Avogadro Corp (Singularity, #1)
William Hertling

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.

Avogadro Corp (Singularity, #1) book cover

I enjoyed the idea behind this story a great deal, although unfortunately it suffered from that most common of plagues: the indi typo pool.
In this case, the errors included:
•”‘We’re going to have to blow them up,’ the grey-haired yelled back, equally frustrated.” The grey-haired what?
•“I think the cargo containers would protest the servers against even an EMP blast.” Not “protect”, then?
•”before they were disable”, “descend several levels toward keel”, “Carrying a HK417 “, “A few minutes he emerged “. All of these are missing something (a “d”, a “the”, an “n”, and an “in” or a “later”).

Once again, you can argue that these are little things. But I just don’t understand how, if there’s more than one person on these works, these things get through. How can people read the words on the page and miss these when in each and every instance the sentences they form are broken?

Still, a very clever techno idea and one which I enjoyed reading about. Recommended to fans of Suarez.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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