Three Laws Lethal by David Walton
English | 2019 | Sci / Fi | ePUB |1.3 Mb
Three Laws Lethal :A science fiction thriller in which fleets of self-driving cars make life-and-death choices
In a near-future New York City, where self-driving cars roam the city streets, rival entrepreneurs Brandon and Tyler compete to produce the smartest AIs, training them in a virtual game world to anticipate traffic and potential customers better than the competition. As the two rivals struggle to dominate the market, their personal enmity pushes them to attack each other’s reputations, hack each other’s cars, and develop ever more sophisticated algorithms to keep their customers safe. The result? Intelligent computers that excel at using all available data to determine which humans should live, and which should die.
Only Naomi, inventor of the virtual world in which the AIs train, recognizes that they are developing goals of their own, goals for which they are willing to kill. But will she stop them, or will she help her creations achieve their full potential?
“When did Professor Lieu say this guy was coming?” Tyler asked.
“He didn’t,” Brandon said. “He just texted me to say some big investor friend of his might stop by. I don’t know anything more than you do.” He yawned. “Probably a no-show at this point.”
It was well after 1:00 a.m., but the city lights provided more than enough illumination to see what they were doing. The parking lot belonged to the athletic complex of the University of Pennsylvania, where Tyler and Brandon were grad students in the computer engineering department. The school permitted them to use it between the hours of 12:00 and 6:00 a.m., when the athletic fields were officially closed.
Brandon yawned again.
“Wake up,” Tyler said. “No mistakes tonight, okay?”
“Me? I don’t make mistakes.”
“No? Are you telling me you meant to run into that handicap parking sign?”
“That was months ago.”
“I’m serious,” Tyler said. “We can’t make any more mistakes. Not today, not ever. Once we go public with this, one mistake is all it would take to bury us. People might commute to work in death traps every day, but one public accident, and nobody’ll ride in our cars, not ever. Doesn’t matter what the statistics say.”