Thursday 30 June 2016

My #top100 #scifi Num:65 The Puppet Masters

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1U8zFeV

Our world crawling with nasty little alien parasites. 
These are the Futurama Brain Slugs... but less cuddly.


Thursday 23 June 2016

My #top100 #scifi Num:66 Childhoods End

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1rehque

Independence Day minus the Emmerich cheese.
Thought provoking, awe inspiring classic SciFi. 


Friday 17 June 2016

My #top100 #scifi Num:67 To Sail Beyond the Sunset

Amazon: http://amzn.to/24qwLow

Continuing this run of Heinlein.  In this one we feel the full force of Heinlein's orthogonal views. Lots of sex and taboo breaking. More than a little uncomfortable at times. 
Vulnerable to interpretation as the ramblings of a dirty old man.

Question: 'Does author mean that today's amoral is future's normal?'
Answer: Yes.


Monday 13 June 2016

Absolutely FABulous - Teething Troubles for the Fully Autonomous Business

The FAB (Fully Autonomous Business), or DAC (Distributed Autonomous Corporation), is the self organising cloud platform of the future.

Based on Block Chain technology the FAB will implement a set of algorithms. Running, the algorithms will provide a service which creates value. The FAB uses this value to compensate those that provide its compute and network infrastructure.

As customers leverage its services it will grow.

It will incentivise the market to expand its infrastructure; concretely this will be people downloading and running its client.

It will scale and expand while demand grows.

A service like AirBnB is a good candidate for FABification. The company owns non of the objects it manages (properties), it only owns (or leases) the data centres it runs on. Re-implemented as a FAB the crowd, rather than the cloud, could provide the infrastructure.

It will be a huge challenge to build this right, but also another opportunity to build back in some of the fairness and friendliness, of the early internet; before it got all filled up with SpamBots and Shills.

Teething Troubles:

Gartner calls them Autonomous Business, and has a good article too:

Image: PAVEL KOLOMEYETS -  https://www.artstation.com/artwork/Ql08


Sunday 12 June 2016

AI Authors and Poets = Computational Propaganda

This is one of the key plot devices for my book.
AI driven Computational Propaganda creating tailored content.
Once the AIs start writing our media, its only a matter of time before the Spin Doctors warp the torrent to their whims.



Friday 10 June 2016

My #top100 #scifi Num:68 The Number of the Beast

Amazon: http://amzn.to/25H6V5z

Magic and technology get mashed up, linking many of his worlds in one improbable multiverse. 
I like it. 
I haven't read this book for a few decades, so excuse me if you find it little more than indulgent teenage fun. 

This quote pretty much sums it up:
'a transdimensional gizmo that means all his characters can meet up with each other and characters from other books, and, as often as not, end up having sex' 


Thursday 9 June 2016

Substrate for Blood Music - Advanced Computation within Cells

"...a team of researchers at MIT has developed a technique to integrate both analogue and digital computation in living cells, allowing them to form gene circuits capable of carrying out complex processing operations."

We tend to make a distinction between wet organic brains and dry silicon brains. People readily accept that psychological states can exist in animals with their sloppy wet-ware, but not in huge humming data centres running simulations of the same neural circuits.

By running algorithms on different substrates, e.g. neural, silicon or on the protein machinery within cells, we will blur the distinction between organic and artificial.

It is very Blood Music. With the correct programming blooms of bacteria may be coaxed to self organize into distributed swarm intelligences... 



Sunday 5 June 2016

Denial (Singularity's Children Part 1)

Part 1 of Singularity's Children.
available for pre-order and scheduled for publication: July 28, 2016
Available at Amazon.

An oblique but familiar future. Biotech and neural interfaces have given voice to locked-in intelligences, mosquitos are subsidised and the internet is dying. It is a world desiccated by soulless algorithms, pacified beneath the battle-suit's boot and numbed by the bewitching voice of computational propaganda. 

Struggling for dignity and against irrelevance, rebellious minds must seek meaning beyond the cultural desert:

Stella Sagong struggles with poverty and exploitation, while living above a brothel on a huge floating tuna farm.

Niato Musiani, rejecting privilege allows himself to be recruited into a life of eco-insurgency.

Keith Wilson attempts to cling onto his archaic sense of ethics while grinding against suffocation by corporate morality.


My #top100 #scifi Num:69 Friday

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Sexy, artificial-person, combat courier—stronger, faster, smarter, better—in near future action adventure.