Category Archives: Games

Do Dungeon Masters roll magic dice?

Tony Daniel at Baen commissioned this article from me. I’d been thinking about the role of self-deception in both creating and appreciating stories.

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The Ancient Singularity; or, The Precambrian Conspiracy: Part 10

This morning, Rob sent me a link to the following article, which describes a key bit of future-history-in-the-making outlined in The Junior Guide, the Living Earth Simulator (LES). http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12012082 We did not begin simulating the original earth to help us … Continue reading

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The Ancient Singularity; or, The Precambrian Conspiracy: Part 9

While we wait on Rob’s university fellows to render a verdict on my trilobite artifact, I’ve been pondering the Conspiracy on a different front, namely, the Bay Area computer elite and their dalliance with high technology leaked from outside the … Continue reading

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What World Do You Live In?

Rob sent me the following link this morning on a curiously stubborn geocentric view. The video uses Flat Earth science to make a general point about competing views that fit the same data points, so it’s timely for our exploration … Continue reading

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The Singularity Con, and Abraxas

Vanity Fair has posted an excellent article on Singulatarians among the high-tech community, boosters like Ray Kurzweil and also skeptics. http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2014/11/artificial-intelligence-singularity-theory I find gurus like Kurzweil and Diamandis fun and intriguing, and also a bit alarming, very smart guys who … Continue reading

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The Ancient Singularity; or, The Precambrian Conspiracy: Part 8

Rob just sent me this transcript of a text chat we had the other day. I was going to let him leak it, but he’s still setting up his own blog. Bob Kruger 12/5, [4:04pm PST] 7:04pm EST When I … Continue reading

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The Ancient Singularity; or, The Precambrian Conspiracy: Part 7

Author Tony Daniel is acquainted with the Conspiracy. What’s more, The Junior Guide references technologies similar to those of his novels and short fiction: in particular, to the posthuman Large-Array Personalities and the nanotech machinery “grist.” He shares with us … Continue reading

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