[FoRK] Douglas Adams: Is there an Artificial God?
<jbone at place.org> on
Fri Jul 13 16:26:21 PDT 2007
On Jul 13, 2007, at 5:40 PM, Lion Kimbro wrote:
> On 7/13/07, Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> wrote:
>> ...but even then it's not all that thoroughly fleshed out. (Though
>> The Festival from his book Singularity Sky remains, IMHO, one of the
>> most entertaining things anybody's concocted in this vein.)
> I haven't read it yet, but I understand that this gigantic orb
> comes to a backwater medieval planet, pelts the globe with cell
> phones, with the question, "What do you desire?", and just starts
> giving people whatever they ask for. The world goes into
> total chaos.
> Then a bunch of post-humans come out of the ship, roam the surface
> of the earth, and make fun of everybody. ("Critics," or
> And this is their idea of a good time; Something fun to do.
> Or something like that.
> I thought it was a neat idea!
Indeed, though one small correction: it's not a gigantic orb
spaceship, but rather a giant swarm of various intelligences ranging
from sub-sentient insect-like hive minds / parasites to more
sophisticated minds. The Festival's an entire society, a kind of
traveling circus with an entire social system / ecology of hangers-
on, symbiotes, and so on, with a rich and fascinating internal social
dynamics that's only hinted at in the book... (The Critics are a
part of this social ecosystem...)
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