Mal is not suited to management.

I am still recovering, but it’s been very up and down of late. On the plus side though my brain seems to be firing a bit better now and I’m slowly (still) getting myself together.

I’ve been thinking a lot about AI recently. Artificial Intelligence is coming, in fact barring a direct hit from a meteor, I’d say it’s inevitable that the human race is eventually going to make something that’s no merely smarter than we are, but so much smarter that we can’t properly understand it. Such an AI might be able to think thousands of years into the future, or even know how to manipulate matter. Something that smart, that powerful, would have little use for human morals. Not that it would necessarily be evil, but it might take view of the greater good that would mean that it was quite capable of taking actions that seem amoral, or even outright wrong to us short lived bipedal humanoids.

An example I’ve heard a lot is that perhaps we task said AI with saving the human race, and it decides with its abilities the best way to save humans as a whole is to exterminate six billion of us. Would it be right? Assuming the machine could kill us off en mass, and you were one of the ones left, would you regard it as evil? How about if you were the only one of your group of loved ones left alive, what then?

I think about these things too much…

I also worry about the answer to the question, ‘what if Skynet is just kind of a dick?’

Speaking of Lovecraftian horrors in computer form, the advent of VR is going to make for some very interesting, very scary games. There are a few in the pipeline now, but what interests me is the kind of immersive storytelling we may well be in for in ten or twenty years. Imagine exploring the Mountains of Madness, or investigating the aftermath of The Color Out of Space. My boss in the really real world (as opposed to the tentacled beast that rules over my life in my imagination) is going to E3 to check out the VR systems there. I am very interested to see what he finds out, and how it could be used to tell better stories.

I have a book recommendation for you: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaVelle. It’s spectacular. I don’t want to spoil it too much, but it is genuinely horrific in more ways than one, and brilliantly written.

Until next time, may your enemies ever be unsure if they used enough deodorant.