Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Rinku Dutta's "Aski's Choice" (short story, free): Someone is not happy in this utopian society

Familiar tropes with modern twist. I liked it in spite of minor flaws like a lot of jargon, & unnecessary & illogical astronomical references.

Story summary.

In this twenty-fourth century society, ubiquitous brain implants record every thought in a personal electronic journal, these journals are publicly shared, software can identify potentially subversive thoughts, & software can analyze your thought processes for rationality (it got the impression it's more like conformity to social mores).

While the worn gadgets give options of not sharing all thoughts or even recording them, doing so will make you a social outcast.

Now Aski is discovering the usefulness of recording only some thoughts that tell an interesting story, or even recording false thoughts (fiction)...

Fact sheet.

First published: The Scientific Indian, 23 November 2008.
Rating: A
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