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#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part III – A New Corps – Mick Ryan

By |January 19th, 2020|

Welcome to 2020! The Central Blue is delighted to launch the new decade with the third part of Mick Ryan’s AugoStrat saga, a part of our #SciFi #AI and the Future of War fiction series. Check out parts one and two and then read on! The holo-screen froze, the people and scene it depicted now [...]

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#SciFi, #AI – Distributed Ground Station – Australia (DGS-AUS) Operations in 2030 – Rodney Barton

By |July 7th, 2019|

We welcome Rodney Barton back to The Central Blue for his first short story, exploring the potential future of the planned Distributed Ground Station - Australia.   It was a good day for a coup. The Vendilion parliament had just returned for a sitting week to discuss the latest mining deal with the great power [...]

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#Scifi, #AI – It has always been thus – Jason Begley

By |June 9th, 2019|

Fiction is playing an increasingly important role in shaping the debate and discussion on the future of warfare. In this short story, Jason Begley explores the enduring nature of technology’s influence on the conduct of war and the challenges associated with managing the short-term benefits gained through a technological edge. Almost dawn. He drew a [...]

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#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part IIMick Ryan

By |March 10th, 2019|

We are pleased to welcome back Mick Ryan with the second instalment of his short story AugoStrat Awakenings. You can find the first part of this story here. The bright lights and screens of the room hurt her eyes as she opened them after a short nap. The chair was pretty comfortable, but she would [...]

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#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesChris McInnes

By |March 3rd, 2019|

The Terminator series is something of a touchstone for popular thinking regarding artificial intelligence. Chris McInnes joins the #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War series to discuss the insights of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines regarding how think about artificial intelligence and autonomous weapons systems. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (T3) is [...]

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#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Childhood’s EndJames Groves

By |February 27th, 2019|

James Groves joins us to review Arthur C. Clarke’s 1952 book, Childhood’s End. He suggests the book’s dystopian vision of omniscient surveillance illustrates the potential for AI to fundamentally undermine the very things that make us human. Ubiquitous surveillance. Omnipresent sensors. Centralised processing. Deep learning. Intelligent surveillance readies itself to record the next move and, [...]

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#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: ChappieDavid McFarlane

By |February 20th, 2019|

David McFarlane joins the #SCiFi, #AI and the Future of War series with this discussion of the movie Chappie, directed by Neill Blomkamp. David argues the movie usefully prompts us to think through how our perceptions of AI will shape relationships, and challenges humans to consider that the notion of unintended consequences in dealing with [...]

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#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Astro Boy, Chappie, ‘consciousness’ and the Japanese way of robotics – Jo Brick

By |February 17th, 2019|

Jo Brick joins our #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War series with a discussion on Western and Japanese approaches in fiction to robots and consciousness. Why is it, Jo asks, that Western approaches seem replete with gadgets rising up to end humanity while Japanese robots will happily co-exist if humans will let them? ‘Cogito [...]

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#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: The Imperial RadchJason Begley

By |February 10th, 2019|

  Jason Begley reviews The Imperial Radch trilogy for our #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War series, highlighting the value of the non-human perspective of the protagonist. Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy form a trilogy set thousands of years into the future where the human Radch Empire dominates most of [...]

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#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Good News from the VaticanShane Dunn

By |February 6th, 2019|

Shane Dunn joins our #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War series to discuss Good News from the Vatican by Robert Silverberg. The book presents a thought-provoking discussion on human perceptions the strengths, weaknesses, and proper place of artificial intelligence. The science fiction story considered here is Good News from the Vatican by Robert Silverberg [...]

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