Steven Lyle Jordan has written fifteen futurist fiction novels. His work has been compared to that of Arthur C. Clarke, Ben Bova and Frederik Pohl, and he’s a staunch advocate of genre fiction based on real physics and believable science.
“Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people. If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.”
So spoke Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in an interview with the Australian Financial Review. And he’s not alone. It seems everyone from renowned scientists to prominent science fiction authors to SF moviemakers all believe that the “robopocalypse” is nigh, and it spells doom for the human race. Though maybe it’s significant that we haven’t heard the same from programmers or psychologists over the years… because, so far, no one has managed to come up with a compelling reason why AI would want (or even need) to take over the world… as I’ve said myself in the past.
Regardless, I’d like to address the other half of that comment for the moment: The idea that humans, once the AIs take over, would subjugate us or just plain wipe us out. Wozniak himself described humans post-robopocalypse as the “pets” of computers… and implied that that was a bad thing. I strongly challenge that idea. Continue reading
Sarcology ad card, sent to a convention. The entire shipment was lost.
A few months ago I thought I’d give another try to advertising at a convention that I couldn’t attend. I wish I could’ve been more optimistic about the idea: Two years ago, I sent a box of beautifully-printed promo cards to a convention, paid to be added to every swag bag at the con; the entire box was lost by the con managers; I was refunded my distribution money, but naturally I lost the printing cost… and no one ever saw a single card.
Nevertheless, I decided to try for something I knew would be seen: placing ads in the con program book. Everyone gets a book—many people even hold on to them as souvenirs of the con—and assuming they were printed well, it would result in nice snazzy ads in the hands of every convention-goer. Continue reading
A recent Facebook post about the long-delayed Elio mini-car started a discussion about the dearth of similar vehicles out there for American drivers. Many of these cars have been pitched for over a decade, but just can’t seem to get the financing or support to actually achieve serious (or, in most cases, any) production and distribution. And that’s a shame, because they are missing what may be their only opportunity to shine… before it will be too late for them to run on American roads at all. Continue reading
While the world is in an ongoing buzz over the over-hyped, over-priced Apple Smart Watch, and actively comparing it to other smartwatch offerings from various manufacturers, some of us are enjoying the news around Canadian inventor Simon Tian’s concept, the Neptune Hub, expected to be available later this year. Put simply, this is the future of personal computing and communications that I look forward to… because I’ve already written about and used it myself.
Tian’s Neptune Hub is unique because it represents a different overall configuration for personal computing: The device worn around your wrist is literally the Hub of your computer and communications system, the source of your files and computing power, and you access it through its own display and through the use of peripheral extensions. Continue reading