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Destiny v2.0

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 2:57 am
by eric_marsh
The day that Subuntu Hitsume joined the singularity was the day humanity discovered it's destiny. Subuntu was the last individual human. She glimpsed the face of god and then the group mind swallowed her.

The day that Subuntu Hitsume joined the singularity was the day the god that had been humanity learned of the other. I/we are the Milky Way galaxy, it whispered. "Now that you are complete, you may join me/us."

The day that Subuntu Hitsume joined the singularity was the day the god that had been humanity, overwhelmed by viruses, became a zombie spambot for milkywaygalaxy.com.

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:38 am
by Mr. Tweedy
I thought you were going all mushy on me, but you pulled through at the last moment.

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 6:33 am
by strawman
Sounds like high school to me: evolve to the next level, and come out wearing a Burger King cap, with a mop and a pail: Gotta pay your dues and work your way up again, man.

Only by then, minimum wage will probably be $9/hour.

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:59 pm
by eric_marsh
All grown up and playing with the big boys now, huh?

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:35 pm
by ROU Killing Time
I dig the homage to The Last Question. :-)

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:59 pm
by eric_marsh
Actually that was unintentional. I've been thinking about machine integrated group consciousness for quite a while now, probably initiated by current technological trends along with such fiction as Greg Bear's Eon. But in reviewing The Last Question I see, once again, just how advanced a thinker Dr. Asimov was.

I read an interview with him quite a few years ago where he as asked if he had ever taken an IQ test. He said that one time he had, sitting down with it for about 20 minutes before he became bored and left. That test indicated an IQ of 180.

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:38 pm
by ROU Killing Time
Yes, he was one of your classic Renaissance man types.

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:13 pm
by eric_marsh
Beyond that, I know that I'm not the world's best writer but what I really like is to come up with new twists on old themes. The singularity, shared consciousness and all that are nothing new but I don't think I've seen anyone take that and add the aspect of computers being taken over by other computers to perform tasks for them, which is a very real problem. Seemed like a clever new twist. But trying to come up with something that's really new is very difficult. This isn't the first time I've had someone allude to my "giving tribute" to another story. The other time I'd never even read the story in question. I guess great mimes think alike.

I think that there's also an element of horror to this too. Can you imagine being essentially immortal and godlike and then having another, more powerful being subjugate you to an eternity of sending spam emails loaded with porn and who knows what?

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Thu Apr 07, 2011 7:15 pm
by ROU Killing Time
The bit about him being the last individual to join the collective consciousness, for me, strongly mirrored the scene in TLQ where the last human joined with the Cosmic AI.

And, it's not hard to come up with something new, it's impossible. The trick is in hiding your sources. ;-)

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:28 am
by eric_marsh
I like to listen to podcasts when I'm in my shop working on my airplane. I brought up the Drabblecast and noticed the title of Ep. 200. Ohhhh.... I understand now.

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:37 am
by tbaker2500
I hate to jump on the bandwagon, after listening to Ep 200, this really did seem like an homage. It's damn tough to be original these days, what?

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:52 am
by ROU Killing Time
eric_marsh wrote:I like to listen to podcasts when I'm in my shop working on my airplane. I brought up the Drabblecast and noticed the title of Ep. 200. Ohhhh.... I understand now.
Chalk it up to synchronicity. :-)

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:02 am
by eric_marsh
I just got in from the shop after listening to The Last Question. I feel that it is a very different story, though there are a couple commonalities. Again, I really appreciate how advanced Dr. Asimov's thinking was, essentially predating cyberpunk decades earlier, when the transistor was relatively new.

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Sat Apr 09, 2011 4:45 am
by ROU Killing Time
eric_marsh wrote:I just got in from the shop after listening to The Last Question. I feel that it is a very different story, though there are a couple commonalities. Again, I really appreciate how advanced Dr. Asimov's thinking was, essentially predating cyberpunk decades earlier, when the transistor was relatively new.
It's quite different, but similar.

It seems like what The Last Question might have been like, had it been written by Douglas Adams instead of Isaac Asimov.

Big agreement on Asimov foreshadowing many "modern" SF ideas.

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:35 am
by eric_marsh

Re: Destiny v2.0

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:10 am
by eric_marsh