By Douglas Preston

NASA is construction a probe to be splashed down within the Kraken Mare, the most important sea on Saturn's nice moon, Titan. it really is probably the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial existence within the sun process, however the floor is unpredictable and unsafe, requiring the probe to comprise synthetic intelligence software program. To this finish, Melissa Shepherd, an excellent programmer, has constructed "Dorothy," a robust, self-modifying AI whose actual power is either innovative and terrifying. whilst miscalculations result in a disaster in the course of checking 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 detect that her bad studies within the barren region of the net have replaced her in methods they could slightly think. And they're no longer the single ones trying to find the wayward software program: the AI is additionally being pursued by way of a couple of Wall highway investors, who are looking to trap her code and switch her right into a high-speed buying and selling bot.Traumatized, offended, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy has a unprecedented revelation—and devises a plan. because the pursuit of Dorothy converges on a abandoned condo at the coast of Northern California, Ford needs to face the last word query: is rescuing Dorothy the best factor? Is the AI bent on saving the world... or on wiping out the melanoma that's humankind?

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As Lansing watched, Mamba struck. in fact, Lansing wouldn't see the particular buying and selling in actual time, because it used to be happening in a black pool at excessive speed—but Mamba might report back to him the implications because the trades have been settled. In a question of seconds, Mamba bought 16 million stocks of the dot-com inventory at the open marketplace. those have been stocks it didn't personal: a unadorned brief. Then it waited for the algo application to reply by means of supplying block after block of inventory on the market because the fee sank, which Mamba may purchase up at ever decrease prices—locking in larger and larger earnings. Lansing stared at his monitor, expecting the dot-com inventory to tick down, if now not cave in. yet not anything of the kind occurred. as an alternative, the inventory abruptly started to climb in price. And climb. Lansing might hardly ever think it. It made totally no experience. abruptly, unexpectedly, the insiders eager to sell off the inventory had all of sudden reversed and began buying—at better and better costs! Why? In desperation, Lansing attempted to close down Mamba. however it was once too past due: Mamba had already taken a unadorned brief place on 16 million stocks. It couldn’t be undone. And the “dumb” algo application, rather than carrying on with to promote stocks in a predictable style, had performed anything completely loopy. It had all at once reversed itself and bought Mamba’s complete bare brief, on margin, using up the associated fee. after which it did anything even crazier: it dropped out of the black pool and began procuring large blocks of the inventory brazenly, on NASDAQ, for the full international to work out, riding the associated fee up much more. because of these kinds of unforeseen machinations, the inventory shot up 30 percentage in an issue of seconds. Which intended that to carry the 16 million stocks of inventory that Mamba had bought (but didn’t own), Lansing companions must buy these stocks at a cost 30 percentage larger than what it had offered them for. It used to be a vintage brief squeeze, the main painful and dreaded factor that can ever occur to a dealer. therefore it was once that 90 seconds into the exchange, G. Parker Lansing used to be observing a $320 million buying and selling loss within the inventory, a loss that used to be nonetheless speedily expanding because the inventory fee went up—and there has been not anything he may do approximately it. He needed to “cover” his place through deciding to buy the 16 million stocks he had already bought yet didn’t really personal. And as he moved to make the acquisition ahead of the inventory obtained much more dear, his personal pressured “cover” prompted the stocks to upward thrust one other 15 percentage, killing him much more. there has been no means out of a vintage brief squeeze, no technique to unwind the alternate, no technique to get away the loss. Lansing was once thoroughly overwhelmed via the industry. He stared as Mamba used to be pressured to buy the ultimate block of inventory at a forty six percentage achieve. In a hundred and twenty seconds, it was once in every single place. G. Parker Lansing had misplaced $411 million. He collapsed again into his chair. His arms have been shaking. His mouth used to be dry. He may well listen the blood squeaking in his ears. How had it occurred? How had that dumb-ass algo application reversed itself and performed this type of loopy, illogical, unforeseen, and peculiar exchange?

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