Welcome back, Geeks! I missed you. And I missed talking about the implications of our advancing technology when it comes to copying, uploading, or transferring our human consciousness into alternate receptacles. (No idea what I’m talking about? Well, then you shouldn’t show up at the last article in a 4-part series without reading The Introduction, Variation One, and Variation Two first. Go ahead and go check those out. We’ll wait.) Back? Good. Now, for those of you who haven’t been sleeping through class up until this point, we’re onto the final variation of Alternate Consciousness. The same rules as the previous articles apply: there areRead More →

altered carbon

Hey, Fellow Geeks. Welcome back. If you’re new to the party, you’ve stumbled right into the middle of a multi-article discussion. Specifically, I recently binge-watched Altered Carbon for your benefit, and now we’re discussing the technology the show is based around. (i.e., immortality through a recorded/uploadable memory stack implanted when a human hits 1 year old). More specifically, I’ve been discussing the different ways that idea has been used in science fiction, and the benefits or implications of each. If you haven’t already, you should probably check out The Introduction Article and The First Variation Article, because we’re about to talk about Variation Two (whichRead More →

If you weren’t here last time, I watched the entirety of Altered Carbon and now I’m talking about the three main variations of human-consciousness-placed-in-alternate-receptacles shown in Science Fiction. I know. It sounds ambitious, doesn’t it? You should probably read the original article to get an idea of where we’re going with this, because this week we’re talking about Variation One. And, once again, while there are no major plot spoilers in this article, I am welcoming any and all discussion points (spoilers included) in the comments. So you can discuss the insanity that I’m about to spew onto this page, or you can discuss theRead More →

If you weren’t already aware, Altered Carbon just showed up on Netflix – and it’s definitely worth your time. Now, I wouldn’t recommend sitting down and binge-watching the entire show in one sitting because, while it’s an amazing piece of storytelling with a variety of characters (all of whom have their own personalities and flaws that lead to some beautiful character development), several engaging story arcs, and a healthy dose of political intrigue and mystery thrown in for good measure, there’s a lot to digest throughout those ten hours and it’s probably best taken in chunks. I’m terrible at listening to my own advice, though,Read More →

Steins;Gate first came out for the XBox 360 in 2009. It was shortly thereafter adapted into a manga and, later, an anime series and an animated film. It was recently ported over to Steam* for Windows. Steins Gate.  Some know it as Fate; to others, it is the will of God. The game starts off with no preamble or cut scenes – the story begins with the main character, Rintarou Okabe, attending a press conference by a Doctor Nakabachi about time travel.  Okabe is rather eccentric, and oftentimes, downright arrogant, considering himself a mad scientist (alias of Hououin Kyouma) who is on the run fromRead More →