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Rise of the Machines!

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A group of 116 artificial intelligence and robotics specialists, including Tesla’s Elon Musk and Mustafa Suleyman of Google Deepmind, have addressed an open letter to the United Nations, calling for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons. But is this ban too little, too late?

The UN is shortly to begin discussions on the prohibition of autonomous weapons such as drones, tanks and automated machine guns, with 19 countries already in support of an outright ban. While there is support for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons (LAW), they are currently being used. South Korea has sentry guns that are designed to open fire on humans and vehicles.

The letter, published at the opening of the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) in Melbourne, reads: “Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend”.

And that future is the present.

I admire the gesture, the united push for a ban on killer robots, but countries that agree to ban aren’t going to actually honor it. Autonomous weapons and AI is the future of warfare, so any nation not developing in the area will be left behind and at risk to those that do. What we will see is an arms race. Now, this arms race might be behind the facade of an all out ban, but let’s not kid ourselves. Nations will design terminators and T-1000s if they believe their enemy is already doing so.

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Deadman’s Tome Podcast (recap)

WCMarchese (WCM): Last night on the Deadman’s Tome podcast we had some nonsense bantering, antvdiscussed conspiracy theories. 

While some are proven to be true, it’s important to be careful and watch out where you are getting the news from. 

Jesse Dedman (JD): Mainstream media will not tell you that Disney is conditioning the children for drone surveillance. Disney aims at kids, and profits from prying on them. Now they’re teaching them that it’s cool and normal to have your privacy invaded! 

Why do you think this is happening? They don’t want the kids to object to little shutterbugs flying around them, piloted by pedo pervs. Sick. Evil. But that’s Disney. 

WCM: We also discussed if it is better to type fast, or slow. Sort of came to the conclusion that both can be good for different things. Like fast for getting info onto the page that you’d forget, and slow for being more in touch with the words. Choose them wisely, indeed. 

JD: Fast typing lowers the quality of prose. Writers dependent on speed typing don’t take the time for the best word. Instead, they shit something out as they’re taking a shit on the ivory throne. Some writers, will go back and revise their rushed out story. That seems like a balanced approach.

WCM: Another topic is how cell phones have made it easier to edit and write in the go. I’m literally banging this post out while warming the car to take care of errands. Nice. 

JD: I’m banging my wife while writing this post. Very nice, indeed.

WCM: LMAO!

WCM: This episode was in video format, a little mix up we’re testing. A lot of the things done for now are subtle tests, though, the organic, grass roots feel should never be neglected. After all, it’s just a couple of guys shooting the shit and discussing writing and random things. 

JD: I used to use Live Hangouts for the podcast. A lot of people are used to checking their iTunes feed in the morning after. If we do more live streams, then I’ll make an effort to upload the audio portion to Spreaker and iTunes. 

WCM: Sounds good to me. 

Until next week. 
Links:

www.wcmarchese.com

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Deadman’s Tome LIVE Show 10PM (CST)

 

Technical Issues Hell: The show was pushed back due to technical issues. Ironic that when contacting with the authors they all seemed amazed that someone even uses Google Hangouts. Ironic that I was toying around with the idea of using OBS to live stream while screen  grabbing different Skype calls, but I didn’t. Good news is I know why it got fucked up and what to do in the future. So strange that it took the fourth live show for this sort of issue to come up. Damn it, Google. When I send an invite for a handout and they click it, it should work! In fairness, though, I had two different google logins going at the same time, but I’ve done that in the previous streams, but whatever. Thank you for those that watched and apology for no Rebecca Dempsey.

Meet horror authors Rebecca Dempsey, Clive Carpenter, and Cain Miller as they talk about their stories, reveal their inspiration, and share their other projects.

Rebecca Dempsey is the author of They Shall Rise, a spiritual odyssey of lost love and that blends the realm of the living with the dead…
https://deadmanstome.net/2016/06/02/they-shall-rise-by-rebecca-dempsey/

Clive Carpenter is the author of Confession, a dark and twisted story about the world’s evilest mother. A mother with a nasty passion of killing her children in various way, and the confrontation that is bound to ensue.
https://deadmanstome.net/2016/06/02/they-shall-rise-by-rebecca-dempsey/

Cain Miller is the author of Blithe Town, a dark reminder that there are some places, some towns, that no one should dare drive through.
https://deadmanstome.net/2016/06/01/blithe-town-by-cain-miller/

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Deadman’s Tome LIVE hangouts

Deadman’s Tome is about community and to encourage engagement between the writers and readers. I would love to host a Deadman’s Tome LIVE hangout where the authors are invited on to offer readings, engage with readers, joke around, and have a good time.

BUT, I need to know if Deadman’s Tome is ready for that. I’m thinking Fridays around 10-11pm. Here’s the deal, though, I got a family and a new little one on the way, so expect delays. Let me know in the comments section.