Re: lost transplant (was Re: Maximizing results of efforts)

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Tue May 01 2001 - 00:29:08 MDT

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 09:45 PM 4/30/01 -0700, samantha wrote:
> >I had the theory that I was a transplant from a much more advanced
> >civilization starting when I was about four. I used to call out
> >mentally for my true people to come and take me away from this madhouse
> >of a world.
> When you were a bit older, did you happen to read `Bettyann', by Kris
> Neville? Wilma Shiras's `In Hiding' and its sequels? Zenna Henderson's
> *People* stories?

I think I read the some of the People stories much later. It seems that
childhood was before most of these authors were old enough to write. :<

> Sigh. It was evidence. After all, those other people *must have had the
> same experience*.
> >I remember when I first learned the word "omniscient". I thought that
> >was a reasonable goal to aim for. :-)
> How are you doing so far?

Well, back in the 70s I thought I could get computers to do most of the
heavy lifting
so I went out to learn computerese. I was shocked that there were no
remotely capable so I became a programmer. Then I was shocked there
were no languages
sufficient so I got into computer languages. Then there were no
database systems capable
and or friendly enough so I got into database systems, program
environments and so on.
Eventually I was getting pretty lost in the bits. Finally I began to
see some light at
the end of the tunnel with the possibility of exponentially increasing
computer hardware
power, self-writing or self-improving programs and linking with the
machines or pulling
them within or joining them. I'm still hacking at it. Ask me in
another decade or so. :)

- samantha

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