Science Fiction

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

By |June 9th, 2019|Fiction, Science Fiction, Technology|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By |March 10th, 2019|AI, Australian Defence Force, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: AugoStrat Awakenings, Part IIMick Ryan

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

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 [...]

By |March 3rd, 2019|AI, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Terminator 3: Rise of the MachinesChris McInnes

#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|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Childhood’s EndJames Groves

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

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 [...]

By |February 20th, 2019|AI, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction, Technology|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: ChappieDavid McFarlane

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

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 [...]

By |February 17th, 2019|AI, Ethics, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Astro Boy, Chappie, ‘consciousness’ and the Japanese way of robotics – Jo Brick

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

  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 [...]

By |February 10th, 2019|AI, Fiction, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: The Imperial RadchJason Begley

#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: Trusted – Marija Jovanovich

Marija Jovanovich joins our #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War series with a short, and very human, story on the ups and downs of future technologies. It wasn’t meant to be like this. I’m sitting in this boring beige room, have been for what seems like hours. I don’t know what time they left, [...]

By |February 3rd, 2019|5th Generation Air Power, AI, Fiction, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Trusted – Marija Jovanovich