Prolibris is marking the year since the publication of SMART with a giveaway on Goodreads. There are 5 paperback copies to be won, and the giveaway runs through April to May 7th.
“SMART delivers in droves—Mentmore writes terrific prose and dialogue that truly dazzles.”
“Joel Mentmore’s SMART, clever, quick, and pithy, is the rare novel that is fantastically contemporary, a nightmare of technology that is doubtless chilling even weeks after reading. A high-tech thriller that is both a mystery of heart-stopping suspense and the tale of a perplexing, ambivalent male friendship, SMART delivers in droves—Mentmore writes terrific prose and dialogue that truly dazzles.”
Here’s the link to the interview I did last year with IndieReader, which they kindly published over the holiday period.
I was a particularly tardy blogger towards the end of last year and realise that I probably haven’t posted the link to the terrific review of SMART which IndieReader published earlier last year.
Indiereader’s final verdict:
SMART is an intriguing and thoughtful exploration of smart technology, of human tools and their effect, real and potential, on human society, wrapped up in a clever and entertaining story.
Highway safety regulators called, so Hotz opted to offer a product with less liability.
You couldn’t make this stuff up! Oh, hang on . . . I already did.
“Car companies are finally realising that what they sell is just a big computer you sit in.”
So says Kevin Tighe, a senior systems engineer at security testing firm Bugcrowd according to this Guardian article, reporting from the “car-hacking village” at this year’s Defcon, the hacker conference.
President: Where we’re going, there are no steering wheels
Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.
Expect more of this kind of article. Behind the chrome skin of the shiny, new, smart personal assistants may not be anything more sinister than a land-grab for personal information, but gradually (creepingly), we seem to become more vulnerable to whatever they evolve into, whether that evolution is by design, or by mistake.