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Future Shocks is a revolutionary, new form of digital, quantum fiction, with real-time story extension, real-world participative experience and a Schrödinger’s cat experiment

The first science fiction title by bestselling writer Gary J Byrnes, Future Shocks is designed to startle the reader with quantum-sized, thrilling stories of a future where human cloning, algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI) take the human species into a disturbing dystopia. Future Shocks is available for Kindle, priced at £0.99, direct from all Amazon stores.

Live extension of the story, updated daily

The reader’s shock is compounded by a live extension of the book, an algorithm-curated daily digital magazine – Existential Daily – that brings the elements of Future Shocks into disturbing focus: this is reality, often stranger than the fiction itself. Existential Daily is updated every day, so readers will always have a disturbingly-immediate experience.

#ResistAI – A Manifesto for the human resistance

Reading Future Shocks is helpful, but not imperative, in understanding how algorithms, AI and all-pervading technology is shaping our world in unexpected ways. So that we don’t wake up until it’s too late, a Manifesto for the human resistance has been drafted. Key to the manifesto is the Hippocratic Oath for Tech Workers, which is designed to make individuals and corporations think hard while building the digital future.

Do you dare to open the box?

Schrödinger’s cat is a story element in Future Shocks. Erwin Schrödinger’s thought experiment has become a trope in popular culture, but one which very few people truly understand. At the end of Future Shocks, armed with a deeper understanding of the experiment, the reader is invited to open the box.

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Read the live, algorithm-curated, daily Future Shocks magazine. Experience the stories in Future Shocks come to life in real-time. Updated daily.

#ResistAI. A Manifesto for a Hippocratic Oath for technology workers.

Real-time Schrodinger’s Cat experiment. The cat is in the box with a vial of poison that may have been released by a radioactive decay event. Until you observe it, the cat is both alive and dead. Now open the box…

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Gary J Byrnes

By Gary J Byrnes

Gary J Byrnes is a bestselling thriller writer by night and a tech marketing guy by day. Extensive international experience in software startups, SMEs and multinationals. Find on LinkedIn. Has researched hemp, climate change for over twenty years. Writer, blogger, parent, animal lover. 2022 is about building a new business model to enable mass planting of hemp through easy carbon offsetting at

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