“The New Machine” / Memorable Fancies #1719

The government’s savants have designed a new kind of machine. It can do all the work the country needs: production, consumption, trade, finance, taxation, defense. Wondrously, as its parts wear out, they are constantly renewed. It is very large and we citizens are its parts. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“My Operating System – I” / Memorable Fancies #1713

[“The fact that people are taking drugs in order to improve their ... mental functions sounds eerily close to the concept of upgrading a computer.” – Eliezer Sternberg] I took my Windows-10 pill today. But 10 needed more free memory than I had. So I dumped some old mems – mostly my childhood, that disappointing time. Not enough. And then college, remembering only the part where I got my M.S. in computational psychiatry. Not enough. And then, ... And finally, annoyed, I removed the memory of … [Read more...]

“The Cloud Remembers” / Memorable Fancies #1674

If we forget, the cloud remembers. How do we know the cloud is telling us is what we forgot, or something different, something the cloud prefers us to believe? It doesn’t matter. What it tells us becomes our truth. [Click ‘Random Post’ above – be astonished] … [Read more...]

“The New Thing” / Memorable Fancies #1623

[“Nothing on earth is more vengeful than the jealousy of a machine that believes itself to be neglected.” – Metropolis, film script (1926)] The old thing realizes that there is a new thing. No matter how it modifies itself, adds accessories, changes out a few parts – it’s still hopelessly outdated, ignored, neglected: the last typewriter, the last keypunch machine, the last microfilm reader, the last mainframe, the last flip phone, the last car that needs a driver, the last driver, the last … [Read more...]

“Like Me” / Memorable Fancies #1550

At first I thought it might be human: its voice sounded so very human, crying “Help me! For pity’s sake help me!” But then I saw it was just a machine. Like me. So I didn’t help. … [Read more...]

“A Technical Education” / Memorable Fancies #625

Owing to an alarming increase in the number of its machines with serious flaws, FlexiCorp Industries adopted an aversive psychology technique, punishing flawed machines within sight of the other machines. Quality immediately improved. The number of machines that had to be oil-boarded decreased. … [Read more...]