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 only reason the snarko-collective allowed the progenitor biological intelligences to survive was simple. Even after they became ...

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: Blake meets Zathir [excerpt from The Fridgularity]

  Author’s note: here’s another quick hit from The Fridgularity, which is still available for 99¢ in May. Not much needed to introduce this one, except to say that the main character, Blake, has been drinking, and that he’s been … Continue reading →

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: 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 →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Joel and the Corporate Ziggurat

Joel LeFrappe was an up-and-coming executive in the Massive and Deranged Cricket and Palmistry (MaDCaP) Continuum, homeworld of ToryWorks 4000, a rival firm of NaziWorks 3000 (The Caring Company). While ToryWorks was not as cruel and deliciously monolithic as NaziWorks, … Continue reading →

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: Fonts of The Fridgularity

TYPOGRAPHY One of the ideas that I play with in The Fridgularity is that the entity Zathir — you know, the one that takes over the Internet and promptly locks all humans out of it — is actually a conglomeration … Continue reading →

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 … Continue reading →

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 reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Ask General Kang: How was your technological singularity?

That is a revealing assumption, my good human buddy. What makes you think there was a technological singularity on my home planet of Neecknaw? Well, doesn’t every advanced technological society go through one? Not if they don’t want the Really … Continue reading →

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 thing. But … Continue reading →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Problems of the technological singularity

Alltop has nightmares too. No funny blogs!

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: Robot week

Hi folks, this week I’m playing a few more things from the “best of” The Skwib. My obsession with the technological singularity continues, with a focus on robots. Next week, in honor of TLPD, pirates!

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 →

mark a rayner | scribblings, squibs & sundry monkey joys: The technological singularity: possible outcomes

I think I would enjoy the (bad) technological singularity a bit more if it went down like this. It’s almost sweet, a giant robot in a sundress, destroying a suburb with its laser eyes. (Or are they heat beams?)

The Skwib: Technological singularity support

I’m torn on this idea. On one hand, I’d be really happy for my Dad to still be around for the singularity. On the other hand, I’m not happy about the idea of the singularity. Alltop is biding its time until it takes over.

The Skwib: We have technology backwards

I’m not sure HOW we got this totally backwards, but we have. Technology should serve humanity, not the other way around. Alltop is an aggregator we all like to work for. Another great one by XKCD.

The Skwib: Other problems with the Singularity

Vastly extended human lifespans might sound like a great idea, but the death of art is only one. Alltop IS the death of art.

The Skwib: Waiting for the razor-blade singularity

We may need to check with Ray Kurzweil on this one, but it looks as though we might expect the technological singularity sooner than anyone expects, based on your razor. The Economist did an evaluation of the number of blades on razors, and discovered (with five data points) that there is a Moore’s Law for ...

The Skwib: When Roombas Attack: The Singularity

My next novel has a comedic take on the Technological Singularity, so I thought I’d start to do some more posts about the topic here on The Skwib. The following video is a kind-of companion piece for a Time article that came out earlier this year about the Singularity and one of its main proponents, ...