Not Just Chips: the Brain-Computer Interface IRL

For this blog to focus on the brain-computer interface exclusively through the use of microchips seems reasonable at first glance. After all, EMPATHY itself is a nanochip installed directly in the brain. But, as it turns out, the brain-computer interface is about more than chips; in our world, it consists of a robust number of… Continue reading Not Just Chips: the Brain-Computer Interface IRL

The Automation Economy: Where We Are, Where We’re Headed, What We Might Do

Reuters recently reported Chinese company ABB is to open a new facility in which robots will manufacture---wait for it---other robots. This, naturally, might only stoke fears about the threat automation poses to individuals who would have otherwise been performing those jobs. This isn't a new concern; there's been a slow march toward increasingly automated manufacturing… Continue reading The Automation Economy: Where We Are, Where We’re Headed, What We Might Do

Hacking and Hacktivism: Speculative Applications

In last week's post, we covered hacktivism in the real world and got to better know the most formidable group of hacktivists in the EMPATHY series universe: the Merry Hacksters. The primary difference between, say, the Merry Hacksters and a real-life group like Anonymous is that the former exists in a speculative world rife with new possibilities… Continue reading Hacking and Hacktivism: Speculative Applications

Piracy, Privacy, and the Intersection Thereof

"You wouldn't steal a car. You wouldn't steal a handbag. You wouldn't steal a television." Or so begins that classic 2004 anti-piracy ad, anyway. Piracy is often viewed through a rather narrow lens, the alleged victims normally thought of as companies who can afford to absorb the losses associated with it, companies like Sony or MGM… Continue reading Piracy, Privacy, and the Intersection Thereof

Science as Magic, Magic as Science

In episode eighteen of the r. r. campbell writescast, author Ryan Decaria imparts some of my favorite writescast wisdom of all time. Treat science as magic in science fiction, and magic as science in fantasy. -Ryan Decaria on the r. r. campbell writescast At the core of this quote lies a truth that may be difficult… Continue reading Science as Magic, Magic as Science