Your new book, The Kraken Project, features artificial intelligence software. Is this an interest of yours in real life?
It has always fascinated me. Readers of my earlier novel Blasphemy will also see an AI like interest. The idea that a machine could so perfectly duplicate a human mind--which is the goal of AI--raising so many profound questions that it boggles the mind. I am of the view that the universe is itself a gigantic computation--this is a respectable view among scientists I hasten to say--that creating a human mind in a machine is not so different than playing God, and the consequences are enormous and largely unforeseeable.