10/27/23 – Seven Minutes Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, October 27, 2023. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/10/2023-10-27-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent The Kickstarter for Spacetrawler BIG Book THREE is LIVE! Previous | Next 1st Series | 2nd Series | 3rd Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Yay! She got her tech in the end! First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 10/25/23 – The Elite Covert Warrior 10/30/23 – Choan Has Arrived 13 Comments Efogoto October 27, 2023 at 12:52 am 1 month ago What did she do in the other 6? Tea break? Mic October 27, 2023 at 3:22 am 1 month ago Probably just waiting for the progress bar as it copies all that data through inferior hardware.. Efogoto October 28, 2023 at 1:40 pm 1 month ago Yeah, even Choan is defeated by the progress bar. In my experience, no amount of staring with great will or cursing makes the dang thing go faster. russell October 27, 2023 at 1:05 am 1 month ago She’s good! Sounds like these people will be doing a lot of child care soon. Will they ever forgive Choan I wonder. Coyoty October 27, 2023 at 2:54 am 1 month ago Chris is 50 steps ahead of the commenters. How much do we know about HIS parents and creation? AndyW October 27, 2023 at 8:51 am 1 month ago He is both brilliant *and* empathetic; but to this day he struggles to tie shoelaces and has never learnt to use chopsticks. It’s a better trade off than Choan’s 😉 Christopher Baldwin October 30, 2023 at 6:21 pm 1 month ago Fair on all counts. 😉 Henrik N October 27, 2023 at 9:52 am 1 month ago Is Poudric’s ”7 minutes” just a translation by Christopher into our time measurement (that is related to the Earth’s rotation) so we could more easy understand how long Poudric could withstand the mob? Christopher Baldwin October 30, 2023 at 6:21 pm 1 month ago @Henrik_N, yes. Sometimes it’s best just to pretend you don’t see the smoke and mirrors. 🙂 Harrow October 27, 2023 at 9:53 pm 1 month ago Where are they now? Choan did not tell Poudric where they were escaping to. Pete Rogan October 27, 2023 at 9:57 pm 1 month ago So Choan believes “rebuilding” her people will answer for the wrong she inadvertently — well, let’s be frank, blindly and unconsciously — perpetrated on them? It’s a technocrat’s solution, one as devoid of sympathy and fellow-feeling as any of her prior actions, murderous or no. Does this really quench Choan’s nascent feelings of guilt and responsibility? I suspect so. Which makes her pitiable, not that SHE cares. Confronted with a problem, Choan found a technical solution and applied it… never mind what her people (if she thinks of them that way, which may be erroneous) might think of resurrecting the dead by DNA. Survival is the only success Choan recognizes, even if involuntary. Makes me wonder what Choan’s stand on abortion might be. Or euthanasia. Or, for that matter, hospice care. She’d find a technical solution to keep people alive no matter the cost… to herself or anybody else. But of course, all costs would be borne by somebody other than Choan; that’s her infamous modus operandi. I have to say that one of the delights of fiction is watching the way events and personalities affect the protagonist(s) and bring them to a greater, and more humane, understanding. Doesn’t work with Choan here; to her, the world is one big LEGO set she can rearrange to produce the outcome her limited emotional capacity thinks is best. Here, it’s like watching the opening to “The Boys From Brazil,” and the success of Dr. Mengele’s cloning program to bring back a squad of Adolf Hitlers to finish what he began. What magnificently futile fatalism. Now I need to go wash. Totematika October 29, 2023 at 2:42 pm 1 month ago I both aspire to become like her, and fear that I might. I would love to have the skills to have all the possible outcomes of a situation at my fingertip, but I fear my pragmatic choices would make me worse that an AI overlord with a too simple utility function. Which begs the question: Can any entity with (near) unlimited power even be benevolent, or is morality an emergent property of impotence? Pete Rogan October 29, 2023 at 10:45 pm 1 month ago A central epistemic existential question. With the implied answer that morality limits power. A question Choan has simply sidestepped because she has no limits to her power and can’t, surgically, consider any. Important to note here that morality is not impotence, per se. We are every day faced with decisions that move our boundaries a little bit, a way we want them to move or not. It doesn’t matter if it’s shooting a fleeing murderer or swatting a fly. Our struggle is keeping on after the shift, and dealing with how we must live afterward. The essence of morality is dealing with that moral elasticity and how we behave from that time forward. Note this is also something Choan doesn’t do. Choan also doesn’t think of ‘benevolence’ normally; it’s a side-effect of her seeing people react to events, and if they seem better-off afterwards, or ought to be, well, that’s benevolent enough for HER. What you think about it is immaterial, and always will be. You see the problem. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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