Locally produced “Uncanny Valley” which is running April 2-April 26 (tomorrow) at Boise Contemporary Theater written by Dwayne Blackaller & Matthew Cameron Clark is about robots and automata, and set in a cabin in the woods. In Esau Kessler’s novel one of the characters lives in a cabin in the woods with a robot programmed with an instance of her dead husband. In the play two brothers visit a cabin who’s caretaker is a robotic “Clicker”. Kessler says that despite the very adult theme of the play, he was very impressed with both the writing and the performances. “I like to think that the collective consciousness circles and reframes themes and ideas that are important, to help us reach new paradigms.” While Edan also has a subplot involving two brothers, and was written several years ago, the similarity is only subtle. “Mine has so much more going on with Sky Trains, Flying Cars, Quantum Devices, and Artificially Intelligent Demons, things that make sense in a novel, but not on stage. I think the writing of the play is superior to mine, in that it pushes you around emotionally, and challenges your ideals very quickly. My only complaint is that the production isn’t running longer.”
at first the idea of an avatar was popular as an online liaison, ambassador, or brand representative like C3PO. They had little value, and were a courtesy that offered some usefulness, but mostly comic relief. But when the personal avatar became a digital mirror of a person, everything changed. Your digital self could be a reliable source of productivity due to AI science. Some people (who could afford it) created teams, families, and even vast armies of themselves, with some amazing results and many social tragedies.
Many people traded in spouses for socializing with the “invisible buddies”. Because they were reflections of your digital profile doped with quantum artificial intelligence thye could be great tools for learning about yourself and destructive tools for the narcissist.
Much like the obsession with social media in the oughties, people were indulging themselves with social AI, and had not yet returned to sanity.
Tergan Stanfield - company liason (via terhautegroup)
Terhaute Group Multinational Security Company backstory from “Edan”
Hey look I forgot about being nominated as one of Idaho’s Top 50 authors last year.
warrenellis: Easter Island (National Geographic)
Internet is captured by big $ spawning the Dystopian Era, when big gov & big corp, fully take power, pushing limited eating and capitalizing off replacing global tableware companies. Mini plates, mini cups, and mini food. Eating genmod meats, and limited mini veg. In gutless mini electric cars.
Populace lives in tiny apartments, while the rich live in surpluss economies, mansions, extra big plates and giant genmod food. Driving giant fuel cars.
The saving grace is open (but underground) education platforms allowing development of DIY home fusion for free energy, which toples power grid, and a confluence of DIY robotics, Urbanism, and even quantum mechanics.
"Mini spoon, live longer, eat less."
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Abberations and glitch are common to our digital experience. There is almost an analog layer that manifests itself in the zeros and ones. Yet, we march on, convincing ourselves that computing is reliable, linear, predictable and without foibles. To be trusted with our finances, our homes, our children, and our very lives.