THIS COLLECTION FEATURES THREE SHORT STORIES SET BEFORE THE EVENTS OF THE INSTALLED INTELLIGENCE SERIES
World War III left the planet devastated—and the radiation is spreading. In less than fifty years, all life on Earth will be extinct. That is, unless someone does something.
A corporation with a dubious past steps in to create the most powerful artificial intelligence ever made, designed to run radiation cleanup equipment without endangering human workers. Some people, however, are worried what a super AI could do in the wrong hands.
In a bleak post-war world, most people find solace in escapism, achieved mostly by an enormous net of virtual reality servers called the Cloud. Norman Pellick, a mod programmer, is tasked by his clan leader to design the perfect alternative to a dangerous, soulless AI.
This is the story of the creation of the first installed intelligence.
When you implant a computer into your brain, you’re also building a door anyone could step through.
PowerSoft’s cerebral computer launched to thunderous applause and intense excitement. For the first time in history, consumers could operate a powerful computer with only their minds. The C.C. can translate any thought into a command, allowing control over autonomous navigation, instant communication, and total connectivity. However, if a computer can read your thoughts, so can a person.
This is the story of the first cyber attack on the human brain.
You’re dead. While your body has gone cold, your mind is installed onto a computer. You are immortal, providing the power stays on. But are you really you?
Chris Santson asked himself that very question when he died. But then he came back. It shouldn’t be possible for someone’s mind to exist in a computer and a human body, yet here he was. And if he was still alive, then who is the real Chris?