Review of SMART and Interview with IndieReader

Here’s the link to the interview I did last year with IndieReader, which they kindly published over the holiday period.

Joel Mentmore on finding inspiration in the Early European History section of the British Museum when his smartphone died


I  was a particularly tardy blogger towards the end of last year and realise that I probably haven’t posted the link to the terrific review of SMART which IndieReader published earlier last year.

Indiereader’s final verdict:

SMART is an intriguing and thoughtful exploration of smart technology, of human tools and their effect, real and potential, on human society, wrapped up in a clever and entertaining story.

Cortana: The spy in Windows 10 | Computerworld

Cortana: Smart, Cool But Creepy
Cortana: Smart, Cool But Creepy

Cortana, Windows 10’s built-in virtual assistant, is both really cool and really creepy.

Source: Cortana: The spy in Windows 10 | Computerworld

Expect more of this kind of article.  Behind the chrome skin of the shiny, new, smart personal assistants may not be anything more sinister than a land-grab for personal information, but gradually (creepingly), we seem to become more vulnerable to whatever they evolve into, whether that evolution is by design, or by mistake.

Interview with The BookBag about my novel Smart

The Bookbag Interviews Joel Mentmore about his novel Smart
The interview with The Bookbag.


We have made a Faustian pact with our technology, and with the Mephistophelian technologists and engineers (like Skull and Viktor in the book) who deliver this relentless innovation. There are already (real life) prominent scientist and engineers, like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk, who are warning about the dangers of rampant Artificial Intelligence, but their warnings are about the big, apocalyptic dangers for humanity rather than the small, invidious threats which exist now, to us all, on a personal level from this technology.

Read my interview with The BookBag about my recently published novel, Smart.  There’s also a link to a competition to win one of two signed copies of Smart.