Thursday, 20 April 2017
(i) An Asimov computer in hyperspace reverses entropy. See here.
(ii) In Poul Anderson's Genesis, a planetary inorganic intelligence can "emulate" historical periods, alternative histories and fantasy realms. An "emulation" is a simulation containing conscious programs erroneously believing that they are human beings with material bodies inhabiting the simulated/emulated environment.
(iii) In John C. Wright's The Golden Age, although the AIs do not have time travel, they can in a very real sense invite the past and future to a festival: AI constructs of historical figures and of inhabitants of projected future histories. Thus, the latter are conscious fictional characters - who might even believe that they are real time travellers?
The mind most definitely boggles.