From: "Andy Robertson"
Subject: Re: (urth) Mr Million v Oreb Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 22:40:01 +0100 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Nigel Price" > > intentions!) arises from the fact that Oreb's bird brain is already stuffed > full to capacity with night chough subroutines (datatypes? function calls?), > leaving relatively little room to spare for downloaded cyber-deities. The trouble is, of course, that a human personality needs a human brain to hold it. A smaller brain will not do. Only a fraction of a human prsonality could be embedded in a chough . Today we guess that the fastest supercomputers carry out about the same number of switching events per second as a human brain does. But they are BIG and consume a LOT of power. One can only assume that the cybernetics of Wolfe's future is far advanced over ours, because a handful of "cards" seem to be able to hold something like a human personality > Perhaps loading Scylla into Oreb is like installing two operating systems > and a double boot option onto your PC. There was plenty of space when you > were running just one OS, but it gets a bit crowded when you've got two. Candidly, organic data processing is not digital and it is probably impossible to "download" a human or animal mind into a computer, full stop. The whole buisness of the Holy Hues being visual downloading of personality is very, very, dodgy. But it is a familiar SF trope and Wolfe uses it well. hartshorn --