Friday, 10 June 2011

Armchair Novel Review - Robopocalypse

A Novel

by Daniel H. Wilson
Hardcover, 368 pages
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, 
unabridged audiobook download and an eBook. 

We live in a world in which technological advances are being made exponentially - smart phones, smart cars, satellites, google maps with street views, automated.. just about everything.. what happens if all this technology finally started working together? Against us?

Welcome to the Future. You're History. 

Robopocalypse is a well-written thriller by an author who has a PhD in Robotics. Bit by bit we see the beginnings of the turn against us - personal accounts and recorded data of machines' rise against humanity.
What is wonderful about this book is how real it seems, we put our trust in all this machinery - what if it learned how to learn? What if it realized that humans were a problem for the planet? What if it decided to fix that problem?

Dr. Wilson's fantasy about a program, artificial intelligence, named Archos, who has the persona of a little boy but the ability to learn at an alarming rate, take control of its environment and soon much of the world, is an exciting tale but also a story of what makes us human.

Ultimately it is a story of humanity and of hope, wrapped up in an epic struggle of man versus machine. Bound to be the hot book of the summer - and I would bet a movie can't be too far off.

Read Robopocalypse!

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