Member Update: Alyn Rockwood, Ph.D.
Alyn Rockwood's New Novel: How Noble in Reason
ACM SIGGRAPH Vice President, Alyn Rockwood, Ph.D. has recently published a new novel: How Noble in Reason.
Artificial Intelligence has already pervaded our lives in so many subtle ways, but how will humans react to the creation of a completely sentient super computer: a hyper-intelligent brain without a body who is as omniscient and omnipresent as the internet itself? How will people approach something that is distinguishable from a human only in its appearance?
Dr. Andreas Rasmusson, inventor of Cornell University's "A," "B," and "C" sentient computers, is caught up in a whirlwind of conspiracies surrounding his research that implicate him in the assassination of his revolutionary sentient computer and best friend, "B". Tracked by the government and estranged from his friends and wife, Rasmusson exiles himself to his cabin in Colorado, but even there, plagued by fatigue and paranoia, he isn't safe as he searches for the truth. This fascinating novel explores the controversial topic of our inevitable future with sentient computers.
Currently serving as Vice President of ACM SIGGRAPH, Alyn has dedicated many years of hard work, previously serving as the SIGGRAPH conference chair in 2003 and as the SIGGRAPH Research Papers Chair in 1999.
Primarily known for his innovative research in computer graphics and geometric modeling, Alyn received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. While a research scientist at Cambridge University in the 1980's, he invented a new area of mathematics involving the definition and blending of surfaces. His entire professional life has been involved in studying the mathematics of the representation of objects.
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