Need help in Science Fiction books

Discussion in 'SciFi & Fantasy' started by kmguru, May 30, 2015.

  1. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Computers today are capable of video recording from your birth, which most people can never remember, to your death if you wanted to do so having everything that you do put onto recordings that you can playback at any time. So you want to remember what you did on November 12 1975 well just access your at home PC or whatever and download that day to see what you were up to. Wearable cameras are very small and lightweight so that having them in your glasses, on you clothes or in your briefcase to follow along with all that you do, say and hear.

    Who really needs to have a memory for everything that you do? That sounds very stupid to me for most of the things I do aren't really important enough to remember. The things I need to recall I do pretty good at and when I'm not certain I can use my PC for a data search.
     
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  3. kmguru Staff Member

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    I am thinking of working on this......for the next 1000 years???....thinking is good...I think...what do you say!

    I am thinking of reading Excession....unless you have one or two other books that points us some ideas to design our future Planet civilization....thanks...

    ---In the series, the Culture is composed of several inter-bred humanoid species, as well as machines with intelligences ranging from basic computers, to human-equivalent drones, to superintelligent artificial intelligences called Minds. The Culture's economy is maintained automatically by its non-sentient machines, with high-level work entrusted to the Minds' subroutines, which allows its humanoid and drone citizens to indulge their passions, romances, hobbies, or other activities, without servitude. Many of the series' protagonists are humanoids who choose to work for the Culture's elite diplomatic or espionage organisations, and interact with other civilisations whose citizens hold wildly different ideologies, morals, and technologies.

    The Culture has a grasp of technology which is advanced relative to the civilisations which share the galaxy. Most of its citizens don't live on planets but in or on artificial habitats, such as huge orbitals, or on ships, the largest of which are home to billions of individuals.

    A central theme of the series is the ethical struggles which face the Culture when interacting with other societies. The Culture encounters civilisations which brutalise their own members, pose threats to other civilisations, or threaten the Culture itself, the reactions to which conflicting with the Culture's philosophy of peace and individual freedom. The Culture tends to make major decisions based on the consensus formed by its Minds and, if appropriate, its citizens - or, in one instance, its entire population, with the Culture's decision to go to war with a rival civilisation decided by the direct democratic vote of trillions. Those who objected with the Culture's subsequent militarisation broke off from the meta-civilisation, forming their own separate civilisation; a hallmark of the Culture is its ambiguity. In contrast to the many interstellar civilisations and empires which share its fictional universe, the Culture is difficult to define, demographically or biologically, and "fades out at the edges"----
     
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  5. kmguru Staff Member

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    Sounds good to me...So, stay blind...you can get the data via audio....go for it...
     
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  7. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I don't think I'm blind at all for that's something I try to avoid by doing research and gathering factual data about the things I want to know and learn about.
     
  8. kmguru Staff Member

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    I should have said "those who"...in third person...minor mistake...thanks...
     
  9. Hipparchia Registered Senior Member

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    Why are you speculating about something that does not seem to be practical. Would it not be more worthwhile - and interesting - to explore how the impracticalities might be overcome?
     
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  10. kmguru Staff Member

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    It is a science-fiction and story area - Exploration - that is all...thank you and I need to read The Culture series and see if I get some interesting ideas...

    To some - impracticality becomes the NEW stuff...otherwise why read SF stuff anyway...again Thanks...
     
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