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Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution

P.W. Singer August Cole

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Houghton Mifflin
01 July 2020
Thriller & suspense; Science fiction; Robots; Urban Sci-Fi; Detective Sci-Fi; Hard Science Fiction; Technothriller
An FBI agent teams up with the first police robot to hunt a shadowy terrorist in this gripping technothriller - and fact-based tour of tomorrow - from the authors of Ghost Fleet America is on the brink of a revolution. AI and robotics have realised science fiction's dreams, but have also taken millions of jobs and left many citizens fearful that the future is leaving them behind. AUTHORS: P. W. Singer is an expert on twenty-first-century warfare. His award-winning nonfiction books include the New York Times bestseller Wired for War. August Cole is a writer and analyst specializing in national security issues and a former defense industry reporter for the Wall Street Journal. After narrowly averting a bombing at Washington's Union Station, FBI Special Agent Lara Keegan receives a new assignment: to field test the first police robot. In the wake of a series of shocking catastrophes, the two find themselves investigating a conspiracy whose mastermind is using cutting-edge tech to rip the nation apart. To stop this new breed of terrorist, Keegan's only hope is to forge a new kind of partnership. With every tech, trend, and scene drawn from the real world, Burn-In blends a technothriller's excitement with nonfiction's insight to illuminate the darkest corners of our chilling tomorrow.
By:   P.W. Singer, August Cole
Imprint:   Houghton Mifflin
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
ISBN:   9781328637239
ISBN 10:   1328637239
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   01 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

P. W. SINGER is the New York Times best-selling author of multiple award-winning fiction and nonfiction books on twenty-first-century security. www.pwsinger.com. AUGUST COLE is a writer specializing in narratives about the future of conflict. www.augustcole.com.

Reviews for Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution

Burn-In is a fantastic, compelling, and authoritative look into the future--a future that is equal parts amazing and terrifying. With Burn-In, Peter Singer and August Cole establish themselves both as masters of the techno-thriller and as scientifically-grounded futurists. Woven into their riveting, page-turning tale of a brilliant FBI agent's future hunt for a diabolically clever, tech-savvy criminal are important lessons about the extremely difficult issues that lie ahead surrounding the use of AI, robotics, augmented reality, and ubiquitous surveillance. It is a terrific read! --General David Petraeus (U.S. Army, Ret.), former Commander of the Surge in Iraq, U.S. Central Command, and Coalition Forces in Afghanistan and former Director of the CIA A visionary new form of storytelling--a rollercoaster ride of science fiction blended with science fact. --Damon Lindelof, writer/creator of Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Watchmen Burn-In is a white-knuckle adventure into our maximum probability future. I found surprises on every page, with each startlingly real depiction of new technology and its human impact. This near-future was crafted by experts, and it shows. --Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Robopocalypse Their seamless blend of detailed research and rapid-fire storytelling make Singer and Cole the perfect tour guides for our world's future conflicts. --Max Brooks, New York Times bestselling author of World War Z and Devolution I've never written a book review before, but then again I've never had such an enjoyable discomfort in reading a book before . . . Because Burn-In is fiction, but for how long? --Foreign Policy With their latest work, the authors energetically carry on the tradition of this genre's giants including Isaac Asimov (I, Robot) and Robert Heinlein (Starship Troopers), to name a few . . . Singer and Cole clearly understand how to make the unintelligible understandable, and in Burn-In they deliver the best of contemporary science fiction. Defense professionals, policy makers, and American citizens alike would do well to pick up a copy. --Strategic Studies Quarterly Captivating and oftentimes brilliant . . . something that Asimov would have immediately recognized and approved . . . the perfect blend of science fiction and human drama. --Steve Leonard, Senior Fellow, Modern War Institute at West Point It is hard for fiction to keep up with reality these days, but it can help us visualize the potential futures ahead of us in a meaningful way that non-fiction cannot. Burn-In brilliantly uses near-future technology to ponder pressing matters of tech, politics, and the human relationship with our increasingly intelligent machines. Read it and you'll not only be entertained, but better able to understand the flood of AI headlines without fear or fantasy. Burn-In is the rare techno-thriller that takes tech seriously! --Garry Kasparov, Former World Chess Champion, author of Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins A compulsively readable story that also brilliantly explains how our near-future world will look and work. Singer and Cole have woven a gripping detective yarn about a hunt for the terrorists of tomorrow, using the best research from the brightest minds of today. --Peter Bergen, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad Timely, prescient, and meticulously researched, Burn-In tells a deeply humane and nuanced story about our changing relationship with AI and warns of dangers to our free society all too few have started to grapple with. This is the near-future thriller you've been looking for: a captivating story filled with moving characters as well as profound insights. --Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings and The Hidden Girl and Other Stories Wrapped in this propulsive thriller is a fascinating analysis of our possible near-future, where promises of a techno-utopia veer into surveillance-state nightmare. Cole and Singer brilliantly and terrifyingly imagine a realistic intersection of terrorism, technology, and policing. --Phil Klay, National Book Award-winning author of Redeployment Perceptive and exciting near-future thriller . . . drawing on plentiful research (and heavily footnoted), the novel is strikingly well constructed. The authors are aiming for maximum believability, and they succeed: this story feels really feels like it could happen. Its characters are genuinely full-bodied and readers will totally buy into [this world]. --Booklist This perceptive near-future techno-thriller from Singer and Cole (Ghost Fleet) warns of the unintended consequences of rapid technologic change . . . For all the emphasis on high-tech fears, the authors tell a very human story. --Publishers Weekly A near-future SF thriller starring an FBI agent and one damn smart robot . . . lots of clever details . . . a great premise for a series . . . just keep those suckers away from Putin. --Kirkus Reviews August Cole and Peter Singer have done it again, with a searing look at the intersection of advanced technology, brutal domestic politics, and an utterly uncertain geopolitical future. This is a book that charts perfectly the dangerous course into which we sail--and, similar to medieval sailing charts, on the distant margins it says clearly: 'there be monsters here.' Buckle up for Burn-In. --Admiral James Stavridis (ret.), former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Burn-In will wake you up and shake you up. Just as they did in Ghost Fleet, Singer and Cole give us a vivid look-ahead into the near-future. Like the best science fiction, Burn-In is a human story, with great characters and a terrific plot that unfolds in a 'just-beyond-tomorrow' world of emerging technology. I whipped through the book, mesmerized by its glimpse into a future where intelligence--human, augmented, and artificial--all blend together in a continuous battle to understand what's the real truth. So much to think about after reading it! --Admiral John Richardson (ret.), former Chief of Naval Operations Don't miss Burn-In! Singer and Cole have combined their expert knowledge of imminent technologies to create a riveting day-after-tomorrow thriller exploring our increasingly uneasy alliance with smart machines and the networked world that enables them. Burn-In captures the imagination, even as it takes a hard look at the challenges ahead. --Linda Nagata, author of The Red trilogy and The Last Good Man I loved Burn-In so much that I've already read it twice. This suspenseful, forward-looking novel prophesizes titanic disruptions soon to come from the marriage of humanity and technology. Most of all, it provides a clear-eyed view of both the highs and lows of humanity's rapid plunge into a world of AI, robotics, and other advanced tech, and the impact that will have on families, society, politics and security. Singer and Cole project the logical outcomes of today's rapidly evolving technological revolution in ways that make Burn-In both heartening and terrifying--sometimes at the same time. This book will definitely make you think. --Lt. General Edward Cardon (ret.), Former Commander, U.S. Army Cyber Command Singer and Cole have done it again. Exciting, interesting, and disturbing, Burn-In shows how the inevitable evolution of AI and intelligent machines can and will change our world. There will be both good and bad in this onrushing future, and our entire society--not just our political leaders--will need to understand and confront it. So enjoy this great read, but at the same time consider its implications both for our daily lives and our humanity. --General Robert Neller (USMC, ret.), 37th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps Another winner from Singer and Cole. Burn-In is a great story and a well written mystery/adventure novel, but most importantly it provides a view of the world in which we will soon be living, where data, networks, remote sensing, autonomy, robotics, and AI are totally integrated into every aspect of our day to day lives. It explores that nexus between people and technology--our greatest challenge in living in this new world--and makes you stop and think, even as you become immersed in a great book. --Admiral Michael S. Rogers (ret), Former Commander, U.S. Cyber Command; Former Director, National Security Agency Through the eyes of its heroine, Agent Lara Keegan, Burn In is a page-turning story that challenges us to consider the social and societal implications of the game-changing AI technologies that are just over the horizon, and how we as people relate to our mechanical creations. Authors Singer and Cole have once again brought the future into our present, bringing us the book we need to start wrapping our minds around the issues that will dominate our near future. --Kathleen J. McInnis, author of The Heart of War: Misadventures in the Pentagon The only thing America has to fear is America itself. Cole and Singer are among the few willing to engage with the futuristic storytelling potential afforded by contemporary reality. --Madeline Ashby, author of Company Town and co-author of How to Future Burn-In is a high octane (and carefully researched!) exploration of what could happen if America loses its edge at the forefront of the AI revolution. --Jamie Metzl, futurist and bestselling author of Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity A speculative work about a dark tomorrow, Burn-In brims with the vibrancy of real, layered human conflict. P.W. Singer and August Cole understand that stories of moral tribulation transcend space and time, and imbue this bold, splendid story with it. There's more life and imagination in this novel about the robot future than most books of today will ever manage. --Matt Gallagher, author of Empire City and Youngblood Burn-In is a profound look into an all too believable future, brilliantly weaving together a moving narrative that challenges readers with its mix of robots, AI, and politics. The action is stirring, the characters are all too relatable, but it's the questions about humanity that will leave their mark, burning their way into your brain and leaving you breathlessly wanting more. --Peter Tieryas, author of Mecha Samurai Empire Meet Agent Lara Keegan, a new kind of hero who captures your attention in a thriller you won't want to put down. --Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of New York Times best-sellers The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Ashley's War


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