Re: The Matrix; how to fix it?

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Mon Mar 27 2000 - 09:53:46 MST

Damien Broderick wrote:

> At 03:22 AM 27/03/00 -0500, Dan Fabulich wrote:
> >My favorite strategy for plots is to steal one wholesale, ideally from
> >Shakespeare.
> Hey, good plan!

This from the master of this strategy... ;)

> >* Within a simulation, a weak-minded military officer receives a message
> >from someone outside the simulation, informing him that his superior, who
> >has recently been promoted under mysterious circumstances, is actually a
> >deadly criminal, who has uploaded into this simulation to avoid the death
> >penalty. The man receives orders to "kill" his superior, ejecting the
> >criminal from the program, allowing him to be tried. He hesitates doing
> >so, and [at least appears to] go insane. Fending off a number of attacks
> >on his life, he ultimately "kills" his superior, though dying in the
> >attempt. Emphasis on epistemology of "knowing" you're in the simulation.
> >[It'd be good to get the women in here somehow, but in thinking about it a
> >little while, I'm not sure how one would do it. <shrug>]
> No, this goes wrong toward the end. What happens (bringing in those absent
> women) is that the faux-mad officer, made incapable of action by lustful
> feelings for his high-born mother, is saved by his ferocious grrlfriend who
> kills the criminal superior for him (nicely fashionable feminist touch, you
> see), and then together, with the help of his own uploaded AI associate, he
> and she could transition into yet another virtuality, and have kids with a
> mysterious natural affinity for tweaking cyberspace, while preparing to
> return en famille and *really* set things right.
> You could call it... I dunno... THE WIDE ABBOT'S CURSE.

or The Whiner Back Cuts

Mike Lorrey

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