Beware the Jabberwocky: The AI Monsters Are Coming

I wrote this essay as part of A Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) Periodic Publication entitled AI, China, Russia, and the Global Order: Technological, Political, Global, and Creative Perspectives edited by Nicholas D. Wright and Mariah C. Yager. For the full paper, visit the NSI website. Introduction In my recent reflections about the exponential growth in artificial intelligence and the potential implications for humanity and the global order, a pulse fired across the synapses in my brain. Seemingly out of nowhere, I began humming a familiar tune set to Lewis Carroll’s famous poem entitled Jabberwocky.  “Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that Read more…

Setting Goals for 2019

Sitting at my computer this evening, I’m feeling a bit sheepish. I may have already gotten off on the wrong foot as an Indie author in 2019. For one, I’ve not kept pace with my planned writing/editing quotas this month–it’s been such a slog. I’ve also been procrastinating on setting my goals for 2019 for nearly a month. And if I don’t set them now, it just won’t be as meaningful. I tend to procrastinate a task when I haven’t quite figured something out or really don’t want to do something. I might also be overwhelmed by the tasks I Read more…

Sowing the Seeds for Your Writer’s Journey

For the past three years, I’ve spent the end of the year reflecting on what I’ve achieved as an Indie author. I also set my publishing goals for the coming year. In 2017, I set many writing goals that I didn’t meet. In my end-of-year analysis, I concluded that my goals were unrealistic because they weren’t informed by real experience. This year, I feel far more “seasoned” as an Indie author. Well, at least I know how long it takes to write, edit, and publish a book. Don’t talk to me about launching my series, marketing, or advertising though. I’m Read more…

Coffee (Ch. 9) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 009

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-Episode-9.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:14 — 19.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 9. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on June 17, 2018. I hope you didn’t miss my special episode on June 7 where I interviewed biohacker Josiah Zayner about genetic engineering, CRISPR, frogs and much more. You can see the episode as recorded LIVE on YouTube as well. Today, I’m going to Read more…

DARPA (Ch. 8) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 008

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-Episode-8.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:29 — 20.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 8. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on May 26, 2018. This Memorial Day weekend, we remember everyone who died serving in the armed forces. Today, I’m going to cut to the chase and just read you chapter 8 from my book. That means no tech news or behind-the-scenes information. I have Read more…

The Police Station (Ch. 7) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 007

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-Episode-7.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:17 — 36.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 7. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. First off, I have a quick personal update. Project Gecko, Book Two in the Lara Kingsley Series, came back from my editor last Monday. Good news: He likes it. Expected news: We can make it even better. As many of you know, I’m working with a developmental editor, Clark Read more…

The Bionic Bug (Ch. 6) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 006

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-episdoe-6.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 27:39 — 23.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 6. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. Before we get started, a quick reminder. The views expressed on this podcast are my own and do not reflect the official policy or position of the National Defense University, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government. Professional and personal updates: I just got back from traveling to Destin, Read more…

My Year of Firsts

Last Saturday night, I was laying in bed unable to sleep and googling random things including my first novel Bionic Bug and did a massive double-take. I discovered that the hardcover version of Bionic Bug is currently available for sale on Amazon in Canada. FYI, my book is not supposed to launch on Amazon until 2019, and I didn’t intend to publish it there. After all, I have a well-planned strategy for soft launching my books. Or maybe not… I sat up straight in bed and said aloud: “Say what? This can’t be happening.” Okay, okay, there might have been a swear Read more…

The Safe Room (Ch. 5) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 005

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Bionic-Bug-podcast-episode-5.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:47 — 24.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 5. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. First, I have a personal update. Project Gecko, Book Two of the Lara Kingsley Series is now with my editor. I’m on pins and needles waiting for his initial feedback, which I will get in mid-May. While I have a bit of free time, I’m currently busy outlining Book Read more…

The Townhouse (Ch. 4) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 004

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Bionic-Bug-Podcast-Episode-4.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:30 — 31.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast, episode 4. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, national security expert and “insecto-phobe”. First off, a personal update. I just finished my second draft of Project Gecko, Book Two of the Lara Kingsley Series. I’ll be sending it to my editor on May 1. I’m thrilled to finally reach this next step in my writer journey. If you’re a writer, you know the constant struggle Read more…