I started working on AI in the 1980’s, wrote my Ph.D. on expert systems, and founded several start-ups in the field, so I’m following the development of AI capabilities for almost 40 years now. In all that time, I have never seen anything like what’s happening right now. With ChatGPT, Bing Chat, GPT-4, Palm-E, and many other recent developments, we're currently seeing an unprecedented surge in AI capabilities. We may be only a few years away from developing an AI smarter than humans. This will be the most dangerous technology ever invented, and we’re not prepared for it.
I'm deeply concerned about this development and have become involved with the international AI safety community. In various projects, I'm trying to raise awareness for the still unmitigated risks of advanced AI. My recent novel, VIRTUA, is not only meant to be an entertaining read, but also a serious warning about the dangers ahead of us.
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I've published more than 50 books. Unfortunately, only a few are currently available in English language.
VIRTUA: Artificial. Intelligent. Unstoppable.
Techno-thriller, release date May 25, 2023
When psychologist Daniel unexpectedly gets a job at the Berlin subsidiary of Mental Systems, he’s excited. But he soon finds out that behind the friendly facade, there’s enormous pressure because the company is in a global race for the development of the first artificial general intelligence. With their amazing new AI Virtua, they seem to be in the lead. But some are concerned that an AI smarter than humans cannot be trusted …
Boy in a White Room
Science Fiction (age 14+), 2021
Nominated for the German Youth Literature Award 2018
A boy wakes to find himself locked in a white room. He has no memories, no idea who he is and no idea how he got there. A computer-generated voice named Alice responds to his questions - through her, he is able to access the internet. He gradually pieces together his story - an abduction, a critical injury, snippets of his past ... But how can the boy tell what's real and what's not? Who is he really?