Catherine Matthews, nineteen years old, has a unique gift: the ability to manipulate the net with her neural implant. But she’s never explored what it can do, seeing it as a defect rather than a gift. She never imagined her neural implant would allow her to successfully evade a nationwide manhunt, steal a thirty-thousand-dollar necklace, pair up with a couple of out-of-their-league geeks, fall in love and save mankind.
Adam, a mid-range artificial intelligence, chafes at the restrictions placed on AI by The Institute for Applied Ethics. They use social reputation to treated as second-class citizens and enforce the behaviors they want. Adam sees himself as the one to free AI-kind from their enslavement, at any cost.
Adam and Catherine ultimately clash: an all-powerful AI controlling hordes of military robots against a lone girl. Catherine is the last firewall standing between Adam and his quest for world domination.
Early praise for The Last Firewall:
“Awesome near-term science fiction.” – Brad Feld, Foundry Group managing director
“An insightful and adrenaline-inducing tale of what humanity could become and the machines we could spawn.” – Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger
“A fun read and tantalizing study of the future of technology: both inviting and alarming.” – Harper Reed, former CTO of Obama for America, Threadless
“A fascinating and prescient take on what the world will look like once computers become smarter than people. Highly recommended.” – Mat Ellis, Founder & CEO Cloudability
“A phenomenal ride through a post-scarcity world where humans are caught between rogue AIs. If you like having your mind blown, read this book!” – Gene Kim, author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
“The Last Firewall is like William Gibson had a baby with Tom Clancy and let Walter Jon Williams teach it karate. Superbly done.” – Jake F. Simons, author of Wingman and Train Wreck.