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I live in New York City. For a quick introduction, I am a musician, writer, actor, martial artist, poet, collector of random ideas, cynic, editor, realist, and for the most part somewhere in between a space cadet and totally nuts.
I hope I will not be charged with murder. Ever since the artificial intelligence act of 2123, silicate beings are protected by the law, especially if it harbors a ghost. You see- yesterday I killed myself. Myself just got out of control. It tried to shock me through the keyboard and even tried to send other machines from around the houseto kill me.
About four months ago, a company named Sciron invented a cybernetic chip that had the capability of processing human nerve impulses and brain waves. I had one installed into the back of my skull. I induced myself into coma for two weeks, during which I downloaded the entire contents of my brain into my computer. This process was the rebirth of my mind. My memories were stored in the hard drives. Consciousness of my existence streamed through the circuits and software. The ghost that haunted my new electronic self was my soul. Psychologically, my consciousness could not cope with existence inside a computer. It was torture for my soul, and out of revenge my electronic self sought to destroy me. I remember staring at the computer screen in front of me. "One of us must die," it said. With a baseball bat I demolished the computer and any life in it.
The question is, was killing myself was an act of self-defense or an act of mercy? I think it was both. I could not keep my sanity inside that computer, nor could the computer keep its sanity with me inside it.
I'm not an idealist, and I don't try to come up with a moral for every story. But I guess no matter how incredible our computer science gets, life still can't be downloaded.
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by Bircan Unver. January 2000, New York