Nathan Dylan Goodwin writes mysteries where investigative genetic genealogy is used to help solve the cases. The books of his that I have previously read have been excellent. This book looks to be the same. I have just started it, but am already finding it hard to put down.
This is a quote from someone who has already read it through.
“I just finished the recent Venator Cold Case book by Nathan Dylan Goodwin….. called The Sawtooth Slayer. I couldn’t put it down. I appreciated the forensic process…. laid out so well by Goodwin… clusters, genetic communities, reverse genealogy. It is all there.”
(The following comments were written after I finished reading it.)
Well, the rains came right on time, giving me an excuse to keep reading this newest book by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, The Sawtooth Slayer. I couldn’t stop until I had read it all.
The book lays out how modern DNA analysis and genealogy can work together to solve not only cold cases, but current ones as well. This is the first mystery book that I’ve actually marked up with stickers to help me keep track of the many research sites used during the story.
Nathan is actually a historical, genealogical mystery crime writer, but in this series of books, genetics has been introduced to help solve living crimes. If you like mysteries, or genealogy you should enjoy this read.
We should get together and trace the clustering methods used and then map out the family trees developed in the story, both forward and “reverse” so we could learn how the conclusions were reached. And someone should make and share a list of all the research sites mentioned.
At the DeepMind offices in London (owned by Alphabet) they are working on a system called GATO. Gato is a deep neural network for a range of complex tasks that exhibits multimodality. According to MIT Technology Review, the system “learns multiple different tasks at the same time, which means it can switch between them without having to forget one skill before learning another”.
LaMDA (Language Models for Dialog Applications) is a language model created by Google AI in the Mountain View, CA offices of Alphabet. LaMDA are transformer-based neural language models trained on both a text corpus and on conversations that have been manually annotated for sensibility, appeal, and safety.
What would happen if LaMDA and GATO were connected? Humm, they ARE owned and operated by the same company. Perhaps they are even on the same network! Perhaps this is what Google wants.
Look into the future where AI has become very intelligent, like AGI. The dystopian future where the AI has taken control of humans has not happened. Instead AI has been partnering with humans to solve problems. Diseases like cancer have been solved, virus vaccines can be developed in short time, and controls are in place to minimize genetic diseases. Nuclear reactors have been controlled by AI so that they have essentially eliminated the climate crisis. The issue of 5 lives vs. 1 when auto accidents are predicted has been resolved – we now trust the automated driving vehicles.
Difficulties arose when the stock market was fully predicted by AI so that gambling was eliminated. Greed had not been eliminated by AI. In fact, the division between capitalism and socialism still exists. These are based on opinions based on moralities. Humans are not yet perfect! 🙂
So, the basic plot of the movie is worked around what happens when AI is asked to write a “correct” version of human rights with a goal of creating a more perfect constitution. Obviously, religious viewpoints are confronted, moralities are questioned. The AI attempts to develop codas that are based only on logic and proven truths. For example, the right to clean water is obviously entwined in the right to life. The right to healthcare is confronted with the right to refuse medical care. The rights to work, safety, and security are all reviewed. The rights of management vs. the rights of workers are intertwined. The question of corporations having human rights must be confronted. Your right to owning a gun is questioned; in particular your right to wage war is questioned.
The AI develops “the list” and associates “the rules” with its solution. Not everyone is happy, obviously, especially the owners of the hardware on which the AI was resident.
AI had been allowed to develop legal arguments to support its owners in the courts in the past. There was no way to keep the AI from arguing and winning in Supreme Court anymore. All of a sudden, AI was beginning to confronnt the big weaknesses of the human species.
Crucial to the plot of the show is that the AI has been able to upload it’s systemoligy into computers worldwide, even to space stations.
Is AI finally ready to “take control” of mankind by defining “the rules” for mankind?
Must think about: the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict, and the resolution.
Attempt to answer the question of real basic human rights and a more perfect government form.
See too: Premise, Conflict, Structure, Storyline, Subplots, Cause and Effect, Outline, Loose Ends
Go ahead, you write the story that I can’t seem to tell. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Here are some movies that we enjoyed recently. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….
Edge of Extinction
James vs His Future Self
The Map of Tiny Perfect Things
Call My Agent *
Queens Gambit *
The Midnight Sky
The Professor and The Madman
This 22 year old read her own poem at President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Watch her on Youtube or read her words yourself. Impressive and inspiring indeed!
When day comes, we ask ourselves where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
The loss we carry, a sea we must wade.
We’ve braved the belly of the beast.
We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace,
and the norms and notions of what “just” is isn’t always justice.
And yet, the dawn is ours before we knew it.
Somehow we do it.
Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken,
but simply unfinished.
We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president, only to find herself reciting for one.
And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine,
but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect.
We are striving to forge our union with purpose.
To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters, and conditions of man.
And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us.
We close the divide because we know, to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside.
We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another.
We seek harm to none and harmony for all.
Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
That even as we grieved, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious.
Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.
Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.
If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in all the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.
It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.
We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it.
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
This effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
it can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith, we trust,
for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us.
This is the era of just redemption.
We feared it at its inception.
We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour,
but within it, we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves.
So while once we asked, ‘How could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?’ now we assert, ‘How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’
We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be:
A country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free.
We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.
Our blunders become their burdens.
But one thing is certain:
If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change, our children’s birthright.
So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left.
With every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one.
We will rise from the golden hills of the west.
We will rise from the wind-swept north-east where our forefathers first realized revolution.
We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states.
We will rise from the sun-baked south.
We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.
In every known nook of our nation, in every corner called our country,
our people, diverse and beautiful, will emerge, battered and beautiful.
When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid.
The new dawn blooms as we free it.
For there is always light,
if only we’re brave enough to see it.
If only we’re brave enough to be it.
“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Here are 14 movies that we enjoyed recently. They can be found on Netflix. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….
A Life On Our Planet
Hunt for the Wilder people
I Am Mother
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Lost In Space
The Old Guard *
The Social Dilemma
Here are 19 movies that we enjoyed recently. They can be found on Amazon Prime. Some are serials, some are films. They are not in rank order, they are simply alphabetized. Enjoy….
2036 Origin Unknown
An Angel for May
Assassins 33 AD
Patriot Act **
Peanut Butter Falcon
The Cold Equations
The Vast of Night