Tag Archive: scifi

S2.27 The Test

The Test by Olga Werby

Olga Werby, Ed.D., has a Doctorate from U.C. Berkeley with a focus on designing online learning experiences. She has a Master’s degree from U.C. Berkeley in Education of Math, Science, and Technology. She has been creating computer-based projects since 1981 with organizations such as NASA (where she worked on the Pioneer Venus project), Addison-Wesley, and the Princeton Review. Olga has a B.A. degree in Mathematics and Astrophysics from Columbia University. She became an accidental science fiction indie writer about a decade ago, with her first book, “Suddenly Paris,” which was based on then fairly novel idea of virtual universes. She writes about characters that rarely get represented in science fiction stories — homeless kids, refugees, handicapped, autistic individuals — the social underdogs of our world. Her stories are based in real science, which is admittedly stretched to the very limit of possible.

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S2.21 The Parasite and the Widow

The Parasite and the Widow by Jeremy Gottwig


Jeremy’s recent work has appeared in Nature: Futures, the InterGalactic Medicine Show, and Darkfuse.  He lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and young son and is a member of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Critique Circle.

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Writing Prompt: Hack the future!

I’ve been talking about spam and hacking and the future a lot. I’m obviously not alone. But in addition to the really huge ways the world will change (and it will, health care is in for a giant change in the next decade or so), the world will change in a lot of tiny ways.

Automation is going to become a bigger, more powerful, and hopefully…eventually…more intuitive and user-friendly thing. Things like Amazon’s dash buttons will become more common. APIs, workflow, automation, so many components come together to make our lives simpler.

So…what are the small things we’ll see in the future? The things we do now without thinking about? The things that are tedious and dull that we still do like monsters of an old era that we will eventually automate away? That we will glide past without a second thought? What will a day look like in a way we can’t even guess now? What does the future of amazon dash? other automation tools? Physical automation integrated with digital tools?

 

 

Prompt: Brain Scans

Happy Friday!

I find myself often being prompted to write based on a news or newsish story I read. I thought I’d try posting those on Fridays and see if people like it.

Prompt: Brain Scans

Article: Could brain scans determine guilt? from a great podcast that I really enjoy Quirks and Quarks. (The transcript has been included and more information.)

Questions:

What happens if we start to really come to have a solid handle scientifically on who people who will commit crimes are? Who is recidivists? What the trends are? We are a very long way out from being exact. But we might be closer to knowing that someone’s brain has a tendency to quickly anger, to behave impulsively. We might know which brains are more antiauthoritarian, which are more likely to resist, to fight back.

Do we treat people differently? Do we treat? Do we jail? Do we protect people? Do we decide that it doesn’t matter what your intent was? Do we decide that’s all that matters?

What questions come to your mind when you read this? What futures do you see?