Ian Rennie’s story “Angels at the Border” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 April 2017.
Fiction surrounding the technological singularity has always bothered me, even leaving aside the questions that scientists and futurists raise about whether it will actually happen at all. We have this idea that when some form of global digital consciousness happens it will happen everywhere, for everyone. This misses two fundamental things about humanity.
The first is that not everyone would be capable of enjoying the benefits of this digital consciousness at once, any more than we can all currently enjoy a world of electric cars and tablet computers. There’s an argument that this is the singularity of the Peter Thiels and Elon Musks of the world, not of the several billion people surviving on less than a dollar a day.
The second is that even if you could upload everyone, give them eternal, digital life beyond the bounds of the flesh… not all of them would want to come.
With “Angels at the Border” I wanted to tell the story of the people who didn’t make the leap, the remnant of humanity, slowly ebbing away in the foothills of paradise.
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