Losing jobs to technology is nothing new. Since the industrial revolution, roles that were once exclusively performed by humans have been slowly but steadily replaced by some form of automated machinery. Even in cases where the human worker is not completely replaced by a machine, humans have learnt...
Given that the reality of AI may be fast approaching , it's of the utmost importance that we work out what might a future with artificial intelligence might look like. Last year, an open letter with signatories including Stephen Hawking and Nick Bostrom called for AI to be of demonstrable benefit to...
Reviewed by  Tobias Roote Details of Book SF Book Review  Description: The ultimate fighter battles a perfect killer for the fate of the future. John Sullivan didn't ask to be born, and he certainly didn't ask to be crazy. But that's what happens when somebody else gets to pick out your DN...
In the dark vestiges of inherited memory lies madness, but also the key to our survival... Whilst this isn't actually a Science Fiction story, it has facets of SF pulled from the growing advances in the field of biology. As a result it fits the general category although...
how governments can halt the rise of unfriendly, unstoppable super-AI The invention of an artificial super-intelligence has been a central theme in science fiction since at least the 19th century. From E.M. Forster's short story The Machine Stops (1909) to the recent HBO television series Westworld,...
​ Immortality has been a topic of discussion since the legend of the Holy Grail . Some people have gone as far as cryogenic freezing after death in the hope that one day science will have advanced enough to resurrect them. Others believe the route to immortality lies in the digital realm. The theory...
Reviewed by  Tobias Roote  Details of Book SF Book Review  Description: Three years ago, Earth was attacked by an invading force so devastating, only one ship in the fleet survived. Their hard won victory came from the aid of an alliance of aliens long at war with an aggressive force....
I was looking at the increasing encroachment of artificial intelligence in industry and noticing that there isn't that much of a takeover of people's jobs in certain professions. Those where there is a need for creative or original thinking appear to be currently at least, a safe have...
Artificial intelligence and life are not things we would generally think of in the same context. Yet, in writing 'The Pattern Ship' I had to create the impression of it being relatively normal to enable the plot to move forward. It patently isn't. Even into the distant future sentience in an ar...
My nose was a Conk, a ginormous great conk.  No two ways about it my Hooter was the king of all hooters. It had been my nemesis since my first day at nursery school. Every little dirty fingered little brat had wanted to squeeze, tweak it, or shove their cruddy little fingers up it. One even tri...
The immaculate grey-padded surface of the German Dachser-built operating table was pristine. A sheet of blue surgical absorbent paper spread over it provided an additional barrier against contamination. At one end was a clamped brace for the head, at the ...
The Hawk perched precariously on the power line. Its claws tingling from the residue of voltage feeding along the frayed cable. A small silver ring on the hawks' leg inscribed with 'Property of the NSA' illuminated as it accepted the power influx . ​  Somewhere an automated  &nbs...
Reviewed by  Tobias Roote  Details of Book SF Book Review  Description: The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of th...
I love this picture of an alien and human interacting emotionally and physically because it sits at the heart of the sci-fi I write. Whilst there are alien enemies (aren't there always?) there are also opportunities for allies, friends and companions. In the Pattern Universe Zeke and Zirkos become f...
​ Will humanity evolve into AI? A Sunday morning chat over breakfast produced the rather nebulous discussion of a future world where humanity no longer exists as a biological entity, but rather has evolved into artificial life-forms. The very things we are terrified of might eventually pro...
Reviewed by  Tobias Roote Details of Book SF Book Review  Description: At a Top Secret research laboratory in Nevada, DARPA's most advanced artificial intelligence can read your darkest secrets and hidden intentions right off your face. Its maverick inventor wants a world without lies. But...
So, let's firstly define AI, or Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence , definition: the theory and development of computer systems capable of performing tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between lan...
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