In case you didn't already know, we live in a large three-bedroomed villa on a very exposed hillside, surrounded on all sides by olive trees. We have no immediate or visible neighbours. With literally hundreds of acres of olive groves around us dotted with the occasional distant empty holiday villa battened down and shuttered against the winter, we have little to do this time of year except work the land.
It took a long time for me to get over the fact that Pattern Ship wasn't a good 'audio' book, which probably reflected the fact that I had nothing to do with producing any of it, from beginning to end. I was eager, naive and in a hurry so didn't pay attention to matters and as a result left myself with an audio commitment that the US producers wouldn't/couldn't follow through on for the remainder of the series. I think they expected me to stump up the cash for everything from thereon. I continue to get royalties, but the company lacks professionalism and diligence in the admin sector. As a result I'm never truly at ease in dealing with them. Their communication is abysmal and whilst there is little, to no contractual obligation, halting the audio book sales is fraught with problems.
A Sunday morning chat over breakfast produced the discussion of a future world where humanity no longer exists as a biological entity, but rather has evolved into artificial life-forms. The very things we are terrified of will eventually prove to be the preferred descendancy of man
We have come incredibly far with new technology in the last fifty years, yet in the next fifty we will go much, much further. "To the stars and beyond", as some Disney character once said. We won't do it as biological entities though, that's where all the problems lie. If we have to cater for our biological species in space for protracted periods, we wouldn’t make it beyond Mars.
Artificial Intelligence, definition: the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.
Artificial is unreal, man-made, synthetic. Made from a non natural fabric or substance to emulate or copy something real or natural. The dictionary actually defines artificial as: made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, especially as a copy of something natural.