The Junk Drawer

Hello again, dreamers.  It’s been a while since I’ve done this, as Pathfinder has been commanding my full attention.  However, it’s always refreshing to revisit one’s peripheral projects.  So, here’s what went on in the junk drawer today…

Ashes

At long last,  this week I was able to finish a pivotal section in this unique story.  The chapter in question deals with the death of a colonist aboard the colony ship Crucible, and its ramifications.  Periodically throughout this story, there are chapters in which the two programs tasked with operating the colony ship, the Mentor and the Minder, converse directly within the ship’s computer.  Often, this throws their very different personalities and values into stark relief, as the Mentor is designed educate the children, responsible for their nurturing and their development into well-rounded individuals, while the Minder is tasked with operating the ship and ensuring the health and safety of the colonists.

As intended, this chapter developed into a philosophical commentary on the balance between individual concerns and the collective good.  It also delved, to an extent, into a commentary on human nature, or more specifically on the difference between machine learning and the human learning process.

At this point, I’m honestly not sure where the story will head next, but I am anxious to see where it takes me.  Needless to say, this one is a long way from any serious writing, and remains on the back-burner for now.

That, I’m afraid, is all for this week.  No doubt there will be more side projects to discuss next week.  Until then, keep dreaming.

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