Avogadro Corp: The Singularity is Closer than It Appears

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David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program. When the project is in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating an artificial intelligence.

David is initially thrilled when the project is allocated extra servers and programmers. But excitement turns to fear as he realizes he's being manipulated. More

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About William Hertling

William E. Hertling is a digital native who grew up on the online chat and bulletin board systems of the mid 1980s, giving him twenty-five years experience participating in and creating online culture. A science fiction writer and digital strategist, he lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Review by: Jesse Smith on April 12, 2012 : star star star star star
This was quite a great read! William Hertling groks software development, AI, and the Singularity in a way that most authors cannot. It is difficult to get any of those thing right in fiction, and nigh impossible to get all of them right in a way that is fun to read. Read this book!
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Review by: Scott Garman on Jan. 13, 2012 : star star star star star
I really enjoyed this book. As a Portland resident, I had to smile many times when the author made references to real locations in Portland. Also, as a software engineer, I found the depiction of the technology to be fairly realistic and plausible. This is an intelligent and enjoyable techno-thriller.
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Review by: Shawn Chesser on Dec. 03, 2011 : star star star star star
ELOPe makes HAL from 2001 A Space Odyssey look like a Texas Instruments calculator from the 80s. In an age of Clouds and intuitive text Hertling's premise brings it all into chilling focus. Fun read!
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