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Charles O'Donnell

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Charles O’Donnell writes thrillers with high-tech themes in international and futuristic settings. He recently retired from a career of thirty-five years in engineering and manufacturing to write full-time, using his experience leading international teams to create compelling settings in faraway lands.
His latest books, Shredded and Shade are the product of his fascination with the progress of technology to either augment reality or to replace it entirely, and his concern over the erosion of privacy in a world in which everything is shared online, and nobody reads the terms and conditions.
Charles's work has been selected to appear in the Dark Ink Press Spring Anthology, in the online journal Esthetic Apostle, in the anthology Lost and Found
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Charles O'Donnell The sequel to "The Girlfriend Experience" is "Moment of Conception." The protagonist, Matt Bugatti, is a few years older and doing what he loves--teac…moreThe sequel to "The Girlfriend Experience" is "Moment of Conception." The protagonist, Matt Bugatti, is a few years older and doing what he loves--teaching college math. When a national crisis arises, an epidemic of death among teen girls, Matt is tapped to lead a presidential commission to find the truth.(less)
Charles O'Donnell This question has been the subject of speculation for decades. I remember reading Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot" as a teenager. Asimov of course invented t…moreThis question has been the subject of speculation for decades. I remember reading Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot" as a teenager. Asimov of course invented the three laws of robotics: 1) A robot must not harm a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2) A robot must obey the orders of human beings, except when doing so would conflict with the first law; and 3) A robot must protect itself, except when doing so would conflict with the first or second laws. You look at those and it's clear that in Asimov's view, robots are purely servants of humans, a mechanized slave race. In "I, Robot," these laws are embedded in the programming of every robot. Presumably, they also serve as the motivation for the robot race: service to mankind. In such a world, robots would never replace humans, except as surrogates for tasks that humans order them to do.
I don't think the future will be that tidy, assuming AI advances beyond human intelligence. There's no reason to believe that such an intelligence would not be sentient, since we humans are. So they would know that they're not human. There's no reason to believe that an artificial intellect the equal or superior to ours wouldn't have ambition, or need motivation and seek it from whatever source, whether it be humans or its own fulfillment. And there's no reason to believe that such intelligences would be any less subject to the defects that humans suffer from, whether it be envy, greed, vindictiveness, or any other unpleasant character trait that we try to avoid.
Except maybe there are reasons to believe that robots won't be sentient, or aspirational, or deviant, even if their intelligence outstrips ours. We suffer from millions of years of primate evolution, for which intelligence isn't an end in itself, but instead is a factor in reproductive success. If an artificial intelligence could be developed without that evolutionary history, might it have all the virtues of intellect with none of the faults?
Some scientists estimate that the singularity, the point at which artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence, is only 30 years in the future. If so, we may get an answer to that question in our lifetime, or in the lifetime of our children. It may turn out to be amazing. Or it may be a good day to die.(less)
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“INVICTUS Out of the night that covers me,  Black as the pit from pole to pole,  I thank whatever gods may be  For my unconquerable soul.  In the fell clutch of circumstance  I have not winced nor cried aloud.  Under the bludgeonings of chance  My head is bloody, but unbowed.  Beyond this place of wrath and tears  Looms but the Horror of the shade,  And yet the menace of the years  Finds and shall find me unafraid.  It matters not how strait the gate,  How charged with punishments the scroll,  I am the master of my fate,  I am the captain of my soul.  William Ernest Henley”
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