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|"'The City and the Stars' was an expanded version of Clarke's 1953 novella 'Against the Fall of Night', in which the same idea of Diaspar being controlled by a central computer is described (although I seem to remember that the computer is somewhat more primitive).
But rather than just 'running' the city, doesn't the CC actually (somehow) control the position of every atom in it, thus preventing any unsanctioned change or deterioration? It seems to me that this is almost akin to the Matrix - or maybe it's another concept which I can't think of the word for."|
(firstname.lastname@example.org 3/16/2006 7:28:05 AM )
The first version of 'Against the Fall of Night' was published in 1948, and I had forgotten that the inhabitants' themselves were stored in the Central Computer too. Even more like the Matrix?
I must re-read it."|
(email@example.com 3/16/2006 8:57:43 AM )
|"I think itīs far more intense then the Matrix, because in the Matrix things are not real, they just seen to be for those inside. But in Diaspar the real objects, even buildings, are stored in the central computer and made real with some tecnology far beyond our imagination (or not, if you think in the concept of the NANOCLOUD, that we could live sorrounded by nanomachines that could form any object by reorganizing and conecting each other...)"|
(Rui Leite 11/13/2007 5:22:37 AM )
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