Divergence (Recursion, Book 3)

By Tony Ballantyne

After a tumultuous starting, mid-23rd-century Earth now peacefully operates less than the consistent surveillance of the Watcher, an all-seeing AI who has seized keep watch over of the planet—and of the minds and our bodies of its humans. yet is the unconventional evolution that the Watcher has in brain a breakthrough or the start of a effective cut up that might solid apart every thing that actually makes us human?

It is 2252, and Judy is touring on a passenger send in deep area while catastrophe moves. virtually too very easily, unusual machines look onboard simply in time to assist. they're owned via DIANA, a advertisement association established in the world. yet because the machines set up for the people to be taken to defense, Judy is held again. they've got detected anything in her genetic code—something surprising: Judy isn't human. and she or he too is the valuables of DIANA.

Now Judy needs to go back to Earth to determine what DIANA expects of her…how she used to be grown…and why she used to be destined to smash the Watcher. yet is that this Judy even an analogous individual? And does the recent Judy have a cause to destroy—or is she only a pawn in a person else’s murderous online game?

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He could argue that he was once not anything greater than a suite of yes/no branches. Kevin acknowledged that he used to be now not evil, that he used to be incapable of cruelty. these descriptions may well in simple terms be utilized to sentient beings, and Kevin was once adamant that he was once now not sentient. 3 days in the past EA processing area quantity four have been bustling with electronic existence. AIs, character constructs of people, had all made that position their domestic. Now they have been all useless. —Why? Why did you do it? Kevin simply smiled on the Watcher. —There needs to be a few cause. Kevin shrugged. —I desired to see if darkish Seeds may succeed in into processing areas. it appears they could. —I don’t think that’s the explanation, the Watcher acknowledged. —It used to be seen they can. darkish crops can speak with whatever. It used to be just a subject of time earlier than they discovered their means in. Why did you actually do it? Kevin simply smiled back. He used to be a huge guy, reliable taking a look. He may well provide a nasty little boy smile that may soften the stoniest of hearts. no longer at the present time. —It’s approximately sending messages, isn’t it? persisted the Watcher. —You killed Judy’s sisters simply to get her awareness. Whose consciousness are you attempting to allure now? —Yours. after which Kevin wasn’t there in any respect. In his position used to be one other darkish Seed, already starting to develop, reacting to the Watcher’s intelligence. The Watcher eradicated the seed with none fuss. It used to be moment nature by means of now. Kevin might maintain making an attempt this. That was once the difficulty with Kevin. there have been such a lot of copies of the fundamental AI, and none of them cared approximately death. they'd simply maintain making an attempt this assault again and again till perhaps it succeeded. This gave the Watcher pause for inspiration. probably it used to be real. probably Kevin used to be no longer clever. He didn’t care approximately his personal loss of life. Did that suggest he wouldn't care approximately his personal discomfort? judy and eva Saskia and Judy helped omit Rose circulate all the way down to the big carry. “Easy now,” stated Saskia. “There’s no hurry. ” “What approximately my bag? I’ve received all my issues in there. ” “I’ve received it. ” Judy held it up for omit Rose to work out. They shuffled on previous the activity room, the outdated lady they supported feeling heavy and fragile whilst. susceptible joints preserving jointly brittle bones, the nice and cozy scent of liver-spotted skin—Judy’s Social Care adventure intended she was once used to it, yet Saskia used to be suffering bravely to conceal her revulsion. The scent of highly spiced lamb crammed the hall as they headed prior the residing region, Saskia guiding leave out Rose’s ft rigorously around the black carpet. “Where are we going? ” the previous girl requested plaintively. you'll nonetheless listen in it remnants of the discomfort of her violation. “To the big hold,” Saskia acknowledged. “We’re going to get into the go back and forth, simply to be secure. ” “Are we in the world but? ” “We’re approximately there. We contact down very first thing day after today morning, isn’t that correct, Judy? Judy? Are you ok? ” Judy didn’t listen. She’s the following, she proposal. She’s the following at the send. yet that’s very unlikely. She had felt the sting of her awareness, as transparent as though she had taken MTPH and she or he used to be status correct in entrance of her. yet that wasn’t all: the meta-intelligence had minimize in, too, on the related second.

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