This is the way the world ends...
It’s bad enough when you suspect your boss is sabotaging your work. It’s far worse when your boss is “Helen,” a temperamental Artificial Intelligence of awesome power and you must rely on her advice to manage Project Maldon, a complex piece of social engineering designed to prevent Armageddon.
In theory, Helen, hurtling over the world in a high orbit space habitat, will absorb data from around the globe, spotting trends too subtle for human minds to perceive, then arriving at cures for the rot infecting the roots of civilization.
But as Project Maldon unfolds, on-site director Edward Wolfe begins to suspect something is wrong with this optimistic scenario......Read more
The Die Back — the death of billions through war, famine, plague and infrastructure collapse — appears almost inevitable.
Only good luck and constant interventions by the powerful AI-run Skellig Michael Institute are staving off a new dark age or even mass extinction.
In light of the deteriorating situation, the Skellig Michael is relocating its headquarters from high Earth orbit to Luna. The first wave of colonists will soon embark in the Marathon, the Institute’s skyscraper-sized spacecraft.
But at the heart of the Institute is a mole, a high-ranking traitor, dedicated to the failure of the mission and the destruction of the Institute’s greatest assets, its advanced AIs......Read more
What's coming our way?
What happens when smart machines do 90% of the work, or if science discovers the secret of extreme longevity? And how will we react the day we receive the alien signal we have been longing for and dreading? These questions and more explored in a halting way...Here
Cool or plain weird snippets of science, plus the occasional bemused glance at the ever-evolving mess that is modern society.