Book review

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

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, [...]

By |February 27th, 2019|AI, Book review, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|AI, Book review, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Good News from the VaticanShane Dunn

#Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: The Long EarthTravis Hallen

Our next contributor to our #scifi #AI series is a long-time advocate of The Central Blue, Wing Commander Travis Hallen with his review of The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. The series underscores the imperative to understand the relationship between ‘superior’ humans and the ‘dim bulbs’ – those who understand and [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|AI, Book review, Future Warfare, Review, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: The Long EarthTravis Hallen

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Colossus: The Forbin ProjectMichael Spencer

The next contribution in our #Scifi, #AI and the future of war series comes from Michael Spencer, who reviewed the 1970 movie; Colossus: The Forbin Project. This movie encourages us to consider human cognitive ability when creating AI systems and code. It calls into question our (in)ability to define and design systems that consider all [...]

By |January 23rd, 2019|AI, Book review, Ethics, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Colossus: The Forbin ProjectMichael Spencer

#Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: AccelerandoAndrew Cruickshank

We welcome Andrew Cruickshank to our #Scifi #AI series with his review of Charles Stross’ 2006 book, Accelerando that explores the notion of a singularity. He highlights the challenge of noticing change and finding causality if change is constant and causality is beyond human comprehension. Singularity stories are now a staple of science fiction, but [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|AI, Book review, Ethics, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: AccelerandoAndrew Cruickshank

Routledge Handbook of Air Power: A Review – Peter Layton

15 Jul 2018 Olsen, John Andreas (ed.) 2018, Routledge Handbook of Air Power, 1st edition, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, London; New York. Air power is a big topic and this is a big book. The Routledge Handbook of Air Power features some thirty well-researched, cutting-edge essays written by highly-regarded experts in their particular specialist [...]

By |July 15th, 2018|Air Force, Book review, Education, History, Review, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Routledge Handbook of Air Power: A Review – Peter Layton

Army of None: A Review – Sean Welsh

23 May 2018 Scharre, Paul 2018, Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War, 1st edition, W. W. Norton & Company, New York Well-researched and written in clear and lucid prose, Army of None presents a wealth of intriguing detail on the past, present and future of war. The technology intensive subject of [...]

By |May 23rd, 2018|AI, Book review, Education, Technology|Comments Off on Army of None: A Review – Sean Welsh