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An Organic Search Engine and A Post-Human Magnate

My forthcoming e-book, which I am currently fundraising for with an IndieGoGo campaign, will feature four sci-fi stories, each with a strange little twist. Below are new summaries for two of the stories.

data mining, organic search engine

future organic search engine for machines

In “AutoPhil” the main character, Phil, is a financially desperate human looking for work a few days into the Singularity. He accepts an ominous job archiving human minds for a superior artilect named Rasputin.

Beyond just introducing the idea of a biologically organic search engine (the human mind, which, in this fictional universe, is still evolving) used by machines in order to optimize their marketing tactics, this story poses the question of how post-Singularity entities will compete with each other economically. The way I depict it, things are more cutthroat than ever, with the entire human noosphere open to horrifying data mining tactics.

In my novella “Someday This Will All Be Yours” I trace the life and times of Dr. Jim Jacoba, a biotechnology scientist turned post-human magnate, who, in his quest to achieve an indefinite lifespan, unwittingly assists in the machine takeover, all the while losing his family to death and betrayal.

In this story, I depict the Singularity as the new Manifest Destiny, a spaceward expansion based on privatizing and patenting regions of the solar system in order to mine for computronium. As AI artilects merge, acquire one another, and step on each other to suckle off the all-powerful Dyson Spheres being constructed around the Earth, humans struggle to maintain relevance.

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  1. June 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Does Ray Kurzweil have a cameo in your book? ‘Cause he should!

    http://propensityforcuriosity.com/ray-kurzweil-is-not-a-crazy-person/

    • June 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      It’s funny you should ask that, because while the answer is no on Kurzweil, I am planning on basing some future characters on a few transhumanists I’ve had recent encounters with. That said, the main character of “Someday This Will All Be Yours,” my novella is kind of a combination of Kurzweil and Gregory Benford, whom I’ve met multiple times and am a huge fan of.

  2. Jason
    July 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Where is the picture from? The one titled “future organic search engine for machines”?

    • July 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Not sure. I think I just googled post-human search engine or something. Perhaps I should give attribution?

  3. Jason
    July 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Just curious, I thought it was pretty cool and represented the concept well.

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