Memory is a Rumor – Yaroslav Barsukov

In the heat, even paper seemed to sweat. Dr. Startsev’s fingers left wet stains on the pages of the open notebook, on a number: thirty. Thirty minutes to try and deter the people about to enter his office from doing the irreversible. He always hoped for thirty; but when the front door in the lobby opened and steps drummed on the laminated floorboards, a resolute ostinato, he corrected himself: at most, twenty. Then a male…

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A question for Yaroslav Barsukov

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

A: I have, actually. I don’t know where ideas come from or why it’s sometimes so easy to forget them; it’s as though someone would hand you a Post-it note and, in case you don’t display an immediate interest, pass it on.

Why does the supercomputer have to reside in the future though? I’m a big proponent of digital physics, Universe as an output of a computer program and all, and I strongly suspect that we and everything around us is a simulation. As soon as I say it, people immediately think Matrix; but what if there’s nothing else but the simulation? What if there’s no real us, or beings like us, outside the program’s boundaries?

The thought, to me, is too sad not to be true.


Yaroslav Barsukov’s story “Memory is a Rumor” was published on Friday, 26 January 2018.
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About Yaroslav Barsukov

Yaroslav Barsukov is a software engineer from Moscow, currently living in Vienna, Austria. After leaving his ball and chain at the workplace, he goes on to write stories that deal with things he himself, thankfully, doesn’t have to deal with.

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Yaroslav Barsukov’s story “Memory is a Rumor” was published on Friday, 26 January 2018.
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