Category: Artificial Intelligence

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.

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

After Mind

March 6, 2015 – IndieReader


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


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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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