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So on youtube there’s been this debate over “objectively good writing” bouncing around. It seems a few people have gotten pretty worked up over it. It’s spawned a few memes, a few response videos, a few twitter bitch-outs. I’ve been watching it transpire, on and off, trying to understand what it is that has everyone so annoyed with each other, and from what I can tell, it’s pretty much the usual. You have a few people, basically, who are trying to have what appears to be a serious discussion about this stuff, and then a lot of others who seem primarily invested in just being right. That or just yelling a lot.
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I went through a mountain of material leading up to and during the process of writing this book (in both video and written form). When I finished writing it I thought it might be nice to include a selection of the most relevant research material at the end so that readers could delve deeper into some of the concepts explored.
Assuming the reader would want to do so at the close of the novel, of course…
The only problem, obviously, is that we couldn’t add this information to the audio book. Try typing in a URL as it’s dictated to you sometime and you’ll see why.
So, for all of you good people out there who prefer audio as their primary format, here is that list. As noted, the list is not exhaustive to what I originally examined. It is, in my opinion, some of the more approachable material on the subjects presented – this despite the fact that much of the “homogenized” material on quantum computers is still rather lacking…
“New supercomputer mimics human brain, researchers say”
“The Future of Consciousness: Stuart Hameroff at TEDxTucson”
“How do you explain consciousness? | David Chalmers”
“The scientific pursuit of consciousness: Christof Koch at TEDxRainier”
“Consciousness & the Brain: John Searle at TEDxCERN”
“Quantum Consciousness And its Nature In Microtubules. Dr. Stuart Hameroff”
“A Beginner’s Guide To Quantum Computing, Dr. Talia Gershon”
“We’re Close to a Universal Quantum Computer, Here’s Where We’re At”
“Michio Kaku: Tweaking Moore’s Law and the Computers of the Post-Silicon Era”
“Carbon nanotube optics poised to provide pathway to optical-based quantum cryptography and quantum computing”
“Double Slit Experiment explained! by Jim Al-Khalili”
The Royal Institution
“Amazing Robot Controlled By Rat Brain Continues Progress”
“This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task”
“Twitter taught Microsoft’s AI chatbot to be a racist asshole in less than a day”
I am very grateful to have won the 2019 IAA for best book in apocalyptic fiction for Commune: Book Two. I sure did hate to miss the event this year but sickness and other travel plans derailed me. If I’m fortunate enough to be nominated for anything in the future, I’ll get my ass out there.