Daniel H. Wilson: ‘I’m sure some day they’ll invent an artificial intelligence that will write great novels’

Daniel H. Wilson. (Sara Vanderpas) After earning his PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005, Daniel H. Wilson published his first book, How To Survive a Robot Uprising, the following year. Since then, he’s published novels (including Robopocalypse, a New York Times bestseller, and Amped) as well as several non-fiction books, including Where’s My Jetpack? Wilson’s latest novel, The Clockwork Dynasty, which weaves together historical- and science-fiction, will be published by Doubleday next week. Born in Tulsa, Okla., he currently lives with his family in Portland, Ore. Why did you write your new book?We tend to think of distant history as not having much to do with cutting-edge technology, but I love both and wanted to bring them together. Having grown up in Oklahoma (formerly known as “Indian Territory”) and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, I’ve always been fascinated by clashes between high-tech and low-tech civilizations. It amazes me how often entire nations have upgraded their technology almost overnight to survive. Japan did this in the late 1800s (so long, samurai), the Comanche did it post-Spanish contact as they adopted horse culture and so did Russia, thanks to Peter the Great bringing home thousands of scientists from…


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