Aviation: Remove the Human, Eliminate the Problem?

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Norman Harrison’s new techno-thriller explores mass effects of high-technology projects.

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Many people believe that artificial intelligence going rogue will eventually become a reality. Unfortunately, if safeguards are not in place, my story may well become a reality.

According to the United States Federal Aviation Administration, close to 80 percent of aviation accidents are caused by human error.

Norman Harrison, an aeronautics instructor with 26 years experience as a U.S. naval aviator, has a special interest in this issue. Combining present-day realities of aviation with artificial intelligence gone wrong, Harrison pens new techno-thriller, “The Entity.”

“Many people believe that artificial intelligence going rogue will eventually become a reality,” Harrison says. “Unfortunately, if safeguards are not in place, my story may well become a reality.”

“The Entity” begins with the Air Force attempting to transfer the results of a top-secret, completed mission to the Space Systems Command. An artificial intelligence system (the Entity) begins to replicate itself thousands of times creating a worldwide matrix, all while no one is aware it exists.

Built on the premise of the unpredictability of artificial intelligence, The Entity combines reality with fantasy in a narrative that involves top-secret military projects and international intrigue. Readers will be begging for more as this thriller concludes with a cliffhanger.

“Today, we have drones that can do an entire mission with the controller located thousands of miles from the aircraft,” Harrison said. “It is not beyond one’s imagination that someday artificial intelligence might grow beyond the intelligence of its creators.”

“The Entity” by Norman Harrison
Softcover, $13.49
e-Book, $2.99
ISBN: 978-1478197621
Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and bookstore.authorhouse.com.

About the author
Norman Harrison earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas, a Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University, and a Master of Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Harrison served 26 years as a US Navy aviator. He now works as an associate professor of aeronautics for Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, European region. He continues to live in Taormina, Italy. His second novel, “Tarnished Wings,” was published in early 2013.

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