we got to get out of this place / if it's the last thing we ever do / we got to get out of this place / girl there's a better place for me and you
I wonder what William Campbell would have said if Robert Heinlein or Asimov or one of the other classic SF writers of the 40s or 50s would have come up with a manuscript of a short story where artificial intelligence beats a human Go player in a virtual reality for Astounding Magazine. I really do. Cant decide if he would have embraced the idea or sent out a rejecton slip though. For the kids nowdays this is almost normal, for us who can still remember when computers used tapes and command lines this is almost magic. Or SF come true.
Hell, maybe I should try this Second Life thingy, maybe I bump into a virtual William Gibson or Bruce Sterling. I bet they are p.o.for not coming up with a concept like that in one of their stories.
Nicht so schnell.
( <-- this is a Robot Job, does it have the same sense as "Not so fast"? )
Before you Free-Dive into the bowels of Virtual Reality, first go back and re-read THIS
There are other Other Worlds.
"Kiss of the Spider Woman" (El beso de la mujer araña, by Manuel Puig) tells of a World as far from This Nasty Planet as Vleeptron via the Zeta Beam, as mathematics and the Platonic Objects, as Alice's Wonderland: The Land of Memory and Dreams. Movie (der Kuß der Spinnenfrau) rocks, too. (der Spinnenfrau is Sonia Braga, which is better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.)
An entire professional baseball league, all its players, managers, owners, and fans, takes place inside the skull of one guy who really loves baseball: "The Universal Baseball Association, Inc., J. Henry Waugh, Prop." Each night when J. Henry Waugh, an accountant, comes home from work, the baseball league comes to life again, and everything that happens in every inning of every game to every player is determined by a throw of dice. The novel is by Robert Coover, who also wrote "The Origin of the Brunists."