The Matrix: Perception: The everyday world is real. Reality: That world is a hoax, an elaborate deception spun by all-power machines of artificial intelligence that control us. Mind blowing stunts. Techno slamming visuals. Mega-kick action. The Matrix Unloaded: Sentinels swarm. Smith clones. Neo flies... but perhaps not even a Chosen One gifted with astonishing new powers can stop the advance of the Machines. Neo. Morpheus. Trinity. They're back for the powerful second chapter of The Matrix trilogy, and exciting new allies join them in the struggle against foes who are cloned, upgraded and closing in on humanity's last enclave. The Matrix Revolutions: Neo. Trinity. Morpheus. They and other heroes stand on the brink of victory or annihilation in the epic war against the Machines in the stunning final chapter of the Matrix trilogy. For Neo that means going where no human has dared - into the heart of Machine City and into a cataclysmic showdown with the exponentially more powerful renegade programme Smith. Special Features: Filmographies. Follow The White Rabbit And Take The Red Pills For More Mysterious, Mind-Bending HBO First Look Special: Making The Matrix.
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Stellaris is a real-time grand strategy game developed by Paradox Development Studio and published by Paradox Interactive. In Stellaris, the player becomes a leader of a space empire and their job is to expand it, form diplomatic relationships with other space nations, wage wars against hostile factions, etc.The Utopia expansion pack adds new features that expand the gameplay by adding new features, such as megastructures, habitats and many more.Stellaris Utopia adds several new features, which expand on the mechanics of game. The first of them are the megastructures. There are three types of megastructures, each serving a different purpose. Habitats are artificial planets which can be built and colonized by the player. Gateways serve as passages to different points of space. Ringworlds and Dyson spheres are constructions built in phases. Each phase provides different perks to the player and can also be inhabited.Another feature included in Stellaris Utopia pack is Ascension Perks. These become available after completing a tradition tree or acquiring Ascension Theory tech. The player can follow three Ascension Paths and choose from various ascension perks which have different effects on the empire and some of them require possession of specific traits before that can be unlocked.There are also other smaller features added to the game in Utopia. These include hive minds, a species of single-minded entities, following uniform doctrines and ideologies and native indoctrination, which helps the player convert primitive space civilizations to their empire’s ideology and more.GameplayThe gameplay of Stellaris begins with the player choosing or creating a species, which will become their future empire. The player can choose a set of positive and negative traits, ethics and civics of their empire, as well as decide on what goal to set for their civilization. These goals range from forging diplomatic alliances with other empires and peaceful coexistence with them, exploration and conquest of the uncharted areas of space, warfare with other civilizations or total annihilation of all forms of sentient life. The game includes crisis events, which might impact the player’s progress. These events have space-wide ramifications and include the awakening of dormant AI or an extra-dimensional assault.ReceptionStellaris received glowing reviews for its complexity, the replayability value introduced by the traits system and the possibilities provided by an expansive universe, filled with planets to inhabit and random activities to do. The Utopia expansion was praised for the versatility of governing the empire, possibilities provided by Ascension Perks and hive minds, a new addition to the species roster
Doomsday headlines warn that the age of “killer robots” is upon us, and that new military technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) will lead to the annihilation of the human race. What’s fact and what’s fiction? In The Case for Killer Robots: Why America’s Military Needs to Continue Development of Lethal AI, artificial intelligence expert Robert J. Marks investigates the potential military use of lethal AI and examines the practical and ethical challenges. Marks provocatively argues that the development of lethal AI is not only appropriate in today’s society, it is also unavoidable if America wants to survive and thrive into the future. About the author: Dr. Marks directs the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Discovery Institute, and he is a distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at Baylor University. This short monograph is produced in conjunction with the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence, which can be visited at centerforintelligence.org. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Lawrence. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/182781/bk_acx0_182781_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A century and a half after the Martian Separatist Wars and the final defeat of insane terrorist leader El Ahmi, Alexander Moore returns to the stars with the Sienna Madira, a United States Navy supercarrier spacecraft outfitted with advanced FTL and endlessly strange, extremely effective, quantum-based weapons and remote sensing technology. And, of course, he's brought marines and lots of them. These are troops superbly trained for space battle and equipped with advanced powered armor and artificial intelligence backup. Moore's task: hunt down remnant weaponry platforms left by the brilliant, mad artificial intelligence known as Copernicus, the being ultimately responsible for the solar system-wide civil war. Yet Moore is about to uncover something far more sinister: Before his destruction, Copernicus had established multiple mecha-warrior-defended bases with the intent of resuming the destruction of humanity. Worse, an AI presence even more dangerous, evil, and clever than Copernicus may have formed an alliance with something else out there with a similar goal: to wipe humanity from the galaxy forever. But those enemies will have to face a fully armed and equipped military task force led by a resolute general and his soldiers, who know they are all that stand between human life, freedom, and progress - and the total annihilation of mankind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Dufris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021311/bk_adbl_021311_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
As the post-attack chaos forces Earth's governments to realize they no longer have the ability to maintain order, the destiny of mankind falls to a select group of human and artificial intelligence to prepare a defense against annihilation by the Nubl hives.Pod’s growing sentience causes problems when she lets her guard down. Zeke gets severely wounded, ultimately forcing the mutating DNA to intensify its activities. His friends and colleagues believe he cannot survive the transformation, but Zeke doesn’t give up that easily. Meanwhile, Arty obtains a mental boost. Believing he has the answer to everything, he makes plans to do what he can to protect humanity from extinction. Pennington balks and demands all the high-caliber AIs be controlled - preferably by him. This doesn’t go down well with humans and AI alike, but there is no time to dwell on the issue because the Nubl are coming. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Edward James Beesley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/131966/bk_acx0_131966_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The color of your eyes will determine if you live or die! Geologist Alex Cave discovered four alien artifacts that seemed designed to destroy all life on our planet. He thought they were locked up at a top-secret facility, but two of the devices have gone missing, and one of them is in orbit over our planet. John Essex had good intentions when he modified one of the stolen artifacts to collect and recycle the orbiting space debris. When he turns it on, the signal is detected from deep inside the earth by a powerful artificial intelligence who wakes one of its women, named Pandora, and takes control of her mind and body. She claims ownership of our world for its genetically superior race of humans who have been in stasis for millions of years. She demands we voluntarily kill everyone on our planet with brown eyes or she will destroy our entire race to keep us from contaminating her people. When world representatives refuse her demands, Alex is unknowingly infected with an alien virus that only kills people with brown eyes and is rapidly spreading across the planet. Alex makes a desperate attempt to convince the beautiful Pandora to help save his race from annihilation, but she is still under the control of the artificial intelligence and refuses to help. How does Alex find a way out of this no-win situation? Find out by grabbing your copy today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul J McSorley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/138349/bk_acx0_138349_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Were the new men and women human or monster? Brought back to life via vitaplasm, did they have souls? Or were they somehow less than human, people minus X? Here's what Amazing Stories had to say about this moving, thoughtful, highly-prophetic novel of the future by three-time Nebula nominee Raymond Z. Gallun: "This is a novel with a cosmic theme that has always been of interest to all people at all times: the process of regeneration and recreation. Through vitaplasm innocent victims of disaster are restored almost to their own selves.... Then humans begin to realize that the artificial people are their superiors in every respect. Mob feeling changes Mitchell Prell, one of vitaplasm's inventors, into a scapegoat and forces him to flee the human community. Ed Dukas, his nephew, and Ed's wife, Barbara, try to use reason to combat the mounting hysteria which threatens to explode into a war of annihilation. When failure seems near, Ed, Barbara and Prell sacrifice their humanity by becoming artificial people in order to function more effectively. ...a suspenseful plot, unusual characterizations, relevant soul-searching on the place of scientific advances in everyday life." The Detroit Times raved that, "Gallun depicts scientific experiments on the Moon…an explosion that sears Earth…restoring persons through personality records…a struggle between restored people and natural humanity…life on the asteroids…thought reading machines…a journey to Mars…a starship expedition to Sirius… [Dawn of the Demi-Gods] is packed with action scientific style." (Also published as People Minus X, but Dawn of the Demi-Gods is the author's preferred title.) Raymond Z. Gallun (1911-94) began writing science fiction in 1929, produced his first acknowledged classic, the much anthologized Old Faithful, in 1934, stopped writing in the 1950s and then returned for a triumphant last decade in the mid-1970s-80s, 1. Language: English. Narrator: J T Farrell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/158723/bk_acx0_158723_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The stunningly creative, epic sequel to Wilson's blockbuster thriller and New York Times best seller Robopocalypse. "The machine is still out there. Still live." Humankind had triumphed over the machines. At the end of Robopocalypse, the modern world was largely devastated, humankind was pressed to the point of annihilation, and the Earth was left in tatters…but the master artificial intelligence presence known as Archos had been killed. In Robogenesis, we see that Archos has survived. Spread across the far reaches of the world, the machine code has fragmented into millions of pieces, hiding and regrouping. In a series of riveting narratives, Robogenesis explores the fates of characters new and old, robotic and human, as they fight to build a new world in the wake of a devastating war. Listeners will bear witness as survivors find one another, form into groups, and react to a drastically different (and deadly) technological landscape. All the while, the remnants of Archos's shattered intelligence are seeping deeper into new breeds of machines, mounting a war that will not allow for humans to win again. Daniel H. Wilson makes a triumphant return to the apocalyptic world he created, for an action-filled, raucous, very smart thrill ride about humanity and technology pushed to the tipping point. 1. Language: English. Narrator: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Mike Chamberlain. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003868/bk_rand_003868_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.