Stephen B. Kagan Augmented Dreams

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Augmented Dreams

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A mythic journey through a hypermodern landscape... the struggle to find balance between our place in Nature and the Technological World in a time of accelerating change. It is the year 2048 and neural implants have replaced smartphones, glasses and goggles to connect the citizens of the wealthy nations to virtual and augmented worlds. Most of the first generation of advanced human like Artificial Intelligence have been destroyed in fear for what they might do to us in some possible future.

Gordon, an MRI researcher and avid transhumanist, goes on quests through virtual worlds with his friend Eli to find the few remaining A.I. who survived the Purge. Life becomes far more complicated than they bargained for when they reach the virtual world of ancient Babylon. Like Gilgamesh and Enkidu, they annoy the gods now in virtual game worlds and must come to terms with the consequences.

Daniel had unplugged to escape his past and the overwhelming tsunami of technological change went to hide in the peaceful forests of Vermont. Illness forces him out of his long sabbatical to start coming to terms with medical nanotechnology and his estrangement from the hyper-modern world.

Ben, a virtual artist and dream researcher discovers a common dream as sleeping sickness spreading across the planet like a pandemic. His wife is infected and while he goes to nature to find peace, he must also go on an odyssey through the mythic worlds in the Entertainment Zone of the Net to find a cure.

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Central Questions:

  • How does technology change what it means to and feels to be human?
  • What are the psychological consequences of Neural Implants for connectivity to Augmented Realities and full submersion in Virtual realities?
  • How will mythology influence the future of gaming?
  • How will Artificial Intelligence respond to being controlled?

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It is the year 2048 and information has seeped into all the nooks and crannies of the world from layers of useful augmentations to vast virtual game worlds . Most people now access this web of information directly through nano built neural implants.  Most of the advanced AI left after the Great Purge are now under the control of the military and powerful corporations. A few though are still free, hiding in the virtual game worlds of the Web.

Ben, a nature friendly virtual artist (worldweaver) and dream researcher follows a trail of darkness on an odyssey through different worlds of cyberspace to find a virtual art thief. Gordon, an MRI researcher, technophile and part time AI hunter seeks a cure for a mysterious web based sleeping sickness spreading throughout the population. Daniel, a recluse poet and Luddite struggles with having to use medical nanotechnology to cure his cancer but what he finds in the unconscious foundations of his biology is nothing less than a revelation that will change everything.

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