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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont

Journal of TorgoX (1933)

Monday January 30, 2006
05:18 AM

The posthumanity of the media elite

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Dear Log,

"It's a species of ontological limbo, really," said the television. It was Aquinas, the dog with the Deutsch talk show. The dog had been dubbed into Czestina. "What I call my intelligence has its source in three worlds. My own innate canine cognition. The artificial intelligence network outside my skull. And the internal wiring that has grown among the interstices of my canine brain, programmed with human language. Among this tripartite intelligence, where does my identity reside? Am I a computer's peripheral, or a dog with a cybernetic unconscious? Furthermore, how much of what I call 'thought' is actually mere facility with language?"

"I suppose that's a problem for any talk-show host," agreed the guest.

-- from Bruce Sterling's Holy Fire, from 1996