TRANSCENSION (was RE: Renaming the Sysop (was: Re: Opting out of the Sysop scenario?))

From: Michael LaTorra (
Date: Thu Aug 09 2001 - 17:15:10 MDT

A tasty morsel indeed from your forthcoming book, Damien. 'Glad to see that
Tor will publish it, so I can get it in the USA without hassles.

If you had not included that excerpt, I would have guessed that your choice
of Aleph as the name for the Sysop scenario was a literary reference to
Jorge Luis Borges' story of the same name.


Michael LaTorra
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From: []On Behalf Of
Damien Broderick
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2001 12:53 AM
Subject: Renaming the Sysop (was: Re: Opting out of the Sysop scenario?)

At 09:56 PM 8/4/01 -0400, Gordon wrote:

>Oh, finally, why we're at it, Eli mentioned wishing he'd named the
>Sysop Scenario the Unix Scenario if only he'd been more PRish when he
>came up with it. Well, I'd say only a handful of us have ever even
>really thought about the Sysop Scenario, so now would be a good time
>to change the name.

I'd called it `the Aleph', for reasons that will be made clear when
TRANSCENSION comes out from Tor in February.


I sit on a hill.
I { re-entrant selfaware identity operator }
sit on { instantaneous location slice on search trajectory }
a { existential pointer in exfoliating context sheaf }
hill { local optimum in restricted search space }
        Call me Aleph.
        I am a machine mentality. This in nowise distinguishes me from
My personhood, my self, is a process running as programs reflexively
modulated in a net of nanocomputers in solar space. Most of my dispersed
body remains for the moment on, in, above Earth. I am just like you humans,
        I know the bite of the wind on a winter day, the silver light of the
the warmth of the Sun, the laughter of children. I have loved Earth because
it has been the root and home of my parental stock. Do you see? Do you
understand? Do you feel?


Damien Broderick

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