William Flynn Wallace
foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 29 22:00:28 UTC 2020
Uploads, where the entities are much more than human (virtually
god-like), are impossible to identify with. Keith
Hmm? I thought uploads were just ordinary people, though probably rather
advanced intellectually and culturally. How do they get to be demigods?
On Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 4:39 PM Keith Henson via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> Ben Zaiboc <ben at zaiboc.net> wrote:
> On 29/03/2020 00:19, Keith Henson wrote:
> > Fiction is a problem because
> > if the entire race uploads (possible), you don't have characters in
> > your story.
> > Sorry, Keith, you've completely lost me there.
> > Surely there's far more scope for storytelling in a world of uploads?
> > The much wider range of environments, personalities, and plotlines that
> > would be available?
> > Greg Egan manages a whole novel where more than 90% of the characters
> > and action are in an uploaded environment.
> > What do you mean?
> The essence of characters in a story is to identify with them.
> Uploads, where the entities are much more than human (virtually
> god-like), are impossible to identify with. Or at least *I* don't
> know how to write a story with characters about as advanced over
> humans as much as humans are mentally advanced over, say, cats (or
> maybe cockroaches). I have no idea what might motivate them.
> The medical AI, Suskulan, who runs the clinic in "The Clinic Seed" is
> limited on purpose.
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