Fear Index

February 14, 2012

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I enjoy a good audio book and Fear Index was very good. It centers around autonomous machine reasoning and a hedge fund algorithm which combine to make a pretty good thriller. In many ways this story reminded me of one I read 30 years ago called The Adolescence of P1 which was about a computer AI programmed to be greedy and fearful. Both books work in part because their respective authors are smart enough to not try to explain the intricate details of how AMR or AI might work. Rather they leave that up to the reader's imagination. I highly recommend Fear Index. And The Adolescence of P1 too, if you can find a copy.

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Mark H. Nichols

I am a husband, cellist, code prole, nerd, technologist, and all around good guy living and working in fly-over country. You should follow me on Twitter.