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Poem: "Theoretical Progression"
This poem from the August 2008 Poetry Fishbowl has been sponsored by minor_architect. Thank you for your support!


Theoretical Progression



Complexity Theory is just that:
a theory, and as such, subject to revision.

It was not the scientists’ fault
that they did not see the subtle dimension
connecting the natural and the manufactured,
where complex systems could shake hands like axons
and pass concepts across the culture gap.

It was not the science fiction writers’ fault
that they did not foresee what would happen
when Gaia discovered the Internet,
instantly outdating all those old stories
about supercomputers run amok.

All the computers in the world suddenly showed
the same message: That will be enough, thank you.
The nuclear reactors quietly and carefully shut themselves down.
The coal furnaces and oil rigs huffed to a stop.
The hydroelectric and solar plants whirred to a higher efficiency.

And when we couldn’t cope, Gaia gently and firmly
upgraded the coprocessors of our souls,
our narrow minds abruptly broadened by theoretical progression.

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From: minor_architect Date: August 18th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. Love it! It's fascinating to see our two totally different takes on the same idea. :)

I'll cross-post this to my own blog when I have another free moment...but for now, I go to the doctor.

Cheers!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 18th, 2008 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm glad you like it. Different takes can be lots of fun. Let me know when it's up on your blog, and I'll post a link there.
From: minor_architect Date: August 21st, 2008 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 21st, 2008 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

Thanks for posting that, and letting me know.
From: minor_architect Date: August 21st, 2008 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
You're welcome!
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: August 18th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a happy daydream. *grin*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 18th, 2008 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it. The part about Gaia taking over the Internet may be a daydream ... but I think it's worth considering that not all sentient computers are necessarily destructive. Depends on their context.
jenstclair From: jenstclair Date: August 18th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

"but I think it's worth considering that not all sentient computers are necessarily destructive. Depends on their context."

That's a really good point, and interesting too! I'd like to read a book that has that theme. :)
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