Alexis Lantgen Shares Her Greatest Sci Fi Gadget During OWS CyCon 2019
Welcome to another fantastic stop in our Greatest Gadgets blog hop! On this stop, we’re highlighting awesome Sci Fi tech, and you can find a full list of participating authors and topics for this hop on the OWS Cycon website. Let’s dive in!
Before we dive in to the nitty gritty, what is Sapience about?
The ten dark science fiction stories in Sapience: A Collection of Science Fiction Short Stories explore questions about the future of human discovery. Questions like what kind of life will we find in the depths of Europa’s oceans? Or what kind of life will we allow an AI with human level intelligence? And many more.
Sapience depicts the near future when humanity builds a colony on Europa, one of the moons of Jupiter. People tunnel into the ice to explore the dark oceans beneath the moon's surface, searching for signs of extraterrestrial life. What they find will change them forever, setting humanity on a path to the stars. But the old conflicts and hatreds of Earth are not so easily escaped. Will human colonists on distant planets and moons create a paradise or a terrifying dystopia?
What can you tell us about the piece of Sci Fi tech you’re featuring today?
One of my favorite stories in Sapience is “Husk.” The main character, John, is a scientist who’s been tasked with creating an AI that won’t go mad or try to kill its creators (which has happened during previous projects). John decides to program the AI to start life as something like a human baby, and he hires an old flame to be the robot child’s mother. I won’t spoil the ending, but I think John’s project leads everyone down a path they never expected, and I think the AI robot in the story is very interesting character. The story goes into the ethical questions of AI research--is it right to create a human-level artificial general intelligence, and then treat it like a slave?
Where can people find you on the web?
You can find me here:
Sapience on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UAOlrP
Follow me on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/alexislantgen
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/alexislantgenauthor/
And of course, check out my CyCon booth: