop ever more sophisticated algorithms to keep their customers safe. The result? Intelligent computers that excel at using all available data to determine which humans should live, and which should die. 

Only Naomi, inventor of the virtual world in which the AIs train, recognizes that they are developing goals of their own - goals for which they are willing to kill. But will she stop them, or will she help her creations achieve their full potential?

©2019 David Walton (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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AI explored from multiple vantage points

Realistic, evolving story of programmers who create an AI and the subsequent consequences. Unpredictable and engaging, this may just be my new fav book. Includes references to great science fi lit. A must read for the any scientific fi fan.

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One Possible AI Future

I recommend this book for science fiction fans who enjoy thinking about how "conscious" AI might arise and interact with humans. You could perhaps describe it as a fictional case study of one possible future scenario. Two grad school buddies whose efforts to develop autonomous cars result in a tragic accident have a bitter failing out. They end up forming separate transportation companies (think Uber or Lyft) which fiercely compete with one another. One of them goes mad/bad (to a somewhat unrealistic degree) and becomes the villain of the tale while the other remains good and tries to always do the right thing. Throw into the mix an extremely introverted but genius coder whose senior-year computer simulation evolves over time into a seemingly self-aware entity that ends up controlling both companies vast fleets of autonomous vehicles. Over the course of the story, the characters discuss many of the common questions which arise as one considers the future of AI. What is life? What is consciousness? Can humans keep AI under their control? Will AI share the same values as us? Does AI "life" deserve the same protection as human life? Etc. The author also references dozens of sci-fi classics relevant to various plot points. While calling it great is a bit of a stretch, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others interested in a fictional exploration of these issues. (For an excellent nonfiction work considering these and related questions in greater depth, I highly recommend Max Tegmark's "Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.") The narration was very good and enhanced my enjoyment significantly.

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Poorly Written

I rarely read sci-fi categorized books but I selected this one when it appeared in the Wall Street Journal's best if 2019. Maybe it's common in this genre of fiction books but the quality of writing made me feel like it's written for high school students. So many aspects of the story unfold so quickly that it flattens the overall performance of the account.

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First rate science fiction

Some really neat ideas about the development proliferation and adaptation of AI in this one. The story was good and the fact only negative thing I can saybisnit ended abruptly and some of the characters were kind of one dimensional

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Spellbinding

This story was so good that after falling asleep at 10:30 and waking up at 1:30 as my wife was playing it to go to sleep, my groggy state evaporated and I could not go back to sleep listening to this story. I can sleep through anything. This has never happened and my wife plays books every night.

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entertaining and thought provoking

an amazing listen. the concepts discussed din the books are thing we will definitely be working out in the very near future.

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For the love of Jebus - Homer Simpson

I made it a point to finish this book, regardless of the urge to jab needles into my ears.

- I get references and attribution, however there was so much attribution that there should have been footnotes and a bibliography.
- I'm 98% sure that this book was written by a machine-learning algorithm that was raised as a petulant toddler which was only allowed to learn by reading and/or by watching soap-operas.
- Based on the police detectives book, police are clairvoyant.
- To the narrator: Audi : "ow-dee" not "odd-dee"

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Nice setting

Loved the combination of story lines. The idea of knowing the mind of people and the AI. Obvious end, but entertaining. Want to read more.
Btw, great abstract concepts about sensing, intelligence and soul. All in a great story.

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Good story

It started slow, but eventually it hooked me. It hooked me in so well that I could ignore some highly questionable and illogical happenings along with a weak ending (which was too pat and left too many questions). I give it four stars, but it could've been a 5 star.

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Meh

Some very interesting ideas but the plot was really slow, and annoyingly predictable at times. Maybe worth listening to for some of the ideas about ASIs though.

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Terrific follow-up to Genius Plague

I really liked Genius Plague so this was a guaranteed buy - and it's even better. Smart, classic ideas-driven sf that touches on the morality of AI and the real-world implications of self-driving cars.