Emotion-monitoring AI, part II

This is my second post on the emerging tech of emotion-recognition AI. In my last post, I considered some of the consequences of algorithmic blind spots on likely applications of emotion-recognition tech. In this post, I’ll get into algorithmic bias.

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Emergent tech: emotion-monitoring AI

Back in 2019, when in-person conventions were still a thing, I participated in a Can-Con panel about the future of emotion-monitoring technology and AI. The panel was terrific, with able moderation by Kim-Mei Kirtland and fascinating contributions from my fellow panelists. I’ve written up some of my thoughts from that panel to share here.

Because of my tech background, I always find it interesting to think about the potential effects of bugs in fictional and emerging technology.

This is is the first of a series of posts the emerging tech of emotion-recognition AI, focusing on the strange and dark places that bugs in this tech could take us.

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Free STEAM lessons

With so many families suddenly homeschooling, I made three free astronomy mini-lessons. They’re for kids 8-12, & they explore the number of stars in the sky and the vastness of the universe. If you live in the city & your kids can barely see the Milky Way at night, these lessons are for you.

Each lesson has a short reading and a STEAM activity. Total time about 30-60 mins per lesson, depending on the kid.

Please share, remix, reuse & enjoy. (CC-BY-4.0)

Stars, Skyglow, and You

This image of the Milky Way is by Bruno Gilli/ESO, http://www.eso.org/public/images/milkyway/

FREE EBOOK – The Auditor and the Exorcist

I’m releasing my novelette The Auditor and the Exorcist as a free ebook, CC-licensed, for the enjoyment of anyone who needs entertainment while self-isolating or social distancing… bc who doesn’t? Please enjoy, share, and leave comments.

Free ebook download: Download EPUB

Read online as HTML instead: Read

More free reads: http://nrmroshak.com/free-reads

Kat Day article on novellas & novelettes

Super pleased to be included in an article by the incomparable Kat Day (@chronicleflask) for Writers’ Forum Magazine, in which Kat discusses writers’ experiences with novellas and novelettes. Kat interviewed me over email about “The Auditor and the Exorcist,” an 11K-word story published under CC license in Working Futures, which I’ve also posted to read free online here.

Image credit: Kat Day (@chronicleflask). Thanks Kat!

Things Living In My Jars

My author bio says, “I live in Ontario, Canada, with a small family and a revolving menagerie of Things In Jars.”

But what things are living in my jars? This is important information! The public needs to know!

So I added a widget to my website. On the right-hand side, you can now see my current inventory of Things Living In Jars.
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2019 award eligibility post

The end of the year is a time to look back, to reflect on the new stories I’ve had published this year… and to note which of them are eligible for genre awards, in case anyone’s tempted to nominate one.

Here’s my list of award-eligible fiction for 2019. I note also that it’s my second year of eligibility for the Astounding award.

SFF Short Stories
🚀 “The Zest for Life,” – published in Future Science Fiction Digest, Issue 2, March 2019.
The plastic-pollution problem is solved by our appetites.
Kori and Nori Go Out For T. A. C. O.s – published in Young Explorers’ Adventure Guide Volume 6, December 2019.
Two adventurous child-droids go on a mission. Outrageous puns, post-apocalyptic adventure, and maybe even a TACO at the end.
SFF Novelette
🚀 “The Auditor and the Exorcist” – published in Working Futures, October 2019.
A story about the future of work in a near-future world with AI-mediated social credit.
Literary Flash Fiction
🚀 Salt, Spices, Fat, Honey – published in Flash Fiction Online, January 2019.
A brief meditation on hunger, need, and co-dependency.

New story: Kori and Nori Go Out For T. A. C. O.s

I have a story in the Young Explorers’ Adventure Guide, Volume 6, which is now available on Amazon. YEAG is a fantastic anthology series packed with fun SF for middle-grade explorers of the universe. Plus, I’m sharing a TOC with Nancy Kress! Woot!

My story, “Kori and Nori Go Out For T. A. C. O.s”, features two adventurous child-droids on a mission. I promise outrageous puns, post-apocalyptic adventure, and maybe even a TACO at the end.

If you have any elementary-aged science-fiction readers in your life, the Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is stuffed with new worlds and new adventures written for kids. Or, as the Kickstarter put it, “24 more amazing science fiction stories for girls, boys and robots of all ages.”