Goodreads asked William Crow Johnson:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

William Crow Johnson I was engaged by Ray Kurzweil’s idea that we will experience a singularity by 2045, in which AI will become self- aware and sort of take off. Depending on the AI’s motivations – an interesting question in itself: what would an AI want? – the new intelligence could pose questions for itself and begin to learn at an exponentially accelerating rate. We could have the answer to FTL travel, aging, and a host of other challenges in a matter of days, hours, or even minutes. But the question remains, what would AI want? And would it treat us well or badly? So since I already had AI in EARTH 2.0: PRISON PLANET and EARTH 2.1: REGENESIS, it seemed a likely subject to explore in EARTH 2.2: RITE OF PASSAGE.

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