A New Short Story from Localroger set in the world of Prime Intellect

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Roger got inspired on short notice, as he was working on the sequel (which, as you all know, is a challenging and lengthy process), but in upcoming days I hope to arrange for a cover for it so we can post it as a permafree in mobi and epub content for your other readers. I think Reddit has it covered for easy reading on your phone…

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Two stories, two men who become gods…two very different outcomes.

The law of conservation of happiness states that the amount of happiness in the world cannot be increased or decreased. It can only be shifted around. What if you had the power to decide where that happiness would go? What if you had to decide who lived — and who died?

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“A Life-Changing Story”

I was just pointed to this very cool article talking about 5 Sci-Fi Stories that Changed my Life by Jason Amunwa. A great write-up about five fics that really impacted the writer, and you know I’m linking it here because our very own localroger’s The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect is high on the list. I even realized I’m the last person standing who hasn’t yet read Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael, so I have it on order & intend to fix that oversight in the coming New Year.

If any of you write or read any great discussions like this, don’t hesitate to let me know so I can add them to the fan site for everyone to find. Love this quote: “This book will make you question everything you thought you knew about relationships, morality, and technology…”

Heh.

As usual, everything moves at the speed of snail around here. I do have a studio set up. and I do plan to start recording podcasts and/or audio books of Roger’s fiction in 2017. Roger has some Works in Progress, but we’re looking at how we’re going to be able to get them out there to you in the ever-changing publishing environment. Stay tuned…

Way Cool Animation Shout-Out to Prime Intellect from Kaizo Trap

So Localroger stumbled on this way cool post yesterday by Guy Collins Animation when he was checking up on The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect stats and referrers. Somebody told us that the free book has gotten 600,000 unique monthly visitors. Wowsers! We really appreciate it. And we think you’ll enjoy their animation too. Check it out!

Note from Localroger: “The animation is more than it appears; it is full of puzzles, hidden links, and easter eggs. The puzzles lead to other videos which show the girl and guy sucked back into the video game in various stages of crashing, and leading to five different endings.”

The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect: Reviews from Goodreads Part 1

Wow. I should have checked The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect on Goodreads a lot sooner. I did excerpt a five star review from Goodreads reviewer Kiersi but I must have taken it directly from her Goodreads page, because I had no idea of all of the other nice reviews posted to that site. Thanks, guys.

I can’t possibly excerpt quotes from all of the other 90 reviews, especially as I’m still reading and digesting them, but here are a few comments that I’ve already found that offer some insight. I’ve chosen to clip out a few quick quotes to give you a taste of what people are saying.

But feel free to follow the links to get each reviewer’s full comments and ratings…

William Hertling: “…the author does a great job of dealing with the practical and philosophical issues of what it means to get AI to behave ethically towards human using Asimov’s three laws of robotics and what that would do to the human psyche, as well as what happens in a post-singularity world where every desire can be instantly fulfilled.”

Girish: “…I’m reminded of this famous quote by Derek Parfit: “We live during the hinge of history…We shall soon have even greater powers to transform, not only our surroundings, but ourselves and our successors. If we act wisely in the next few centuries, humanity will survive its most dangerous and decisive period.”

Muneel Zaidi: “Elements of this story definitely pay homage to classic science fiction, dystopian, and dark fantasy novels, but it remains very original.”

Cassie Journeay: “I have never been a big fan of sci-fi, but this novella captured me instantly. With large tones of existentialism and an indepth look at an interesting possibility, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read, never letting me down once. BDSM is also a large topic, which I greatly appreciated since many people will become uncomfortable with reading about that culture, let alone writing it.”

David Rutter: “…this story serves better to illustrate the flaws in Asimov’s Three Laws than even Asimov’s own “I, Robot” did. Furthermore, it makes evident the need for humans to understand ourselves and our desires completely before embarking upon the final leg of the quest for Friendly Artificial Super-Intelligence. Acting with incomplete knowledge, with any but the most rational and well-informed motives, could result in a tiny mistake that amplifies into an eternity in a world we don’t want.”

Wow. There are lots more, so I’m going to do this again some time, but that’s enough thought-provoking book review commentary for now.

By the way, if you ever want me to excerpt or link your review of MOPI or anything else Roger has written on the fan site, let me know where it is so I can check it out.

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Singularity and Sociopathy With Roger Williams (Podcast Now Up!)

“Singularity and Sociopathy,” Episode 16 of SpaceTimeMind philosophy podcasts, is now up and ready for your listening entertainment. Roger writes from an outsider/literary perspective, but here he gets a chance to speak with some real philosophers about some of the ideas that informed The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect as well as his reading of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal. Enjoy! You can find the free YouTube audio podcast by clicking right here.

Don’t forget to visit the SpaceTimeMind blog for a complete list of their podcasts.. Roger also appeared on the previous episode, #15, and readers who love big ideas will find plenty more to intrigue them in the list.

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Localroger Appears on SpaceTimeMind…

Oh wow. A couple of philosophers, Pete Mandik and Richard Brown have formed a great website called SpaceTimeMind to discuss some of the big ideas of our time — or any time, really. They have devoted a page to Localroger.
Last week, the three of them sat down for a Google-plus hangout where Roger talked about a wide-ranging number of topics, including the writing of The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect
The ultimate plan from SpaceTimeMind is to create an edited podcast that people can listen to. I also plan to pull out a few key quotes when I have the opportunity. However, for the time being, feel free to take a look at the raw video currently posted at The SpaceTimeMind blog. I think a lot of you will get a kick out of it.

They also have their own YouTube channel. Check it out.