Douglas J. Wood
DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete
Privacy is an illusion. Social Media is a killer.
INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD
"Exhilarating action...A taut tale of a global attack that's both gripping and frighteningly plausible."
"...Wood scares the hell out of the reader, while offering a primer in what can happen when these bad actors manage to find each other and team up in a common cause: bringing down the social order. As you turn the pages, and you will, be forewarned: you've had your last night of undisturbed sleep."
"A work of fiction that has unsettling resonances with what we see happening in today's covert cyber war activities by the Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, and United States...a darkly prophetic novel that is a simply riveting read from first page to last."
"Commander, you needn't worry. We'll be fine. While the Diébào can learn more and get smarter with every byte it processes, it cannot think like you and me. It can collect, analyze, and interact with data and make decisions in nanoseconds that would take us months to make. But it will never replace us." Or so they thought.
While the United States continues to cut funding to NASA and the space program, China has been developing a base on the far side of the Moon--the side we cannot see from Earth. A recent Chinese rocket launch becomes a call for alarm in the West, where suspicions are high. Could the Chinese be developing a military installation or can they be trusted in their promise that their exploration is for peaceful purposes? The speculation may all be for naught as it quickly becomes clear that China's plans have gone awry when their own AI (Artificial Intelligence) turns against them, threatening the entire world with a weapons system that can be launched at whim.
Now the U.S. and China must work together to put soldiers and scientists on the Moon to neutralize the robots and computers that have taken control. Dragon on the Far Side of the Moon is an exciting thriller and a possible result of how a passive interest in space exploration and development could leave America further behind than it already is. And for fans of science fiction like 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Terminator, Wood's story suggests those days may already be upon us.
China advances are undaunted and launched more rockets into space in 2019 than any other nation in the world with plans to repeat that feat in 2020. And don’t forget China’s lead in artificial intelligence and computer learning. Put it all together and the conclusion is inescapable.September 16, 2020
It is indisputable that the scientists and researchers behind the latest testing trials of the COVID-19 vaccine are heroes, but as with every story with a hero, there is also a villain.July 31, 2020
Facial recognition technology isn’t new. In fact, since 2017, most people who use an iPhone have the ability to set up their phones so that it unlocks automatically when it recognizes their faces. The technology itself has been around even longer. So why is the conversation around facial recognition getting so much attention in the media?July 7, 2020
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020: Book talk and signing for Doug’s novel, DARK DATA: Control, Alt, Delete
Thursday, October 17, 2019: Panel host discussing hacking and cyber security with two fellow experts, Manhattan
Thursday, April 19th, 2018: Speaking & Book Signing at Wyckoff Free Public Library, Wyckoff
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018: Speaking & Book Signing at Allendale Republican Club, Allendale
Wednesday, November 29th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at Fair Lawn Senior Center, Fair Lawn
Monday, November 20th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at Hunterdon County Republican Women’s Federation, Flemington
Sunday, November 5th, 2017: Panelist on book publishing at By the Book Conference, Clinton
Saturday, November 4th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at 55 Kip Center, Rutherford
Thursday, May 18th, 2017: Speaking & Book Signing at the New York Young Republicans Club, NYC
Monday, April 10th, 2017: Speaking & Signing at the Bergen County Women’s Republican Club, Hackensack
Douglas J. Wood is the author of the award-winning Samantha Harrison political trilogy. In 2018 he published his memoir, Asshole Attorney: Memories, Musings, and Missteps in A 40-Year Career. His other non-fiction titles include the best-selling text Please Be Ad-Vised: A Legal Reference Guide for the Advertising Executive, now in its seventh edition, and 101 Things I Want to Say…the Collection, a book of fatherly advice to his children.
A partner at Reed Smith LLP, he has over 40 years of experience practicing entertainment and media law, often imparting knowledge gained from his career in his books. He works in New York, lives in New Jersey, has been happily married for over 45 years, is the proud parent to three grown children, and grandfather to two adorable grandchildren. His new novel, Dark Data: Control, Alt, Delete, about cyberwar and financial terrorism will be published this summer.