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The movie pitch might go like this: A little classic Star Trek, mix in The Terminator, and top it off with an iconic pre-historic site and you’ve got Phantom by Ted Bell.
“The feeling is that ultimately, nations will be able to attack and destroy other nations without even confronting their military,” describes Bell.
It’s the story of cyberwarfare mixed with artificial intelligence.
Bell says of the story, “Artificial Intelligence is developing technological abilities for super-computers to achieve parody with human intelligence at a point which becomes what’s called the Singularity. Super-computers then go on to become vastly more intelligent than human beings. And that’s what’s happening now, we’re in the process of moving towards the Singularity.”
Keep in mind that Bell’s villain in Phantom isn’t even human but of course there is a human hero in the story.
“Yes, he’s fighting against computer that’s actually achieved the singularity and is vastly more intelligent than human-kind. The computer is called Percious and is buried deep beneath the Persian Gulf. If you could imagine Stonehenge, these black monolithic towers on the ocean floor. That’s the physical description of the enemy, of the villain,” according to Bell.
The name of the book is Phantom, by Ted Bell.