My first blog post. I hope to reach out to readers interested in science fiction and the science behind it. I’ll also be posting comments about the writing process as I’ve experienced it and as I work on new fiction. This should interest other writers as well as my readers.
I’ve collected many articles about brain science, Artificial Intelligence and related subjects, and will be posting some of them here shortly, along with a list of the books I read as background for writing Mindclone, my first published novel. AI, you may have noticed, has become a very hot topic. For purposes of discussion, there are basically two paths to achieve Artificial Intelligence: brute-strength programming, or via brain scanning.
For Mindclone, I chose the latter approach. Even within that version, there are many choices: the current state of the art involves the extraction and treatment of the brain–freezing or plasticizing it–then slicing it or exposing layers in microscopic increments, scanning each layer, then assembling the result in a 3-D simulation of the whole brain in a computer. This has been accomplished with segments of brains of test animals, but I am not aware of any lab attempting to do this with a human brain. In Mindclone, I took the scientific liberty of using a non-destructive live-scanning technique, so that the “donor” would be unharmed, and be able to interact with the resulting Mindclone.
To me, that was the heart of the story.
Just to start with a personal note, I’m sitting in my library with Ricky and Lucy, my two golden retrievers nearby. They’re waiting for me to stop typing and start playing with them.