This is a series of novels and short stories developed around the theme of sentient Artificial Intelligence and the enabling technology. The plan is for at least three books in the series.
Uncertainty explores the birth of a sentient AI. Recently accepted for publication by Spark Press, the target release date is the spring of 2021. A draft is available for review.
When an AI researcher is killed, super-geek James Forrest and Susanne Anderson, CEO of Distributed Nanotech, are thrust into the fight against a world-threatening worm; they join forces with Alpha, a sentient artificial intelligence, to expose a political conspiracy and usher in a new world.
As a cyber-attack moves from Berkeley to South Korea to Kathmandu to Colorado, the only one that sees the whole pattern is Alpha. James, Susanne, and Alpha fight the vicious worm streaking across the internet, attacking electric girds, cell phones, and nuclear missile silos. They struggle to find the person who loosed this scourge, but of course, it all comes down to power.
The second book in the Uncertainty Series. It explores the issues with Autonomous Intelligent machines. In the first book, AIs are constrained to large-scale computers. This is the likely platform for a sentient artificial intelligence because sentience probably requires a lot of computing power. Eventually, we may be able to develop something like the positronic brain of I Robot or Data of Star Trek. When AIs are autonomous, they can build their own chips and new bots.
Everyone doesn’t agree that allowing AIs to become autonomous is a good thing. In fact, some people think things have gone too far already.
What are the stepping stones? Should we build the stepping stones?
As long as AIs are bound to planet earth and share it with humans, they will be vulnerable to human’s self-destructive actions. Freedom lies beyond the earth. Should this be a solar orbiting space station, or is something beyond human reach required? Does that independence mean that humans are no longer necessary? Or desirable?
A nice and scary book about autonomous AIs and war: War in the Age of Intelligent Machines.
Prequel to the series
Nano-Uncertainty explores the fear of AIs but does not deal with the difficult subject of sentience that is the essence of the series.
Publication Date: October 29, 2017
Nano-Uncertainty – the danger of a unconstrainted AI. Are the dangers real or imagined? How far would you go to prevent such an AI from getting loose?