Monday, November 14, 2011

The Ethics of Creating Conscious Beings - Ted Chiang

"Dr. J. chats with Ted Chiang about his Hugo award winning novella “The Lifecycle of Software Objects,” the ethics of creating intelligent machine minds, and the state of science fiction. (Part 1 of 2)"


4 out of 5

http://www.archive.org/download/TheEthicsOfCreatingConsciousBeings/20110929chiang-a.mp3

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Introduction To Particle Theory - Ted Chiang

"Which is the greater tragedy: the fall of an empire, or the end of your marriage? Is it more important to make a major scientific discovery, or to be a good parent to your child? It's a false dichotomy to say that fiction should only concern itself with one or the other; all of these issues are worthy subjects for fiction. Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell stories on a grand scale and an intimate scale simultaneously, and most fiction prioritizes one over the other. Science fiction has traditionally opted for the fall of empires and the scientific discoveries, but that preference is not intrinsic to the genre."


3.5 out of 5

http://www.strangehorizons.com/2011/20111031/0particletheory-f.shtml