In Unix and other computer multitasking operating systems, a daemon (pronounced /ˈdiːmən/ or /ˈdeɪmən/) is a computer program that runs in the background, rather than under the direct control of a user; they are usually initiated as processes. Typically daemons have syslogd, the SSH connections. (Wikipedia)
It’s also the title of an astonishing new novel. Daemon, by Leinad Zeraus is Snow Crash (here’s the Wikipedia piece) for the next generation. Snow Crash, you might remember, shaped the way we got used to the web. Emerging in 1992, the novel gave form to thematic and philosophical notions that have colored the evolution of the Internet ever since.
Daemon is the story of a Game Company executive who, while dying of brain cancer, manages to achieve a plausible sort of immortality as a computer virus. Leinad Zeraus (Daniel Suarez spells his name backwards) melds real industry insight with very plausible technical scenarios. At the least, this is the emergence of an author of science driven thriller. At best, it’s like snow crash..prophetic and structural.
All the way through the book, I wanted to call Jeff Hunter to see if he thought the ideas made sense. The world described in the novel is built in pieces of things that I understand. I want to know if it’s possible. Bot generated politics and economies sounds technical. In Daemon, it’s suspense.
Great Recruiting includes much more than winning competitive tactics. A hard look at the way that the long term future impacts the short range battlefield is essential to any Recruiting system that produces long term value. Daemon delivers a plausible alternate reality including Recruiting strategies that rival Google’s.
Get a copy and read it on your next flight.
Recruiters spend lots of time and energy reframing the mundane and technical. At their best, they deliver compelling stories about values and experiences. Daemon is an example of that craft.