Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dust - Greg Egan

Novelette

Number of words : 12300
Percent of complex words : 12.7
Average syllables per word : 1.6
Average words per sentence : 12.3


READABILITY INDICES

Fog : 10.0
Flesch : 58.3
Flesch-Kincaid : 8.2


PEOPLE

Paul Durham

Experimenter with Copies of himself.

Dali and Giger

Painters and artists.

Martin Sandover

Former US President and crook.

Tsang Chao and Michael Nyman and Philip Glass

Composers.

Elizabeth

Paul's girlfriend.

Cleopatra or Ramses II

Ancient Egyptian rulers.

Rembrandt and Picasso

Painters and artists.


TECHNOLOGY

Copy

Computer representation of a human created by scanning their brain.

Telepresence

Remote operation of robots.


CONCEPTS

Strong AI Hypothesis

Declares that consciousness is a property of certain algorithms, independent of their implementation.

Gaia

Earth deity.


MEDIA

Principia

A mathematical tome.

Mishima

A Glass composition.

David

A statue by Michaelangelo.


PLACES

Canberra

Capital of Australia.

Sydney

Capital of NSW.

New York

American city.


ORGANISATIONS

Hitachi Supercomputer Facility

In Tokyo. One of the processors Durham uses in his experiments.


PLOT

Paul Durham is creating copies of himself by brain scanning to see if running them via massively distributed processing results in something equivalent to reality. And it doesn't matter where they are run, geographically. Being programs, they can also be run at varying speeds. The Dust Theory.

His girlfriend Elizabeth doesn't like what he is doing, and suggests if he is going to inflict this on Copies, he should undergo it himself, and she helps him set things up so that he thinks he is a copy in a simulation.


5 out of 5

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