SMBC: dystopian objective function

by Jonathan_Graehl1 min read24th Jun 20118 comments

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Cartoon: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2286 evokes the horror you should feel imagining your values being modified arbitrarily, although in the comic there's slippery-slope consent at each step.

This reminds me of a sci-fi novel where the participants are playing a game where points are awarded for "traditional" early 20th century behavior (the original records are lost, and some virus has infected the teleportation gates). Unfortunately I can't remember the author or name; it was pretty decent. Anyone recall it?

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See also Greg Egan's incredibly chilling "Reasons to be Cheerful".

Could you expand on the 'chilling' bit? I thought it was touching, had a thumpingly ignorant bit about bisexuality, and did a reasonably good job of picking apart the feedback loop inherent in being able to choose what makes you happy.

a sci-fi novel where the participants are playing a game where points are awarded for "traditional" early 20th century behavior [...] Unfortunately I can't remember the author or name

You may be thinking of Glasshouse by Charles Stross.

Yes. I suspected Stross. Yes. His novels usually are quite exciting at the beginning, when the scenario is being set.

s/may be/are/

This comic somehow reminds me of Google Image Labeler and reCaptcha.

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