I’m a writer with a string of long-standing, moderately obsessive interests, some of which play out in my upcoming novel, Luck and Death at the Edge of the World, due out in 2012.
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One such interest is a fascination with robotics, artificial intelligence, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, and anything else which could contribute to the creation of artificial humans — homo artificialis — or could assist in the related matter of preserving naturally-created humans in artificial bodies as a means of extending human capacities and lifespan.
In Luck and Death these interests play out in a variety of ways, including:
- life extension (at a steep price) through the replacement of one’s birth body with an artificially created one that is nonetheless biological, and
- an AI that normally inhabits the security system of a mogul’s mansion. When an attempt is made to murder its boss, it must be instantiated in human form in order to facilitate its interaction with the humans who are investigating the attack. The particular form the AI chooses is a simulacrum of computer pioneer Alan Turing.
Luck and Death will be released in May 2012 — see here for details including a video trailer.
Homo Artificialis was originally composed mostly of short, news-oriented links, illustrated with vivid images to make browsing it a more enjoyable experience. As it has evolved its posts have become clusters of related links to videos, news items, research papers, and contct links for the persons involved.
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