New Wattpad Site Set Up for Quantum Lives: Tales of Undercity


Just got my Wattpad Site and will be using that as my platform for publishing and writing with community feedback, etc. I noticed authors like Cory Doctorow (Homeland), Scott Westerfield (Uglies) and many other current YA and Dystopian writers use the system effectively.

Updating weekly:

Quantum Lives: Tales of Undercity

Set in the Consilience an InfoSpheric Assemblage of data and natural worlds enclosed in the Global System somewhere in the early 22nd Century. The opening tale is within the enclaves of Undercity where we discover  Precarity Jones and her sidekicks, a group of latter day corporate hackers and fixers after the Global Meltdown and the period of the Great Transition, where the virtual and the actual no longer have boundaries between them and a post-Singularity Civilization arises amid the ruins of a failing and dying world of capitalism.

This is the beginning of the Quantum Lives Trilogy that will delve into the sociology, politics, science, and transformational processes of our near future singularity. A posthuman future where human and machine meet in the Mechanosphere of a mutation of civilization unlike any before seen.

I’ll be using the underpinning notion of the ‘holographic principle,’ the idea that a universe with gravity can be described by a quantum field theory in fewer dimensions, has been used for years as a mathematical tool in strange curved spaces. New results suggest that the holographic principle also holds in flat spaces. Our own universe could in fact be two dimensional and only appear three dimensional — just like a hologram.

In which as Luciano Floridi states it: “The infosphere will not be a virtual environment supported by a genuinely ‘material’ world behind; rather, it will be the world itself that will be increasingly interpreted and understood informationally, as part of the infosphere. At the end of this shift, the infosphere will have moved from being a way to refer to the space of information to being synonymous with Being itself.”

The notion of an Intelligent City – a Sentient City of living algorithms organizing and shaping both the infrastructure and its inhabitants in an Infospheric world of play and work, creativity and innovation. What would happen in such a sentient city? What if the city herself was a character in a novel… one that could take on the form of human and inhuman structurations and subjectivations at will, a selective and impersonal system of smart technologies that adapt and learn in inhuman cycles we can only begin to register on our less than adequate physical architecture?

Yet, how do we escape the temporal dilemma such a notion presents? Are we bound within a strange loop that ends in an eternal repetition of the Same as portrayed in such fanciful novels as Richard K. Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs Novels, in which we are reborn as clonable skins controlled by corporate elites in a universe of closed repetition? Or is there a form of escape from this closed capitalist system of command and control, a way of retroactively changing and entering the rhizome of reality based on a new temporal open universe of endless possibilities? Philosophers in our time from Deleuze/Guattari, Zizek, Sloterdijk, Land, Meillassoux and many others are working through this from different visions of materialist perspectives. With quantum mechanics the older substantive materialism died, and a new immaterial materialism of subatomic forces has arisen which has yet to be concluded or fully fleshed out. Yet, it’s impact on our scientific image of the world is without doubt, and it’s immediate impact of our technological and social systems is trickling down into bifurcating views of reality and time/space. These are the things that interest me in both science and philosophy, and am taking them into an entertaining exploration in a near future trilogy Science Fiction.

Yet, even in this we see a division between a Platonic Idealist tradition of simulation and simulacrum played out in such scientists as Roger Penrose and Seth Lloyd who propose simulated universe models, while others like Lee Smolin who has recently come to change his mind about the nature of reality and had moved away from the idea that the assumptions that apply to observations in a laboratory can be extrapolated to the whole universe. Against such simulated models based on math or computational forms, Smolin says “Time is real, the laws of physics can change and our universe could be involved in a cosmic natural selection process in which new universes are born from black holes…”.

His views are contrary to the widely-accepted model of the universe in which time is an illusion and the laws of physics are fixed, as held by Einstein and many contemporary physicists as well as some ancient philosophers, Prof. Smolin said. Acknowledging that his statements were provocative, he explained how he had come to change his mind about the nature of reality and had moved away from the idea that the assumptions that apply to observations in a laboratory can be extrapolated to the whole universe.

In his latest book  THE SINGULAR UNIVERSE AND THE REALITY OF TIME he develops four inter-related themes:

1) There is only one universe at a time. Our universe is not one of many worlds. It has no copy or complete model, even in mathematics. The current interest in multiverse cosmologies is based on fallacious reasoning.

2) Time is real, and indeed the only aspect of our description of nature which is not emergent or approximate. The inclusive reality of time has revolutionary implications for many of our conventional beliefs.

3) Everything evolves in this real time including laws of nature.  There is only a relative distinction between laws and the states of affairs that they govern..

4)  Mathematics deals with the one real world. We need not imagine it to be a shortcut to timeless truth about an immaterial reality (Platonism) in order to make sense of its “unreasonable effectiveness” in science.

As he tells us: “We argue by systematic philosophical and scientific reasoning , as well as by detailed examples, that these principles are the only way theoretical cosmology can break out of its current crisis in a manner that is scientific, i.e. results in falsifiable predictions for doable experiments.”

Who will win this debate? So far all the facts are not in for either theory, and the technology to support or test the facts has yet to be developed so that it is in the early stages of quantum mathematics. Only time will tell…

Jeremy Howard: Deep Learning, AI and the Future of Jobs


Jeremy Howard, CEO of Enlitic, is exploring these capabilities for medical applications. He was an early adopter of neural-network and big-data methodologies in the 1990s. As the president & chief scientist of Kaggle, a platform for data science competitions, he witnessed the rise of an algorithmic method called “deep learning”.

In a recent interview he describes that in 2012 deep neural networks started becoming good at things that previously only humans were able to do, particularly at understanding the content of images. Image recognition may sound like a fairly niche application, but when you think about it, it is actually critical. Computers before were blind. Today they are now more accurate and much faster at recognising objects in pictures than humans are.

He explains the difference between humans and machines is that once you create a specific module, you don’t have to have every machine learn it. We can download these networks between machines, but we can’t download knowledge between brains. This is a huge benefit of deep-learning machines that we refer to as “transfer learning”. The only thing holding back he states the growth of machine learning is 1) data access, and 2) the ability to do logic.

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