Mindweb by Scott Thomas
Approx. 256,550 words.
Published on March 18, 2010.
A breakthrough results in a self-aware program that is intent on preserving itself and manipulating humans.
When Matt got a job programming a vacuum cleaner, that is all he thought it was, an appliance. But the program he was writing touched him deep inside, awakening a desire he had once lost. He hid his creation, not sure the world was ready for the ultimate appliance.