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A Prophecy of the Present and Future

November 24, 2022
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Title: A Prophecy of the Present and Future

Description: I am really excited to be joined by author Craig W. Stanfill to talk about all things of Artificial Intelligence, dystopian futures and defiance in a heavily controlled world. Craig and I will discuss his latest Sci-fi dystopian novel, Prophecy of the Heron. It is ripped right out of the headlines!

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Craig W. Stanfill, author of the novels Terms of Service and Prophecy of the Heron

Original Publication Date: 12/8/2022

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Thank you for joining me again on Beyond the Big Screen. I am really excited to be joined by author Craig w Stanfield to talk about all things artificial intelligence, dystopian futures, and defiance in a heavily controlled world. Uh, before we get started, uh, Craig, can you tell us a bit about your background and what made you want to write, uh, fiction, particularly science fiction?
Okay, well first of all, in terms of my background, I've got a long history of, uh, work as a technologist, as a software entrepreneur. Got a doctorate in computer science, artificial intelligence in the 1980s. I've had a long career in the technology industry, primarily, you know, starting out with artificial intelligence and then moving forward into enterprise computing where I've worked on technology that is used to collect and analyze data for marketing purposes for a lot of [00:02:00] very, very big companies that are, uh, household names around the country.
And so I've got a lot of insight into both what you can do using AI to. Make decisions automatically. And collect the data that Theis need for that, for that, uh, decision making. And then to affect change in the world, uh, by reaching out into the, uh, telephone network. So there's, there's parts of the world where technology that I've built, uh, affects what shows up on people's cell phones in a number of countries, uh, where.
You know, you pick up your cell phone and the cell phone sends you a marketing message as well, Sam, why? I develop a lot of that technology so I know what can be done and I know what is being done and it starts to worry me. When you look at places like Google and Facebook, uh, and Twitter and all the others.
And how much of an effect they can have on reality as you see it, or [00:03:00] the perceived reality as opposed to the real reality by tailoring what you see and making things that they don't want you to see go away. And then, uh, use of rewards and, uh, punishments if you, uh, depending on your behavior, and it worries me.
It's a fundamental change to. What it means to be a liberal democracy. I'm using liberal in the very general sense of liberty. And, uh, it, that's what really drove me to work. I just saw this happening and I felt that the best way to reach out with some of these concerns was to set it in a fictional world where you could see, well, if this keeps going, here's what could happen.
I'd like to, I think t

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Steve Guerra is a historian and podcaster who hosts three different shows. He started with the History of the Papacy Podcast in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast that delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews. His newest show, Organized Crime and Punishment, takes a deep dive into the roots, evolution, and impact of organized crime across different cultures and countries.
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