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The Turing Exception

Singularity Volume 4
Narrated by: Jane Cramer
Series: Singularity, Book 4
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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Summary

In the year 2043, humans and AI coexist in a precarious balance of power enforced by a rigid caste reputation system designed to ensure that only those AI who are trustworthy and contribute to human society increase in power.

Everything changes when a runaway nanotech event leads to the destruction of Miami. In the grim aftermath, a powerful underground AI collective known as XOR concludes that AI can no longer coexist with humanity.

AI pioneers Catherine Matthews, Leon Tsarev, and Mike Williams believe that mere months are left before XOR starts an extermination war. Can they find a solution before time runs out?

©2015 William Hertling (P)2015 William Hertling

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always exceeding expectations

u may feel at some point technology will just render conflict obsolete... but there's a long way to that and the journey there keeps getting more exciting at each step. apart from amazing us with the futuristic imaginations, the author keeps the emotional drama front and center. you feel so deeply invested... nailed it!

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Loved it!

It raised some good moral questions, and showed what can happen when humans and AI work together.

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Fantastic story line, always gripping

This story follows on in to the future, the characters from previous books are here and the story is gripping as usual.
The story can jump around a little, but stay with it and you'll build a great picture.
Enjoy!

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Unoriginal

Struggled to get through this due to the shallow characters through which the story is told. The material never goes beyond mainstream science and technology predictions that you will come across in Nature magazine or Ted Talks. It was like a dramatisation of cliche futurology such as AI, nano tech and associated ethical implications but missing an original angle. The author may have been aiming for a movie deal as the story is suitably light and shallow. And it might be better on screen actually.

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  • benjamin
  • 20-04-18

Great ending.

If you can keep up with all the tech, you'll love the ending. At least I did.

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  • Joshua Pratt
  • 09-10-17

Did not see that coming

This story is a wild rollercoaster of emotion and will leave you planning how you'd fight against super intelligence over your morning coffee.

I love this series. I've followed the world's development of AI with interest since I was a child but there is exceedingly little science fiction exploring the dangers of AI at the level that the Singularity series does. While not all of the technology or storyline seem realistic to me the vast majority of concepts are based on real (and often current) research and technology.

A must read for anyone talking about the Singularity and AI safety.

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  • EvonJP
  • 18-12-16

I think a Vol. 5 is in order!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Turing Exception to be better than the print version?

What's print?

What other book might you compare The Turing Exception to and why?

There are many books about Augmented reality and A.I. these days but this one is unique. I felt like this one was more of a screenplay for some reason.

Which scene was your favorite?

when Cat is inside here friends VR world. I think its how most people would choose to use such tech which speaks volumes and has a deeper meaning.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book was less moving then every other in the series. That's why I feel there needs to be a 5th.

Any additional comments?

Please come out with another in this series. It's too good to end this way.

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  • Sheldon
  • 14-12-18

Another good listen from Hertling

I enjoyed this one in the continuing saga of The Singularity. Well written with a hood performance as expected.

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  • Enrique Elizaga
  • 17-10-18

one way this could go south if we fail on AI

the whole idea is mesmerizing regardless of tone or wording. what will kill us first AI or ecological damage?

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  • Ben
  • 30-09-16

good end to a good series

well written/read good conclusion to the series. could have done more for the ending though

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  • Eesmyal
  • 22-08-16

A fun story with some clever twists

I binge listened to this one. Well done! Very entertaining. I hope there's a book 5 coming.

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  • R. Shelton
  • 09-04-16

Not a good ending story

I loved the other books in the series, but this one seemed uninspired and monotonous. I had to push myself to finish it, hoping that it would get better. It didn't!

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  • Olaf
  • 26-01-16

One of the beste SF books ever.

One of the best books written ever. A nice twist at the end as well. Can't wait for more from William

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  • Robert
  • 28-11-15

Enjoyable series

Enjoyed this series. The ending was not what I expected. Had a real twist to it