A.I. Apocalypse, the sequel to Avogadro Corp, is available for the Amazon Kindle.
Leon Tsarev is a high school student set on getting into a great college program, until his uncle, a member of the Russian mob, coerces him into developing a new computer virus for the mob’s botnet – the slave army of computers they used to commit digital crimes.
The evolutionary virus Leon creates, based on biological principles, is successful — a little too successful. All the world’s computers are infected. Everything from cars to payment systems and, of course, computers and smart phones stop functioning, and with them go essential functions including emergency services, transportation, and the food supply. Billions of people may die.
But evolution never stops. The virus continues to change, developing intelligence, communication, and finally an entire civilization of A.I. called the Phage. Some may be friendly to humans, but others most definitely are not.
Leon and his companions must race against time and the military to find a way to either befriend or eliminate the Phage and restore the world’s computer infrastructure.
Praise for A.I. Apocalypse:
- “Even more frightening in its illustration of how strong AI might accidentally come about”
- “Interesting exploration of the genesis of a society [of artificial intelligence], its values, and its attempt to control rogue agents”
- “The future doesn’t depend on some magical technology becoming available, transforming the world. It’s all about current trends, current technology, pushed just a little bit and combined in a way that enables powerful, believable results.”
- “You can see this unfolding in our reality – these aren’t wild, highly unlikely events that take us to rampant AI – these are most likely to actually happen, in the next 10-15 years.”