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.

Eyes in the Sky—AI swarms? https://www.npr.org/2021/09/23/1040035430/flying-microchip-sand-grain-northwestern-winged

The Scientific History of Existence of Soul | Spirituality | Happiness | Self-Awareness | Science | Prabhupada World https://medium.com/partandparcel/the-scientific-proof-of-souls-existence-b419a82520c1

Occam’s Razor. Let us start from the two most basic… | by Yah Weh | Medium https://rationaldeist.medium.com/occams-razor-ec5eba251a3

After Conquering Space, Jeff Bezos Is Chasing Immortality | by Nabil Alouani | Sep, 2021 | OneZero https://onezero.medium.com/after-conquering-space-jeff-bezos-is-chasing-immortality-74c942924ab8

Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley's latest wild bet on living forever | MIT Technology Review https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/09/04/1034364/altos-labs-silicon-valleys-jeff-bezos-milner-bet-living-forever/

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