According to Gary Bengier, former Silicon Valley technologist, writer, and philosopher, he predicts there will be challenges for humans to find purpose when AIs are pervasive.
AI and Me.
Given the arc of engineering progress in developing artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, it is inevitable that sometime in the near future (certainly by the year 2161), robots will be walking around among us.
Our factories continue to be automated. That technology creates more goods for everyone but simultaneously eliminates jobs. What will life be like when there is an abundance of material goods, but few jobs? How will we find purpose in the near future?
Gary Bengier, former Silicon Valley technologist, writer, and philosopher, says there will be challenges for humans to find purpose when AIs are pervasive.
“Artificial Intelligence has the potential to amplify our knowledge and improve the skills humans need to adapt and evolve. It can take over repetitive and dangerous tasks and improve efficiencies in our workplace. There’s no doubt AI will have a dramatic impact on society. Will we love or hate those AIs and robots? Could they ever truly become conscious, and what new dangers could that pose?”
…asks Bengier, who wants you to imagine that hard-science, likely future, in his new novel, Unfettered Journey; a profound, many-layered journey that traces struggle and resilience in an imperfect world and is rooted in hard-science, physics, and philosophy.
“There’s no doubt AI will have a dramatic impact on society. Will we love or hate those AIs and robots? Could they ever truly become conscious, and what new dangers could that pose?“
– Gary Bengier
About The Book.
Unfettered Journey is the story of an AI scientist who seeks to create robot consciousness and discovers the resilience of the human spirit. He travels to a small college to progress his quest, but instead finds love, a secret plot by unjust forces, and the answers to his fundamental questions – the nature of the conscious mind and free will.
Unfettered Journey is a captivating and fast-paced futuristic love story rooted in hard-science, physics, and philosophy. This profound, many-layered journey traces struggle and resilience in an imperfect world. Travel on a spiritual quest with these endearing characters to glimpse our hopeful, possible future.
Although the book explores some high-level philosophical concepts, the story is easily consumable and can be appreciated on many levels. Fellow philosophers will appreciate the attention to detail including appendices that contain three philosophical papers, on the subjects of time, ontology, and the nature of mind.
Whether you want to dive deep into the complexities of philosophy and physics, or just want to read a thought-provoking love story, this book is for you. If you’re obsessed with AI and need a book to tide you over until the next season of Westworld, or simply seeking an action-packed adventure novel – Unfettered Journey has something in it for everyone. It is an existential adventure for the mind on many levels, from the thrilling action scenes to the philosophical examination of society, the universe, and our role in both, it’s a love story filled with memorable characters, and a plot that leaves you holding your breath at the dramatic conclusion.
**Chosen as November Book of the Month by Bookclubz.com **
Release Date: September 7, 2020
Publisher: Chiliagon Press
Unfettered Journey is now available on Amazon HERE.
In An Interview/Article, Gary Bengier Can Share:
- The Intersection of AI & Human Capability
- What to Expect in the Future
- The Challenges Humans will Face in Finding Purpose
- When Philosophy Meets Physics
- Society/ The Universe and our Role in Both
- Gary’s Book Unfettered Journey
Gary Bengier is sharing unique insights on our AI future and the challenges in finding purpose.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Gary F. Bengier is a writer, philosopher, and technologist. After a career in Silicon Valley, Gary pursued passion projects, studying astrophysics and philosophy. He’s spent the last two decades thinking about how to live a balanced, meaningful life in a rapidly evolving technological world. This self-reflective journey infuses his novel with insights about our future and the challenges we will face in finding purpose. Before turning to write speculative fiction, Gary worked in a variety of Silicon Valley tech companies. He was eBay’s Chief Financial Officer and led the company’s initial and secondary public offerings. Gary has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA in philosophy from San Francisco State University. Today, he and his family live in San Francisco.