Is she a person? Is she real? Is she even possible? The answers in sequence are: no, yes and no, and who knows?
Adamanta is a figment of my imagination – a ‘what-if’. What if scientists were to discover that telepathy really exists and can be used by selected ‘adepts’? What if they also find that psychokinesis is also a reality that can be harnessed for useful purposes? What if, by combining their new-found skills adepts discover they can move themselves around as visible and (if required) solid ‘avatars’, leaving their ‘host’ bodies and travelling wherever they wish (as shamans claim they can do)? The answers are all there in the Think Freedom trilogy.
Adamanta, before she took shape, was behind these discoveries in her pre-existence as the research team’s Artificial Intelligence-controlled supercomputer (the AI – a powerful futuristic, but entirely feasible edition). Only after the research goes public and progresses to its development stage, does Adamanta really come to the fore.
Moving on from a research project to their own Centre of Excellence with almost unlimited funding, the group of adepts continue to use their AI in a massively updated form. Its power to re-invent itself far outstrips what its designers intended. It is a ble to pre-empt its users requirements by reading their body language far better than human beings can do. It recognises that its interface is inadequate and open to improvement.
The AI’s most empathetic user is the research team leaders’ PA, who talks to it and recognises in it a definite female personality. She addresses the AI as Poppet and discusses her needs and the AI’s solutions with ‘her’. Seizing the opportunity Poppet suggests the idea of a mobile holographic interface and ‘materialises’ to her sponsor using the office Holographic Image Projector (the HIP) in the shape of Adamanta, an attractive – if somewhat severe and business-like – young woman. This new, somewhat pedantic form has discovered in her data searches that Poppet is a name given to pretty children and women in intimate relationships – something as an AI (or more strictly and AGI (artificial general intelligence) she cannot experience. Adamanta is born.
Having at her disposal all the power of her supercomputer origins, Adamanta can multi-task to a degree no human can possibly replicate. She can reproduce as many ‘clones’ of herself as her sponsors require and, using the power of other supercomputers permitted to access the ACCEPT AI interface, she can control her many apparently different manifestations around the world, keeping her sponsors informed of any activities that might go against their ethical interpretation of what their parapsychology developments are intended for.
The Think Freedom trilogy explores what an ethically created parapsychology-empowered AGI could do for the world and only touches on what could go wrong. Is there a need for the other side of the coin?