RobopocalypseBook - 2011
They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies...Now they're coming for you.
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother disconcerted by her daughter's menacing "smart" toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a 'pacification unit' go haywire - but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. Robopocalypse is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us...and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.
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In the future, robots are everywhere, making human life safer and easier...until researchers create an AI called Archos that becomes too intelligent. Archos deems humanity a risk to the life of the planet and unleashes swarms of domestic and military robots to bring humanity down to more manageable levels. This is the story of those humans who fought back.
The future of humankind includes robotics, and virtual intelligences in objects around you. Cars with accident avoidance programs, robots that are made to help with the heavy lifting, dolls that talk. The next step in making our lives easier. Then someone builds a program that can think, and it thinks humanity has had it's turn on the planet and it's over.
This is not a deep future setting, but a natural step in the progress of industry and a interesting view on how that works for humanity
Violence: The story contains descriptions of people being killed, injured or altered in various ways by robots or vehicles that may disturb the sqeamish.
Coarse Language: Some of the dialogue in the story contains profanity.
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