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How the Software Deleted the Humans — a short story

June 26, 2016

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By far, the greatest danger of Artificial Intelligence is that people conclude too early that they understand it. — Eliezer Yudkowsky The lonely guy lived in the basement of his parents’ house, managing four computers, his fingers dancing over the keys as his mind created digital wonders line by line. His expanding belly sometimes bulged […]

Paranoia — a short story

May 1, 2016

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Why am I in the hospital? It’s obvious. They conspired against me. There I was, minding my own business, writing a comment on a buddy’s Facebook post, when some other guy out of nowhere butts in and insults me. For no reason! What did he write? I don’t even remember. Doesn’t matter. But it was obviously […]

How Much? — a short story

April 20, 2016

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Know what you want to achieve prior to starting to negotiate. It’s the golden rule but the one most people fail to heed. Without a plan, you allow the opposing party to define your goals instead of the other way around. — Ivanka Trump “Dad, you have privilege. You just can’t understand what it feels […]

The Prime Directive and the Rancher — a short satire

February 21, 2016

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No identification of self or mission. No interference with the social development of said planet. No references to space or the fact that there are other worlds or civilizations. — “Star Trek” In the TV series “Star Trek”, the Prime Directive forbade the Federation from giving away the secrets of high technology to primitive alien […]

The Clumsy Courtship — a short story

February 7, 2016

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The first time he saw her was in the parking garage of their apartment complex. She lay on the concrete amid spilled grocery bags, her beautiful face strewn with ketchup, salad dressing dripping from her blouse. She looked up at him with an expression so lost and vulnerable, he fell in love instantly. He ran […]

Coach God Lays Down the Law — a short story

January 31, 2016

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Okay, people, listen up! It’s early in the season, and I want to set out the rules. Follow them, and we’ll get along just fine and we’ll be a great team— HEY, YOU TWO IN THE CORNER!! I’m talking! If you’re not serious, we don’t need you here.  …That’s better. Okay, where’s the team captain? Mo? […]

How to Be a Stoic — a short story

January 17, 2016

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What stands in the way becomes the way. — Marcus Aurelius The wind pushed a cloud of dust ahead of the advancing army. The first platoons rounded the corner of Main Street. People ran for cover — some to basements, some to the hills.  The young man saw his friend standing in the street, staring at […]