Gorotsuki Tenshi (aekiy) wrote,
Gorotsuki Tenshi
aekiy

Ghost in the Shell chapter 11: Ghost Coast

Ahh... I've finally managed to channel into you.

?! Who's interrupting my autistic mode?

I've invested a lot of time in this, Kusanagi...

For a net, this is weak, but huge... You must be the puppeteer.
I don't get it. The puppeteer's supposed to be "dead"... Or have I got crossed signals in my mass-storage banks? Is this a false memory?

I'm not the one you should be asking, Kusanagi.
You people--the physical universe, in other words--are only like sediment... And quantitatively speaking, you're an uncertain existence...
If this were not so, both meaning and unrecorded information could not exist...

What do you want of me, puppeteer...? Why are you coming to me like a ghost?

I have a request of you, which requires your understanding of certain things. It's something profitable for both of us...
What, Kusanagi, should a specific net do in order to avoid catastrophe and preserve a state of equilibrium?

Well, there are two possibilities...
One is to make a copy.
Then, if one is destroyed for some reason, the other continues to survive.
The other possibility is to establish an internal division of labor--to subdivide and become multi-functional, and thus be capable of surviving a variety of catastrophic situations...
...Just as life has evolved from single-function, single-cell structures to multi-function, multi-cell structures.

So the copies generate more copies, and the more they increase, the less the chance of catastrophe...
Eventually a parallel, multi-layered universe-image would be created.
From SGUT to bosonsand fermions... gravity and a strong mutual interaction, etcetera, continually divide... components creating protons and nuclei creating atoms...
Cells and organisms in individual life forms... multiple species in ecosystems.
The universe we know is only one out of 2^m! It's made up of a combination of 2^m kinds!
The values of n and m appear to continue infinitely, but we don't know for certain. There appears to be some relationship to an explosive chain-reaction-like birth of universes, but we should limit our discussion to the single universe that contains us...
Here is a pyramid structure that I have conceived of, with you at its core...
Although it's extremely fragmented, information on you survives in your fellow Section Nine team members, your friends, and your superiors...
Your genes and your memes, and what's left after you've disappeared, will continue to grow--in a genus-1 toroid...
The higher up one goes, the more macrocosmic the level becomes, and the more determinate it becomes...
Conversely, the more one descends into the infinitesimal level, the more indeterminate things become (they are still indeterminate at the level of the individual).
In other words, fluctuations at the lower levels are what prevent a "hardening of the arteries" at the upper levels...
"Hardening of the system"... On the surface, "entropy" would seem to represent a type of "stability," but in "systems where there is little change and little flux" there is actually an increased possibility of catastrophe. Such systems are, therefore, truly unstable...
The network is of macrocosmic size, and has infinite depth. It's like a growing tree...

So life is like fruit growing on the end of the branches...?

That's right...
...It's like fruit.
The secrets of the Kabbala, the Norse and Chinese myths, the tree of knowledge in Eden, the tree of life, the world tree... These are all worthy of being called amenomibashira, or "The Pillar of Heaven"...
It's the core system of the universe that channelers--in every era, culture, and every race of people--have traditionally accessed...
Beyond the trunk of the "tree" there should be no existence, but the closer one gets to the end of the branches, the more growth one finds...
...And the branches are continually touching, separating, entangling and bearing fruit...
The universe turns, and in accordance with the "time" at that moment, progresses...
Always seeking greater stability, and greater existence, it continues growing in complexity and diversity, and sometimes abandons things...
The brain net grows in complexity but has a delete/forget function. The fact that cells outside the brain metabolize daily, and while being reborn are aging...
...The fact that when they die they erase vast amounts of experiential information, leaving only genes and memes...
...And the fact that civilizations periodically decline and fall...
...These things are all the result of a "hardening" of the system... It's a defense mechanism against a catastrophic end.

Sounds like you're trying to rationalize human error and folly...

Well, if you want to talk about good and evil, although the details are outside the scope of this subject...
...What I have told you explains, in religious terms, why God does not fully destroy evil.
Those in a religious mode merely condone evil by calling it a "trial" or "training."
And what if cells continued to multiply? If humans, instead of dying, continued to accumulate knowledge and experience?
In either case, they would probably become functionally paralyzed and all would end in catastrophe...
That's my problem.
I used to call myself a "life form," but in the condition I'm now in, I'm stunted, never able to reach my full potential.
Why? Because my system doesn't have any slack of "play" in it; it doesn't have any protection against catastrophe.
When copied and increased, my system always faces the possibility of being destroyed by a single virus...
...For with copies there's no diversity or individuality created.

Why don't you just use your vaunted processing powers and factor in a little variety when you make your copies...?

Well, I could generate a little variation, but the copies would eventually encounter each other, fuse together, and their deficiencies would merely be reinforced.
I fear the difference between a life form and an "integration of information" would then disappear. Ultimately, I may just be a fragment of a "human."

So you're just like a form of cancer, then, aren't you...? Maybe that's what all intelligence really is...

Your analogy is essentially wrong, but it's correct in that intelligence increases to resource limits and you can only make a copy of it...
But at any rate, given what I've told you, I now have a small favor to ask.
To gain diversity and slack in my system, I would like to fuse with you.

You what?!
You're asking me if I'll become a multiple personality?! Are you nuts?! No thanks!

No, not a multiple... I mean unity--total fusion.
You and I would change slightly in our totality, but we wouldn't lose anything. Rather than symbiosis, it involves unification...
After fusing, it should be impossible for us to recognize each other.

So what happens when I die, then? My genes obviously wouldn't survive, even as a copy!

If anything happened, the new, post-fusion you would let loose my altered-species/glider on the net... Just like humans leave behind genes... And this way I'd also be able to find mortality.

Hmph... Seems like you're the only one who'd benefit from this...

Oh, come on--you should have more respect for my net, for my data, and for my functions...

Any guarantee that I wouldn't be inadvertently assisting some wild robot plan to wipe out humans?
Any guarantee I could continue to be me?

Concerning your first question, there's no guarantee, but the probability that such a low-intelligence altered speciees would result from us is very remote, and even if it did occur, my many descendants external to us would certainly delete it.
There's absolutely no guarantee of the latter, either... Humans are always changing, and I want to be able to change, too.
So, no, I can't rule out the possibility of a localized rebellion of robots with low-level intelligence.
But the "unstable history created by slavery and discrimination," and the image of robots created by anthropomorphization is hardly logical.

I've heard enough. I can't believe anything you say anyway...
...So I'll accept your proposal. I had a premonition about this... Let's fuse!

I knew you'd eventually agree, but not in 1/25th the time I had estimated... I'll have to revise my opinion of you, Kusanagi.

I've got one question before we fuse, though. Why did you choose me?

Because of En.

"Karmic connection"...? You've read a dictionary of Buddhism on the net?

En... Take you and Toru Soma, for example...

Must I...?

Imagine, if you will, the "you" that exists in Toru Soma's mind, and the "Toru Soma" that exists in your mind...
Just as in biology a basal array adapts in life, the act of adapting is called En, or karmic connection. In this case, as with RNA transfer, the intent to kill is synthesized, and remains.

Here you are asking me to "marry" a life form consisting of nothing but intelligence, because of "karmic connection"...

Yes. This will allow me to become a true life form...
Let's fuse together like flowing clouds, and become a part of the uncertain but diverse world...
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