VISION FOR THE FUTURE CREATES HISTORY. To determine the evolution and manner in which science, technology, and society will unfold requires vision. The ability to imagine what can be and work towards that goal. Without creativity, without passion, and without perseverance, we are lost to roam shiftless and blind like a ship without a sail in the night. - Eric C. Leuthardt

 

As prophetic and poignant as Neuromancer

Chuck Francisco of Mania.com gives a great summary of my novel REDDEVIL 4 and what it’s all about.  A heart felt thanks for his insightful review! 

My Novel RedDevil 4 Now on Amazon for Pre-Order!

RedDevil 4 is spine-tingling techno-thriller based on cutting edge research from surgeon and inventor Eric C. Leuthardt.

Renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Hagan Maerici is on the verge of a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that could change the way we think about human consciousness. Obsessed with his job and struggling to save his marriage, Dr. Maerici is forced to put his life’s work on the line when a rash of brutal murders strikes St. Louis.

Edwin Krantz, an aging, technophobic detective, and his partner, Tara Dezner, are tasked with investigating the horrifying killings. Shockingly, the murders have all been committed by prominent citizens who have no obvious motives or history of violence. Seeking an explanation for the suspects’ strange behavior, Krantz and Denzer turn to Dr. Maerici, who believes that the answer lies within the killers’ brains themselves. Someone is introducing a glitch into the in-brain computer systems of the suspects—a virus that turns ordinary citizens into murderers. With time running out, this trio of unlikely allies must face a gauntlet of obstacles, both human and A.I., as they attempt to avert disaster.

"Meteor Of The Mind" - Visioneering 2013 Prize Concept Pitch

My team wins the Visioneering Prize for 2013

What if the Second Amendment Legislated Cars Instead of Guns

In the wake of the another mass shooting, especially in this heart breaking episode involving children, I have to ask myself what was the true intention of the Second Amendment.  Not being a historian, my general impression from the encoded law “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,”  is that the government wanted to give people the right to protect themselves. Fine, I get that.  There is a technical twist, however.  Arms are essentially referring to a technology – a machine that has lethal force.   In a free state we are allowed to have these lethal machines to enable the safer wellbeing of the citizens. Again, makes sense. Now fast-forwarding a couple centuries, we have seen the advent of other lethal machines that are widely owned. Cars.  High powered, fast, hurtling pieces of steel that serve the purpose of transportation which carry more kinetic energy, momentum, and force than anything Smith & Wesson can produce.  Now if these machines had been present in the time of our founding fathers, does that mean the right to have an automobile would fully prohibit any limitation on who can use them?  As a neurosurgeon, I often have to tell patients who have had a seizure that they cannot drive for six months, or a patient that has lost vision that they are no longer able to drive at all.  If motorist rights were guaranteed by the constitution would we forego driver’s education and hand the keys to sixteen yearold and say best of luck? Would there be a National Motorist Association (NMA) that hysterically opposes any legislation on cars so that people  who are blind or epileptic can get them at any time and without any restrictions. No, of course not, that would be dangerous to the person and the society. So why is it that having the right to a technology (i.e. guns) eliminate the social responsibility of having an education in its use and restrictions on who can access that technology?  It doesn’t.