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Exhalation

Exhalation

by Ted Chiang

Ted Chiang's Short SF Stories

Ted Chiang became famous for his short philosophical stories. His début collection, “Stories of Your Life and Others” (2002), garnered multiple awards and included “Story of Your Life,” which reëxamined the phenomena of time and memory in terms of language. 

In his second collection ca...

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"WHAT'S EXPECTED OF US"

A story about free will:

A message from the future warns the reader about the invention of Predictors, machines with one button and one LED that blinks 1s before the button is pressed. This invention proves people don't really have free will and some descend into akinetic m...

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“THE LIFECYCLE OF SOFTWARE OBJECTS”

The story about the nature of consciousness follows Ana & Derek as they raise digital creatures (Jax, Marco & Polo) from pets to almost-human intelligent creatures.

The core idea is that consciousness can not be programmed but evolved: "it take...

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Ana, from the lifecycle of software by ted chiang

Every quality that made a person more valuable than a database was a product of experience.

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“THE TRUTH OF FACT, THE TRUTH OF FEELING”

A story about the relationship between our interpretation of reality and written text:

In the future, a journalist observes how the world, his daughter, and he himself are affected by "Remem", a form of lifelogging which grants its users perfect memory through recording. He...

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Words are not just pieces of speaking, they are pieces of thinking. Writing let you look at your thoug hits in a way you couldn't if you were just talking.

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