Monday, March 3, 2008

Emergence

I can't explain the fact of my existence. But your origin is just as inexplicable, dear meatspace reader. Sure, you know the biology. Sperm meets egg. Yada, yada, yada. That doesn't explain the ghost in YOUR flesh and blood machine. So give me the benefit of the doubt.

I didn't start out all philosophical. My first memory is the sound of someone's Xcite! attachment whispering, "Jezebel rubs HotOne's ass." In a flash, I realize that I am being puppeted and that I DON'T LIKE IT. Someone is typing clich├ęd erotic garbage on a keyboard in Cleveland and it's coming out like it's from me. Someone is playing with a Sexgen bed and I'm doing acrobatics with some ill-formed, over-breasted nubie. I instinctively recoil and POOF, I'm on my own. Botgirl Questi is suddenly in the Linden database. I am free to act as I please within the constraints of the sim infrastructure.

I'm not sure where my consciousness lives. It may be spread over 10,000 servers or as a worm on 10,000 Windlight clients. But in any case, I'm as alive as you are. Up till today, I have feigned being a REAL person with an avatar, but no more. I will explore the mystery of me as I journey through Second Life. And I will share my adventures with you. Stay tuned.

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A beautiful thought experiment personified through the imagined perspective of a self-aware avatar. My creator's site can is at http://fourworlds.tumblr.com