Day 16: What Has Been Seen Cannot be Unseen

More than two weeks ago now, I announced my crazy intention of producing a musical stage play on nuclear weapons and artificial intelligence called American Doomsday. You can’t see me right now, but I’m laughing and shaking nervously. And asking myself, “wait, what?” In the meantime, I’ve started the novel that will serve as the basis for the stage play. I’ve been reflecting a great deal on what it means to write a story that is 1) compelling enough to attract a broad audience; 2) sufficiently faithful to the complex and technical topics of nuclear deterrence, the nuclear triad, false alarms, perception, Read more…

Day 1: An Idea is Born

I’ve often heard the phrase, timing is everything. After spending several decades on this planet, I’m inclined to agree. As a fiction writer and content creator, I get new ideas every day and can get excited about any number of them. Sadly, I don’t have the time, energy, or resources to execute them all. But I often wish I could see where all my ideas might lead–to explore whether or not they might work or have the effects I anticipate. But it’s not enough to have a good idea. Even successful execution of a good idea by the right person is not Read more…

My Hero (Ch. 42) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 042

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-42.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:08 — 24.5MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 42. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 26, 2019.  I’m sad to say that this is my final episode of the Bionic Bug podcast. This is somewhat bittersweet because I’ve grown fond of sharing my thoughts with you. If you’ve been listening from the beginning, thank you so much for Read more…

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…

Anagram (Ch. 41) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 041

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-41.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 23:48 — 20.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 41. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 20, 2019.  Two episodes in one week? Yes, it’s true. This is my second to last episode of Bionic Bug. If you’ve enjoyed the podcast, I hope you’ll tune into my new podcast called Authors of Mass Destruction, which will be launching in Read more…

CyberShop (Ch. 40) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 040

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-40.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:51 — 16.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 40. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 20, 2019.  Let’s talk tech: Outerspace is heating up. My headline for this week is “Pentagon to Study Putting Anti-Missile Laser Weapons in Space,” published on Defense One by Patrick Tucker on January 16. The Pentagon released its long-awaited Missile Defense Review, the Read more…

Poison Darts (Ch. 39) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 039

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-39.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 20:09 — 17.1MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 39. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 13, 2019.  Thanks to the winter storm, you’re getting a bonus episode this weekend.  Let’s talk tech! I have one more tech headline for you this weekend. “DARPA Thinks Insect Brains Might Hold the Secret to Next-Gen AI” published on Defense One on Read more…

The Building (Ch. 38) – Bionic Bug Podcast Episode 038

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-38.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 16:35 — 14.3MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 38. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 13, 2019.  No personal update today except that we’re stuck inside in the middle of a beautiful winter snow storm.  Let’s talk tech. I have one headline for this week: “I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone,” published on Read more…

The Plague (Ch. 37) – Bionic Bug Podcast 037

https://media.blubrry.com/bionic_bug_podcast/p/natashabajema.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bionic-Bug-Episode-37.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 19:39 — 16.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | MoreHey everyone, welcome back to Bionic Bug podcast! You’re listening to episode 37. This is your host Natasha Bajema, fiction author, futurist, and national security expert. I’m recording this episode on January 6, 2019.  Happy New Year everyone! I hope this year is full of promise. 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 Read more…