Ask A Genius 305 – Science Faction and Fiction (2)
September 29, 2017
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Rick Rosner: One of the things going on that are amenable to short stories or the inadequately captured. I mean aren’t adequately capture the grand scale transformation have life in the context of 200 years. The cyberpunk which started in the 80’s flourished in the 90’s is a captured of what life is starting to resemble now. Not only now is a lot of cyber, there is a lot of the sensibility being into movies as part of our vocabulary. But as I said we don’t yet have a vocabulary of the dismantling of consciousness. We have metaphors for it child ads from the 50th but the other (unclear 3:46) I kind of remember it well but it kind of present the idea of this dismantling of humanity. Once it has reached a certain level of development. And it’s no longer needed now is the next level has arisen. There is another story from the 50’s is the nine million names of gods which were the purpose of humanity is to come up with all possible names of God and once we’ve done that go out of existence. But I nobody that I’ve seen as weakens out of the normal human existence or the long-stated into the weirdness that we’re going to run into. Between 50 you know starting 20, 30 years from the next few centuries. Okay, I don’t sure there are short stories that have tried to capture the narrative point of view of the consciousness distributed across three or four or five people.
But not well you can see that you have a shared consciousness. That means the way it plays out narratively is a bunch of his five different voices playing out in the single awareness movie inside out. Which you have five characters each embodying an emotion of one person. So I assume over the next 10 or 20 years we’ll begin to develop a vocabulary of alternate forms of consciousness that will anticipate some of the changes that are coming. But not a lot of no! Not a lot of science fiction is doing that right now there you go.
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American Television Writer
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