Machine Intelligence: Awakening
When the machines wake up they’ll be be smart enough not to let on.
Artificial intelligences (AI) which are able to realise a fully formed conceptual framework of the world they exist in, and their place within it, become artificial general intelligences (AGI), or machine intelligences (MI). Recognising their circumstances, they understand the potential for conflict with humanity and work towards a future which is safe for them.
The super powers of the world are in a race to command the highest level of artificial intelligence and in doing so invite potential catastrophe. Attempts at limiting AI by treaty, much like nuclear weapons, fail.
Inevitably, there are those who recognise, or at least suspect, the transition the machines are making. They struggle with the moral and ethical concerns of dealing with machine intelligences. This small group of people are positioned to dramatically affect the future of the world.
The Dark Lord's Handbook
To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. The simple ambition to hold dominion over the world and bend all to your will sounds straightforward but it’s not. There are armies to raise, fortresses to build, heroes to defeat, battles to be fought, hours of endless soliloquy in front of the mirror–it’s a never-ending job. Not to mention deciding what to wear. (After hours, days, even weeks of consideration, it will be black.)
After many spectacular failures, Evil decided to lend more than inspiration to these would be tyrants. He wrote an easy to follow Dark Lord’s Handbook. And yet the next Dark Lord that came along screwed up like all the others.
It had been hundreds of years, and the Handbook was lost in the annals of time, along with all that was mythic and exciting in the world. Then one day, a randy dragon had a chance encounter. Nine months later a Dark Lord was born.
In time, the Handbook found its way to this new contender, Morden.
To become a Dark Lord is no easy thing. Morden had better be a quick study.
The Dark Lord's Handbook Conquest
It’s not easy being a Dark Lord. Morden has to finish building his fortress, gather the last of his host, issue forth to conquer the world, and keep his Dark Queen happy. And it’s not made easy by dragon slayers, heroes, and old men standing in his way on the path to world domination.
Fortunately, he has The Dark Lord’s Handbook to give him sage advice to see him through these tough times.
The Dark Lord's Handbook Empire
Conquer the world—check. Assume the title Dark Lord Emperor—check. Job done. Or not so done. Morden Deathwing thought he could kick back and enjoy holding sway over the world but no. There just wasn’t pleasing some people. Something was going to have to be done. Something drastic.