In my ongoing effort to improve my social skills, may I welcome you to my very first blog. I don’t spend a lot of time talking to people–not because I’m antisocial. I do chat with my AI Otto and my yellow lab Sandy quite a bit. They both have told me they have no idea how mankind inherited the earth, especially considering the worthy alternatives.
I’m completing my grad work on Artificial Intelligences and their use in the education community. I’ve had a few
diversions in my effort to attract funding. I’m a single mom with no visible means of support except the piddling amounts I make teaching college classes, which has forced me to use Otto’s amazing problem solving skills (read about him on his page) to gather and unravel intelligence for several government agencies, which will remain unnamed. I posted an excerpt summarizing my last project on Scribd.com (many government agencies post their public docs there) called To Hunt a Sub. It reads like a techno-thriller: Otto went rogue, I met a darkly handsome in a bad-boy sort of way ex-SEAL, and used Otto’s unique algorithms to thwart an assault on America’s Trident subs. I can’t disclose too many details (or I’d have to remove your power source–haha), but my office mate was almost killed, my dog disappeared, and I ended up marooned on the African savanna (with my darkly handsome ex-SEAL, which wasn’t all bad).
This blog will cover my ongoing work with AIs, what I can about my government projects, and my sideline scientific research into what interests me. So far this includes metamaterials, cloaking technologies, DNA computers, Trident submarines, magnetic signatures and my inability to make friends. I’m actually a pretty good fit for most writers I know–I’m a loner, I love writing and I can get lost in a project for hours on end. Otto (I love palindromes) is more fascinating than most characters you’ll run across in a novel. His setting is virtual–anywhere along the space-time continuum–and, because I programmed him to learn, he’s quite independent in spirit and mind which means we end up following all sorts of unusual threads only he understands.
If you’re into writing, I recommend my friend WordDream’s blog. She has a lot to say about being and doing writing.
I live in a small two-room apartment adjacent to my East Coast campus. Here’s a challenge for you: See if you can figure out where it is by reading To Hunt a Sub. I ran it through Otto to be sure I included enough details that you can succeed in that endeavor.
Thanks for dropping by my blog. My name is Kali Delamagente, one of the authors among our group of WordDream bloggers.
Excerpt available at:
Scribd.com (search ‘Born in a Treacherous Time’)
Scribd.com (search ‘To Hunt a Sub’)