I am a writer, science communicator, Artificial Intelligence engineer, and digital innovation professional. I write fiction and non-fiction books, and I’m also working with technology and economics to reimagine business organizations and democratic societies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. I see art, science and technology not as discrete cultures but as a continuum.
I have loved story-telling ever since I was little and my father wooed me with tales from his mythical childhood in the Peloponnese: how he wrestled with moustachioed giants and seductive water nymphs, and with monster snakes that spoke in many tongues. I believed every word he said.
At school I read comics and science fiction books and dreamt of becoming an astronaut. In my early 20s I went on to read almost every beatnik author whose books I could lay my hands on. From that reading period I retain two authors that still inspire me: Phillip K. Dick and William Burroughs.
I am grateful to the public education system of Greece – of that time when I was at school -, for forcing me to learn ancient Greek. Homer and Euripides remain my favourite poets of all time, and Aristophanes makes me roll in laughter every time. From Modern Greek writers the Alexandrian poet Cavafy and the Cretan novelist Nikos Kazantzakis are the closest to my literary obsessions. But the two masters who shaped my style and narrative direction have come from Latin America: Marquez and Borges, mis dos compañeros de armas.
The human brain has always fascinated me, and when I was 21 I decided to follow up with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. I remain a student of mind philosophers and neuroscientists ever since, and for a while I dabbled in research beyond my doctorate, applying ideas from cybernetics in the study of consciousness. I have changed my mind several times with regards to the nature of consciousness, whether it could ever be replicated in a non-biological artefact like a digital computer, and what would such a technology mean for the future of human civilisation: I have somewhat settled in my beliefs now, and have written a book about the ultimate goal of Artificial intelligence and the feasibility for artificial consciousness (“In Our Own Image”, Rider Books 2015). My new, non-fiction, book “Cyber Republic: reinventing democracy in the age of intelligent machines” will be published MIT Press in September 2020.