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Should Government Regulate AI?

Carl Winston’s life is perfect under the care of an artificial intelligence. Except that he doesn’t know this entity exists.  Carl floats through his luxurious life with his son, Liam, at his side. Together, they play holographic video games, eat Brave New Burgers, and watch violent Untruthers fight each other in a blood-sport.  Suddenly, pain rips through Carl’s head until he blacks out. Awakening in an institution called Bedlam, he must now piece his life back together. Is his new world filled with delusions or is a greater truth being uncovered? Interpretation will leave you breathless as you discover the horrific possibility of such an Orwellian future. Amazon Kobo Barnes and Noble iBooks Elon Musk: Government Must Keep Up with AI CEO of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and supporter of Open AI, Elon Musk, has many concerns about artificial intelligence.  Perhaps it is surprising to find that Musk believes that the government should regulate AI before it is fully developed.  He thinks that if the government is reactive, as it usually is, they will be too late to prevent whatever cataclysmic disasters might come our way. Musk differentiates between narrow AI and deep AI.  Narrow AI is the kind of learning…

  • Dr. Delgado and Mind Control Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away. You can purchase Interpretation at: Amazon Kobo Barnes and Noble iBooks One thing was clear when I started writing Interpretation:  there was plenty of research…

  • A Timeline of Future Events Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster.  Carl runs. His…

  • Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster.  Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped…

  • How Hopeful Are You? In the novel, Interpretation, Carl Winston must take a yearly psychological exam.  This quiz is one component of his exam and his results get him in some trouble.  Now, let's see how hopeful you are.

  • Inkblots? Are You Crazy? Interpretation is a dystopian fiction that explores hope and happiness in the bleakest of conditions and what happens when it’s torn away. Interpretation is available at: Amazon Barnes and Noble Kobo iBooks  If you’ve never had an inkblot party with your kids, I highly recommend it. …

  • Carl Winston awakens to find his son, Liam, screaming with fear. Trying to understand why, Carl tries to soothe him. Neighbors gather in front of Carl’s apartment to help – until they see him. The crowd cowers back, afraid of this monster.  Carl runs. His life of luxury is ripped…

  • Carl Dreams a Terrible Dream In my upcoming sci-fi / dystopian novel, Interpretation, dreams play a significant role.  People are controlled by an entity without their knowledge, often being fed dreams at night.  When Carl is free of their control, he is also free to dream on his own.  …

  • The Case of the Lost Mitten About five years ago my mother sent up a tub full of stuff from when I was a kid.  The tub sat in my garage until recently, when I came across it again and finally started sorting through it.  In this tub was a…

  • Operation Cosmic Teapot Reader's Guide Part IV Chapter Title:  On the Politics of Kicking Ass and Taking Names This chapter – oh this chapter.  I had a very difficult time with this chapter.  In the early days of writing the novel, this chapter almost ended the whole effort.  I chalk…

  • Chapter Title:  On the Aesthetics of Guarding One’s Ass How beautiful can it be to guard one’s ass?  I’m not sure.  But it makes me giggle.  In this chapter we’re introduced to the Norse gods Odin, Loki, Thor and Freya.  They basically play their traditional roles from Norse mythology; that…

  • Chapter Title:  On the Genealogy of Better Beginnings The title of this chapter is taken from Nietzsche’s first essay in The Genealogy of Morals.  At first, I attempted to replicate the entire opening paragraph but that proved to be quite a boring read, so I only took a couple of…

  • Chapter Title:  On the Nature of Re-Genesis The titles of each chapter are probably my favorite parts of the book.  I can’t remember how they came to be, exactly, but they are meant to poke fun at philosophical treatises.  Each one follows the format:  On the (philosophical term) of (something…

  • When I first set out to write Operation Cosmic Teapot, I did so to entertain myself.  I wanted to write a book that would make me laugh while allowing me to look into a number of philosophies.  OCT was the result.  More recently, I started thinking about writing a reader’s…

  • What is Consciousness? About five years ago, in the conventional way of thinking, I listened to an interview on CBC Radio about how time may not exist.  In fact, there are some fundamental problems with time. 

  • Friedrich Nietzsche's Death The story often told is this:  Nietzsche was causing a ruckus in the streets of Turin as he made his way to the Piazza Carlo Alberto.  Upon arriving, he found a man whipping a horse.  Nietzsche ran to the horse and threw his arms around it, to…

  • Dylan Callens came up with the core idea for Operation Cosmic Teapot while in university.  Back then, he was writing a terrible, terrible book with no discernible plot and characters that were flatter than stick figures on a piece of paper.  From that travesty; however, the image of God being…

  • That old rascal, Bertrand Russell illustrates that the philosophic burden of proof lies upon a person making scientifically unfalsifiable claims.  More specifically, proof of God's existence relies on the person making the claim.  Of course, Operation Cosmic Teapot assumes that several gods exist, so, you know.... what-everrrrr.  Russell's original argument…

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