Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Throughput

I have just returned from the gym, an opportunity for simultaneous physical exercise and creative thinking. I return with perhaps two further reflections on recent posts.

Isaac Asimov wrote somewhere that every new input to his brain was automatically processed to see if it would yield a Black Widowers story. A guy I knew met Asimov and said to him that he thought that, if AIs could be created, then they would be the true aliens. Asimov replied, "Yes... I might get a story out of that..."

Similarly, every new input to my brain is processed for blogging material. I do not have to be reading Poul Anderson. A contemporary novel by another author can suggest questions about aspects of society in the Solar Commonwealth or the Terran Empire. Hence, recent posts on communication and trade unions.

Secondly, I think that there is a conceptual error here and will address it in another post.

6 comments:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I simply can't REMEMBER the name of a fairly old story by Poul Anderson involving AIs of some kind. It's story where two AIs communicate with each other. At least I think it was by PA. Every now and then I remember this and again I feel frustrated!

    Sean

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  2. Kaor, Paul!

    Hmmm,I took a closer look at the illustration and I have to say I've never thought before of adorning a POOL with coats of arms!

    Sean

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    1. Sean,
      Nothing if not stylish.
      Paul.

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    2. Kaor, Paul!

      The arms of the family who paid for the pool?

      Sean

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  3. Sean,
    Well, no. The pool was build by the holiday company that now owns Thurnham Hall so I expect that the arms are associated via the Hall with its previous owners.
    Paul.

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    1. Kaor, Paul!

      Understood! I'll be looking up Thurnham Hall.

      Sean

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