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  • ISBN: 9780385545471
  • ISBN: 0385545479
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2020]

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One corporation has made a perfect world based on a perfect algorithm . . . now what to do with all these messy people? Lionel Bigman is dead. Murdered by a robot. Guy Matthias, the philandering founder and CEO of the mega-corporation Beetle, insists it was human error. But was it? Either the predictive algorithms of Beetle's supposedly omniscient 'lifechain' don't work, or, they've been hacked. Both scenarios are impossible to imagine and signal the end of Beetle's technotopia and life as we know it. Dazzlingly original and darkly comic, Zed asks profound questions about who we are, what we owe to one another, and what makes us human. It describes our moment--the ugliness and the beauty--perfectly. Kavenna is a prophet who has seen deeply into the present--and thrown back her head and laughed.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 November #1
    In the near future, omnipresent British tech corporation Beetle holds sway over most of the world: monitoring citizens through their security devices and social media, and even predicting via lifechains a person's lifespan or likelihood of committing a crime. So when unassuming businessman George Mann comes home one night and murders his wife and their two sons in cold blood, Beetle's predictive algorithm is thrown into chaos. Matters are made much worse when an anti-terrorism droid mistakes another man for the killer and shoots him dead in a diner. Beetle CEO Guy Matthias puts forth one of his senior executives, the hapless Douglas Varley, as a scapegoat, while dogged National Security Officer Eloise Jayne tries to untangle the mess to determine who is responsible. Beetle ultimately chalks the mishaps up to Zed, or human error and unpredictability, which flies in the face of their prized algorithm. Kavenna's (The Birth of Love, 2010) scathing indictment of the dangers of technology gone awry, tech conglomerates left unchecked, and the silencing of the free press is a smart and timely work of cautionary speculative fiction. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

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JOANNA KAVENNA grew up in Britain, and has also lived in the US, France, Germany, Scandinavia, and the Baltic states. She is the author of several critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel Inglorious won the Orange Award for New Writing, and her novel The Birth of Love was longlisted for the Orange Prize. Joanna Kavenna's writing has appeared in the New Yorker, London Review of Books, The Spectator and many others. She was named as one of the Telegraph's 20 'Writers under 40' in 2010, and one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2013.

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