The Boost

Book by Stephen Baker

  • Published: Sep 28, 2020

Ralf is a software prodigy. He works in the US government office that updates the software in the population's boostsnetworked supercomputers contained in a chip implanted within the brains of 99 percent of the world's population. Invented by... read more

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Details of The Boost

Exact title of the book
The Boost
Book author
Stephen Baker
ISBN
9781466810686
Publisher
Tor/Forge
Published
May 20, 2014
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
336
File size (in PDF)
3024 kB

Some brief overview of book

Ralf is a software prodigy. He works in the US government office that updates the software in the population's boostsnetworked supercomputers contained in a chip implanted within the brains of 99 percent of the world's population. Invented by Chinese researchers in 2032, the boost is credited with leading humanity to its most significant cognitive leap since the discovery of fire.

Days before a national upgrade, Ralf notices that the update includes an open surveillance gatemeaning that Americans, who had negotiated high levels of privacy with the Chinese manufacturers, will now be subjected to the invasive Chinese standard. Ralf attempts to hack the boost, but is caught by agents working for Washington's preeminent lobbyist. His boost is ripped from his head, and Ralf barely escapes with his life.

Pursued by the lobbyist's mercenary cadre, Ralf flees to the USMexico border, where there are others like him"wild" humans on the fringes of society, unenhanced by technology. It's a frightening and backward world controlled by powerful drug lords. Ralf's only hope is to somehow work with these wild bosses of the analog worldin hopes of winning back freedom in the digital one.

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About author

BAKER was born in the Philadelphia area, graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and earned a masters in science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. For ten years, Baker was a senior technology writer at BusinessWeek. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe.

He is the author of two nonfiction books, The Numerati, and Final JeopardyMan vs. Machine and the Quest to Know Everything.

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