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Zed by Joanna Kavenna Read è 100 Nel Bigman is dead Murdered by a robot Guy Matthias the philandering founder and CEO of the mega corporation Beetle insists it was human error But was it Either the predictive algorithms of Beetle's supposedly omniscient 'lifechain' don't work or they've been hacked Both scenarios are impossible to imagine and signal the end of. Joanna Kavenna s Zed is a pitch dark comedy about an Orwellian future where Big Brother is not only watching but controls every aspect of society Imagine if Google merged with the NSA CIA Facebook and Apple as well as owned almost every media channel and newspaper in the country This is Beetle Everything is constantly filmed everyone is forced to wear a smartwatch that kept telling you what to do your refrigerator tries to control what you eat and personal assistants called Veeps an AI comparable to a super advanced Alexa monitors you and reports everything to Beetle The dominant form of money is a cryptocurrency created and maintained by Beetle and around 90% of the population works for the company or a subsidiary of it If something negative were to befall the company then the public would never hear about it Why Well it would be a matter of national security as the issue would have to be first treated as a potential terrorist threat And the good of society must come first of course Keep in mind there s freedom of choice This is a free society after all No one is forced use Beetle s technology It s just that they would be labeled unverified so they wouldn t have access to any Beetle jobs Or transportation Or money But its their choice Nightmarish right That s not the worst part The company has developed something called a lifechain which is series of algorithms that predicts all possibilities of what a person might do on any given day Probabilities are calculated with these lifechains and they are so accurate that Beetle has been able to influence the government to enact a law to pre arrest someone before they commit a crime The lifechain says they re going to so why wait until they do it This saves everyone lots of time and grief This theme also appears in Philip K Dick s short story Minority Report Beetle has also invented ANT s which are headless droids armed with guns who are perfectly programmed to arrest and secure their targets and in no way can anything go wrong since lifechains and Beetle s AI are perfect What a perfect society Guy Matthias the head of Beetle just keeps making society better and better Citizen s faces have become completely blank over the years so as not to express any kind of feeling in front of cameras or machines and Guy is so proud that citizens are now able to live in a society without offending anyoneBut what s this Something starts to go wrong The lifechain seems to have some errors People commit horrible crimes without the lifechain predicting them ANT s start shooting innocents without provocation Since the AI s and lifechains are perfectly programmed then it all must be attributed to human error of course Despite Beetle s efforts this error gap between perfection and reality starts to widen This gap is called Zed named after the last letter of the alphabet representing all things that don t uite fit within every paradigm Undefinable unuantifiable things things that shouldn t be And Zed keeps getting bigger Kavenna s wry wit shines throughout the story the humor is both sharp and depressing as it feels like some form of this future isn t far off from becoming a reality We view this society through the lens of several different characters the head of Beetle the nervous lackey a tech hating employee who sees through all the bullshit a top newspaper reporter a protesting citizen and various AI Veeps One of the most humorous and depressingly real scenarios is the adoption of something called Bespoke Guy Matthias the head of Beetle was once part of a conversation where someone much smarter than him was using words that he didn t understand In response he now wants to make communication simple enough for everyone to understand so he invents a system that dumbs down vocabulary into fewer phrases to make it easier for everyone to communicate It s hilarious and frightening and hits too close for comfort Zed is a satirical comedy of errors hilarious and poignant and horrifyingly relevant It is an extreme example of the direction our larger companies government and privacy laws are headed and if left unchecked it could lead to some form what this book portrays Even if you just take this story at face value it is still an entertaining intelligent and thoughtful read ARC via NetGalley Zed is being published by Doubleday Books and will be released on January 14 202080 10

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Zed by Joanna Kavenna Read è 100 From the winner of the Orange Award for New Writing comes a blistering satirical novel about life under a global media and tech corporation that knows exactly what we think what we want and what we do before we do One corporation has made a perfect world based on a perfect algorithm now what to do with all these messy people Lio. Joanna Kavenna is becoming one of my favourite writers her four previous novels Inglorious The Birth of Love Come to the Edge and A Field Guide to Reality are all intelligent and interesting in different ways and her writing is often very funny I must admit that I was a little nervous when I heard that her latest book was a dystopian fiction set in the near future as this genre is not normally one that appeals to me as a reader When I was offered a chance to read an uncorrected proof copy by a friendly local bookshop I couldn t resist it Kavenna s imaginative vision is impressive and the book is funny clever brilliantly realised and full of interesting philosophical ideas but never loses track of the human and often feminine values at its coreThe Britain of the novel is dominated both socially and politically by Beetle a mega corporation that embodies all of the most rapacious features of Google Facebook Apple and Microsoft to name just five They have monopoly control of almost all aspects of life their cryptocurrency is the only remaining legal currency to earn it you need to work for them and to work for them you need to wear a Beetleband which monitors everything you do and contains a Veep or VIPA very intelligent personal assistant and they also control the apparatus of state security via their network of security cameras and robotic policemen ANTs Each person has an associated life chain computed by an algorithm which predicts all of their important decisions and fates and the law now makes a prediction of future criminal behaviour an offence in its own rightThe Beetle brand is owned by Guy Matthias who sees himself as an idealistic visionary and his project as essentially benevolent However his personal life is messy his wife is tired of his philandering and he uses lifechains to model his one night stands with a succession of brilliant young women His internal communication system is conducted via Boardroom a virtual reality system in which avatars meet in virtual roomsThe book is full of dark humour and Kavenna clearly had great fun inventing the terminology acronyms and the names of the Veeps which are full of allusions The Veeps conversations are also very entertaining as they often fail to see the sense of a word and spout irrelevant historyThe world of Beetle is disturbed when a man gets drunk and murders his wife and children This has not been predicted by any of his lifechains and the event is categorised as a Zed event His arrest is bungled resulting in an innocent man being murdered by an ANT and the conseuential chain of chaos threatens to destabilise the company which effectively declares war on Zed events and creates its own simplified language Bespoke making it mandatory for all interfaces with Beetle technology and resulting in comedy of misunderstanding There is also a human element to the destruction as a group of maverick scientists succeed in building a new type of supercomputer which can hack Beetle s encryption system and much of the second half of the book explores the chaos that ensuesThe book is not by any means perfect there are many ideas at play and some of these reuire digressive explanations but I found the whole thing compulsively readable and at times laugh out loud funny and it certainly made me think about many elements of our society the forces that control it and what it means to be human I really hope this book will find a wider readership

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Zed by Joanna Kavenna Read è 100 Beetle's technotopia and life as we know it Dazzlingly original and darkly comic Zed asks profound uestions about who we are what we owe to one another and what makes us human It describes our moment the ugliness and the beauty perfectly Kavenna is a prophet who has seen deeply into the present and thrown back her head and laugh. I reserved Zed at the library when it was still on order so it retains that divine New Book Smell I was very excited to read it as Kavenna s A Field Guide to Reality was unexpectedly wonderful and Zed appeared to be a zeitgeist novel about surveillance capitalism And indeed that is what it is The contrast with A Field Guide to Reality is so strong that I m rather surprised they re by the same author Whereas A Field Guide to Reality had a dreamlike whimsical atmosphere Zed has a distinctively bleak and deadpan narrative voice Although both are very well executed I found A Field Guide to Reality emotionally satisfying The appeal of Zed is on the intellectual side although I greatly appreciated the dark humour The plot centres upon Beetle which is essentially google five years from now In near future London everyone wears BeetleBands that tell them to calm down owns fridges that nag them to eat better and uses Beetle s cryptocurrency Most unsettling of all policing has been outsourced to Beetle algorithms and ANTs Anti Terror Droids Of course Beetle continues to espouse choice freedom etc etc The cast includes the extremely narcissistic CEO of Beetle several of his underlings and a few people who are trying to cause disruption The title refers to an error term in the predictions made by Beetle The Zed unknown error triggers outbreaks of chaos and undermines Beetle s reliability Of the uncanny technologies mentioned in the book I found Bespeaking the most interesting This is an extrapolation of that gmail feature that tells you how to respond to an email I hate that and have switched it off which you can do now although when first introduced this was not the case When videochatting Beetle s Bespeak feature essentially dumbs down what you re saying into what it thinks you meant Automatic newspeak for the 21st century in the name of clarity and efficiency The problems that this causes for Guy the CEO of Beetle are very funnyWe need to stop humanity making so many errors he said the next time he spoke to Guy The Real Douglas Varley when you are Bespoken I not understand you said Guy You need to make your input clear otherwise your output is unclear Am I being translated into Bespoke Of course Deity My input is clear I think said the Real Douglas Varley Maybe Bespoke needs adjusting I need you to tell me what is happening Or you will lose your job It s very easy But it wasn t easy Deity I m ending the call I m extremely angry with you This is totally not good at all Yes of course Swearing Deity Penis I also found it very amusing when the AI personal assistants all of whom have Dickensian names are afflicted by Zed and start mocking humanity in a peculiarly existential manner By contrast the sections concerning an automated justice system in which people are to blame for being shot by robots were rather chilling The court scenes have a distinct whiff of KafkaWhat about Lionel Bigman said Laura Adebayo In the case of the tragic suicide by droid of Lionel Bigman I am afraid there was nothing we could do said Varley How did he commit suicide exactly His behaviour was suicidal All the available footage has corroborated this Which we can t see because of the New Official Secrets Act said Laura Adebayo Beetle is not responsible for legislation in our country said Dougas Varley Are you sure said Laura Adebayo Objection said Ted Henderson again Objection sustained said the judgeThus Zed is a rather effective dark comedy of monopoly surveillance technology I liked the little detail of the Beetle logo slowly metamorphosizing on the chapter title pages The business about uantum computing however did not work as well What held the book together so neatly was dialogue and narrative voice Appropriately enough the characters were largely ciphers I found the ending rather less memorable and interesting than what had come before view spoilerhowever it would probably would have rung false to end on a note of systemic change The fact that a major media scandal about Beetle was uickly suppressed and the news cycle forcibly moved on rang depressingly true No obvious antidote to surveillance capitalism is currently available that I know of so a book like this is difficult to conclude on a hopeful note hide spoiler


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    (Zed by Joanna Kavenna) [Download] Ò Joanna Kavenna Joanna Kavenna is becoming one of my favourite writers her four previous novels Inglorious The Birth of Love Come to the Edge and A Field Guide to Reality are all intelligent and interesting in different ways and her writing is often very funny I must admit that I was a little nervous when I heard that her latest book was a dystopian fiction set in the near future as this genre is not normally one that appeals to me as a reader

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    (Zed by Joanna Kavenna) [Download] Ò Joanna Kavenna 35 maybe? It's difficult to rate this It reminded me most of my experience with Joshua Cohen's Book of Numbers a book I hated at first and continued to find frustrating throughout but ended up loving and now regard as one of the greatest novels the 21st century has yet produced There are also superficial similarities in the books' p

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    (Zed by Joanna Kavenna) [Download] Ò Joanna Kavenna Joanna Kavenna Ú 0 Read Read & Download á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú Joanna Kavenna Dammit Tricked by cover porn Look at that cover it is gorgeous It has a very intriguing premise but was let down by the execution It reads like an early draft A few rounds of revising and editing could elevate this story into a masterpiece I did read an early copy so hopefully some of the issues I had with it were resolve

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    Read & Download Zed by Joanna Kavenna Read & Download á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú Joanna Kavenna Joanna Kavenna Ú 0 Read Joanna Kavenna’s Zed is a pitch dark comedy about an Orwellian future where Big Brother is not only watching but controls

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    Read & Download Zed by Joanna Kavenna (Zed by Joanna Kavenna) [Download] Ò Joanna Kavenna Joanna Kavenna Ú 0 Read This was a really frustrating book for me to read I think the theme and issues are important but there were several aspects of both the style and the plot that made it fall flatIn terms of the style this was a b

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    (Zed by Joanna Kavenna) [Download] Ò Joanna Kavenna I reserved ‘Zed’ at the library when it was still on order so it retains that divine New Book Smell I was very excited to read it as Kavenna’s A Field Guide to Reality was unexpectedly wonderful and ‘Zed’ appeared to be a zeitgeist novel about surveillance capitalism And indeed that is what it is The contrast with A Field Guide to Reality is so strong that I’m rather surprised they’re by the same author Whereas A Field Guide

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    (Zed by Joanna Kavenna) [Download] Ò Joanna Kavenna Joanna Kavenna Ú 0 Read Read & Download á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú Joanna Kavenna 375⭐️s rounded up to 4 I honestly don’t even know how to begin to review this book A work of dystopian fiction Zed is uite funny than a bit sad like “aww bless their hearts” sad for those of you who don’t speak southern that means those poor dumbotherwise impaired peoplenot need a box of tissues sad slightly t

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    Read & Download Zed by Joanna Kavenna Read & Download á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú Joanna Kavenna Joanna Kavenna Ú 0 Read It started well a great concept and very witty I want to know what the ending is but I just don't want to read it any It seems to be going nowhere slowly

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    Read & Download á PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ú Joanna Kavenna (Zed by Joanna Kavenna) [Download] Ò Joanna Kavenna I received a copy of this from Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for my open and honest reviewJoanna Kavenna’s highly unusual and unpredictable novel Zed is not what you expect Going into the story and looking at the gorgeous cover you would think that what you are in for is a deep science fiction story While reading it your perception of the story changes to confusion Then you realize what this is is a stylistic darkly humorous t

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