Oct 28, 2021 11:27 AM
Sad Cam talks to Ancora
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"Maybe somewhere there's an instrument that can mimic singing."

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'I have seen and used synthesizers which were decent imitations, but not come across any sophisticated enough for real-time use rather than requiring substantial asynchronous adjustment.'

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"Hm, that makes sense. The bar inside has things from many worlds, doesn't she?"

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'Yes.  Searching for something with this capability has not been a priority of mine thus far.'

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"That's fair. If you've never sung before it wouldn't tend to seem important."

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'I am also uncertain whether I will be capable of singing songs with lyrics correctly, which seems like much of the appeal.'

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"Hm. If you could make the sounds you could memorize the lyrics by rote, couldn't you?"

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'Plausibly.  I am uncertain.'

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"Well, I hope you figure out something that works well for you."

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Ancora nods.  Their wing nearer to Alassëo twitches lightly.  'You are a skilled and woe-lessening vocalist.  But I came here to speak of your species's souls.'

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"Ah, what about them?"

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'I am considering using magic to enable the digitization of human minds.'

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"Ah! Well - it has many advantages -

- some disadvantages, too, of course -"

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They attempt to nod solemnly.  It looks pretty much the same as their default nod. 'I came in part to determine whether you had ideas for mitigating those disadvantages.'

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"Copy protection, I suppose."

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'I expect that to be feasible.  Should forking be entirely disallowed or permissible under certain circumstances.'

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"I'm... not sure. I suppose under some circumstances it should be allowed - without the Valar that would be how we'd do resurrections -"

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'Hmm.

The limitation as I currently imagine it would be on the number of simultaneous extant instances of a soul, rather than forbidding the creation of a new instance when there is not already one.'

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"- no, no, that wouldn't do. Then someone like the Enemy could make a copy as long as the first one had been destroyed."

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'I imagined a system where the destruction of an instantiation instantaneously prompted the creation of a new one in a predetermined location.'

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"Oh. That could work. Unless - something happened to the location."

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'I could likely specify contingency locations.'

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"Maybe..." He seems doubtful though.

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"Would these souls be like ours? Chips?"

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