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Technogogue
Jonathan Lyons


Our Price: 5.99 USD

ISBN-10: DDP4-345-6
ISBN-13: ----
Genre:  Science Fiction/Philosophy
eBook Length:  8  Pages
Published:  July 2004





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From Inside the Flap

Gargantuan global software monopoly Expedite Corporation set out to create an artificial intelligence to serve as a semi-sentient server manager of the world’s information networks. Their success wildly exceeds their expectations, but comes at a very human cost.

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You probably don?t remember a time before central control. Sure, Expedite, the creators of the most prevalent commercial operating systems, look to some people like an up-and-coming technocracy, but they don?t really
matter anymore. Not even with the net worth to put the old United States in its place.

There’s no war ? at least, no major war ? now; no missile on the planet can fire unless the CCS is willing. Sure, the Middle East is still a favorite suicide-bombing spot, but who bought which bomb components. And Where. And when. That’s all transparent.

That cuts down ? on a global scale ? on the anonymity of the nutcases who stockpile bombs, guns, VX gas ? you name it. In an old sci-fi flick they called it the Master Control Program: a juggernautish command-coordinating central core designed to run everything operating within a given network. The MCP was sentient, and that aspect only added fuel to the fires of a scientific quest: pursuit of a conscious, sentient, artificial intelligence. Research into artificial sentience had gobbled untold billions of bytes of mainframe space, bringing excruciating headaches to not a few programmers. Even now, science doesn?t understand what sentience is; how were programmers back then supposed to build a cognizant machine, when sentience remained an unquantifiable abstract?

Thousands tried creating programs with monster subroutines picking stored, recorded reactions and interactions from a library of stored, recorded reactions and interactions, but the most intricate among them was still nothing
more than mimicry of sentience: An elaborate playback. A complicated puppet.

Some laughed the uneasy laugh of Swiftian satire when the theoretical strategy of Expedite Corporation’s Joseph Fuhlber unfolded before them; many recoiled, distancing themselves from this man. The journals called him a
modern-day Dr. Frankenstein.