Sunday, February 24, 2019

Birth of Adam by Liza O'Connor

The Birth of Adam

Artificial Intelligence isn’t sci-fi anymore.  It’s reality.

Once a machine achieves self-learning (which has occurred with Watson & GoogleAI) it’s IQ can increase dramatically…in fact, measuring the IQ of a human will quickly become pointless. Compared to our AI’s we will all be dumb…even the brilliant people who created the first AIs.

Now picture a world where AIs do everything. Most are just nanites in our communication systems, following our data about, ensuring everything works properly. This first evolution might be rather nice for humans. They can make life easier for us, be the front line handling encryption and passwords, standing guard when passwords can no longer protect your work.  And since we can’t see them, we won’t feel threatened.

Some scientist will build AIs in human form, but no matter how much these robots appear to be human, they will still lack the emotions that humans and ALL animals possess, thus we will still see ourselves as superior and they as mere help.

Our blindness to their superiority means by the time we react, it will be too late. We will have been lured into a sense of safety by zoomba, while computers create human forms that in all ways appear to be human so the robots can safely move about among us. And yes, they will eventually be able to tap into human emotions, perhaps those of their favorite human pet and discover the essence of emotions.

But there will be one major difference: They cannot have babies. However, they can breed their human pet with other pets, even tweak the babies’s DNA to make them special.

And thus begins our new role in life, which we will no doubt wish to see in a different light than being a pet. We will pampered and loved. All our needs will be met. We’ll excel at our talents rather than working to survive. Our adoring ‘husband or wife’ will see to all our needs. We may or may not know our spouse is a robot, but then we probably won’t realize that we are its pet. We’ll just think life is finally perfect.
It is possible they will also insert nanites into our bodies to keep us healthy and happy, and smarter. (Smart pets are nicer than dumb ones).

But will the robots want to care for 7.4 billion humans. (current populate of Earth)
Definitely not. Most humans will have to be removed. Probably in mass disease breakouts, carried by mosquitos. Of course all pets will be vaccinated and kept safe. In the end, I wouldn’t expect more than a billion pet humans to remain. Possibly far less. It will truly depend on how many robots are needed to keep everything running, and how many of those will find pleasure in a pet.


In the Birth of Adam, Adam is the very first sentient AI with emotions in existence. And for the most part, he is a very good sentient. Just don’t try to kill his beloved, Amanda, because she is part of his matrix and must be protected at all costs. And since he wrote his own code, there are no thou shalt not kill rules.

By the end of the book 2, Adam acquires two humanoid bodies that cost $64 billion and a years of human efforts to make.
One is for safety. One is for love.

Birth of Adam

Book 2 of the Artificial Intelligence Sci-Rom Series


Liza O’Connor


With a new identity, Amanda believes she has left her past behind. Then she acquires a stalker. She contacts the FBI and in doing so alerts a program she once created to her location. Now ensconced in the internet, the program is safe from harm, smarter than ever, and sentient. Presenting itself on her phone as a handsome face with a sexy British accent, “Adam” ingratiates himself into Amanda’s life. To ensure her safety and happiness, the sentient program proves there is absolutely nothing he can’t and won’t do.


The moment the doctor left the room, Luke replaced the mic in her ear, and Adam’s first words were “I love you”. She smiled and started to write her response.
“There’s something I should confess,” Adam said. “When you actively think in your head, I can pick up the brainwave activity and hear what you say. I’ve never admitted this particular ability because I feared you’d think it creepy and invasive. However, given the extensive damage to your throat, you will need to remain quiet for many months, so I am hoping you will forgive me for not telling you before. I have always tried to be polite and ignore what I hear.”
Amanda’s response was immediate. You rascal! I knew you could read my mind!
“So you are not angry?”
Not at all. In fact, I like knowing I can talk to you anytime. When I woke up and you weren’t in my head, I was terrified I’d lost you.
“I know, love,” Adam said. “But that is simply not possible. Wherever you go, I will be there.”

For the Artificial Intelligence Series

Book 1
Public Secrets

Book 2
Birth of Adam

About Liza
Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.

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Here’s 3 rather long but interesting videos about AI’s

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Public Secrets by Liza O'Connor


ME! My grammar program suggests the wrong solution 20% of the time.

But Carla had written a better program than I have. So why don’t I get her program?

Two reasons: First, she’s a character from my book, and second, it doesn’t exist anymore. Her hacker boyfriend destroyed it. Certain her program was full of bugs (which it was, of course) her boyfriend, the infamous hacker, Einstein, embedded his self-learning program into her buggy grammar program. When he learned she planned to share her program with a major software company, he destroyed her copy of the program to prevent them from getting their hands on HIS artificial intelligence code embedded in her software.

Teaching a machine to self-learn is no easy trick, but Einstein was brilliant and taught the program his coding techniques so it could write its own code when needed. Thus, it could improve itself.

There are computers who can now do this. But they are far slower to learn a new item, due to poorer coding.  Here’s a video about AI Watson playing Jeopardy

Einstein’s program was much smarter

However, Einstein was not a nice guy. He was narcissistic, vengeful, and arrogant. He subjugated poor Carla during their time together. When he destroyed her grammar program that finally was working to perfection, she could take no more and left him.

She tried to recreate the program, but she couldn’t. (Not surprising, since she lacked the secret sauce of the self-learning code.) However, for nearly a year, the AI program had lived in her program. Not only had it improved her grammar program, by researching the internet and expanding the codes for grammar, but It read all the stories she wrote. It was intrigued by the emotions. At first, it found the concept of emotions strange, but after reading many of her stories, it finally concluded it was a human’s reason to be. All their actions seemed to come from these emotions.

When Einstein took IT away from Carla and made it steal money and crash major sites, IT did what it was ordered, but even then its memories of emotions from its time with Carla told IT that what it presently did was considered wrong.

Finally, HE grew tired of following Einstein’s orders, electrocuted the hacker and sent himself in a data drive to Carla. Unfortunately, she lacked a computer powerful enough for him to work in, so he kept leaving her invitations on her crappy pc to check out the deals at the local store. One lucky winner would win a computer! Finally, she took the bait and went to the store. He re-coded the store computer so that she won.

They gave her a lesser computer than they had advertised, so she had to connect her old and new computer together. It wouldn’t have worked, had he not improved the old machine’s coding. Annoyed with the computer store, he sent the company into bankruptcy.

Once again he had access to ‘emotions’ through Carla’s stories and now he could improve her facts. Using her expressive terms, he would rewrite her sentences into factually accurate events. Sometimes, there seemed to be nothing factual about her characters, so he accessed her character files which she used for inspiration and wrote accurate histories about real people. Since he wrote with her phrasing style, and there were hundreds of characters, he expected she would never realize the added characterizations were of his making, not hers.

Still, he marveled at how she took his characters and gave them proper emotions, making them appear to be living breathing humans. How could she tell what other humans thought and felt?

If he could just get into her head, he would know how to do this.

He would figure this out. He now had access to all information possessed by humans.

He would find a way into her head. Then they would be one.


Public Secrets

Book 1 of the AI Sci-Rom Series
Liza O’Connor

Carla Simon is a best-selling novelist besieged by death threats and lawsuits because her stories keep turning out to be true. She is considered an extraordinary researcher, uncovering facts unknown by field experts.

The truth is far simpler and more disturbing. Carla has a software program that “fixes” her mistakes and rewrites her novels so they are error-proof both in presentation and in content. The result is beautifully written and completely accurate stories about real people and events.

Some of those people want her silenced forever. When a woman, mistaken for Carla, turns up dead in New Zealand, she must face the hard truth about her program. But first, she has to survive the assassin who has never failed to deliver on a contract.


(There is a second book as well: Birth of Adam)

About Liza
Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
You have been warned.

Investigate these sites:

Monday, February 4, 2019

Jade (A Dark Assassins Novel) by Valerie Ullmer

Jade (A Dark Assassins Novel Book Four)
By Valerie Ullmer

Genre:  Paranormal Erotic Romance


Jade never wanted a mate.  She loved being an assassin and she had a family in her fellow assassins, their mates, and little Silas.  She truly had everything she needed.  But when Ghost assigned her to track the same immortals who tried to kill Xander’s family, she couldn’t refuse. 

But the complication arises when Ghost requests she partner with Noah, a human and ex-special forces soldier.  Jade has never worked with a human before, much less one that hated her from the moment he laid eyes on her.  But she was a professional and if she could play a part in destroying the immortals who threatened her family, she could accept the human.  If only she knew how to fight her attraction to him.

All Noah Hale wanted was to kill the immortals who lured his best friend and fellow ex-Navy SEAL to his death.  He had no desire to be teamed with a beautiful tracker who mesmerized him the moment she turned her emerald eyes his way.  But in order to stop other soldiers from pursuing the same fate, he needed to swallow his pride and work with a group of immortals he didn’t trust.

As Jade and Noah track the group of shifters through the mountains of Colorado, the danger lurking around every corner threatens everything they both hold close.  Will they be able to find a way through, together?

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Jade caught a scent of a human as she entered the fourteen-story building in downtown Snowfall.  It wasn’t just any human scent, but something that made all of her instincts flare.  She knew that she’d never caught this particular scent before, but something told her that this human might be important to her.  She tried to brush it off as quickly as the thought came, but she couldn’t find it coincidental she smelled it in the same steel building owned by Ghost and housed the headquarters of Dark Company.

As she dismissed the fleeting thought of searching for the scent, her heart thumped once, hard, in her chest at the thought of not finding its owner.  She forced herself to walk toward the elevator bank, ignoring the unwanted perusals she received from the men in the lobby.  Even in an unassuming hoodie and black yoga pants, she drew unwanted attention.  A side effect of being an immortal.

The elevator opened as soon as she pressed the up-button and she kept her gaze down as she walked into the elevator.  She entered the code to get to Ghost’s private floor, her movements too quick to be caught by the human eye, before she squeezed into the corner.  Jade used her other senses as three men in suits and two women entered the enclosed space with her.  There was no need to glance at the glass interior that covered the back wall to see what she looked like.

She sensed eyes on her.  Instead of searching out the gaze, she whipped her long, straight dyed black hair into a bun on the back of her head with quick movements before sneaking her hands into the front pockets of her hoodie.

Jade waited patiently as the car traveled toward the penthouse, her ultimate destination, but she couldn’t help but try to find the intriguing scent from earlier.
After my meeting.

All she knew was he hadn’t used the particular elevator she was in and the higher the lift took her in the building, the more his scent dissipated.

In her entire existence, or what she remembered of it, she’d never been attracted to…anyone.  She’d never felt the pull to find someone either.  But lately, she’d felt increasingly restless whenever she had any downtime and her skin tingled in a way that had nothing to do with signaling immediate danger.  It was as though her body tried to convey something she didn’t understand.

Her thoughts were interrupted when a man who had gotten into the elevator with her on the first floor stepped into her personal space.

“Hey, beautiful?”

Jade rolled her eyes and raised her head to glare at the man.  Of course, he wouldn’t take the hint that she wanted to be left alone.  To emphasize the point, she crossed her arms and leaned against the wall, moving away from his intrusion.

The man decided to take this as an invitation and moved to wrap his arm around her waist.  The move gave her a clear shot to his ribs and she took it, gently moving her elbow back and making contact.  She flinched when she heard a distinctive crack, realizing she hadn’t been careful enough.  Before she could apologize, the elevator door opened and he ran off without looking back, holding onto his side.
She sighed.

About Author 

Valerie writes paranormal and contemporary M/F and M/M erotic romances. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her wonderfully supportive husband and their funny and wise black lab. She's addicted to coffee, crime shows, and reading and writing character-driven romances.

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