Breakpoint

Breakpoint

Book - 2007
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Americas preeminent counterterrorism expert and #1 bestselling author presents the global village--an intricately intertwined network of technology that binds together the worlds economies, governments, and communication systems. Now a sophisticated group is seeking to disconnect the globe, in this novel available in a tall Premium Edition.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2007
ISBN: 9780399153785
0399153780
Characteristics: ix, 309 p. ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Break point

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AndrewL
Oct 08, 2009

While the book itself is not reaching the heights of even fiction literature ( heroes are quite plain, like cut from a paper), on the other hand it is quite a smooth entry to a scientific problems of singularity.

I believe that was the reason behind the writing of this book.
How much of our lives and bodies we will trust to machines and computers in our near future? Will we change with all technology enchancements available into a superhumans? If you think these questions are not practical -just check the video. Scientists are already working on it.

Author from 2001 to 2003 was the Special Adviser to the President of the United States for Cyberspace Security and chairman of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. He knows what he is talking about.

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wilders
Dec 30, 2011

Having spent over 15 years working in the high tech industry and also having had a background in science and biochemistry I agree with Richard. Much of the technologies and plans for them are already in progress and developing fast. It is not unheard of that someone could hack our whole power system and kill thousands of people. Imagine taking out all of Candas power in the middle of February or during an ice-storm - hospitals, clinics, safety systems....
The book is very well written, was predictive in a few places such as the Pancake House bombing and standard US predjuices there - bomber was thought to be Pakastani but the ending was not quite as I had expected.
The story was also fast paced, with less descriptive fill-in or repeat of information that you see so often in this genre.

I enjoyed the read and will try more of Richard's books

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