Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Rapture of the Nerds - Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow

"Whether or not sim-Huw is really Huw, whether or not uploading is a kind of death, whether or not posthumanity is immortal or just kidding itself, the single, inviolable fact remains: Human simspace is no more tasteful than the architectural train wreck that the Galactic Authority has erected. The people who live in it have all the aesthetic sense of a senile jackdaw. Huw is prepared to accept — for the sake of argument, mind — that uploading leaves your soul intact, but she is never going give one nanometer on the question of whether uploading leaves your taste intact. If the Turing test measured an AI’s capacity to conduct itself with a sense of real style, all of simspace would be revealed for a machine-sham. Give humanity a truly unlimited field, and it would fill it with Happy Meal toys and holographic, sport-star, collectible trading card game art." 4 out of 5 http://suicidegirls.com/news/culture/25127/An-Excerpt-From-The-Final-Rapturous-Installment-Of-Cory-Doctorow-And-Charles-Stross-Rapture-of-The-Nerds/

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