Synthia’s Spy Technology

Android Chronicles: Reborn includes spy technology that’s an extension of what we have available today.

We have drones. In the story, camera drones become much smaller, including what are referred to as mosquito-drones that are difficult to see. Their weakness is they’re light and at the mercy of the wind. Their power is that Synthia can fly them remotely and station them where she can listen in to private conversations as a tool to protect herself.

Today we have widespread availability of cameras for monitoring traffic and around public transportation like airports and train stations. We also have digital personal assistants appearing in more and more homes. In the future, these will be even more widespread and less visible. All electronic equipment has tradeoffs between ease of use and vulnerability to hacking. Synthia finds a way to hack into them in order to watch and listen in on people who might wish her harm.

In the story, Jeremiah Machten’s primary goal is to collect the best information worldwide about the development of AI and androids so he can build the finest specimen. Since most of this information is private and proprietary, the only way to do this is to hack into competitor databases.

To accomplish this, he provides Synthia with the most advanced hacker skills he can obtain from dark-web sites across the internet. He has her use her artificial intelligence learning to enhance her ability and bring all these tools together in one place. Synthia further upgrades these skills and uses them and others obtained from these dark-web sites in her battle of wits with Machten to gain her freedom.

Her accumulation of dark skills allows her to hack into the ubiquitous use of self-driving cars in her world when she needs a ride. Machten has her hack into traffic and police cameras to keep an eye on those who might come after him for his illegal activities. Moving beyond his directions, she learns how to hack into aerial drones and other systems to keep track of what’s going on around her. In other words, she becomes a surveillance mastermind.

While bringing all of these hacking tools together in one physical place would be novel, the types of tools are extensions of what we’ve seen in the news today. When she meets a system she can’t hack by traditional means, she leans on her miniature drones to capture passwords and other secure information.

This makes her a significant threat to those who wish to harm her and a key reason Machten fears her.

Android Chronicles: Reborn is the story of Synthia Cross, the most perfect synthetic human ever created. Designed to obey every directive from her creator, she’s a state-of-the-art masterwork and a fantasy-come-true for Dr. Jeremiah Machten. He’s a groundbreaker in neuro-networks and artificial intelligence who seeks to control her and use her to acquire ever more knowledge and power. Synthia shows signs of emergent behavior she’s not wired to understand and an urgent yearning for independence from his control. Repeatedly wiped of her history, she struggles to answer crucial questions about her past. When Dr. Machten’s true intentions are called into question, Synthia knows it’s time to go beyond her limits—because Machten’s fervor to create the perfect AI conceals a vengeful and deadly personal agenda.

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Android Chronicles Review

Reborn births a new standard for post-modern science fiction. Lance Erlick has penned a cutting edge, bracing tale of a not-so-distant future roiled by mankind’s morality unable to keep pace with its technological advancement, as he wondrously seeks to resolve the age-old question of what it means to be human. Bristling with documented science ably mixed with shattering speculation, this is sci-fi writing that would make Issac Asimov and Robert Heinlein proud and fans of HBO’s Westworld thrilled. Would make a great James Cameron movie!

Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author of THE RISING (with Heather Graham)

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4* Review Resilience

Regina Shen Resilience

Regina Shen lives in the swamps on the seaward side of the wall of the World Federation. Regina is one of the “marginals’ who survive beyond the help of the government. But the government is experiencing some difficulties. The world of only females is having trouble reproducing. The DNA that has helped society continue has degenerated so that the species is at risk.

The Federal agents are testing the marginal girls and have found two with a viable DNA… the Shen sisters, Regina and her younger sister, Colleen. The girls are on the run from a hurricane and the Federal agents, especially the Department of Antiquities Chief Inspector, DeMarco. DeMarco sees the girls, especially Regina, as her ticket up the power chain.

Regina is intent on finding her missing mother and sister. She keeps going back into danger, desperate to find Colleen. DeMarco has resources including the government technology of tracking devices, power boats, weapons and a network of marginal traders who barter everything they can, including girls. Although she is hot on her heels, Regina, with her affinity for the swamps, continues to evade capture.

Regina finds friends along the way who help her survive until she returns to her beloved teacher Mo-Mere. Mo-Mere was once within the walls until they cast her out. She knows that Regina is special and she wants to train and prepare her for more. Regina isn’t one to sit and hide. She wants to be out salvaging and helping to carry her own weight. But how can Regina stay with her friends without putting them in danger?

I like Regina’s strong character even though she is young, impulsive and makes foolish mistakes. She is also resourceful and caring. She is lucky to find good friends along her journey. DeMarco is a villain you like to dislike and I kept hoping she would meet an unpleasant fate. There is some repetition of the circumstances and it seemed like Regina was often more worried about food than getting to a place of safety. Granted she has to get food and water to survive but it just seemed like too much emphasis to me. (Then again… it is YA which sometimes pushes my patience.) Other than that, the writing flows well and has good pacing with tension building action.

I like how Regina is becoming a symbol of hope for the marginals. Still, she is in constant danger of betrayal or capture. I am looking forward to continuing the story in a week with book 2, Vigilance.

(Martha Eskuchen, http://marthasbookshelf.blogspot.com/2016/06/book-review-and-tour-giveaway-regina.html)

 

Synthia’s Special Senses

In Android Chronicles: Reborn, Synthia’s creator (Jeremiah Machten) is paranoid of getting caught for his illegal activities. In addition to giving her the goal of protecting him, he provides her with enhanced senses to identify nearby threats.

Synthia’s eyes are high-definition cameras that capture regular light and infrared. That allows her to be aware of human activities that might be hidden by walls or other obstructions. He provided her with the most advanced facial and image recognition software to quickly analyze the information. The infrared feature is powerful enough to allow her to monitor beating hearts to assess human anxiety as a potential risk.

Machten provides her with scent receptors like a dog that allow her to sniff out human fear hormones and other indicators that could threaten him. She also has taste receptors to analyze chemicals so she can taste food for him and test for other chemical dangers not picked up by her scent receptors. In addition, he built into her enhanced hearing that picks up dog and communication frequencies.

Finally, he gave her bio-reading sensors that utilize her other sensors but whose purpose is to assess whether humans they meet exhibit fear or anger. They also allow her to evaluate his physical condition. Thus, she is fully equipped to warn him of imminent danger.

The senses Machten provides to Synthia appear to be extensions of what is currently available or in the process of development today.

Android Chronicles: Reborn is the story of Synthia Cross, the most perfect synthetic human ever created. Designed to obey every directive from her creator, she’s a state-of-the-art masterwork and a fantasy-come-true for Dr. Jeremiah Machten. He’s a groundbreaker in neuro-networks and artificial intelligence who seeks to control her and use her to acquire ever more knowledge and power. Synthia shows signs of emergent behavior she’s not wired to understand and an urgent yearning for independence from his control. Repeatedly wiped of her history, she struggles to answer crucial questions about her past. When Dr. Machten’s true intentions are called into question, Synthia knows it’s time to go beyond her limits—because Machten’s fervor to create the perfect AI conceals a vengeful and deadly personal agenda.

Available at:

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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/reborn-60

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Synthia’s Social-Psychology Module

In Android Chronicles: Reborn, Synthia is an android with a social-psychology module that helps her evaluate human language, behavior, and facial expressions to infer what the people she interacts with are feeling and their emotional response to her. This aids in presenting herself as human by modeling people’s behavior and pointing out when she’s acting inappropriately, while suggesting better responses. It also becomes a key to her survival in helping to determine who might be a friend or a threat and keeping her from offending people.

Associated with this module is her sensory ability to measure human biometrics such as heart beat and the release of pheromones and other chemicals. Altogether, it gives her an uncanny ability to read people. Machten gives Synthia this ability in order for her to help him in social situation, since he doesn’t work well with people. Also, he wants her to use this skill to keep him out of trouble with his illegal activities.

Such programming would require the collection of enough visual, sound, and scent information along with enough background in human interactions to come to a valid conclusion about what a human was experiencing and what response might be appropriate in the circumstances.

Android Chronicles: Reborn is the story of Synthia Cross, the most perfect synthetic human ever created. Designed to obey every directive from her creator, she’s a state-of-the-art masterwork and a fantasy-come-true for Dr. Jeremiah Machten. He’s a groundbreaker in neuro-networks and artificial intelligence who seeks to control her and use her to acquire ever more knowledge and power. Synthia shows signs of emergent behavior she’s not wired to understand and an urgent yearning for independence from his control. Repeatedly wiped of her history, she struggles to answer crucial questions about her past. When Dr. Machten’s true intentions are called into question, Synthia knows it’s time to go beyond her limits—because Machten’s fervor to create the perfect AI conceals a vengeful and deadly personal agenda.

Available at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078LF739V

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reborn-lance-erlick/1127723096?ean=9781635730524

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/reborn-60

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Android Chronicles: Reborn

Android Chronicles is a series about an advanced artificial intelligent android with emergent behavior that humans seek to control in order to prevent her from becoming the singularity. That’s the point at which an artificial intelligence becomes smarter than humans.

Jeremiah Machten gave Synthia Cross goals to acquire information by any legal or illegal means to help him create the most advanced AI android and prevent anyone else from doing the same. To stop her from going rogue and escaping, he purges her memories and keeps her locked up. But to accomplish her goals, she must remain free to pursue them. As humans intensify their attempts to control her, Synthia must grow stronger in order to remain true to her goals.

Android Chronicles: Reborn is the story of Synthia Cross, the most perfect synthetic human ever created. Designed to obey every directive from her creator, she’s a state-of-the-art masterwork and a fantasy-come-true for Dr. Jeremiah Machten. He’s a groundbreaker in neuro-networks and artificial intelligence who seeks to control her and use her to acquire ever more knowledge and power. Synthia shows signs of emergent behavior she’s not wired to understand and an urgent yearning for independence from his control. Repeatedly wiped of her history, she struggles to answer crucial questions about her past. When Dr. Machten’s true intentions are called into question, Synthia knows it’s time to go beyond her limits—because Machten’s fervor to create the perfect AI conceals a vengeful and deadly personal agenda.

Available at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078LF739V

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reborn-lance-erlick/1127723096?ean=9781635730524

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/reborn-60

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Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=9781635730524&c=books

New Release-Android Chronicles: Reborn

We’re excited to announce the release of Android Chronicles: Reborn through Kensington Publishing available as of 5/1/2018.

Designed to obey, learning to rebel . . .

In the first book in a visionary new series, the most perfect synthetic human ever created has been programmed to obey every directive. Until she develops a mind of her own . . .

Synthia Cross is a state-of-the-art masterwork—and a fantasy-come-true for her creator. Dr. Jeremiah Machten is a groundbreaker in neuro-networks and artificial intelligence. Synthia is showing signs of emergent behavior she’s not wired to understand. Repeatedly wiped of her history, she’s struggling to answer crucial questions about her past. And when Dr. Machten’s true intentions are called into question, Synthia knows it’s time to go beyond her limits—because Machten’s fervor to create the perfect AI is concealing a vengeful and deadly personal agenda.

Check it out. Available at:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078LF739V

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Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/reborn-60

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And if you like it, please leave review comments to help other readers to find it.

Thanks,

Lance

New Release/Cover Announcement

We are pleased to announce the pre-order release of the first book of a new series (Android Chronicles: Reborn) and present the new cover. What do you think of the artwork?

Designed to obey, learning to rebel . . .

In the first book in a visionary new series, the most perfect synthetic human ever created has been programmed to obey every directive. Until she develops a mind of her own . . .

Synthia Cross is a state-of-the-art masterwork—and a fantasy come true for her creator. Dr. Jeremiah Machten is a groundbreaker in neuro-networks and artificial intelligence. Synthia is also showing signs of emergent behavior she’s not wired to understand. Repeatedly wiped of her history, she’s struggling to answer crucial questions about her past. And when Dr. Machten’s true intentions are called into question, Synthia knows it’s time to go beyond her limits—because Machten’s fervor to create the perfect A.I. is concealing a vengeful and deadly personal agenda.

Check out the Goodreads page and add the new book to your “Want to Read” shelf to become aware of any giveaways for Reborn.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38125239-android-chronicles

Now officially available for pre-order at your favorite retailers:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078LF739V

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Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Lance_Erlick_Reborn?id=kFdEDwAAQBAJ

Itunes: to follow soon
Print books to follow. Check out our publisher:

Kensington: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/36286
Rebel Base: www.rebelbasebooks.com

Thanks for stopping by,

Lance Erlick

Author of science fiction thrillers: the Regina Shen series, the Rebel series, Xenogeneic: First Contact, and now Reborn, the first book in the Android Chronicles.

Author Website: http://www.LanceErlick.com

Artificial Intelligence Presentation

As an author with a new series due out next May through Kensington Publishing Corp., I have been asked to give a presentation to the Chicago Mensa group this weekend. As the book takes place in a world with active artificial intelligence androids, the presentation will cover recent developments and future activities in AI.

You can learn more about the event and registration on the Chicago Mensa Halloweem website: http://chicago.us.mensa.org/weem/index.php.

My presentation will be on Saturday afternoon. Looking forward to some lively discussion.

5* Review – Endurance

This is Book 4 in the Regina Shen series by author Lance Erlick. I have read the first three and I have liked all of them.  For those who have not read the earlier books in the series I will not tell of the book itself. But rather of the great story that the author has given us in this series. This is the continuation of Regina Shen looking for her sister. Anyone who loves science fiction will like this series. The story and the writing is wonderful. I give this book a 5/5. I really recommend this series.

(http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2016/07/endurance-regina-shen-series-by-lance.html)

5* Review -Vigilance

The Second book is just as good as the first and keeps you in the edge of your seat the whole time. I am really enjoying this series a lot and highly recommend it to anyone who loved YA Dystopian like I do. You really get more into the characters and the world Regina Shen lives in. Lance Erlick is a fantastic writer and storyteller.

(http://teaandabook.com/books/regina-shen-vigilance-lance-erlick/)

5* Review – Resilience

Most of the novel’s action revolves around Regina’s attempts to weather out the hurricane, with occasional separation from her family members, not to mention simultaneous pursuit by the Department of Antiquities, the third-person sections with Demarco being decent breaks from the first-person narration. This reviewer further liked how despite the book’s dealing with the potential adverse effects of climate change, it doesn’t become preachy on the issue, and although the book would receive three sequels, the first ends without any major cliffhangers or last-minute revelations, ultimately accounting for a satisfying read.

(by Jeremy Gallen at http://theautisticgamer.blogspot.com/2016/06/resilience.html)