Oct 28, 2021 10:15 AM
Sad Cam talks to Ancora
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'I have not yet decided.'

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"Mm."

Alassëo is content to sit and watch little ripples and cloud shadows move across the lake.

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Ancora joins them in that for a few minutes.

'There would likely be issues for anyone in this system who did not prefer to have exactly one instance of themself.  I do not think I could designate special cases for different numbers in a structure set up the way I imagine.'

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"Some people like the idea of forking. I don't know that I would."

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'It is also my understanding that some people may eventually come to desire that they have no extant instances.  Though this is not an urge I myself can comprehend in more than the abstract.'

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"The people the Enemy had were forked from - before that happened to them."

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Ancora nods.

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"It makes some people nervous, because that means it would be a realistic simulation, if the Enemy rolled people back and told them they'd been captured and were a fork from before, but..."

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Another pause, and then Ancora turns and starts heading back to the door.

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"It was nice to meet you."

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'Likewise.'

They arrive inside.

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Cam is eating chicken fried rice and watching a 2068 drama, which he pauses when Ancora comes back in. "You and Alassëo get along?"

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They pick up a lyre and start playing it.  'He is a very skilled vocalist.'

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"They're all like that. When there's lots of them they form spontaneous choirs."

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They nod.  'We discussed the potential of digitizing humans.  I suspect the conversation would benefit from your perspective as well.'

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"Oh?"

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'Yes.'  They walk back outside.

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...Cam follows. "Hi, Alassëo."

"Hello."

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'I suspected several of your comments to have implications which I lacked the skill to interpret.  Cam and I have somewhat more experience in communication.'

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"Is there something you want me to repeat?" asks Alassëo.

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' - Hm.'

They ponder for a bit, then return to the position they were standing in for the earlier conversation even though it involves turning their back to Cam.

''I could likely specify contingency locations,'' they quote.

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"Contingency locations for what?" says Cam.

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They drop out of their assumed posture (there was a bit of resemblance to how they held themself for the table read, in retrospect) and face him again.  'We discussed the potential of limiting the number of instances of each digitized person to exactly one, in order to protect them from malicious forking.  Suggested alongside this was the instantaneous creation of a new copy upon the destruction of an old one, in a predetermined location, so that an ill-doer could not destroy an instance of a person in order to gain themself a new one in a situation more convenient to them.'

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"The predetermined location would have to be very secure."

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'Yes.'

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