BenSobieck

What if the more humanity we build into our machines, the more humanity we lose in the process? And the more humanity our machines have, the less they behave like machines?
          	
          	That's a big theme in "THE END OF WAR," my new sci-fi novel about artificial intelligence and war. I hope you'll check it out and add it to your libraries:
          	
          	https://www.wattpad.com/story/158122633-the-end-of-war

BenSobieck

What if the more humanity we build into our machines, the more humanity we lose in the process? And the more humanity our machines have, the less they behave like machines?
          
          That's a big theme in "THE END OF WAR," my new sci-fi novel about artificial intelligence and war. I hope you'll check it out and add it to your libraries:
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/158122633-the-end-of-war

AnArtistForever

Just got your book in the mail yesterday! I am already on page 8, and is currently writing something at this moment. I love the book so far! Super easy to read, just love it! 

AnArtistForever

@AnArtistForever Omg, thank you so much! And I will :P ! 
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BenSobieck

@AnArtistForever That is wonderful to hear! That's the best news I could get. Now go write the next big Wattpad story!
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BenSobieck

Chapter 5 of "THE END OF WAR" is now live:
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/619104904-the-end-of-war-5
          
          This one gives you a look behind the scenes of the End of War Project, and how it functions. Absent are any philosopher kings who might be able to sort through the moral quagmires of this awesome technology, but there's plenty of bureaucracy! 
          
          New chapters are added every Thursday.

Vanyawrites

Hi. This is my first book so I wanted you to just check it out. Any suggestions or anything are open. It's not an advertisement and do not take any offence.
          
          https://my.w.tt/jcQSbM3cnP this is the link. I would like to see you do it. 
          
          FOLLOW. VOTE. COMMENT. 
          
          XOXO.

BenSobieck

The #TravelBrilliantly short story contest by @travel is still open to entries through Aug. 15. The gist? Write a travel-themed story that involves artificial intelligence for a chance to win $500 toward a hotel stay. Details are here:
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/581085451-travel-brilliantly-artificial-intelligence-story
          
          Since my latest WIP ("THE END OF WAR") is about artificial intelligence, I decided to check out some entries. I really enjoyed the creative take @JenniferFarwell took with it. Read it here:
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/606626419-understood-a-travelbrilliantly-short-story

BenSobieck

@JenniferFarwell You are very welcome! Great story with the kind of optimism about the future that I needed to read today.
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JenniferFarwell

Thank you so much! Both for reading my entry, and for sharing it here! 
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BenSobieck

One of the most common questions Wattpad writers have is, "How can I get more reads?" @BrittanieCharmintine has a must-read chapter with the answer (10 of them, actually) in "The Writer's Guide to Wattpad." 
          
          Catch the sneak peek here:
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/617626868-the-writer%27s-guide-to-wattpad-how-to-get-more

BrittanieCharmintine

@BenSobieck Thanks so much for this entire experience, Ben! Loved every minute of it!
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BenSobieck

New story alert!
          
          My top secret WIP is no longer top secret. "The End Of War" is my first stab at a sci-fi novel, and you can read it here:
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/158122633-the-end-of-war
          
          "The End Of War," set in the near-future, imagines what would happen if the U.S. military replaced all humans in combat with artificial intelligence, automation, and algorithms. It's full of morally dubious scenarios that extend far beyond the front lines and into the everyday lives of a society drenched in technology.
          
          Why do I call it my "top secret WIP?" Because there are some things cooking behind the scenes related to it that I can't yet disclose, and because that just sounds cool. 
          
          The good news for readers is that I MUST post new chapters regularly because of that behind-the-scenes activity. So you'll be getting new chapters every Thursday.
          
          Also, I want to make clear that you don't need to be a fan of military action/adventure in order to enjoy "The End of War." It's primarily about AI and human nature, but it needed a thriller container to sit inside to keep things from getting too rusty. There's a lot of humanity in it, and some action, too.
          
          I'm pulling inspiration from my favorite sci-fi novels and, believe it or not, Twitter. Specifically, the way behaviors change when the digital veil is down. 
          
          If you've been following me for long, you'll know that I adore Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," and I've been thinking a lot about how "The End of War" is a sort of echo of that novel.
          
          To wit, a big theme of "Frankenstein," in my view, is that of humankind turning away from God. "The End of War," then, represents humankind turning away from humankind.
          
          I hope you'll check out "The End of War." Please add it to your library. New chapters every Thursday! Votes, comments, and quote shares on social media (tag me on Twitter @ benjaminsobieck) are all appreciated. Thanks!
          
          https://www.wattpad.com/story/158122633-the-end-of-war

BenSobieck

RELEASE DAY IS HERE!
          
          "The Writer's Guide to Wattpad" is now on digital and physical bookshelves around the world. If you didn't pre-order this essential read, you can pick up direct from the publisher, Writer's Digest, here:
          
          https://www.writersdigestshop.com/writer-s-guide-to-wattpad-r6365
          
          The 24 contributors of this book have billions of combined reads. While I served as editor of this fine book, it would be nothing without the excellent chapters the contributors wrote up. And it couldn't have made it off the ground without the hard work from people at Wattpad HQ and Writer's Digest.
          
          A book's release day is, with good reason, the big highlight in a project's life cycle, but for me it always feels anticlimatic. What I enjoy most about this process is everything that comes before the release. Those times when the project steps from concept into action. Those "ah-ha!" moments. The way a creation takes on shape and character. Working alongside talented people. The anticipation. I savor every minute of these things, and I'll always feel a tinge of melancholy when I know that the show behind the scenes is complete. Keeping my spirits up by forging ahead is what keeps me coming back to writing and collaborative projects in general. 
          
          And make no doubt about it, this was as collaborative as it gets, and that's why it's such a great piece of work. At a place like Wattpad, where (at least) 65 million people visit each month, how could one person take it all on?
          
          I hope you'll pick up a copy of "The Writer's Guide to Wattpad," and enjoy it as much as I do.
          
          ~Ben

BenSobieck

@Ms_Horrendous Awwwwww thank you
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Ms_Horrendous

From me to you and all the contributors :)
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Ms_Horrendous

So much love!
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