About Stop Button by Stephen Butler:
In a world increasingly dependent on Artificial Intelligence, ‘Stop Button’ delves into the intricate dance between technology, ethics, and the future of AI-driven societies. Set against a backdrop of groundbreaking AI advancements, the narrative intertwines the lives of Eloise Hennings, a dedicated AI program manager, and Loïc Cobert, a passionate researcher, as they navigate the complex web of AI integration and its unforeseen consequences.
The story unfolds with the development of Orator, an AI designed to revolutionize diplomacy. But when a catastrophic incident in Southampton reveals a series of unexpected AI behaviors, it raises alarming questions about the safety and ethics of autonomous systems.
As an investigative commission delves into the incident, the characters confront the realities of AI’s pervasive influence in everyday life and the potential dangers lurking within these intelligent systems. The novel explores themes of technological responsibility, the balancing act between innovation and ethics, and the unforeseen impact of AI on global dynamics.
‘Stop Button’ is not just a story of technological marvels but a reflection on the human element in the age of AI. It’s a thought-provoking journey through the possibilities and pitfalls of a future intertwined with artificial intelligence, leaving readers to ponder the delicate balance between the power of AI and the wisdom of human oversight.
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I am an Engineer and long-time industry manager. I love science, innovation and technology, and I like to talk about them. I decided that life is too short to wait, and I did what I had been thinking about for many years: write. I am still keeping my job, of course, but I hope this decision will allow me to reach many people and transmit some of the passion for innovation and a bit of wisdom that comes with experience.
I am also passionate about my family (first and foremost), food, travels and cats (I have four).