A Monstrous Manifesto, by Catherynne M. Valente (via justaguywitharrows)
If there’s ever a time when I don’t reblog this, it’s safe to assume I’ve been bound hand and foot and a masked imposter has commandeered my blog.
Anyone who becomes a cyborg is presumed to have a ghost. It’s said that the ghost from the old flesh body remains within the cyborg.
Then what exactly is a ghost? Well. No one has been able to come up with a definition that isn’t circular. The existence of the ghost is something postulated, in order to implement cyberization in the first place— the transfer of an individual human consciousness into a machine housing.
Have you ever heard of a boid? It’s a kind of program, a computer model of how animals may move in groups. The classic example is a flock of birds— hence “boid”.
Each boid is given simple rules for steering. There may be hundreds or thousands, but they perceive and react only to those closest to them. Yet the entire group flies as a flock, just as birds do in nature…
Some engineer tried to explain to me the use of the boid model to describe the ghost— that the ghost is a form of negative feedback, a complex pattern that emerges from simplicity… that consciousness is a flock of birds."
— Batou explains the concept of a Ghost in After the Long Goodbye
Imagine geckos become very powerful in a terrible lab accident. Geckos shooting guns. Gekcos knowing all your secrets. Large geckos chasing you through the streets because you forgot to return your library books