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Burn-In by P.W. Singer
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really liked it
bookshelves: american, audiobook, data, fiction, science-fiction, usa

Listening to the first chapters I almost regretted having bought the book. I'd read the first chapter and a very positive review in Wired, but quickly became annoyed with all the tech-stuff and the main character who is not unlike Claire Danes' character in Homeland.

But I kept going and did not regret it. The complications of AI become abundantly clear as we move through this rather breathless thriller. It's for good, it's for bad, it's for good, it's for bad...

The premise of the novel is that all technology used in this near-future is already in existence. The authors are extremely knowledgeable, especially when it comes to AI, hence the excellent review in Wired.

So - if you, like me, think a lot about a future with IoT permeating everything and governments and private enterprises vying for the IA championship, you should read this. Using a thriller to get a far better understanding of what AI can and cannot do is not a bad use of one's time.

5 stars for easily obtained tech knowledge
3 1/2 stars for literary quality
= 4 stars.

Narration: fine.
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Reading Progress

June 14, 2020 – Started Reading
July 5, 2020 – Finished Reading
July 20, 2020 – Shelved
July 20, 2020 – Shelved as: american
July 20, 2020 – Shelved as: audiobook
July 20, 2020 – Shelved as: data
July 20, 2020 – Shelved as: fiction
July 20, 2020 – Shelved as: science-fiction
July 20, 2020 – Shelved as: usa

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