Friday, March 04, 2011

Reading about Rudy Rucker's Lifebox

Lifebox Immortality & How We Got There

I like the fact that he talks about the lifebox as being a sort of digital-immortality lite, because it sidesteps the question of embodying a full human being (with all concomitant rights and responsibilities) in a digital form.  I think it cuts to the heart of the issue, which is that a human being, in life, has a lot of baggage that may not be desirable to transcribe to a different form.  Rather, the transcription may want to 'filter out' parts that won't translate well across time...

Plus it reminds me of what I was aiming for with theWeel and now fatline, which is an interactive presentation of the things that have interested me in my life.  Ted Nelson's Xanadu concept seems to fit with this idea.


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A picture of IEC Table rotations

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