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APEX is the third volume of Ramez Naam s trilogy that began with NEXUS and continued with CRUX These are near future thrillers that deal with a technology that is able to link brains to one another In the real world, there has already been research on technologies that would allow brain trasmissions on a very primitive level Disabled people can, to some extent, relay commands to a computer through thought alone their neural impulses get transmitted to the machine, and translated into commands that it can understand Even the transmission of simple sensations and feelings from one person to another seems to be possible Naam extrapolates from these technologies to imagine a brain mechanism allowing people to network their thoughts and emotions with each other It s sort of like WiFi for the brain I can share in the feelings and sensations of another person we can communicate wirelessly at the limit, brains can meld together to form a group mind at another extreme, somebody can manipulate somebody else s motor reactions, forcing them to do things they don t want to do.Naam s trilogy looks at the possible consequences social, political, aesthetic, and spiritual of such a technology being developed It could be used to enhance personal experience, like at a rave people are enabled, not just to share the same musical high, but actually to feel each others reactions at the same time It can also be used for terrorism and destruction Attempts by various governments to suppress the technology can also have extreme effects think of current regulations on drugs and certain softwares, only amplified a million times NEXUS and CRUX looked at some of these possibilities a group of graduate students develop the Nexus technology, which allows brains to interact in real time the technologie leaks out into the world as a whole the US government tries to brutally suppress it, and ruins many lives in the process the Chinese government seeks to adapt it as a weapon of war APEX moves beyond the individualized use of such technology such as we see in the first two volumes, to consider how it might work on a mass scale We get group minds children who were first exposed to Nexus in the womb, and Buddhist monks who are able to join themselves together during meditation We also get a lot about the possible use of such mind technology in political protest which breaks out both in the US and in China in the course of the novel Minds can link together for effective resistance but they can also be spurred on to hate and massive violence by the synergistic effect of mass mental transmission The novel also features a crazed AI, the brain of a scientist that has been reproduced on a quantum computer, and whose mental links to others through the network allow her to wreak havoc on an unprecedented scale.The book is exciting, gripping, and extreme but at the same time Naam is really thinking hard about the possibilities for both good and evil that such a mind technology could unleash He doesn t give us any easy answers While the novel clearly suggests that government suppression of this sort of technology does far harm than good in the same way that actual surveillance and censorship by the US and Chinese governments today does far harm than good he doesn t underplay the negative effects of such a technology either A new technology like the one envisioned in these novels really does change everything But this does not mean it is either a panacea or a threat Everybody will have to do things differently, once such a technology is established But the technology itself enters into play with all sorts of other social, political, and economic forces, rather than determining any particular outcome The only criticism I have of this book, as of the whole series, is that, while its actors involve both hackers and governments, megalomaniacal millionaires and just ordinary folk, left wing political activists and Buddhist monks committed to peace the one element missing from Naam s picture is large globalized corporations I think that such entities will have a major role to play, apart from either governments or citizens groups and a role that will almost certainly be for ill in any such technological development This dimension of the problem is missing But all in all, Naam gives us a smart, as well as highly entertaining, look at how this particular technology might work, and generally, at how technologies interact with other sorts of social, economic, and political forces, in a future which still remains entirely open. Whoa Tremendous third book of the trilogy This ambitious and technologically fictional but prescient novel crosses the globe between Washington and China in a blockbuster war of the worlds kind of finish.An exceptional finale to a great trilogy Highly recommended Kudos to Naam. [Read Pdf] ⚖ Apex ♫ Global Unrest Spreads As Mass Protests Advance Throughout The US And China, Nexus Upgraded Riot Police Battle Against Upgraded Protestors, And A Once Dead Scientist Plans To Take Over The Planet S Electronic Systems The World Has Never Experienced Turmoil Of This Type, On This ScaleThey Call Them The Apex Humanity S Replacement They Re Smarter, Faster, Better And Infinitely Dangerous Humanity Is Dying Long Live The Apex I loved the first two books in this series, Nexus and Crux so I couldn t wait for the final book to come out in May 2015 However, I couldn t get into Apex when I first got it It was slow, too many new POV characters, largely uninteresting So I put it down and figured I d come back to it later Over a year later, I did and much to my chagrin, my initial impression was correct and the book was ultimately a disappointment.Apex picks up immediately after the events of Crux which I largely forgot my fault but Ramez Naam does a good job of inserting small recaps here and there Naam introduces too many new characters late in the game that I mostly couldn t get behind The only one I felt invested in was Carolyn Pryce, National Security Advisor to the US president I was irritated when I had to spend time with Breece or one of the many Chinese scientists instead of Kade or Feng As for Sam view spoiler She was one of my favorite characters early on but after discovering the Nexus kids in Thailand, that s all she cared about and the kids became her defining characteristic I rolled my eyes and skimmed every section of hers that mentioned the kids Yes, they re advanced and interesting but she could have contributed in many ways other than whining about the damn kids It s like Naam forgot she exists and quickly wrote a few paragraphs about her hide spoiler A satisfying and somewhat terrifying conclusion to a trilogy I couldn t put down. Love love love this series Ramen Naam is doing some of the best speculative writing on neuroscience, AI, the mind, and what it means to be human that I have ever read He s got a lot of great essays and non fiction, too this is one sharp dude I highly recommend the Nexus series Nexus, Crux, and this book, Apex to anyone interested in good scifi and or having your mind opened to the possibilities and dangers that lie ahead for us. 2 Stars Apex was a huge disappointment for me.It was long, drawn out, predictable, boring, and little happens for much of this book It is completely unlike the first two books I pretty much hated it.The series had potential to be an all time classic and for the first two books it still is The conclusion is not up to the standards set in the first two books.I love the high concepts in the series but hated the ending.Oh well, it happens. Ramex Naam s Nexus Arc has become wildly popular since I read the first installment back in early 2013 I ve enjoyed this series and would recommend it to pretty much anyone interested in near future scifi, but I have to admit that Apex was a rather lukewarm finale.While Naam has created a vibrant speculative landscape full of tantalizing and terrifying futuretech, he has also failed to temper his obnoxious penchant for dull, sloppy prose I wouldn t have thought it possible that the third book in a successful series could contain worse writing than the previous two, but Naam proved me wrong Apex is a choppy, terse narrative that also becomes bloated with its own linguistic heft The book contains even cliches, needless repetition, and superficially profound moments than Nexus and Crux combined it doesn t help that Apex is considerably longer than both previous novels An additional frustration is that Naam expands his story far beyond the initial core characters that carried him through the first two books These mid 21st century cardboard cutouts were never the most engaging bunch, but Naam did a serviceable job of developing them into relatable and somewhat believable individuals While Apex does reveal their final journeys, those stories are diluted by a deluge of new characters, many of whom do nothing than serve plot based ends to keep the narrative moving rather slowly Naam tries desperately to make these new characters sympathetic and interesting, but his efforts largely fall flat The result is that Naam takes his story to the next level of epicness by sacrificing the page counts of the people we ve actually come to give a shit about. Not a good move This might not be a problem for all readers, but it tainted my emotional connection with the story, even to the point of dulling the impact when one of the series s main characters bit the dust.My final critique before I get to the good stuff and there is good stuff is that there are a lot of scenes in this book that would be at home in a Michael Bay movie than in an intelligent scifi book Lots of futuristic war machines, drones, covert ops, explosions, etc These scenes are relevant to the overall story, but get dragged out to the point of ridiculousness Most of the battles protests represent a preoccupation with turbo changed intensity rather than authentic character or plot development And, worst of all, they re just plain boring after a while.The good news is that, despite is flaws, Apex delivers on the topics that made the first two Nexus Arc books so engaging, and even pushes the series s boundaries in some welcome ways Naam stays committed to teasing out the possible boons and hazards that could stem from the global introduction of Nexus technology, and definitely sends what is in my opinion a thoughtful, compassionate message about how to confront trans and posthuman developments As with Nexus and Crux, the near future world presented in Apex is both rapturous and terrifying.There are two story elements where Apex really shines 1 Naam s fascinating and creative depictions of posthuman consciousness, and 2 a complex portrait of world governments than was presented earlier in the series Apex deals with two different and somewhat opposed forms of posthumanity unified, ego driven posthumanity and distributed, selfless posthumanity Both styles of enhanced consciousness are legitimate in their own right, and both demonstrate important ideas about the possible futures of conscious experience and action.Singular and at least partially insane posthumanity The foam, below her The quantum foam Planck space The substrate of reality She can sense it now She can feel it She can see it though she lacks eyes, see it like she can see the very code that makes her up.It is fractal A radiant chaotic webwork undergirding reality Impossibly bright lines of insane energy densities against a luminously black background Yet the closer she stares at the black the she realizes that it is not black, it is full of even impossibly bright lines at finer and finer scales, repeating the intricate chaotic vein like pattern at every level, again and again and again.Forever.And then her perspective reverses, and she realizes it is not the lines she should be staring at but the gaps between them, for the gaps are full of bubbles, bubbles in the quantum foam, and every bubble is a universe being born, a parallel universe The quantum cluster she runs on is giving birth to these universes continuously, creating them with every calculation, spreading itself into them to perform its work at such miraculous rates She can see into these other universes now, and in each of them she sees the same face reflected back at her My face Me.Su Yong Shu.Tortured Ascendant Trapped Free Dying in nuclear fire A goddess ruling over a world transformed A thousand possibilities A million A billion More An infinite set of universes radiating away from her, all accessible through the entangled permutations of the quantum processors that make up the physical layer of her brain 94 5 Collective posthumanity enabled by large numbers of Nexus linked minds A meta brain, organic, functional, real, operating in the ways Su Yong had been built to simulate, offering correction for the errors in her simulation code that had built up, that had compounded, that had driven her insane over time.A peace, a stability, formed of a base so broad, a base of not one brain, not one life, not one perspective, but thousands, complementing one another, embracing one another, encircling and intertwining with one another.A compassion A compassion so deep, so heart felt, a mind that knew this woman had suffered, that had seen glimpses of her torture A compassion for all beings, for all minds, for all creatures who thought or felt, for her in particular, who d felt so much for so long in so much agony.A joy A wild, multifarious, explosive, riot of joy, of moments, of glimpses, of experiences, of not just thousands of minds, but of now tens of thousands, of now hundreds of thousands of minds, as touched them, as the core reached out to minds, brought them together into joyous union, assisted by vast data centers of machinery that routed and filtered and coordinated connections, linked minds, sifted offered thoughts, identified love and bliss and passion and curiosity and delight and amplified them, selected for them, brought them here, through this link, through and around Kade, directly to this woman who needed them so badly.Who needed to remember joy.Who needed to see the good in humanity before she went to war with them 552 These passages nicely capture two extremes of posthuman experience radically self centered but almost infinitely powerful, and radically selfless and also almost infinitely powerful It s the apocalypse meets the rapture of the nerds And while the reality of posthuman experience should it ever arrive will no doubt be vastly complex, unpredictable, and possibly ineffable than Naam s illustrations, his glimpses of techno enlightenment are nevertheless insightful and fun The implications for radically improved future projection and therefore radically improved capacities for assessing and responding to global problems are significant Naam also toys with the intriguing question of whether different instantiations copies of the same posthuman consciousness could have different ethical outlooks and modes of perception.The critical point, Naam emphasizes, is that humans can never safely play the jailor once the posthuman era has begun If you treat posthumans as slaves, if you torture them, if you make them prisoners You ll drive them to want revenge You ll make them paranoid and angry You may drive them insane You ll create the war that none of us can win 409 In a futurist milieu where opinions vary about whether various types of AI AGI, ASI, whole brain emulations, etc would have significant moral status, Naam s narrative imaginatively argues for the rights of all types of experiencing minds. His perspective is as ethically commendable as it is existentially prudent.My main complaint about Crux was that Naam s portrait of the US government seemed oversimplified, favoring the typical libertarian assertion that government isn t good for anything other than bungling important issues and stifling freedom of expression I m happy to report that Apex contains a much variegated view in which both the US and Chinese governments contain individuals with various values and goals that conflict in their efforts to come up with workable responses to Nexus technology Naam doesn t go so far as to lionize government officials which would come off as disingenuous given the current political climate , but he leaves plenty of room for dissent, showing how governments struggle with their better and worse selves Best of all, we re left with a sense that while representative government can t single handedly solve the problems of the future, there is a positive leading role it can play when transparency, ethics, and scientifically informed opinions win the day.If you ve already invested the time to read Naam s first two novels, definitely give Apex a chance There s enough here to entertain, bemuse, delight, and inspire almost any reader If you re considering starting the Nexus Arc from the beginning, take heed it might be worth it if you really dig cutting edge scifi, but you ll have to slog through a considerable amount of verbal flotsam and jetsam I enjoyed this trilogy, but I m also glad it s over Fortunately, a brand new Neal Stephenson novel is sitting on my desk the perfect remedy for an enervated literary palate.This review was originally published on my blog, wordsdirt. Apex is a great conclusion to the Nexus trilogy, a cyberpunk science fiction that blended thought provoking social commentary with relatable characters and emotional resonance.Imagine having the internet, a virtual reality platform and personal hard drives hosted in the brains of thousands or millions of the human race And it s an open shareware where anyone with unlimited connectivity can freely contribute any application This, in essence, propagates a single vast mind which is greater than the sum of its parts That is what Nexus is capable of accomplishing Take one step further to host Nexus in a quantum mind and you will get sentient artificial intelligence Upload this onto a human clone and a post human is hence created.Amazing Beautiful Frightening. After the ending of the previous book, I expected a nightmare of artificial intelligence dominance and destruction to descend upon the world While it certainly did, it was not entirely in the fashion that I ve anticipated The story took a bit longer to engage me than the previous two instalments, as many new characters were introduced to demonstrate the greater proliferation of Nexus and its implications both good and bad In the end, even though there were a lot new characters, it was necessary to serve the plot towards its denouement A concatenation of events led to an ending that was akin to watching an imminent train wreck of massive proportions in slow motion It was nerve wracking and intenseAll politics is personal It turns out all policy is personal, too She d thought once that policy was a rational thing That it could be decided based on logic and analysis, optimized to maximize the likelihood of best outcomes, either for the world, the nation, or at least for one side or the other But no None of those could compete with the personal experience of one man As with the first two books, this one continued the series thought provoking narrative Of governments and policies being an extension of personal agenda and experiences of the leaders Of the simple iteration of Prisoner s Dilemma between the major forces in the world and the annihilation that can ensue And how violence necessarily begets violence I recommend this series to fans of near future science fiction The books were not without its flaws as there were times where I found it repetitive Regardless, with a highly engaging story and great characters, it is definitely worth reading This review can also be found at Booknest This third novel is a serious departure from the first two Global politics and truly high stakes action is involved, including several full featured revolutions, the machinations of an evil world mind, and a nuclear war Sound pretty epic It is.And there was enough action and solid pace to make the introduction of many new characters worth continuing Don t worry, though If you re worried that those surviving main characters don t carry over into this novel, rest assured All of them have central roles, and it was satisfying enough to be a retelling of Siddhartha Although, to be perfectly honest, I much prefer this version It s as accessible as only a transhumanist revolution featuring love and hate can make it I always thought my idea of throwing thousands of poisonous snakes into a locked congress was a good idea, but Mr Naam had a better idea Read this novel and tell me if I m wrong Did I think the novel surpass the first Hard to tell It s very different The first novel was full of sympathetic and idealistic characters that I really latched on to The second novel really departed from that, and so I was stuck in the pov s of morally ambiguous people who eventually redeemed themselves with their choices, or not The third novel focused on anger and revenge versus redemption, but on a nicely grounded but still global scale, jumping from China to India, to the US, and back again.One thing I really loved was the huge homage to Gibson s Idoru, made to serve an awesome purpose I found myself cheering I still want to be a part of Nexus I d down the drug in a heartbeat Maybe I have a lot of faith in humanity.