Chatbots being chatbots

Chatbots being chatbots

Apparently, some people are still confusing chatbot output with sentience. Granted, this software is a little stronger of an A.I. than Cleverbot. But it still reads like a chatbot just doing what it’s programmed to do. io9: No, an AI Did Not Just “Lash Out” at Its Human Programmer Sorry I haven’t been very active here of late. But work on the first two books is proceeding. I’m now in the home stretch. Tomorrow I’m off to Indianapolis for some[…]

The three tiers

The three tiers

At my monthly (aspiring) novelists’ meeting, we were testing this Web site on various mobile platforms (Blackberry, iOS and Android) and the subject came up of the graphic icon in the Cortanis logo. I mentioned that the icon represents the Cortanis game world: the three tiers. No one in the group had seen this map yet, I suppose because I never got around to adding it to any of the selections I’d shared with them to workshop. So here is[…]

The unsinkable Kaitlin Donnelly

The unsinkable Kaitlin Donnelly

In early April 2015, I had a dream literally come true. (Click left and right arrows to advance the pictures. Click any image to see it large.) ­   Meet Vanda…. I mean, meet Kaitlin Donnelly, the young woman I met a short time ago (thanks to mutual friend Pat Hanna) who agreed to be my model in a photo shoot for the covers of my three books. In April, after many weeks of planning, Kaitlin, myself and a small[…]

Practice Personalities: What an Avatar Can Teach You

Practice Personalities: What an Avatar Can Teach You

(Wall Street Journal, Jan. 19, 2015) Your avatar may be the window to your psyche. Psychologists are discovering that the digital identities we create for play online, known as avatars, reveal more aspects of our personalities than we may intend to disclose and can change how we behave in the real world. As digital experiments in identity, our personal avatars mingle real and virtual worlds in ways that scientists are only beginning to analyze. While data is scarce, emerging technology[…]

Humans and Robots May Have the Same EQ Sooner Than You Think

Humans and Robots May Have the Same EQ Sooner Than You Think

The ability to understand, process, and express true emotion is what has traditionally separated man from machine — but that line is continuously blurring with the rapid advancements in technology and artificial intelligence (AI). As machines become more human, and vice versa, we find ourselves facing a fascinating and perhaps terrifying future — one that might eventually make us question how we define humanity. Full article at io9 I’m aware this is propaganda masking as journalism, to raise awareness for[…]

Ixxis-DE pistol

Ixxis-DE pistol

In the Cortanis books, Vanda has a very high-level weapon, a pistol called the Ixxis-DE. Since Vanda is going to be featured in photographic glory on the cover of Soldiers, and elsewhere on Cortanis promotional materials (like this Web site), I thought the Ixxis should make an appearance as well. I gave this project to a very talented and capable colleague of mine, Joy Page. Today she delivered to me the finished prop, including a custom-made case for it to[…]

Jackpot

Jackpot

Tonight I was doing some research on book 3, Soldier. I found a treasure trove. I won’t say what I discovered or what I’m researching yet, but it was an immense and magnificent resource of information. Not only that, but the source of this information is in the United States, in Florida of all places (a state I’ve driven to a number of times now). I foresee another Florida road trip within the next 12 months. I’m already excited for[…]

Refinements

It’s amazing how much time escapes from me when I’m occupied by something challengingly creative. Like this Web site, for example. I spent the first part of my evening hanging out with my good friend Chris B. from my former place of work, the MU Office of Research. Always a good time at Bee-Dubs. I meant to ask how things were going there, but we never quite got around to it. Too much fun stuff to catch up on. Since[…]

Climb on

So this is my new Web site about Cortanis, and eventually, the novels to come once the trilogy is completed. I’m also going to be using it to keep in touch with readers, talk about what I’m working on, and share thoughts and feelings about writing, my work and related themes in my work. I did a lot of research—what research I could do from books and videos—on climbing for Ghosts of Cortanis. I learned quite a bit. I learned[…]

What is “Cortanis”?

A reasonable question… The planet Cortanis is the name of a fictional planet in a fictional video game game in an upcoming novel I’m working on. The planet is the center of the game universe, and all exploration fans out from there. Most of the players starting out in this game spend most of their time on planet Cortanis. The game Cortanis’ sun, Aten, sends out mysterious pulses every so often through the game universe. These pulses affect the players[…]