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Artificial Wisdom by Thomas R. Weaver

This book got me really excited. Incredibly plausible. The technology is astonishing and highly plausible, just like the world and its ruin. A decade ago, in the year 2050, a heatwave claimed the lives of over four hundred million people across the Persian Gulf. Journalist Marcus Tully's wife and unborn child were among these people. The fact that he wasn't there for them when they needed him has haunted him, and he has never fully recovered. He and his team have wholeheartedly dedicated themselves to their work, a shining example of investigative journalism. Their news always has the truth at its core, regardless of the cost. The discovery of a whistleblower uncovers the alarming motive behind the devastating heatwave. Tully embarks on a quest to discover the truth. With the investigation pointing towards the former US President, now vying for dictator, having geo-engineered the heatwave to tackle climate change, the stakes are at their most critical. Yet, the plot thickens as the President's adversary is an AI politician with its own dark history intertwined with the investigation. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat with its thrilling storyline. Each chapter will leave you craving for more, making you race through the pages. The characters in the story are compelling, and the plot is full of twists and turns that will keep you on edge. The book will hold your attention from start to finish. The race to uncover the killer will immerse you, raising doubts about our efforts to safeguard the world and what measures you would take to preserve it. This combination of sci-fi, mystery, and thriller was fantastic. This comes highly recommended! Many thanks to @literallypr & @tom_weaver for a review copy and a spot on the tour.


About the Author

I write stories about tomorrow to help make sense of today.

Aside from writing, I’m a tech entrepreneur. My last startup was acquired by Just Eat Takeaway; my new one is still in stealth but backed by a major Silicon Valley tech accelerator. I also invest in multiple early-stage startups.

Despite all that, I never thought I’d use my degree in Computer Science. I left university to run the UK branch of one of the world’s largest student organisations before spending many years working on and building expertise in the evolution of physical environments, and in particular how tech could change the kind of experiences we have in schools, shops, theatres, council service centres and other places.

This all led directly to his tech startup in the restaurant hospitality space, transforming payment and ordering experiences, before pivoting to a platform to enable other technology to interface with the restaurant. I exited in 2018-2019 and realised I had no more excuses not to do what I always wanted to do: write fiction.

It’s Roald Dahl’s fault. When I was seven, I read the BFG. Remember the scene where Sophie reads the description of a dream of writing a book so exciting that no-one can put it down? Airline pilots are getting lost. Drivers are crashing.

I wanted to write that book. I want to write page-turners. If I achieve nothing more than giving one person the experience within the BFG’s dream, I’ll have succeeded. Hopefully without the car crashes, though. Despite swearing to friends and family (none of whom apparently believed me) that I’d never run another startup again, I recently started a new one focussed on bringing some of the ideas in Artificial Wisdom, my debut, to life, specifically around communicated in augmented reality.

In my spare time, I’m an avid father, husband and cook, and have a bunch of hobbies my wife claims make me sound like I’m 80, including drawing, painting and chess. I collect more books than I have time to read, especially if they have beautiful covers, like Folio editions. I’m a sucker for great covers.

Follow me on Twitter @tom_weaver for my thoughts on where the world is headed.

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