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Mike Reeves-McMillan
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Novelist, short story writer, copy editor, book reviewer, nonfiction author
Novelist, short story writer, copy editor, book reviewer, nonfiction author

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Spice up your fantasy setting with a completely ridiculous medical theory!
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And it occurs to me that my Piston and Precision novel (current working title Capital Crimes) is, in fact, a secondary-world fantasy steampunk technothriller.

I can't believe it took me so long to figure that out.
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How close are we to "real" artificial intelligence, and how fast are we progressing?

Unsurprisingly, the answer is complicated.
How Fast Is AI Progressing? Stanford's New Report Card for Artificial Intelligence http://suhub.co/2DNrJxA
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You can't think about your biases all the time; you'd end up unable to decide on anything. But there are times when it's important to think about them, like when you're hiring someone.
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This team has exposed their fake news detector (which is actually a real news detector, because that's easier) on a website, so if you're dubious about an article, you can have their machine check it.

Via +Walter Roberson.
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Seems like more creative people may be able to have several brain regions that do different parts of the creative process functioning at the same time.
Study Reveals Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can be considered a trait that everyone – not just creative “geniuses” like Picasso and Steve Jobs – possesses in some capacity.
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Brings some nuance and some interesting thoughts to the discussion. No, Ansari's actions don't fit clearly into the category of "assault". But yes, there's still a problem.
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Missing from this discussion, which mentions both David Brin's Uplift books and the Planet of the Apes franchise, is a mention of Cordwainer Smith. His uplifted animals were basically second-class humans, treated as slaves. The Ballad of Lost C'Mel is probably the best-known story, in which an uplifted cat joins in a courageous and tragic fight for the betterment of her people. A more recent example is Barsk, by +Lawrence M. Schoen, though it would be a spoiler to tell you how that plays out.

The other thing - and I can't remember where I read this - is that if you take a great ape, say, and give it the genetic changes that are needed for it to be more intelligent and able to speak - including changing much of its physiology so that it can give birth to offspring with larger skulls - what you end up with is something that basically looks like a human. The article notes that guppies with larger brains ended up with smaller digestive systems and fewer offspring; you can't just magically add more intelligence to a species in isolation from other physiological changes.

The other way this could be done, of course, is to hook both humans and non-human animals up to AI with neural nets. If the enhanced intelligence is not physiologically supported, but technologically supported, you're in a whole different realm; you can leave the animals' physiology largely as it is, but enable them to control devices for manipulating their environment, performing various forms of advanced mental processing, and communicating. But then, is that an animal with AI enhancement, or an AI with a biological peripheral?
If We Learn to Engineer Animals to Be as Smart as Humans—Should We? http://suhub.co/2mLHA8j
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When the habitually utopian +Singularity Hub declares a technology cool but a long way from being practical, it's probably not one to rush out and invest in.
Are Solar Roads the Highway of the Future, or a Road to Nowhere? http://suhub.co/2mDuwB1
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