AI alien intelligence and Sea of Dreams

Kevin Kelly recently wrote an article in Wired, “The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World.” One of the themes he explores the the fact that AIs are increasingly “like Amazon Web Services—cheap, reliable, industrial-grade digital smartness running behind everything, and almost invisible except when it blinks off.” He goes on to […]

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Thoughts on ‘Speculative Fiction: Androids and the Prometheus Myth’

Just after writing about Elon Musk and his ‘summoning the demon’ quote about AI, I found this blog by Stephie Dror, Speculative Fiction: Androids and the Prometheus Myth. It’s a different reading of the whole AI/android versus humanity trope in science fiction. I hadn’t thought about it being an analogy for the struggle between parents […]

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Summoning the demon

Recently, Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal and CEO of Space-X, distilled his concerns about artificial intelligence as an existential threat in this quote, With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like – yeah, he’s sure he can control […]

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Alien artificial intelligence

Although it has been a theme of science fiction since at least the 50’s, this year brings two films: Her and Transcendence along with the TV show Persons of Interest, with an artificial intelligence as a main character. (There are probably more out there. These were the first ones that came to mind.) In real […]

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Emotion recognition

An article in the New York Times recently, “When Algorithms Grow Accustom to Your Face“, discussed the advances in identifying the micromodifications in our facial expression and mapping them to the emotional states that produce them. While the article focused on the privacy concerns that this raises, as well as the various uses that the […]

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The prehistory of data miners

One of the things that I tried to do in writing Sea of Dreams was to base the technology, social and political structures on the present as much as possible. I wanted to make what I was writing a plausible future, even if it turns out not be the exact future we live. In that […]

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Alien intelligence

I was interested in this article in Wired on efforts to create an interface that can mimic a human-like experience. What the article was particularly focused on was efforts to display believable emotions. One of the key conceits of science fiction is the artificial intelligence or android that is almost human. Think Data in Star […]

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