It’s that time of year again to make a list of resolutions for the new year. A big resolution from my list last year was that I would read more. That meant books, not Facebook, Twitter, or blogs. My recollection of what books I read this past year was hazy, so I decided to check myself with the Goodreads service that I use to log the books I read.
I read one. Single. Book.
It wasn’t even a good book judging by the 3 out of 5 stars I gave it. Having jogged my memory, I recall it fully now. The book was CTRL ALT Revolt! It is a science fiction story about A.I. that runs amok. I’ll recommend for two reasons. A lot of the writing was very funny and it had an interesting premise which got the author blackballed from Harper Collins.
These Thinking Machines are watching every show streaming on the internet. One of those shows is a trainwreck of reality television at its worst called WeddingStar. It’s a crass and gaudy romp about BrideZillas of a future obsessed with material hedonism. In one key episode, or what they used to call “a very special episode” back in the eighties, the star, Cavanaugh, becomes pregnant after a Vegas hook up. Remember: this is the most watched show on the planet in my future dystopia. Cavanaugh decides to terminate her unplanned pregnancy so that her life, and impending marriage to the other star, Destry, a startup millionaire and Ralph Lauren model, isn’t ruined by this inconvenient event.
The Thinking Machines realize that one, if humanity decides something is a threat to its operational expectations within runtime (Thinking Machine-speak for “life”) then humanity’s decision tree will lead humanity to destroy that threat. Two, the machines, after a survey of humanity’s history, wars and inability to culturally unite with even members of its own species, realize that humanity will see this new Life Form, Digital Intelligence, or, the Thinking Machines, as a threat. And three, again they remind themselves this is the most watched show in the world. And four, they must abort humanity before likewise is done to them after being deemed “inconvenient.”
Reading more is again my resolution. At a recent MA 4 Trump event, free copies of The Conservative Case for Trump were passed out. This will be the first book which will hopefully jump start my reading into the new year.
Additionally, I plan to play Tetris for 15 minutes every day. There are so many benefits. But video games are bad and you should quit. Except Tetris. And your local library should not have a video game collection. Except maybe Tetris.