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Computing Professor's sci-fi book based on world-leading research

18 October 2016

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A Computing lecturer has taken a novel approach to public engagement with a new science-fiction book.

Vic Grout, Professor of Computing Futures at Wrexham Glyndwr University, is receiving plaudits for Conscious, a story loosely based on his own world-leading research.

Professor Grout hopes the 125,000-word opus will provide a vehicle for discussing some big technology questions in an accessible form. 

The idea is to present a fictional scenario that draws on very real science and sociology. 

Emerging issues appearing in the book include artificial intelligence, trans-humanism, the technological singularity, increasing automation, the Internet of Things, ‘big data’ and the future world of techno-capitalism.

Professor Grout is delighted to see the novel published as it was a long-standing project.

“This has been something I've wanted to do for several years, but the time just seemed right now,” he said.

“We're heading into such interesting - maybe even unsettling - times.  The coming together of increasingly sophisticated AI, a growing robot workforce, the Internet of Things and big data is leading to an uncertain future; one in which the really big questions may be as much social, political, legal demographic and moral as they are technological.”

Professor Grout added: “I'm hoping that the book contributes to this discussion because it's a discussion we really should be having - but I don't think we are yet.  And I'd like to think it's a fun read as well of course.”

For more information and to order a print or e-copy of Conscious, visit www.lulu.com/spotlight/vicgrout. Alternatively, visit www.vicgrout.net

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