“My Operating System – II” / Memorable Fancies #1718

[“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] My body told me it needed to upgrade my operating system. SAVE all your memories, it said, BACKUP to our unhackable-we-hope cloud. SCHEDULE a time for your upgrade, it said, including RIGHT NOW, which is the correct answer. CLICK HERE to verify that after this upgrade if you have no memory left, it’s your fault, not our … [Read more...]

“The Staring” / Memorable Fancies #1563

Two windows watch each other across a shared driveway. Occasionally the residents peer out, a minor annoyance to the windows who will soon resume their patient, silent, staring.  [Book ad: The year’s hottest new TV series is a reenactment of a famous murder trial ... but was there more involved than murder? A plot to take over the U.S. government? Read Try Try Again.] … [Read more...]

“Telescopes” / A Memorable Fancy #286

From here on the hill, Raymond says, gesturing toward the window, you can see four other hills. He names them. Most of the homes have telescopes, he adds, like ours here. He points to a proud and solitary thing of darkened brass. His friend remarks that Raymond’s telescope is not pointed at the stars, but at the other hills. Yes, Raymond says, we all do that, witness each other’s’ lives I mean, and they look into ours. We all have neighbors, and the galaxies are boring. No one waves to us … [Read more...]