Computing Professor's sci-fi book based on world-leading research
18 October 2016
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.”