Locally produced “Uncanny Valley” which is running April 2-April 26 (tomorrow) at Boise Contemporary Theater written by Dwayne Blackaller & Matthew Cameron Clark is about robots and automata, and set in a cabin in the woods. In Esau Kessler’s novel one of the characters lives in a cabin in the woods with a robot programmed with an instance of her dead husband. In the play two brothers visit a cabin who’s caretaker is a robotic “Clicker”. Kessler says that despite the very adult theme of the play, he was very impressed with both the writing and the performances. “I like to think that the collective consciousness circles and reframes themes and ideas that are important, to help us reach new paradigms.” While Edan also has a subplot involving two brothers, and was written several years ago, the similarity is only subtle. “Mine has so much more going on with Sky Trains, Flying Cars, Quantum Devices, and Artificially Intelligent Demons, things that make sense in a novel, but not on stage. I think the writing of the play is superior to mine, in that it pushes you around emotionally, and challenges your ideals very quickly. My only complaint is that the production isn’t running longer.”
at first the idea of an avatar was popular as an online liaison, ambassador, or brand representative like C3PO. They had little value, and were a courtesy that offered some usefulness, but mostly comic relief. But when the personal avatar became a digital mirror of a person, everything changed. Your digital self could be a reliable source of productivity due to AI science. Some people (who could afford it) created teams, families, and even vast armies of themselves, with some amazing results and many social tragedies.
Many people traded in spouses for socializing with the “invisible buddies”. Because they were reflections of your digital profile doped with quantum artificial intelligence thye could be great tools for learning about yourself and destructive tools for the narcissist.
Much like the obsession with social media in the oughties, people were indulging themselves with social AI, and had not yet returned to sanity.
These are the questions I am planning to submit:
Q1: In your opinion is Google the largest form of artificial Intelligence?
If you would like to download the first draft of my short science fiction story please click the link for a .PDF.
It is a sort of a modern homage to Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. I am quite happy with the story line. But I need to get a way from it for awhile before I edit anymore.
Feedback, comments are invited?
warrenellis: Easter Island (National Geographic)
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