A modern afterlife

Several scientists in recent news articles have been stating that they think we live in a computer simulation. They think the odds of this are very high. What question that leaves unanswered, is whether we are a creation of whoever wrote the simulation, or if we are self inserts in the simulation. In other words, …

AI takeover

I was listening to the radio the other day, and on the pop stations there is a surprising amount of robot-voice or 'auto tune' or whatever you want to call it. I find it strange that this sound could be appealing to anyone, but it seems to be so. What is interesting to me, is …

Alternate Worlds: in which everyone sleeps at the same time

A genetic switch in our brain sends us into a deep sleep for 8 hours every day at exactly the same time, no matter where on earth you are.  If you are in an area where that 8 hours lines up with all your daylight, then that's just how it is. People tend to move …

Alternate worlds: in which I am a robot who forgot he is a robot

All memories of eating, bleeding, or other non robotic bodily functions have been inserted throughout the day by the memory chip in my positronic brain. Many times throughout the day, I shut down momentarily, freeze in place, and a recollection of drinking coffee or using the toilet is inscribed on my mind. Why? because, we …

Writing: the one thing I’m good at

I was born to do this, and I'm never going to stop. I just watched a movie, called the Surrounding Game. It is a documentary about Go--one of my other hobbies. And it made me realize that I am a writer. I have to write, in the same way those players have to play go. …

Will AI ever write fiction?

With all the advances in AI showing seemingly creative potential, I wonder if in some distant future, AIs will be able to scan the whole of human writing, and determine what makes for the perfect story--and start churning them out. I've always been a proponent of AI, and see it as more helpful than harmful …

Ex Machina

After watching the trailer for this sci-fi thriller about artificial intelligence, I had formed some opinions about it that weren't exactly positive. It looked entertaining, but I had figured it would be another anti-technology movie where 'new thing X that we never should have invented destroys the world!' Which is what any move about technology …