Well it’s a new year and my one New Year’s Resolution was to revive this into a living and breathing blog again. So let’s start the new year with a discussion on my first Nature paper, well actually it’s Nature Physics, but that’s extra cool for a biologist. Right? This would be a huge deal at BYU normally. I’d get my picture put on the BYU website and everything for a Nature paper. Why not this? Well because hem . . . hem it’s a science fiction. But even so, Nature Futures is well known among the SciFi crowd as a stellar (no pun intended) venue. It’s wacky hard to get a story there and is a qualifying venue for membership in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (you know that give out the Nebula Award). So I’m counting it as cool.
Anyway, here is the story Démodé for discussion. After watching the IBM computer on Jeopardy, I think Ken Jennings was right on the money when he said, “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.” Add the ability to read scientific papers and its not a great leap to writing them. Add a bit of evolutionary algorithms and voilà you’re passé.