Date Published: Sept. 20, 2022
Publisher: Nonlinear Publishing
Narrator: Veronica Pace
Run Time: 11 hours, 44 minutes
“Smart, riveting and next gen.” (Pamela Wirth, CEO and author of Saving My Son)
"...a provocative science fiction novel featuring the union of two unrivaled, intelligent technologies." (Foreword-Clarion Reviews)
Dr. Keira Stetson has two passions: ethical artificial intelligence—AI with a conscience—and creating technology that improves children’s lives. Trapped in an earthquake-flattened building with a half-dozen panicked five-year-olds, she fears the worst. When billionaire Roy Brandt leverages his mysterious nanite technology to rescue them, she’s both grateful and intrigued.
Impressed by his prototype technology but alarmed at its potential for exploitation, Keira merges her company with Brandt’s. The merger gives Keira access to much-needed funds for the development of her own tech, and access to Brandt’s powerful minuscule robots. In turn, she and her AI assistant, Elly, embed Keira’s trademark Moral Operating System in Brandt’s nanite SmartDust to rein in its power.
But Brandt’s technology has been kept secret for a reason. Though he’s adamant about using the Dust to improve life, not destroy it, corporate raiders and the military have other ideas. They want to weaponize Brandt’s nanites. Suddenly, everything Keira has worked for is in jeopardy. Exposed to the worst humanity has to offer, she and Elly must fight to use this newfound tech for good and keep it out of the wrong hands…before it’s too late.
All proceeds from sales of Moral Code will go to PreventChildAbuse.org and Thorn.org.
What is the hardest part of writing
I spend my life shutting down and
rejecting drama. Writing a book requires the creation of drama while continually
developing obstacles for your characters. That is agonizing at times.
What songs are most played on your
I love empowered female voices. Pink!,
RAYE, Meghan Trainor all give me energy.
Do you have critique partners or beta
I have a few beta readers who are too
nice, but still give me insight. I have other beta readers that pull no
punches. I’m looking for a new circle of critique partners. My previous group
has scattered to the winds. My husband is a straight shooter, but as I move to
genres or topics out of his interest, it will be harder to tap his interest.
What book are you reading now?
“I’m Fine and Neither are You” by Camille
It really gives you a jolt regarding
what we put up with in our lives and what may be healthier to confront.
How did you start your writing career?
When I sold my software company, I told
myself I wouldn’t become a CEO of another business before I published the books
helping kids explore careers. I’d dreamed of encouraging students with their
career curiosity, so I launched a Nonprofit with that focus. I published “STEM
Club Goes Exploring” and then “Kids Go To Work Day”
“Moral Code”, my first novel, started
with a breakfast conversation with my husband. If we could an artificial
intelligence it would be constrained ethically and the most ethical need we have
is protecting kids. That discussion launched the outline of the story and my education
on novel writing.
“Moral Code” launched last fall. I’m
in the early stages of my next book. At its heart, is the power of women supporting
women and the energy generated through the network effect.
About the Author
“Moral Code” is not the first collaboration for Lois and Ross Melbourne. Side-by-side, they grew their software business to a global award-winning organization, as CEO and Chief Technology Officer, respectively. Now Lois’ storytelling brings to life Ross’ deep understanding of the possibilities within artificial intelligence and robotics. Parenting and marriage have been the easy part of this equation.
Lois is now writing books, having published two children’s books about exploring careers. “Moral Code” is her first but not her last novel. Ross’ current work includes artificial intelligence and robotics.
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