Are machines that learn for themselves the stuff of nightmares or a vision of a wonderful utopian future?
The answer, of course, is neither.
We all know that technology is neutral, even though we forget a lot of the time. But there is that niggling doubt. What if they broke through the barrier and became sentient and intelligent?
It’s possible, but probably a long way off.
Artificial Intelligence and robots are hot topics for Science Fiction at the moment and I’m one of those who believe we should use fiction to help us imagine the future so we can be better prepared for it. Good or bad.
The more of us that have a basic understanding of how the tech works the richer the debate about how it’s used will be, so I was pleased to find some fun stuff from Google that starts to demystify machine learning.
Here’s an AI experiment that tests a neural network to see if it can guess what you’re sketching.
I’m rubbish at drawing but it guessed 2 out of my 5 doodles and as the designers say, “The more you play with it, the more it will learn.”
Take a look – https://aiexperiments.withgoogle.com/quick-draw
I was very pleased to be the Special Featured Author during May for the fantastic b00kr3vi3s blog.
Over the course of the month there were five different features, including an exclusive story co-written by me and the (very) young Ash Creedon.
It was fun to do, of course, and because I wasn’t constrained by the typical format of a generic Q&A I could explore topics in a little more depth than usual. Although, not in great depth so don’t be put off from reading them.
You can find the five features here:
It was my second year at the London Book Fair and, although I was a bit skeptical about going, it was worth it.
Over a glass of wine I met a literature festival organiser who I’m hoping liked the idea of me doing a double act with a brain scientist enough to invite me to his festival.
The following morning was the SilverWood breakfast readings where I read a draft of my latest flash fiction – Logical Love. See if you can spot the difference between the final version and the draft I’m reading below. Later that evening in the bar I had a chance (ish) meeting with a man who was looking for novels to serialise – fingers crossed that Fluence fits the bill.
All in all a good couple of days.