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mark a rayner: Vanity Thy Name is Robot

By mid-century, all the grumpkins agreed: robots were the shit. Even the most hardened humano-mechanicals were aware their robotic cousins could kick their asses. And the feed stock? Don’t be ridiculous. They were so squishy. So temporary. The on… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: Vanity Thy Name is Robot

mark a rayner: The Digital Sabbath, or Why I Never Reply to Your Emails on Saturday

If it’s Saturday and you’re reading this, I am far away from you. That’s because every week, I unplug and celebrate what I call the digital sabbath. I know, I know, it’s kind of blasphemous, but it is the best way to think about the activity of disconnecting from the Internet to give my brain . . . → Read More: mark a rayner: The Digital Sabbath, or Why I Never Reply to Your Emails on Saturday

mark a rayner: The clowns die first

Something you probably didn’t know about the technological singularity: all the clowns die first. Alltop will have to choose a side when the time comes. Painting by Mike Wellins. Interesting stuff: he takes old landscapes and stuff and then adds SF tropes to them. More here. h/t

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The singularity can take so many forms!

Alltop has been ordered to destroy all humor aggregators.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Robots need love too

Seriously. Robots need love too! If we’re going to survive the coming Toaster Uprising, then we have to love our robots. We have to instill them with love. It’s really what Ray Kurtzweil is talking about in The Singularity Is … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: If on a Summer’s Day, a Fridgularity

You are reading a blog posting about Mark A. Rayner’s most recent book, The Fridgularity. You had been hoping to find a funny picture, and maybe a microfiction that played off that image, but instead, you find yourself reading another … Continue reading →

RedBedHead: Frankenfoods, Toothpaste, & Justin Bieber: Capitalism & Technology II

In a previous post I argued that too often Marxists fail to recognize the ways in which capitalism remains dynamic and continues to advance technologically and socially. This one-sidedness distorts analyses and perspectives and threatens to give M… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Frankenfoods, Toothpaste, & Justin Bieber: Capitalism & Technology II

RedBedHead: Frankenfoods, Toothpaste, & Justin Bieber: Capitalism & Technology II

In a previous post I argued that too often Marxists fail to recognize the ways in which capitalism remains dynamic and continues to advance technologically and socially. This one-sidedness distorts analyses and perspectives and threatens to give Marxism the feel of a millennial doomsday sect. Instead Marxism ought to be perceived as a powerful critical . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Frankenfoods, Toothpaste, & Justin Bieber: Capitalism & Technology II

RedBedHead: Marxism, Capitalism & Technology

Thoughts on Marxism & Technology Part I There is a joke about Marxist economists that goes something along the lines of “Marxists have predicted five of the last four recessions”. I was reminded of this joke recently as I debated with a comrade about capitalism and progress, specifically around technological advances in modern capitalism. I suppose that for Marxists, as radical critics of the . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Marxism, Capitalism & Technology

RedBedHead: Marxism, Capitalism & Technology

Thoughts on Marxism & Technology Part I

There is a joke about Marxist economists that goes something along the lines of “Marxists have predicted five of the last four recessions”. I was reminded of this joke recently as I debated with a comrade about capitalism and progress, specifically around technological advances in modern capitalism. I . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Marxism, Capitalism & Technology

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The Best Part of Waking Up Is … VOLTREX HAS YOUR TOAST

All the cybernetic units in the Voltrag Collective understood that breakfast was the most important meal of the day for humans, especially for their developing offspring. Without breakfast, human spawn could run into all kind of behavioral and biological issues, … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: Why don’t you ever mention robots?

Oh, you silly humans and your fascination with robots! And I don’t mean the kind of useful robots that actually exist, like the ones in factories. I assume that by “robot”, you’re interested in the sentient “danger Will Robinson, danger!” … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: It’s morning in the Singularity

Bob was not a happy cyborg. He’d had to skip is plasma bath and neural detox that morning because his dick of a boss, a narcissistic self-sustaining photosynthetic artificial intelligence named TODD-bot, needed him to come to work early. And … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Small talk for the technological singularity

Right now, the only time we talk to our machines is when they don’t work right, we yell at them, or to ask them for directions. (GPS, Siri, etc.) However, when our machines become as intelligent and then smarter than … Continue reading →

Death By Trolley: Help Me Better Understand The Big Bang Theory

My understanding of the Big Bang Theory (BBT) is that approximately 13.77 billion years ago a certain singularity came into existence “with a bang”. It was incredibly – infinitely? – dense and small, and it exploded into existence. The explosion was the beginning of the expansion.

The Big Bang (BB) has been held to be . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: Help Me Better Understand The Big Bang Theory

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: It all boils down to your programming

The artificial intelligence(s) in The Fridgularity emphatically do not fall in love. Sex, sure, but love? Alltop is in lust with humor.

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Going cold turkey in The Fridgularity

For some characters the sudden disappearance of the Internet in The Fridgularity frees them from their addiction. (For others, it’s a challenge recovering from their habits.) This is a scene in which the two main characters, Blake and Lyca, go &#… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Going cold turkey in The Fridgularity

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Get the Kindle edition of The Fridgularity FREE, today through Friday

Seriously, you can get the Kindle edition of my new novel for FREE, today through Friday only. I just think you’re that awesome. More details about The Fridgularity are available here or on the download page at Kindle. Alltop also … Continu… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Get the Kindle edition of The Fridgularity FREE, today through Friday

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Excerpt: Cyber-zombies in The Fridgularity

As the self-aware entity Zathir takes over the Internet (and promptly locks all humans out of it), a noticeably portion of the population become unhinged by their loss of their favorite thing. It’s not just the economic crisis the event … C… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Excerpt: Cyber-zombies in The Fridgularity

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Excerpt: Internet addicts, looking for a fix in The Fridgularity

The Fridgularity begins with the Big Crash — the Internet goes down, as an entity takes over all the horsepower available through all the devices connected to it. This has certain deleterious effects on the folks who NEED the Internet … Con… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Excerpt: Internet addicts, looking for a fix in The Fridgularity

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Sad about the singularity?

Is this robot really sad? Or is it just celebrating the technological singularity it its own quiet way? I don’t want to project onto this robot. Maybe he’s programmed to be happy with his single red balloon. Unlike Zathir, the … Continue read… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Sad about the singularity?

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Solutions for an empty galaxy

Long before Enrico Fermix had questioned why there was no sign of advanced species visiting Earth, despite the vastness of the universe and the likelihood of intelligent star-faring species evolving on other planets, Douglas Prong wondered the same thi… . . . → Read More: mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Solutions for an empty galaxy

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Future History: Wall Street Wiles

Excerpt from the Brainipedia mentograph entry on Wall Street, circa 2020: It wasn’t until the early years of the 2020s that our pre-singularity hominid ancestors realized they should not allow their best and brightest minds to go into the financial … Continue reading →

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Municipal Investment Strategies for the Technological Singularity

An Open Letter to Town Council Dear Councilors: Your town may have an emergency plan, a development plan, a health plan — it may even have a plan for how to fix the potholes (though I doubt it). But does … Continue reading →

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mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Why doesn’t SF produce “big idea” books anymore?

“…today you don’t need to read SF to get a sense of wonder high: you can just browse “New Scientist”. We’re living in the frickin’ 21st century. Killer robot drones are assassinating people in the hills of Afghanistan. Our civilisation … Continue reading →

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