JamesELalonde2

I am a Seattle writer and technologist with a passion for AI, nanotechnology, cybernetics and the quest for power, omnipotence and immortality. Call it the coming Singularity—or the Second Coming. We live in interesting times.

I grew up in one of the most interesting places on the planet, Missoula, Montana. From a young age, I roamed free in the mountains and wilderness. The Big Sky inspired me to dream and to challenge myself in the outdoors. Solitude gave me a powerful sense of the profound, of something much bigger than you or me or even the Big Sky.

Most of all, I was a high school science nerd—I placed third in the International Science Fair in Applied Physics. Together, these two passions fueled my curiosity about the world beyond my little hometown. I started off with the intent to become a doctor. I earned a BS in Biology from Gonzaga University, but soon realized—while looking into the eyes of my hapless lab frog—that this path was not for me.

What I wanted to do was write. That’s how I became an environment and technology journalist—at Seattle’s Weekly, The Seattle Times and at the NBC affiliate KING TV News. I also was involved in the startup of several software and digital media companies.

I’ve had many other careers, ranging from working the Pipeline in the Arctic Circle; fishing in the Gulf of Alaska; a stint in the Merchant Marines; working with the homeless and mentally ill as a counselor; and a few years as an Italian gelato maker.

In 2015, I earned an MFA from Pacific University, in Forest Grove, OR. Along the way, I was twice a finalist in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. I published an indie novel, Holotar: Last Queen of the White Shamans—the tale of a video game monster made real. I can’t say that I made enough money to buy a round of gelato, but Holotar was Number 25 in the ‘Amazon Top 100 Free Novels’ promotion, with over 3000 downloads. It’s a good scary read.

Pig brains kept alive outside body for hours after death raises questions if brain damage and death are permanent. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-01216-4

Not Bot, Not Beast: Scientists Create First Ever Living, Programmable Organism https://singularityhub.com/2020/01/22/not-bot-not-beast-scientists-create-first-ever-living-programmable-organism/

Alphabet CEO backs temporary ban on facial-recognition technology over misuse worry https://in.finance.yahoo.com/news/alphabet-ceo-backs-temporary-ban-145332071.html

The secretive company that might end privacy as we know it - The New York Times https://apple.news/AqZ68HYjYR7SLZbErPVGi8Q

Mojo Vision’s Augmented Reality Contact Lenses Kick off a Race to AR for Your Eyes https://singularityhub.com/2020/01/17/mojo-visions-augmented-reality-contact-lenses-kick-off-a-race-to-ar-in-your-eye/

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