A novel method of faster than light communication


A digital watch.

(I *sure* this was the basis a short story I read - but I can't find it. So I'm (re)writing it. If you know of the original, please let me know…!) The speed of light is a universal constant. This "speed limit" is fundamental to everything we understand about physics. Information - when propagated via […]

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Forbidden Unicode


A book cover in the style of a 1950's pulp sci-fi novel. An AI generated set of computers are connected by wires.

I have been receiving letters from a dear friend by the name of Ophiuchus. He has been researching some curious anomalies in the Unicode Standard. While I cannot vouch for all he has written, I thought it worth presenting his discoveries to you. My friend, I bring you a curiosity! I have been engaged in […]

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How to Hypnotise an Artificial Intelligence


A book cover in the style of a 1950's pulp sci-fi novel. An AI generated set of computers are connected by wires.

Last week I attended a talk by Dr Irina Higgins from Artificial Intelligence company DeepMind. It was a fascinating look at how their AI works, and how it is trained. If you've ever played a video game online, it is likely you've been training an Artificial Intelligence agent without realising it.Ethical? — Terence Eden is […]

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Tales of the Algorithm: The Transparent Man


A book cover in the style of a 1950's pulp sci-fi novel. An AI generated set of computers are connected by wires.

Scene: An airport. A few years from now. "I'm sorry sir, we can't let you on the flight until you visit the rest-room." I'll admit that it caught me off-guard. Surely the woman at the airline gate was joking? "Sir, two of the plane's toilets are out-of-order. At this time we're requesting all passengers void […]

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We can marry you off, wholesale.


A book cover in the style of a 1950's pulp sci-fi novel. An AI generated set of computers are connected by wires.

Last week I was on the In The Abstract podcast. I came up with a curious idea. If I were Tom Scott, I'd turn this into a performance piece - instead, here's a short and entirely fictional story. Facebook knew you were in love a long time before you did. It noticed you scrolling back […]

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Writing A "Choose Your Own Adventure" Story On Twitter


I've spent the last few days writing a Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) game on Twitter. This blog post briefly discusses how I did it - and what pitfalls I discovered when creating it. But, first, if you want to play.... You should probably be asleep. I've created a "Choose You Own Adventure" on Twitter. […]

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They Read Minds, Don’t They?


Still from Casablanca. Bogey and Bacall are ready to kiss.

The horror of the quantified audience The cinema is on the deserted outskirts of Pinewood Studios. It's a wet and windy day — not unusual for England in late summer — and I'm here to take a look at the future of audience test screenings. My friend, Ross, has asked me to take a test drive of his company's […]

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