By S. M. Stirling
Against the Tide of Years maintains the adventures of the Nantucket citizens who've been transported via time to the Bronze Age. within the years given that their arrival, the fledging Republic of Nantucket has striven to higher the primitive global within which they now exist. Their best issues are developing a structure and dealing with the waves of immigrants from the British Isles. yet a renegade time tourist plans his personal destiny through forging an empire for himself in line with conquest through glossy expertise. The Republic has no substitute yet to stand the inevitable warfare as a result of certainly one of their own....
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One of the men paid her father and pushed the gravity-balanced carrier through the docking bay with a single finger. He was a chopper; an expert at wiping the memories, the intelligence, the devaluing awareness from kidnapped Minds. Rathere's father piloted the ship into port himself, and told a harrowing tale of how the tachyon storm had rendered the metaspace AI core unstable, forcing him to eject it. Still all but paralyzed, Rathere closed her eyes and knew it was over. Her friend would soon be dead.
About their kids? Hobbies? Shopping? ) When the human was satisfied, she would declare whether the other participant was really intelligent or not. Which raised the question, Rathere realized, How intelligent was the person giving the test? Indeed, she'd met many humans during her travels who might not pass this ancient Turing test themselves. Of course, the Turing meter that Isaah had purchased was vastly more sophisticated. By the time machine rights had been created a half-century before, it was understood that the determination of sentience was far too complex an issue to leave up to a human.
Rathere never formulated what she wanted to know succinctly, she reeled off questions from every direction, attacking an issue like a host of small predators taking down a larger animal. Her AI companion could only fend her off with answers until (often unexpectedly) Rathere was satisfied. " She nodded her head. From her galvanic skin response, her pupils, the gradual slowing of her heart, the AI saw that it had satisfied her. But still another question came. " In the Expansion, information traveled no faster than transportation, and scoops like Isaah enriched themselves by being first with news.