JULIAN MARSHALL, a UC Berkeley professor, navigates the crisis-riddled, yet super-intelligent world of 2030.
The thirty-billion-dollar Singularity Prize was announced in New York by billionaire ELLISON MCCLINTOCK, a hedge fund manager. The Singularity represents the intelligence explosion that could forever change humanity and usher in a new era. The risk of an unfriendly intelligence was an existential threat. The stringent rules on safety resulted in only two teams qualifying to pursue the prize, JULIAN MARSHALL'S team at Berkeley and a team in Beijing led by a Chinese lady, XEUJING WANG. The Singularity Prize rules required each competing team to program a recursively self-improving machine intelligence with embedded ethical codes to ensure a safe Singularity. A cyber-war with a nuclear threat breaks out crippling the grid in multiple nations. It becomes imperative to use the super-intelligence of the Singularity to defeat this grave threat to civilization. Can economic collapse and global catastrophe be averted?
Seventy-four thousand years ago the Great Toba eruption created a volcanic winter that threatened human extinction. Arion led a small clan of early humans to survive, propagate, and populate the earth through intelligence. This ancient past has extended a long arm to 2030.
Earl Ernest Guile delivers an urgent, suspenseful, deeply satisfying read, which explores the ethical and emotional implications of the artificial intelligence and the future of our civilization through characters that have real lives.