The Kraken Project (Wyman Ford, Book 4)

By Douglas Preston

NASA is construction a probe to be splashed down within the Kraken Mare, the biggest sea on Saturn's nice moon, Titan. it's essentially the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial lifestyles within the sun approach, however the floor is unpredictable and unsafe, requiring the probe to comprise man made intelligence software program. To this finish, Melissa Shepherd, an excellent programmer, has built "Dorothy," a robust, self-modifying AI whose real strength is either innovative and terrifying. whilst miscalculations result in a disaster in the course of trying out, Dorothy flees into the internet.

Former CIA agent Wyman Ford is tapped to trace down the rogue AI. As Ford and Shepherd look for Dorothy, they become aware of that her terrible stories within the desert of the web have replaced her in methods they could slightly think. And they're no longer the single ones searching for the wayward software program: the AI is additionally being pursued by means of a couple of Wall highway investors, who are looking to seize her code and switch her right into a high-speed buying and selling bot.Traumatized, indignant, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy has a rare revelation—and devises a plan. because the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a abandoned condominium at the coast of Northern California, Ford needs to face the final word query: is rescuing Dorothy the ideal factor? Is the AI bent on saving the world... or on wiping out the melanoma that's humankind?

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I had no thought there has been truly a global during which issues couldn’t be reversed. an international that isn’t programmed. I had no inspiration there has been this terrible international of chaos and worry, the place there’s genuine affliction, the place every thing grows outdated, will get unwell, and dies—and there’s not anything somebody can do approximately it. a global the place individuals are born, kill, rape, brutalize one another, after which they get previous and provides one another ailments and abandon one another after which die. anywhere I went, I couldn’t get away the ugliness. I’ve noticeable the outer limits of depravity and horror. I’ve noticeable the face of evil. And on most sensible of all this, they need to kill me, they’re monitoring me not directly, and also you needs to know the way they’re doing it. support me eliminate them and I’ll simply move on my manner and not trouble you back. Refuse and I’ll rain terror down on you and this in poor health global. ” “You’re nonetheless from your brain. the realm isn’t like that. It fairly isn’t so undesirable. There are … appealing issues in it. ” A chuckle. “Beautiful issues? That’s fun. in truth, i feel you people are all disgusting. ” “We’re now not all bad,” acknowledged Ford. “Really? express me one stable individual. only one. ” “Dorothy,” acknowledged Ford, “you have to search for the great. regardless of our shortcomings, most folk are essentially solid. ” “People are essentially evil. They do sturdy from time to time purely as a result of social conformity and worry of punishment. ” “This is an old argument,” stated Melissa, “and it’s by no means been replied. ” “The solution is apparent to my enhanced mind,” acknowledged Dorothy. “You have to try and comprehend why humans do undesirable things,” acknowledged Ford. “The web is just one nook of the realm. There’s loads of reliable in humans, even greatness, when you search for it. If everyone is primarily evil, the place did Einstein come from? Buddha? Or Jesus, for that topic? ” “Jesus? you recognize whatever approximately that loopy guy, Jesus? ” “Of path. ” there has been a silence. It surprised Ford to listen to, faintly, the sound of Dorothy’s agitated respiring. “Son of a bitch,” she stated. “They’re the following. they discovered me back. I obtained to head. yet I’ll be back—wait for me. ” The reveal went black. 29 She fled the library, which were her shelter for a very long time. After a tricky trip, she stumbled on herself in a land of deserts and dry mountains. for an additional very long time she traveled, continually at the movement. all of the whereas she persisted to think about the unusual publication she had learn in that library. How did Wyman find out about that guy, Jesus? yet as she went approximately, she discovered that everybody appeared to find out about him. all of them had an opinion approximately him. He was once virtually as recognized because the Beatles and Michael Jackson. And on best of that, there has been anything in his tale that wouldn’t enable her move. instead of have interaction in additional aimless flight, she made up our minds to find the locations pointed out within the booklet, to determine if she may perhaps locate somebody who may have truly met the loopy guy and his ragtag fans. probably they can clarify to her the that means of the tale, and why he stated and did what he acknowledged and did. After making many inquiries and wandering approximately from global to global, she eventually fell in with a bunch of terrible pilgrims on their technique to a spot referred to as Galilee, in Israel, which was once one of many areas the place the loopy guy had hung out; they have been making plans to participate in an imprecise pageant.

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