MEMORIES WITH MAYA is Released
Memories with Maya, is a hard scifi novel that cuts through genres, touching on today's hard science focus: Artificial Intelligence, the singularity, transhumanism and augmented Reality and how these disciplines will affect human emotions, relationships and our evolution as a species...even after death.
The story is two layered and aimed at audiences who like to geek out on the social aspects of evolving technology, both hardware such as Google Glass, and software algorithm development in AR and AI.
A brief synopsis of the novel:
"Emotions are like a virus, a common cold-disrupting the flow of logic in the mind," Daniel reminds himself.
Dan's work involves creating commercially viable AR solutions. The recession and an explosion of data-cops is drying out his streams of income.
He turns to close friend, Krish, a researcher in Artificial Intelligence, in the hope that they can come up with ideas for the entertainment market. His girlfriend, Maya, and her family return to their homeland after her father passes away.
Dan and Maya continue their relationship via Dirrogates (digital surrogates), experiencing human touch through haptics. Krish gets a job at the prestigious A.I.R.I. Using AIRI's lab, Krish and Dan create an advanced visor with Augmented Intelligence built in. They dub it "Wizer."
A board member at AIRI sees potential in the Wizer other than what Dan and Krish have in mind.
At a test in a nightclub, things go wrong. Can the Wizer "insure memories" and be a catalyst to accelerate the journey toward eventual singularity?
Idea seeding in augmented reality:
The story has real and implementable case scenarios for augmented reality woven tightly into the plot. AR for the health industry, homeland security, nightclub entertainment, and advertising are among a few ideas seeded in the novel.
About the Author:
Clyde DSouza is a Creative Technology Evangelist. He explores technologies such as augmented reality, real-time game engines and stereoscopic 3D and their influence on human perception. His non fiction book "Think in 3D" has been seen on a growing number of film locations and is used as prep reading by directors and cinematographers.
His second book "Memories With Maya" is a fiction novel in the hard science/tech-noir genre. The story explores the impact augmented intelligence will have in personal relationships and in society.