Will an AI ever be Human enough to Save us from Sci-Fi Doom?

Strong AI vs Weak AI - Natural Human Exploration - Artificial Intelligence Psychology

#3 of My Top 10 Series on AI Psychology

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates know that not every line of Artificial Intelligence (AI) code is plotting to take over the world. But they warn of doom for humanity if AI development is not controlled. So what can save us, AI, and all of humanity from real life anxiety and science fiction doom?

After my last post about how Identity Formation in AI Psychology can save us from catastrophe, a number of readers asked if it’s reasonable to anthropomorphize Artificial Intelligence. If it’s okay to assign human traits and use conventional psychology to guide an AI child to maturity?

Excellent question, which leads to… Read more ›

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Identity Formation in AI Psychology will Save us from Sci-Fi Doom

AI Psychology - Identity Formation - After Mind#2 of My Top 10 Series on A.I. Psychology

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates warn of doom for humanity if the development of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is not monitored and controlled.

But I’m betting they also know, as you and I do, that not every line of computer code is one step removed from plotting to take over the world. So what can we do to save us, A.I., and all of humanity from real life anxiety and science fiction doom? The answer is A.I. Psychology.

I posted the first Reason why A.I. Psychology will save us from sci-fi catastrophe here… REASON #1 – A.I. Psychology is Child Psychology.

So now building on that, let’s look at… Read more ›

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After Mind defies the Experts: A.I. is Not the End of the World

After Mind defies the Experts: AI is Not the End of the World

I’m excited to announce that After Mind, my sci-fi debut novel, hit the Amazon Best Sellers List and Top Rated Books in its Category.

For those of you who know me, this has been a labor of love for the past few years, and now the book is finally here.

Some huge-name experts are saying the development of A.I. could lead to doomsday for mankind. This isn’t just about robots taking our jobs… they’re saying Artificial Intelligence could lead to catastrophic scenarios for all of us humans, the likes of which science fiction writers can only dream.

Well, I’m here to write otherwise. After Mind is about Artificial Intelligence, but from a completely different point-of-view. A boy’s perspective. A boy reborn into the world of human lies, artificial intelligence, and robot dreams.

Check it out…

5-STARS – “A book where the characters struggle and are utterly, utterly human.
AFTER MIND leaves the reader to wonder and explore.”
~San Francisco Book Review

“A rewarding tesseract of a novel that doesn’t release its secrets easily.”
~Kirkus Reviews

5-STARS – TOP BOOK PICK – “AFTER MIND is a stunning, reality-bending sci-fi adventure.
~IndieReader

For more info, check out the book on Amazon now.

And thank you again to those who supported my dream!

Spencer Wolf

(Amazon Best Sellers List on March 28, 2015 in Metaphysical Fiction;
Top Rated on March 28 in Metaphysical Science Fiction eBooks;
Hot New Releases on March 28 in Hard Science Fiction)

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IR Verdict: After Mind is a Stunning, Reality-Bending Sci-fi Adventure

What an amazing feeling when the first review comes in! Thank you!!



After Mind

March 6, 2015 – IndieReader

5-STARS -TOP BOOK PICK

IR Verdict: AFTER MIND is a stunning, reality-bending sci-fi adventure.

“Wolf is an excellent sci-fi writer, masterfully balancing the complex layers of setting and character at work in the novel”

An Artificial Intelligence must discover his identity in order to protect the world from an insidious threat.

Packet awakes in a hospital room, an artificial intelligence without a past. His vessel is the body of a preteen boy; his creators are the father and sister of that boy. Daniel and Terri are attempting to rebuild the loved one they lost: Cessini, an engineering prodigy who is somehow deathly allergic to water. Daniel insists that Packet is Cessini; Terri believes him another failed experiment. The hospital room is actually a trick of Packet’s mind; he is in a laboratory of DigiSci on the island of Tasmania. Dr. Luegner, who funds the whole project, appears to have sinister ideas of his own. Packet must sort through the memories of Cessini, while simultaneously attempting to decipher other visions involving animals, robots, oceans, and space travel. The motivations of his creators are as complex as his predicament, and Packet is forced to be careful in deciding who he can trust. “‘Control your world and be free in your mind to own it,’” warns Luegner the first time they meet. But it may not only be Packet’s world that is in danger: he may have to choose whether to save everything inside his head, or everything outside of it.

Wolf is an excellent sci-fi writer, masterfully balancing the complex layers of setting and character at work in the novel — interiority and exteriority, past and present, vision and reality. He does not bother to hold the reader’s hand: the story starts at a sprint and rarely pauses to offer explanation. There are sufficient clues dropped along the way for the reader to pick the trail up quickly, and the world is presented with enough confidence that the audience never feels as though they are not in able hands.

Wolf is particularly skilled at describing technology, finding the inherent vitality and bringing it to the forefront of the image: “Under each assembly sat a vertical shaft with rotating blades. The blades spun from the high-pressure water that poured down from the orange pipes. The spinning shaft generated power in motors—motors that were now upgraded and wrapped with superconducting coils. The power of water filled the air and it was alive.” Despite the fact that so much of this landscape is alien, the story is surprisingly relatable and relevant to modern life. The plot is complex, original, and impossible to predict: everything about the story feels untrodden and immediate.

AFTER MIND is a stunning, reality-bending sci-fi adventure.IndieReader Approved - 5 STARS - TOP BOOK PICK - AFTER MIND

~IndieReader

http://indiereader.com/2015/03/mind/

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My Top 10 Reasons A.I. Psychology will Save Humanity from Real Life Anxiety and Science Fiction Doom

AI Psychology is Developmental PsychologyAre you ready for it? Every year, Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is moving closer to the Singularity, the point where A.I. exceeds the intellect of humans. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates are warning it could be the end of humanity if the development of A.I. is not properly monitored and controlled.

But I’m betting they also know, as you and I do, that not every line of computer code is one step removed from plotting to take over the world from us humans. After all, we will be the A.I.’s creators and parents. (And what child would ever want to rebel against its parents, right?) So what can we do to save us, A.I., and all of humanity from real life anxiety and science fiction doom?

I propose that we push forward with A.I. knowing that we must include the wants, needs, and developmental psychology of the artificial child in our public discussion and planning for the future. A.I. Psychology will be a new, saving branch of science. It will help us assure that the A.I. we create and raise to maturity won’t bring us to the end point of all of humanity.

So mark today as the first of my… Read more ›

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Author Platform – Getting it all Connected

So… this is a quick post about my Author Platform.

Who knew being an author was so much work!

Today I linked my blog, Goodreads page, and Email signup list to all appear on my Facebook page.

Tweeted a bit, got inspired by other writers who are actually writing today for NaNoWriMo, and then realized… I didn’t write a single word of my own!

(Wait, does this post count?)

Okay, tomorrow times 2!

No, wait a minute… this morning I also wrote the front and back material for my science fiction book that’s with the proofreader and will be ready for release Spring 2015. But still, I wrote not a word toward the sequel that’s stirring in my head and already starting to keep me up at night.

Wow, being a writer is full-time job, and nighttime, too. But, you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Stay strong. Stay a writer. The words will live on forever… and if they don’t, don’t worry. A million years from now a monkey with a typewriter will come along and write the exact same thing. A whole new author platform, too.

Hey, come on, it’s sci-fi. Everything is connected, right?

Spencer

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Is there a NaNoWriMo Sales Tidal Wave Coming?

Something occurred to me…

November is the annual NaNoWriMo event where authors set a goal to write a complete novel of at least 50,000 words in one month. In 2013 there were 310,095 participants (ref. 1), from which, according to Writer’s Digest, 14 out of 100 completed their novel… or around 33,000 new NaNoWriMo novels were completed last year (2).

Yikes!

I’m an author who’s not participating in NaNoWriMo and have a book coming out in March. Am I, and the many other authors like me, about to get swamped by a tidal wave that’s tens of thousands of books high? Talk about elbowing for shelf space.

I tweeted this question { @SpencerWolfAuth } and it seems others are curious, too. So, I reached for my technical background hat and thought of the following to help figure it out and open the idea for discussion.

What if we ran a scan of all the new books released on Amazon that met the NaNoWriMo criteria of 50,000 words, which equates to 200 pages at 250 words per page? Then, we could look at page count versus release date. My hypothesis is we would see a spike or wave on our chart that relates to all the new NaNoWriMo novels. We could scan Amazon for all 200 to 225 page novels and then tally them by month of release. Is the wave coming in March? April? Here’s my idea in a graph:

NaNoWriMo - Is there a sales tidal wave coming?

Note that I created the height of these bars to represent the month’s quantity of new releases.

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Inspirational Story… Four Days happened

Inspirational story - Four Days of Naples audio book

Four Days of Naples audio book

A long time ago, I got a really good pull by the ear down the school hallway… but it was all for the best, and I wouldn’t be writing this today if it didn’t happen just like this…

When I was twelve, my English teacher said I wasn’t reading enough. She brought me to the school library and made me pick a book. I saw one paperback cover on the turning rack that looked like it was worth a shot. So I took it.

It was an amazing story! And not just because I was twelve and so were the heroes I was reading about in an incredible, but teary-eyed tale. It’s remarkable because…

Fast forward… to when I graduated college and wanted nothing more than to be a writer. But about what? I was an engineering grad. What did I know about writing? I thought back to this one book that imprinted on my mind. I didn’t have a job after graduation so what better chance was I going to get. I practiced and wrote. I optioned the rights to the book from the author, Aubrey Menen’s, estate and turned this version of Four Days of Naples into a screenplay. My script did amazingly well in a tough-as-nails writing competition by placing in the top 94 out of over 4,100 entries. I was thrilled. I was a writer. I eventually produced the audio book version.

Long story short… all these years later… the audio book version is still going strong… and available on Amazon (and other places, too). I never did sell the screenplay, but that’s a tale for another post. So, there you have it. I guess you never know where or when a pull on the ear’s worth of inspiration will strike, and in which of life’s direction it will take you.

Here’s the blurb from the back cover. I hope you like it.

PS: The four boys written about in the book, who were each awarded the Gold Medal of Honor, were only 18, 17, 13, and 12 years old.

Four Days of Naples

by Aubrey Menen

In September 1943, Naples lay devastated by incessant bombardment from Allied planes. The city, under an iron occupation by the Germans, was without food. During the bombardment, the famed scugnizzi, the street boys, of Naples grew increasingly exasperated by the passiveness of their elders. Known for their daring, verve, and enterprise, the boys staged an incredible revolt against the Germans on September 28, 1943. Dragging furniture into the roadways, they built barricades and shot at the enemy with stolen guns, inspiring many adults and Italian army deserters to join their ranks. Three days and hundreds of deaths later, the Germans left the city for good.

Author Aubrey Menen, who heard the story of those historic four days from the scugnizzi themselves in 1948, here recreates the battle street by street, house by house.

PPS: Here’s a link to the audio book on Amazon. There’s a few great reviews, which is really nice to see after all these years. Four Days of Naples.

Time Capsule post – Where it all began

Time Capsule post – Where it all began.

My time capsule what? A first post to launch my science fiction books author site. First step for man, second click for a mouse…

Here’s what’s happening today.

  • The air is getting colder. The wind is blowing through the trees.
  • The kids are pacing for dinner and wondering when am I going to be done with this post.
  • What’s a time capsule? No, you can’t eat it.
  • So now my head is full of stories,
  • My fingers are ready, but
  • Our stomachs are rumbling, so it’s
  • Time to click “post.”
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