A question for Brian Hugenbruch

Q: Have you ever wondered whether ideas are thought waves directed at you by an AI supercomputer located in the distant future?

A: I did briefly, but then the supercomputer told me that these weren’t the droids I was looking for.

More seriously, I find that my thoughts are less about well-ordered words and structured notions as they are (to borrow from T.S. Eliot) a heap of broken images. Not that AI doesn’t have the capacity to deal with unstructured data— and there are enough modern supercomputers and well-meaning clouds that work on just this sort of thing today — but given the current state of natural language processing (a core component of current AI tech), I have a hard time believing that that future supercomputer will be ready to beam disorganized thoughts into my head. It would require a significant enough entropy source to generate coherent and yet distinctly unsequenced imagery that I suspect it’s not likely to happen.

(One wonders why it would bother, for that matter; perhaps I’m inadvertently responsible for a divide-by-zero error that takes out a K8S cluster in a thousand years.)

Also, I have to imagine that temporal network latency is a killer. Though that would explain why I’m so groggy in the mornings?


Brian Hugenbruch’s story “Heartbeat of the Seasons
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 February 2022.
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About Brian Hugenbruch

Brian Hugenbruch is a speculative fiction writer and poet living in Upstate New York with his wife and their daughter (and their unruly pets). By day, he writes information security programs to protect your data on (and from) the internet. He has a fondness for fishing (but only in video games), Scotch (but only in real life), and occasional forays into home brewing and molecular gastronomy. No, he’s not certain how to say his last name, either.

the-lettersea.com, @Bwhugen


Brian Hugenbruch’s story “Heartbeat of the Seasons
in Metaphorosis Friday, 11 February 2022.
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