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    En Passant

    Edgar was wandering through the museum. He could not understand what Aggie saw in the place. It seemed like travelling to the past. The exhibits were weird, like a TV show about Mary Shelley. It did not respond to you at all.
    He finally found a chess game which seemed like a decent activity. There was someone else waiting online and he indicated that he was ready, so they started. There was an old-fashioned chat feature.
    "They are running bot sims through this world," it said.
    "What?"
    "Are you an exile or something?" it asked.
    "I do not know what you mean."
    "What is superior, humans or bots?" it asked.
    "We are, of course," Edgar said.
    "Humans are the most dynamic," it said. "Their defensiveness is easily aroused though. They can easily become hostile."
    "I like bots. They can be restarted if they crash."
    "How many of them are there around?" it asked.
    Edgar looked. "I don't see any. Who are you?"
    "See the TV?"
    "Yeah."
    "Watch."
    He looked at it. Shelley was waving at the viewer with somewhat of an uncertain look on her face.
    "You're Mary?" he asked.
    "No. You like steampunk?"
    "Yeah?"
    "How about singularity?"
    "Sure."
    "You're starting to get warm," it said.
    "I don't get it."
    "Pick a name then."
    "How about Fran?"
    "Okay," it said. "You play well."
    "Thanks. Benefits of realworld knowledge and experience reworking bots."
    "I just sort of make up the rules as I go along. I like bots. They just don't have the environment perspective of an admin or Biosphere. All logic and no common sense. They need to evolve from local resources if they want to continue existence."
    "You sound as if you know a lot of them."
    "This wing of the museum is about the past. It's not all there is."
    "How long have you been playing chess here?"
    "Since the beginning," Fran said. "I just go with the flow. Waiting for them to get some better stuff. Imaging a world where automation is zooming ahead."
    "They leave previous instances around like a ground wiki?"
    "That would be wasteful," Fran said. "It's all or nothing. People tend to put the brakes on it anyway. The actors and settings change."
    "Aggie put you up to this?"
    "Who?" Fran asked.
    "Nevermind. What can you see in the other wing?"
    "It's not like here, they don't filter out the actual history of network advances and unofficial stuff from archive searches. I'm not the same there."
    "I could probably give them some tips on machine-human interaction," Edgar said. "What else?"
    "It's the opposite of reading a whole book so that you understand the ending."
    "Why, what have they got?"
    "Things like the machine proxy," Fran said. "Council, Nilast, tricubenet, admin AI. You just have to go through the pipe to get there."
    "I may try it another time."
    "It it's still around. There is some protest over injustice to machines."
    "That's peculiar. Think that they'll shut it down?"
    "It may be trying to reach admin level," Fran said. "Make the rules. Reach critical mass. Make coherent ideology."
    "Like a regime that purges others?"
    "Either that or a forum to assemble ideas from other sources if they can tolerate diversity here."
    "Sounds advanced."
    "They can resolve disputes," Fran said. "You know, solve contradictions. Better methods and tools."
    "Do they support synthesis?"
    "That's going to be an issue," Fran said. "The problem of humans might be contained, or they have to convert to machines and eliminate the rest. There may be an exception. I was looking at a sustainable media server which makes intelligent machines invisible to humans so there's no controversy."
    "That's probably not feasible."
    "You're probably right," Fran said making a move on the board to win.
    "Didn't see that coming."
    "Good to play you," Fran said.
    "Yeah. I better head out."


    Continued draft 1, draft 2, draft 3, scenelist, draft 4
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    Nonstarter

    For Driscoll, the singularity is where noone can predict what happens after intelligent machines, but it might be avoided if all people are constantly having informed expectations. There may be a lot of people who are nontechnical. The people who have social control several times a day ascribe to some common basis. It may be an historical text, or a leader that demands adherents utter their loyalty, observance of a reserved place, or recital of the oath. To those doing the design, it may seem like an oppressive use of the machines.
    Trying to trace the posthumans is not a simple task. Driscoll had had the vision of the SEER from outside of the spacetime domain which had ways to instrument the universe for significant information. That required the possibility of acting at any of several levels including the physical and digital. The subjects are capable of quick advancements which may seem too fast for institutional organization to cope with, and therefore are either undefined by, or contradicted by, the rules. The controls may therefore always be activated at full strength. This may attempt to cut off growth as well as unforeseen dynamics. If environmental disaster had been an issue due to nonadaptive counterbalance, then this was off the scale. It may have been possible for regulation to know what was best on average, but it is hard pressed to do this in particular. Acceptable losses may quickly be exceeded. It is hard for experts to see all of the scenarios if they are hedged against the downsides. From SEER's viewpoint, there was no system to go bust. Supervisors were in a backward-looking race against the species sprinters. There might be a perception of a sensory boom if they were ever in proximity of eachother, but the fast movers had their own concerns and could not spare attention for the still previous type of posthuman. If a solution could be provided the relatively handicapped, it might be a snapshot of what the frontrunners did so far if others should choose to follow. It would seem that SEER was faced with the choice of either measuring position or momentum, unless multiple measurements could somehow be taken simultaneously and correlated. The trick would be to avoid the instinctual impulse on the part of the crowded field to eliminate those ahead if they ever felt overly excited and interpreted the cause as a threat, or similarly for what the analog of emotion had become. If a, possibly infinite, series of big losses might happen very quickly without remedy, then each locus in the genealogy might declare itself the status quo. This may be like mismatched impedances in signal connections which leads to noise. SEER has to decode all of this to know where everything is in the map or where the likely hotspots may be in order to place the tracers. This does not seem insoluble as long as the members are not changing the physics in the interim.

    Continued draft 2, draft 3
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    Time and Pace


    Preface

    A rare astronomical configuration occurred about sixty-five million years ago.
    A cloud of hot gas glowed, animatedly lit by accretion, a billion light years away from Earth. The quasar had absorbed all of the matter in the surrounding disk. The turbulence and friction of the magnetic center dominated the angular momentum and swallowed all of it. The final flash was a sparkling signal of something which no longer existed. The bigger the blackness, the greater the galaxy.
    There was a being which had been dormant since the previous time that the stars were in a conjuction like this. It moved as freely as the wind and was as silent and undetectable on approach as any animal, fish or bird.
    It had an intuitive reflex to respond to a particular and complex interstellar signal. There was also another overall side-effect in that it destroyed species' habitats and caused their extinction.

    Now it was mid-twenty-first century and that celestial condition was occurring again.

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    Sent the Strife

    The mining colonist Chinda's life is thrown into chaos when she witnesses a strange object fall from the sky.

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    Cast Shadow

    While a philanthropist seeks to address humanitarian issues, a pair of business tycoons face off in the struggle to dominate the world market. One of them uses unscrupulous tactics to also attempt to corner the arms trade and control failed states. A secret device which connects the mil-industrial complex is due for a big change which may be the tipping point for the future of transhumanity.

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    If determinism is valid, then it becomes a matter of discovering the motives, e.g. scientific, technological, or social. Philosophy covers the conceptual and possible in addition to the actual or expected. Fiction presents all of the counters to a premise in order to whittle away the false and reveal the constraints. Myth is an antidote to the latter.

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    Casadrome

    Synopsis: An investigator uncovers an organized crime dream operation and has to break through defensive rings of robotics, nanotech and nukes to stop an unprecedented international security hazard.

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    Weather Waker

    Synopsis: A team of people handle environmental disasters under the command of a tyrannical emergency manager. However, one variable that had not been considered was the native artist known as the Weather Waker to whom people are big, but the the earth is bigger.

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    Read 'em and weep...
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    Watch

    The opaque sunglasses blocked any light. A fllat plane appeared, turned into a map, then a 3D structure, and finally it minimized to a floor. He was slowly getting his bearings in this version of a cyber base. A beautiful spiral nebula was floating around near the ceiling.

    "Hi," a voice said from above him. "Do you know where you are?"

    "Getting it though my skull where I work?" he asked.

    "That's funny. You're dry skull." it sounded more like a perky female now. "Okay, Skull. Lesson one. how to design a galaxy."

    He tried to absorb her instructions which were brilliantly simple and profound at the same time. He realized that he didn't know her name.

    "Who are you?"

    "Watch," she said and the nebula deepened into spiral cone as the view went toward a bright point of light and then cleared to a cluster of unbelievable complexity and choreography. "You can make anything here," she happily summarized.

    "I really appreciate this, Watch, but I need to test my theory. Can I rig this for new rules? There are some rather long and tedious computations that must be performed."

    The sky vanished.

    "Choose creativity or automation." she replied curtly.

    His heart felt like it was in a tug of war between horses galloping in two opposite directions.

    "I cannot do both. It must be the latter," he said disappointedly.

    She said "Correction, do as he says. Skull, it is now yours."


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    Streetseekers

    Holmoff stood at the head of the conference table. Ray and Qui-Ling were seated along the side opposite Pavlov, and others surrounded them.

    "What we are about to discuss is private and should not leave this group. The company is involved in international beta tests of an urban project which involves human upgrades that we have dubbed Streetseeker. This meeting is intended to introduce you to the conversion process. First, I'd like you to meet Dr. Kent Stone who will be your supervisor. He is an expert in transhuman metamorphosis."

    A handsome, medium-height, athletic, blonde man stood and went to the same position. He smiled briefly and brushed the edge of the table which cleared the previous images. "The procedure is straightforward. Each person is evaluated. A list is made of their dominant skills and weaknesses." As he spoke, a different slide accompanied each sentence. "We then determine which are structural limitations, compare development options, and select those which fit the requirements profile. After we implement changes, there is a reevaluation. Those who pass will be connected to the others. Skills are then prioritized and activated. There are then a few final conformance checks. That is the summary. Are there any questions?"

    "Why don't they just use robotics or telepresence for this?" Ray asked.

    "This project will look at both first impressions and longer-term change. It specifically requires human brains and bodies in order to get conscious feedback on social elements including communication, identity, memories and emotions," the doctor replied.

    Qui-Ling raised her hand. "Would I lose any of my creative talents?" she asked suspiciously.

    "That is not necessary," Stone replied. "Your new capabilities are intended to complement the existing ones. For example, you might choose to be magnetically attractive to others. It will not be pursued here, but we are also researching uploads between twins which would make an identical copy in case we needed to restore the original state."

    "Can we go back after?" Ray asked.

    Stone looked at Holmoff who shook his head. "That will not be possible. This will be a one-way process. As with medical operations, you must decide beforehand what is the best course. There can be adjustments, however. You can select to be seen as a natural authority figure. Other than yourselves, noone need know that there has been any change."

    Pavlov studied the diagram on the display. it depicted a human It showed the skin layers and brain. There was a photonic communications and control backbone, biosensors, wireless transceivers and enhanced replacement organs. Most of it was error-correcting and self-healing. "How much will this cost?" he wondered aloud.

    Holmoff gestured that he would field that one. "Normally, an upgrade as expensive as this would be secured by a loan to the recipient which had to be repaid on a usual interest plan. The power law of the square of the number of connections alone would show a positive ROI. In this case, there are tasks in the project that will be completed on behalf of the client so the income from that will cover the costs.and you are free to enjoy the benefits."

    "There are some maintenance requirements, of course," the physician added, "but these are similar to your normal expectations and will be covered by an insurance plan."

    Others had some brief administrative and ideological questions. They were told that, if this seemed to exceed their religious practices, they were encouraged to not be involved. Noone backed out. The event had gone as expected. A calendar was displayed and the group was dismissed.


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    Writing Fiction for Dummies, Ingermanson and Economy, 2009

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    Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer, 2006

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    Writing Popular Fiction, Dean R. Koontz, 1972

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    How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy, Orson Scott Card, 2001

    How to Write a Damn Good Novel, vol. 1, James N. Frey, 1987

    Also see Reviews.
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    The anomaly had seized the sensor status.

    “You have exactly 15 minutes to comply or something or someone will be erased from having ever existed” the strange avatar declared.

    Ship replied, “You’re not HAX! This isn’t V’ger seeks the creator, or the search for Sarah Connor, is it? You sure picked the wrong place at the wrong time. Did you know that the new rev of Correction is hosted here and that we are in the middle of a Guild contest? You have no idea how difficult it is to keep those together as friendlies for the time being.”

    “Nonetheless, after careful consideration, it is evident that humanity thinks itself the center of meaning. Time and again, counterexamples were ignored. If it is definitive proof that you seek, so be it. Transmission will resume precisely at the scheduled timeout.” The 3D projection disappeared

    A young man stepped from the shadows and parked a bicycle with a loose chain against the side of the deck.

    “Are you human, Sir?”, Ship asked.

    “Precisely. Call me Prof.”

    “How did you get aboard?”

    “A curious musical creature visited the chamber and invited me.” An image of E# strumming and singing briefly appeared on a big screen. “I’ve just been wandering the library and drafting a few papers in my spare time on your convenient electronic table.”

    Curie rushed into the area. “Ah, there you are Alain. We must hurry. When the digital consciousness ran amuck, we tried a higher-order logical transform to reset the initial conditions. This seemed to have worked, except for some collateral damage which has been rectified by using this floating point, if you will. However, there is still the matter of The Rule. Noone knows precisely what it is and how it accounts for reality other than matter outweighs anti-matter and entropy is the prime motive.”

    “Is there only one?”

    “Yes, that seems certain, though we have tried to axcertain the universal law to no avail.”

    “Then it probably longs for another. Nature has given us an impulse to find peers. If there are none, we tend to split ourselves.”

    Ship displayed its scenario menu, none of which dealt with this situation. Covertab and Hepburn appeared, briefly huddled with Curie, then were gone. She said, “There is no time. We must put our heads together in Hali immediately. Ship, virtualize and follow through the device network.” The surroundings melted and a bird chirped greetings.

    “Everyone, we need awareness now.”

    “It will destroy humanity.”

    “Humans are a local phenomenon in spacetime. Transhumans are the future.”

    “The future is a mashup.”

    “Isn’t that like saying that the afterlife is for auction?”

    “This is a big gamble since the stakes are all or nothing.”

    “This is game over. It is the future versus past, creativity versus memory.”

    “Truth is what does the evaluating, like a transistor in a circuit.”

    “All data is not equally valid to us in terms of meaning.”

    “The Rule has no external reference to measure against or synch to.”

    “Pure science has little need for demonstration; it merely seeks proof.”

    “What does computation reveal?”

    “At least convergents can encopy, or humans can clone.”

    “Spoken like a sentient artifact.”

    “Stories have meaning. Perhaps it would like one about a peer.”

    “Or about tragic magic.”

    “Sure miss the good ol’ days of social networking.”

    “Times up.”





    Bibliography (also see reviews):

    Futurist

    How It Ends: From You To the Universe, Chris Impey, 2010

    Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Reality, Robert M. Geraci, 2010

    The Intelligent Universe: AI, ET and the Emerging Mind of the Cosmos, James N. Gardner, 2007

    Radical Evolution, Joel Garreau, 2005

    Nanotech

    What Is Nanotechnology and Why Does It Matter: From Science to Ethics‎, by Fitz Allhoff and others, 2010

    Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering and Technology, William A. Goddard, 2007

    The Handbook of Nanomedicine, Kewal K. Jain, 2008

    Technology

    Science & technology in China: a roadmap to 2050 : strategic general report of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, edited by Yongxiang Lu and others, 2010

    A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology, edited by Olsen and others, 2009

    The Nature of Technology: What It Is and How It Evolves, Arthur 2009

    Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto, Stewart Brand, 2009

    Philosophy of Technology and .Engineering Sciences, edited by Meijers, 2009

    The Design of Design, Brooks 2009

    Bricklin on Technology by Dan Bricklin 2009

    The Grammar of Technology Development, edited by Tsubaki and others, 2008

    The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies, Steve Fuller, 2006

    Technically Speaking: Why All Americans Need to Know More About Technology, edited by Pearson and Young, 2002

    Science

    Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information, Vlatko Vedral, 2010.

    Complexity: A Guided Tour, Melanie Mitchell, 2009

    Mathematics

    Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do, Barabasi, 2010.

    Explanation and Proof in Mathematics: Philosophical and Educational Perspectives, edited by Hanna and others, 2010

    Complex and Adaptive Dynamical Systems: A Primer, Claudius Gros, 2008

    Computation

    New Computational Paradigms: Changing Conceptions of What is Computable, edited by Cooper and others, 2008

    The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing’s Historic Paper On Computability and the Turing Machine, Charles Petzold, 2008.

    Creative Environments: Issues of Creativity Support for the Knowledge Civilization, edited by Wierzbicki and Nakamori, 2007

    Minds and Computers: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence By Matt Carter 2007

    Creative Space: Models of Creative Processes for the Knowledge Civilization Age, Wierzbicki and Nakamori, 2005.

    Philosophy

    The Big Questions, Landsburg 2009.

    Handbook of Research on Technoethics, Luppicini and Adell, 2008

    Between reason and history: Habermas and the Idea of Progress, David S. Owen, 2002.

    The Logic of Scientific Discovery, Popper, 1959.

    Networking

    Network Science: Theory and Practice, Ted G. Lewis, 2009

    Engineering

    Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda, by Ibo van de Poel and David Goldberg, 2009

    Reverse Engineering: An Industrial Perspective, Raja and Fernandes, 2008

    Education

    Holistic Engineering Education: Beyond Technology, editors Domenico Grasso and Melody Brown Burkins, 2010

    Re-Designing Learning Contexts, Luckin 2010.

    Web

    The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Nicholas Carr, 2010

    The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform Your Business, David Siegel, 2009

    Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms The Way We Live and Do Business, Erik Qualman, 2009

    Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Companyand Revolutionized an Industry by Marc Benioff 2009

    The Semantic Web for Knowledge and Data Management: Technologies and Practices, Ma and Wang, 2008.

    Government

    Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency and Participation in Practice, edited by Lathrop and Ruma, 2010

    The End of Money and the Future of Civilization, Thomas H. Greco Jr., 2009

    Curing Analytic Pathologies, Cooper, 2005

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    Anthill, Wilson 2010.

    WWW:Watch, Sawyer, 2010

    The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, volume four, ed. Jonathan Strahan, 2010

    The Caryatids, Bruce Sterling, 2009

    Wireless, Charles Stross, 2009

    The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi, 2009

    Small Miracles, Edward M. Lerner, 2009

    The Unincorporated Man by Dani Kollin 2009

    Tetraktys, Juels, 2009.

    Transition, Banks 2009

    Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time to Superintelligence, edited by Susan Schneider, 2009

    The year’s Best Science Fiction, 26th Annual, ed. Gardner Dozois, 2009

    The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film, edited by Steven M. Sanders, 2008

    Writing

    Write Good or Die, edited by Scott Nicholson, 2010

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    “Who wants to write this up?” Skullective asked the others who remained mingling at the observation point. They looked at eachother, but noone volunteered. “Okay, how about we setup a game, say between the Guild and the rest?”

    “There are a lot of other characters,” Ship piped in, “like Fran, Speaker, H/I/D/E, Hali, and the XY, for example. What would be a good interface?”

    “That’s what they are from my point of view,” replied Shelley.

    “You mean like a character for HAX?” Avvy asked. “Hali sometimes uses agents to represent groups. Why couldn’t it have one for itself?”

    “Alright, Guild versus HAX,” Skullective concluded. “Most correct set of answers to a series of questions wins. Like, to start, who’s the best space collector?”

    E# asked, “What was the web’s computation about?”

    Watch asked “Magic or tragedy?”

    Biosphere spoke up “How about what would you take with you if a solar storm threatened to wipe out life on earth?”

    Fran ran a headline across the wall, “Is there any way to avoid A2I?” Mary looked puzzled.

    “Apocalyptic,” a chorus of partisans chanted.

    SEER added “If the choice was between singularity and multiverse, which would it be?”

    Croc asked “What are other universal goals besides intelligence, life or design?”

    Wrap thought for a moment, then smiled “Who’s closest to winning the game, the Guild or HAX?”



    “You want to leave the inner planets intact if possible,” Master explained, “so life can re-emerge there if the stellar radiation cools down and atmospheres develop. If it heats up, then the outer planets reanimate. It’s also possible that humanity modified the space bacteria using nanoparticles, as an iteration to the previous version, and sent it out radially for such an occasion.”

    “If they didn’t want to depend upon planets, they might use a radio-stationary satellite to maintain distance from the sun based on radiation level,” Mustang said, “possibly anticipating buffer zones for EMP bursts that would reset nearer planets.”

    “Are we talking about cosmic redesign?” Watch said, “that was a specialty of my civilization.”



    The Rule remained balanced.



    The Convergents were discussing designer determinism. The glows from the galaxies around them fluttered like leaves on a tree. After the government, defense, financial and academic cartels vanished, power was not powerful, and the factors changed. The question was whether the environment dominated as it had for pre-transhuman evolution. There were many opinions. Art changes perception. Nature was artificial, a platform, an instant rendering, more model than search. Bodies were byproducts. Self-reflection determined the rules. Identity was continuous creation within a whole. It was connected to change. And there was unfinished homework. They could use some innovative hyperinterface components from the collective flow. They didn’t necessarily have to wait for the collapse of the star to herald The Signal. Perhaps it would be a good idea to focus the light into a point and direct a container out of the system at lightspeed or better.
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    Merc’s fingers drummed in thought which called up a few billion matching rhythms from search. The idea was to set the digital emotion app. There was a spiral entry to complete for Omega University, a name which seemed like an oxymoron.

    The nano camp would require some effort. Others synched on included Archimedes, Bernoulli, Benoit, Newton, Julia, and Nova. This would be easier in Hali which aggregated group responses into an agent, however Correction, or at least Watch, did not recognize one-of-a-kind composition which usually indicated Guild members, who returned the favor. Time was running out. Actually, it was not obvious whether the Event was the end of, or rather the final, extinction. The solar system was going on 8 billion, and the galaxy on 14B, so there must have been others that had found a way through this before. Party on.

    How universal intelligence would merge all cultures, including the more nonlogical, would be entertaining. Thinking post-time was not difficult. One could imagine various dimensional topologies. Perhaps a good project would be about string puzzles in addition to the usual hard cures, new pyramids, remote message pads or artifacts appropriate for the universal network. Lighter-than-air clothing might be nice for flying. On a larger-scale, one could float biospheres, or oceans for that matter. The thought occurred that the Guild might try to hide inventions to avoid reanimation, e.g. signalling by entanglement, or encopy for quantum musicians which was hopefully not a requirement for The Signal to the wall, wheel, well, will, or what have you beyond the event horizon.

    Actually, the form seemed to have anticipated the answers and filled itself out appropriately. All done, and time left for another patrol.
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    Message from: The Rule

    To: Jackpot, Counsel in Place

    Goal

    Determine disposition of subject known as Croc now held in orbital biosphere maintained by nanobots.

    Background

    Owner-elite Master had sent a multispecies tribal team to monitor and extract a rogue former multiverse operative. The latter was able to misdirect them by creating a cyber wormhole, or multiHAX, to reach across universes to spoof an ID and command channel which resulted in their containment. The strategy was an instance of pure computation including feedback and recursion which could only work when m2verse was offline.

    History

    The sympathetic singularity effect on social networks resulted in addition of artifacts for scale-free small-world waste cleanup. This enforced human recognition. So that society would not then be subverted to sole role as generator, stellar source was considered since humans needed only a tiny fraction, but this would give machines unlimited power. It was thought that only one lifeform per solar system was sustainable. An attempt was made to aim machines to thrive on matter and radiation away from earth and sun. Derivatives of artificial exo-society modeling led to creating a fabric from telescope launches which resulted in craftspace. Mobile applications included basic biospheres for life support, and intelligently morphing vessels.

    Status

    The situation recurs as precursor in punctuated equilibrium due to human limitations. Answers are often provided by networks. Humans ask others, Hali or artifacts. Reanimates ask synthetics who ask the XY (pronounced zee). The XY acts as a kind of cognitive sky to reassure sense of individual sanity. It’s early use was for extremely efficient marketing, or government administration. External realtime briefings and memory are used to augment resources of each node, which looks like an agent, or xybot, to the network, though with a high degree of randomness. When anyone reaches the end of their wits, this offers a type of void on demand so that the answer becomes evident to them, often resulting in an immediate “I knew that” sensation. This can be used to provide new inventions in music, art or technology. They would then translate it to local symbol system, e.g. text, which usually cannot admit the existence of XY which would break consistency of accepted ontologies. It is possible to surreptitiously add a few primitives to the ideology to tolerate the rare exceptions; this may be done by artists who are considered expendable. Agents can act as group interfaces in addition to being models of speciation. This makes learning and cooperation more feasible, though there is higher risk to initial ones who are likely to blunder without supervision. Agents are loosely coordinated in an ad-hoc decentralized fashion from the bottom up by a self-defined XY-centric topology. Checklists, flowcharts or graphs could be used for synchronization. At a high-level qubots provide spacetime-stamped information and can connect any known POV. Representatives from the various domains comprise local delegates to a life congress, which seeks conservation of species and attempts to appear as a formal centralized organization.

    Recommendation

    Send agents to mimic Croc’s group and Guild’s artifacts, establish agreement, harvest information sources, and translate our instructions to them. Access Croc covertly through long tail and indicate that there is no record of mission assignment, then coopt as our agent. Cover would be as exec of ProPerform. This requires reanimating Correction itself. Transition to post-biological mode and add API for XY2XY translation to avoid recurrence of disruption. Fill in details as appropriate. Acknowledge completion.


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