Friday, April 18, 2014

Potential Consequences of Anti-Social AI Software


I came across this article and found it very interesting.

It looks at the world from the very basic, straightforward programming goals of software, including the emerging AI that is being strived for.

It made me think back to my days in college when they were discussing AI, and reminded me of a few things I hadn't really thought about in current and future context.

What is the goal of a software package, what are the parameters, and what resources and efforts will it undertake to achieve it to achieve its goals?

Here's the article...I highly recommend giving it a read. It's not long, nor is it filled with technical jargon. Pretty straight forward and potentially eye-opening.

Article Link: Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising by Patrick Tucker of Defense One 

It's given me additional ideas for one of the novels in the Crax War Chronicles I have roughly planned out. And I hope what Mr. Tucker discusses at a potential problem--a serious one, remains SF.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

(Update) Ohioana Book Festival Panel for 2014

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I've been informed that I will be participating on the From Another Realm: Paranormal, Science Fiction & Fantasy panel, which is scheduled to run from 10:15 am until 11:00 am, in room 112.

The other authors on the panel will be: Anne Marie Lutz, Terri-Lynne Smiles, and Tara Tyler.

The full listing of participating authors hasn't been announced yet. Even so, I'm looking forward to catching up with some authors from last year while meeting new ones.

I'll keep you up to date as more information becomes available.

A quick reminder:
Saturday, May 10, 2014 10 am - 4:30 pm
Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center
600 Jack Gibbs Blvd. Columbus, OH 43215

Here's the link: 2014 Ohioana Book Festival
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Interviewed by the International Writers Association Podcast

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I participated in a phone interview with the International Writers Association Podcast. Phone interviews aren't exactly my best participatory format, but I'm getting better with practice.

If you have an interest to hear me talk about writing, contracts and a few other areas, here's the link:

Link: International Writers Association Podcast - Episode 51

Monday, April 7, 2014

To Be Interviewed by the International Writers Association Podcast

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On Wednesday evening I'll be interviewed by the International Writers Association Podcast. Or that's the plan.

When the interview will go live/be available, I'm not sure, but I will update readers of Up Around the Corner when that information learned.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

AM Radio Throwback

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My 1970s Vintage Radio
This radio was a Christmas gift to me in the late 1970s. Yes, it's that old.

I can remember clicking it on to listen to a five minute sports show "Mitch in the Morning" while getting dressed for school.

Over the years I've listened to it while working outside on the porch or in the yard. No, its volume isn't great, so I have to be close, with no major noises like lawn mowers or hedge trimmers nearby.

I can still recall lying on the top bunk in my bedroom, with the radio on my dresser, listening to the Detroit Tigers playing the NY Yankees...with Ron Guidry on the mound or Thurman Munson up to bat.

The old red radio still has a main use. When the power goes out, it goes on.

My wife laughs, as do my daughters. But it still serves a function, and it isn't broken, so why throw it away or 'upgrade' to something more modern? (I'll post more on this topic soon).
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Blood Sword Review: What I was Shooting For

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A review posted by a reader over at Amazon commented on several aspects of the First Civilization's Legacy Series that I'd been hoping to portray:

"Well written with a gritty realism not usually seen in fantasy. Characters have depth and the impacts of battle are not glossed over."-- Amazon Customer,* (Papillion, NE United States)

*That is the reviewer's screen name.

Monday, March 31, 2014

10th Annual Art Affair on the Square Invitation

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I've been invited again this year to participate in the Art Affair on the Square, to be held in Urbana, Ohio on July 19th.

I will be one of a half dozen authors, invited by the Champaign County Library to represent the Literary Arts at the event.

Specific times and additional details will follow.

Hopefully the weather will be more cooperative this year. Last year offered heavy and extended thunderstorms that ran through the middle of the day's events.
Last Year (2013) at about 11:30 am