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Location: Paris, France

Gender: M

Member Since: January 2019

Last online: July 2020

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Last Updated Jul 24, 2020

A Woman of Mystery [GPT-3 and me]

Friday July 24th 2020: GPT-3 brought me back: "A Woman of Mystery"

I haven’t been here much - been busy with visitors and other stuff. But I was intrigued by the recent release of the AI text-generation system GPT-3 which has been much discussed in blogs and the broader media. I gave it a work-out in the co-written short story just published here: “A Woman of Mystery”.

Let me tell you that working with GPT-3 is an exercise in futility: you can never get going - you are continually derailed. But with some architectural innovation - I can imagine directions - I see George Orwell's Novel-Writing Machines (in 1984) dimly visible on the horizon...

Monday June 15th 2020: University Education in 2070

A colleague of mine mentioned that his university had just published a series of 250 word essays on the future of learning. What will study be like in 2070?

The academics were plainly not writers, he told me. Their contributions were dry and abstract: it was all virtual reality; AI subliminal prompts and rewards; avatars which improved on paperclips. A conventional future: approved and conformist.

Alumni were invited to contribute - so he wrote three vignettes. I have reprinted them here with permission together with his covering letter.

Strangely they were never published...

Sunday June 14th 2020: a new poem "Honey"

Back in the day when they still did dinner parties there was a trope: the loved-up couple with eyes only for themselves. Couldn't keep their hands off each other. They didn't mean to be so smug but surely everyone could see what fantastic sex they were having. And so to my doggerel poem, Honey.

It helps, marginally, if you have seen the French film Gemma Bovery (2014).

Thursday June 4th 2020: The Tao of Writing

I have been conflicted about my writing, it is true. It is too easy to stray from the Way. I have tried to explain in chapter 4 of The long and winding road to getting published, just posted. Perhaps you will sympathise (thanks!) but that's not why I wrote it.

I also posted a tiny fragment, That Time Was Better, which seems to say something for couples trapped in mutual intensity.

Sunday March 29th 2020: Lockdown Reading

I've gathered my 49 stories to-date and compiled them as a book (PDF). If you're locked-down and bored please feel free to take a look.

Paris has the quiet of the SF post-apocalypse. Even the zombies have decayed to dust. The flics are stopping cyclists and the press is writing about the quarantined rediscovery of sex (faute de mieux)...

Wednesday March 4th 2020: 'Another Chance'

I wanted to name the ship Cassandra. A short story of 1,200 words to be published this evening. Call it evolution in action.

Friday February 14th 2020: 'AI in the Battlespace' (16/2/20 - 8 chapters)

A new story to be published in 8 chapters starting on Sunday evening. I'll probably post Sundays through Thursdays. It's about state-of-the-art application of AI to the military. It's always good to be reminded that we remain in control.

Saturday February 1st 2020: 'Star Child'

I'm rewriting (often quite substantially) several stories you may have seen here before - albeit quite a while ago. Starting tomorrow, Sunday, over five postings you will see the 15 chapters of 'Star Child'.

The idea is to submit these re-posted stories to magazines. Editors seem more relaxed in practice about prior posting to Booksie than the actual Ts & Cs on their websites. I find the discipline of writing for such a select audience here - and more importantly the critical feedback - to be an essential part of quality improvement. OK, let me say this more directly: as I edit material for posting here I cringe at what I see in front of me, at what I previously wrote!

'Memento Mei' is another re-posted story (yesterday) which I continue to look favourably upon though it hasn't got much of a reaction. A slow-burner I guess, a meditation with no action at all.


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Adam Carlton has a background in maths, physics and artificial intelligence. His participation in a semi-clandestine revolutionary organisation precludes further information although he has this to say: “I'm a heterodox Marxist; I conceptualise and write in the demi-monde of a nascent revolutionary Paris.”

Adam Carlton has had stories published in The Ronin Express volume 7 and by the Aphelion Webzine.


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