The Kraken Project

The Kraken Project

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"NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is designing a probe which will be dropped into the Kraken Mare, one of the methane seas of Titan. There, it will embark on a journey of exploration. As the probe is being tested at Goddard, things go awry, and an explosion kills seven scientists. The AI program in the probe, a powerful, self-modifying AI called "Dorothy," flees into the Internet. Series character Wyman Ford is tapped by the president's science advisor to track down the software with the help of Dorothy's creator, Melissa Shepherd. As the two of them trace Dorothy in her wanderings in cyberspace, they realize Dorothy's horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her--utterly. But for the better . . . or worse? At the same time, they learn Dorothy is being pursued by a pair of Wall Street high-frequency traders, who want to turn her into an algorithmic-trading slave-bot. Pursued relentlessly by the traders, Dorothy jumps out of the Internet into a child's toy robot, to hide. Now the only person standing between the murderous algo traders and Dorothy is a lonely, twelve-year-old boy living on an isolated bay on the coast of northern California. But is Dorothy bent on doing good . . . or on wiping out the cancer of the human race?"--

McMillan Palgrave

From celebrated Relic author Douglas Preston, Wyman Ford races to stop a rogue AI in The Kraken Project, a New York Times bestselling thriller “as chilling as it is provocative" (James Rollins)

NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn's great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software. To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed "Dorothy," a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the internet.

Former CIA agent Wyman Ford is tapped to track down the rogue AI. As Ford and Shepherd search for Dorothy, they realize that her horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her in ways they can barely imagine. And they're not the only ones looking for the wayward software: the AI is also being pursued by a pair of Wall Street traders, who want to capture her code and turn her into a high-speed trading bot.

Traumatized, angry, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy has an extraordinary revelation—and devises a plan. As the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a deserted house on the coast of Northern California, Ford must face the ultimate question: is rescuing Dorothy the right thing? Is the AI bent on saving the world… or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?



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When a NASA accident kills seven scientists and enables a self-modifying artificial intelligence to escape into the Internet, Wyman Ford and the AI's creator, Melissa Shepherd, struggle to keep the evolving program out of the hands of scheming Wall Street traders.
When a NASA accident kills seven scientists and enables a self-modifying artificial intelligence to escape into the Internet, Wyman Ford and the AI's creator, Melissa Shepherd, struggle to keep the evolving program out of the hands of scheming Wall Street traders. By the best-selling author of The Monster of Florence. 300,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Forge, c2014
ISBN: 9780765317698
9780765356987
Branch Call Number: SCIFI PRE
Characteristics: 352 p. ;,25 cm.

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falconroom
Aug 23, 2016

Dorothy (the AI) as the most interesting & intriguing character of the novel allows an old idea rehash to work & work well. The romantic ending between Agent Wyman & programmer Melissa is not particularly believable & really unnecessary to the plot for me. A quick & enjoyable read.

JCLDianeH May 30, 2015

While some of the characters and situations are a bit too pat and cliched, I was still intrigued by the concept. It got me thinking about our world and where it's heading.

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rahmmie
Dec 21, 2014

This is sadly not an original idea for a plot. Furthermore, despite being a huge Preston fan, this book felt unfinished and seemed to jump around from one phylosophical issue to another. Yes, the whole chase is exciting but ultimately, not up to the quality of previous work by Preston

joewilly Jul 02, 2014

Interesting premise and frightening. Fast read.

Happyvalley Jun 30, 2014

One of the best books I have ever read. It is an amazing story with a great plot which includes clever twists and human interaction.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2014

This mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2014

why do human beings deceive themselves?

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SEBoiko
Jun 11, 2014

and now the FBI's coming for you hammer and tongs.

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