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The Fear Index (original 2011; edition 2012)

by Robert Harris

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Title:The Fear Index
Authors:Robert Harris
Info:Knopf (2012), Hardcover, 304 pages
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Interesting read. Vaguely disturbing and I really found the ending to be less-than-satisfying. It seemed very rushed. I loved the whole "Brilliant scientist in the world of high finance" idea, but parts were not fleshed out at all, while other areas were so detailed and yet didn't *go* anywhere. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
This is an enjoyable read if, especially if you're interested in the technology or financial markets. It isn't without flaws, in particular, the link between the core AI/Hedge fund story and the personal assaults on Hoffmann - they really don't make sense and, in the end, they are left hanging. ( )
  Philogos | Aug 12, 2018 |
A story of the digital Frankenstein. ( )
  ajungherr | Mar 15, 2018 |
Computer automated stocks shares processing ( )
  keithgordonvernon | Aug 19, 2017 |
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A visionary scientist, Alex Hoffmann, creates a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But after an intruder breaks into his home, he has to try to discover who is trying to destroy him.

This was an interesting story of psychological suspense. When strange things start happening to Alex, his wife and business partner think he’s having a breakdown as he had 8 years earlier due to stress on the job. The author did a good job of explaining financial and computer operations as needed without going on too long. Sometimes I did wonder whether it was Alex having a problem or it was the computer but sometimes I thought the story needed to be a bit more clear. It was still a decent story. ( )
  gaylebutz | Jul 24, 2017 |
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Humans have emerged as the top predators of the biosphere, but Harris warns that a new life form, brilliant and brutal, could be emerging from our algorithms, silicon chips and fiber-optic lines. Corporations aren’t people, he tells us, but they will be alive. Will we survive the rise of the machines? Lovers of the “Terminator” and “Matrix” films know the answer. In evolution, as with a prospectus, past performance is no guarantee of future results.
 
Is “The Fear Index” fearmongering? Possibly. Like most dystopian novels, it taps into anxieties - about the mysterious workings of computers in this case. Like the best novels of this genre, it offers something to chew on - and it’s entertaining.'
 
When the reason behind the eerie incidents becomes apparent, the effect is chilling—and, for some characters, fatal. Only when the plot's smoke clears will certain fussy readers feel their suspension of disbelief plummeting and say: Now, wait a minute. That's another kind of flash crash.
 
“. . . the premise of The Fear Index by Robert Harris is seriously creepy. . . . The Fear Index is a solid, competent techno-thriller, carefully researched and intelligently executed. If you enjoy this genre—and who doesn’t now and then?—put this one on your to-be-read list.”

 
Foreboding runs through the system of The Fear Index like an IV drip. But if the novel sells itself short anywhere, it's in the author's clearly conscious decision to sacrifice character development for the sake of story pace. Still, it doesn't take a super-computer to know The Fear Index is a worthwhile investment of your time.
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Dr Alexander Hoffmann sat by the fire in his study in Geneva, a half-smoked cigar lying cold in the ashtray beside him, an anglepoise lamp pulled low over his shoulder, turing the pages of a first edition of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animal by Charles Darwin.
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Dr. Alex Hoffmann’s name is carefully guarded from the general public, but within the secretive inner circles of the ultrarich, he is a legend. He has developed a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But one morning before dawn, a sinister intruder breaches the elaborate security of his lakeside mansion, and so begins a waking nightmare of paranoia and violence as Hoffmann attempts, with increasing desperation, to discover who is trying to destroy him.

Terreur sur la bourse. En étudiant les effets de la peur sur les marchés, le scientifique Alex Hoffmann a découvert la brèche. Le gros lot,. Son algorithme pourrait rapporter des millions de dollars...Au prix du chaos et de la destruction. Echappant bientôt à son maître, la créature à faire de l'argent s'emballe. Paranoïa, spéculation folle et intelligence artificielle: l'espèce humaine, désormais, se joue à la baisse...
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