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Don’t Overthink the Application Said is a challenging collection of future technology stories woven by Christoph Brueck into a mosaic of interesting glimpses of human/machine interaction. In time to come, mankind will be connected to an intelligent worldwide network that helps people and offers opportunities for criminals and enterprising individuals to conduct business in cyberspace without getting caught – most of the time. Christoph Brueck takes existing computer and AI technology and extrapolates it into something altogether very feasible, and perhaps frightening for some.
In Repent, the App Demon Said, Lisa met the demon in the subway and entered the Purgatory game. The devil told her that once the game starts, she cannot abort it, regardless of the consequences. In the game, she would fight, suffer, experience terror, and atone for her sins. She looked forward to this. After all, it was only a game... In Decypher Me, Rico Tremmel sat on top of a Singapore five-star hotel waiting for his contact. He swallowed the nanorobot pills that connected him to the global computing net … and waited. In Proxy-by-Nature, the data-glasses allow an individual to enter someone else, or an AI machine, and become that person or device. The device can also be used to kill...
In the title story, Don’t Overthink the Application Said, when Anton broke up with his girlfriend, he sought help to adjust. Instead of getting a real shrink, his insurance connected him to a virtual app. Despite reservations discussing intimate things with an AI program, Anton is drawn into revealing himself and got more than he bargained for. Each story gives readers a window into a possible future, replicated with the same theme. Nevertheless, lovers of cyberspace pushed to the extreme will enjoy these stories.