Sep
26

Sullivan's Run by Andrew Vaillencourt

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Reviewed by Tobias Roote Details of BookSF Book Review  Description:The ultimate fighter battles a perfect killer for the fate of the future.John Sullivan didn't ask to be born, and he certainly didn't ask to be crazy. But that's what happens when somebody else gets to pick out your DNA. E...
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Sep
20

The Amnesia Desk, by Jim Sullivan

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In the dark vestiges of inherited memory lies madness, but also the key to our survival...Whilst this isn't actually a Science Fiction story, it has facets of SF pulled from the growing advances in the field of biology. As a result it fits the general category although ...
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Sep
20

The Singularity and How to Avoid it

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how governments can halt the rise of unfriendly, unstoppable super-AI The invention of an artificial super-intelligence has been a central theme in science fiction since at least the 19th century. From E.M. Forster's short story The Machine Stops (1909) to the recent HBO television series Westworld,...
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Sep
20

What is quantum machine learning and how can it help us?

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Artificial intelligence refers, among other things, to machines' capacity to demonstrate some degree of what humans consider "intelligence". This process is being driven by the rapid advancement of machine learning: getting machines to think for themselves rather than pre-programming them with an ab...
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Sep
19

Rise of Mankind, by John Walker (Books 1 -10)

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Reviewed by Tobias Roote  Details of BookSF Book Review  Description:Three years ago, Earth was attacked by an invading force so devastating, only one ship in the fleet survived. Their hard won victory came from the aid of an alliance of aliens long at war with an aggressive force. Wi...
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Sep
19

Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me and the thorny issue of robot rights

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Ian McEwan's latest book, Machines Like Me: A Novel offers an alternative history: Britain has lost the Falklands War, Margaret Thatcher is waging an election campaign against Tony Benn and Alan Turing survived homophobic persecution to achieve breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.The novel pain...
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Sep
15

The AI theory behind The Pattern Ship

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Artificial intelligence and life are not things we would generally think of in the same context. Yet, in writing 'The Pattern Ship' I had to create the impression of it being relatively normal to enable the plot to move forward.It patently isn't. Even into the distant future sentience in an art...
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Sep
03

OUTSYSTEM by M D Cooper

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Reviewed by SFBR Admin Reviewer  Details of BookSF Book Review Description:Major Tanis Richards has secured a berth on the Intrepid' colony ship, but first she has to ensure it can launch and that's no mean feat even for the 'Butcher of Toro' a nickname that cost her a promotion and left her wi...
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Sep
03

Pyramid Lake by Paul Draker

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Reviewed by Tobias Roote Details of BookSF Book Review  Description:At a Top Secret research laboratory in Nevada, DARPA's most advanced artificial intelligence can read your darkest secrets and hidden intentions right off your face. Its maverick inventor wants a world without lies. But so...
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Sep
04

Opening Moves by Cosimo Yap

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Reviewed by Tobias Roote  Details of BookSF Book Review  Description:The Earth is changing. The alien invasion brought social upheaval, advanced technology, and an armada of peacekeeping robots. But Alan, a college student pursuing a now-useless degree, cares little about all of this....
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Sep
04

The Mechanics of Evolution

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​Will humanity evolve into AI?A Sunday morning chat over breakfast produced the rather nebulous discussion of a future world where humanity no longer exists as a biological entity, but rather has evolved into artificial life-forms. The very things we are terrified of might eventually prove...
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