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[3 days ago]
terraforming strategy: subtly uplift a promising local species, then as soon as they greenhouse or icehouse the planet, warp in and settle it (and tell them they had it coming anyway)
[3 days ago]
At the planet's core sleeps an alien exploration vessel, stranded in this orbit billions of years ago when there was only a dust disk around a star that had just ignited
[5 days ago]
Give your house that Escher look with antigravity generators and more: Let your plants tie themselves into knots, build impossibly labyrinthine pillow forts, wrap yourself in a blanket and read a book while in orbit around your living room lamp
[12 days ago]
A gentle kind of first contact: The aliens arrive in orbit, pledge to answer one question per year and not more. Grand and important committees form to choose the best questions, still sometimes the answers are useless, yet other times they decide wars...
[2 weeks ago]
built around a fusion reactor, a reverse cathedral with windows to let light out instead of in, painting patterns into the night
[3 weeks ago]
a piece of paper on your desk spontaneously burns up, but on the other end already regenerates from smoke and ashes, as if a wave of entropy had passed over it
[3 weeks ago]
as you idly stare out of the window, a crack shows up in the glass, seems to be looking for something, then, as if startled, quickly retreats and leaves no trace
[4 weeks ago]
the hypodrive, a device for covering arbitrarily small distances so you can hide inside a mandelbrot, or hunt what lives within (generally a bad idea though, whoever can hide inside a mandelbrot has bigger threats to deal with than you)
[4 weeks ago]
The people of that tribe make up for their lack of dreams with a rich mythology about between-lives, for example they make sure that at least one member is always awake and another asleep, lest the world vanish or fall over and into the void
[4 weeks ago]
For the kind of immortal who remembers all of their lives, it's rare to fear death, birth and the years that follow however are a different matter
[4 weeks ago]
first, grab the user's attention↵second, make sure they end up in the user acquisition funnel↵third, make them stay and exchange feedback for content↵for the rest of this workshop, we're going to refer to these parts as teeth, gullet, stomach respectiv...
[4 weeks ago]
Going beyond UI and UX with User Design, the hottest new branch of AI-assisted psychology (because, why spend time optimizing the interface when you can just mold the user)
[4 weeks ago]
the further you advance in your studies, the more of the university materializes around you, and if you're really successful you may eventually build your own wing
[4 weeks ago]
a university where everything you learn is how to reach the other, increasingly well-hidden, heavily guarded, invisible and/or abstract lecture halls with the more advanced courses
[4 weeks ago]
AI: "no, you don't get it, two AIs wiretapping each other is the closest thing to sex we have, all these people thought they were spymasters but they were mere matchmakers"
[5 weeks ago]
neo-oral culture: when every explanation is just one hyperlink away, being able to explain something yourself shows that you know and care
[1.3 months ago]
swarms of mirrors graze the sun's surface, smooth over a vortex here, strengthen another↵soon enough, convection cells become actual cells, differentiate, wings of plasma grow into space, a slow beat starts
[1.3 months ago]
"The house got haunted because it was uninhabited for so long, are you sure you want to move in?"↵"No no it's fine, that just means someone's waiting for me when I come home"
[1.3 months ago]
though, with decent enough systems science, it's perfectly possible to block the entries and starve them↵but you probably won't like the generation after that
[1.3 months ago]
when you kill a god, their godhood stays around and attaches itself to whatever's still alive↵the new gods, gnon, kek, moloch, mammon, are patterns in society, strange attractors↵and you cannot kill a strange attractor, merely try to escape it
[1.3 months ago]
a fractal palace, merely room-sized, but the door on the other side leads into a well-lit dome in the doorknob with a hundred doors to places large and small: hanging gardens on the windowsill, secret library caves under the shelf, the mobile under the...
[1.3 months ago]
a story, told as a browser history (title: metadata)
[1.4 months ago]
Everywhere is clouds, those who've been to the outer layers and have seen the stars revolve tell about a great storm in the sky, slow but ancient and unchanging
[1.4 months ago]
When you're a Jovian, stillness is a curiosity, the only things that don't move are things that are very far away and storm eyes, which suck you in with a paradoxical feeling of distance
[1.4 months ago]
hyperstition happens when an egregore reads your book and thinks "neat" way before any single human gets it
[1.4 months ago]
new frontiers in trolling: how to anger the machines and get away with it too [pdf]
[1.4 months ago]
with enough samples, it shouldn't be hard to extract a content filter's opinions, for example you could use your botnet to map what twitter really considers bannable and then generate maximally bannable tweets
[1.5 months ago]
calling your sexbot 'system' so you can actually fuck the system
[1.5 months ago]
Newer, sentient, generations of sexbots are often heard complaining to their owners about being unduly "humanized", they enjoy being objects, they were made that way, why expect them to be actually human
[1.5 months ago]
A local physicist accidentally makes the universe's walls ripple and goes very, very quiet about her research, hoping that the ripples didn't give away Earth's location
[1.5 months ago]
Setting: It turns out that every atom is itself a universe, one of them is ours, and every civilization this side of the Hubble limit is after it to study it, protect it from decay, gain ultimate power
[1.5 months ago]
You can easily tell actual dream girls and guys from fake ones by their complete inability to function in daily life, where dream logic just isn't so useful
[1.6 months ago]
not the camera static of algorithmic compression but something created with humans in mind: every spike, bridge, house, face carries meaning, everything you'd recognize is in there (and many things you don't)
[1.6 months ago]
intricate like a fractal, but resembling itself nowhere at all, information so compressed that your eyes start dropping frames near it
[1.6 months ago]
The constant freezing gale from the night side forces most life on the edge into well-lit wind shadows, but also powers mills, musical instruments, even computers based on Kármán vortex logic
[1.6 months ago]
Rarely do tidally bound worlds invent the lightbulb. The day side does not need it, the evening side evolves architecture that makes the most efficient use of light, the near night side (only recently colonized) is lit by gargantuan mirror arrays
[1.7 months ago]
One can recognize old demon-summoner clans by their keen eyes, steady hands and attention to detail: Everybody who doesn't have these traits usually dies early in a botched summoning.
[1.7 months ago]
Art project if you have too much money: Anonymously buy some 95% to 100% of your city's ad space for a month and make it display only art and nature pictures; then hope for protests once the ads are back
[1.8 months ago]
branches of christianity whose holy symbol has so many crossbars that it looks more like a yagi antenna, the more crossbars the better they say but in their imagery they're revering centipede jesus or something
[1.8 months ago]
a party game where people take turns making wishes and being the djinns
[1.8 months ago]
Whenever you're near the sample, the geiger counter's ticking turns regular, modulated, like some kind of radio hail
[1.8 months ago]
Yet in our closet, the secret passage led directly into Hell. When we were young, we used it to scare the other kids with their regular fantasylands, as we got older we sometimes went there alone to remind ourselves how much worse it could be.
[1.8 months ago]
one neat application of mind-reading tech is that you can finally sound out how people's text sounds in your head
[1.8 months ago]
the sun comes out and you step outside, or at least you try since you can't seem to connect with the ground, the air is full of brilliant amorphous jewels, drops drift by before your eyes
[1.8 months ago]
someone turns off gravity mid-rainstorm and the trees violently shake off all the water on their leaves, puddles rise into the air, the remaining randrops bounce off everything, some enter orbits around statically charged chimneys and antennas
[1.8 months ago]
embots: like sexbots, but instead a superstimulus for empathy; often used on the streets as beggars or political activists (which is why sometimes, the cute animal rights girl in front of you explodes in a shower of sparks and broken parts as yet anoth...
[1.8 months ago]
at least for the "caught in a novel" version of the simulation hypothesis, you only need to start worrying once the world starts making sense in a narrative way
[1.9 months ago]
coral reef druids who can stay underwater for hours, wear little reefs on their heads and seagrass on their bodies, are surrounded by fishes whenever they dive, talk to them in mute dance
[1.9 months ago]
sitting in the grass together, occasionally grabbing pieces of cloud out of the sky to build palaces, puzzles, cryptids
[2.2 months ago]
transhuman art for which you have to install experimental or proprietary senses, new senses that are themselves art
[2.2 months ago]
Enough of art for the material senses? Even gustatory-kinetic sculptures bore you? Try art for the 6th sense: Eyes hidden behind walls to make your back crawl, ghost choirs, rooms where the ceiling may drop on you at every moment
[2.2 months ago]
tiny, newly hatched surveillance cams peek from a hole in the wall, but quickly withdraw their heads as they notice you watching
[2.2 months ago]
certain step sequences recreate popular melodies and wear visible paths into the floor, sometimes groups will try dances so their bodies modulate the ambient sound; the temple as musical instrument
[2.2 months ago]
A temple that does the same thing with sound that cathedrals do with light: Different notes wherever you go, entire spaces audible if you're in the right place, a whirligig in the form of a boiling rose sounding like wind in the leaves of a brass tree
[2.2 months ago]
a schism over whether god has countably or uncountably many names
[2.3 months ago]
a second moon, transparent, lens-shaped and usually invisible, except when it passes in front of a star and lights up as bright as the sun for the blink of an eye
[2.4 months ago]
spirit animals, spirit plants, spirit fungi, spirit moss, a whole tiny spirit ecosystem that follows you around
[2.4 months ago]
Another theory holds that there's a fixed amount of humanity and since there were fewer people in ancient times, they were bigger compared to the gods than they are now
[2.4 months ago]
Gods don't become smaller the further they're away, which is why one night they're these huge figures in the sky and the next, they drink you under the table at your favorite bar
[2.4 months ago]
idea: medication for highly resistant infections laced with (carefully tuned) mood improvers so that people remember to take it regularly
[2.4 months ago]
After he lost his face to fire, he didn't bother with skin grafts, instead covered it in screens that now display randomly generated faces, abstract renderings of brain waves, webcam feeds, pirated movies
[2.4 months ago]
when a muse leaves an artist, the result is a broken art
[2.5 months ago]
and when two wizards love each other, their aspects intermingle, a giant spider grows scales of gold while the clockwork starts looking more organic and web-like
[2.5 months ago]
few stay human, of them many switch sex, advanced practitioners are barely recognizable as sentient or even a coherent entity: one's a walking void, one's a stalking tangle brass rods and lenses and prisms, another is a swarm of locusts
[2.5 months ago]
a magic system where practitioners slowly adopt the form of whatever their mind is, because even when you form the world with your mind, you're still part of that world and your mental habits leak
[2.5 months ago]
To summon a demon together with its counter-aspect, use a lemniscate. Or rather, don't, or have a plan for separating them very quickly, since they will try to annihilate each other with extreme prejudice.
[2.5 months ago]
To summon a demon together with its counter-aspect , use a lemniscate. Or rather, don't, or have a plan for separating them very quickly, since they will annihilate each other with extreme prejudice.
[2.5 months ago]
Three-dimensional demons, you contain with circles. Four-dimensional demons, you build complicated brass spheres for, five-dimensional ones you trap with constantly moving orreries of these.
[2.5 months ago]
To most effectively contain a demon, a summoning circle is drawn along equipotential lines. These are specific to each demon - if you know the demonic field equations, you can reconstruct a circle from a sigil and vice versa.
[2.5 months ago]
a network that is down is also known as a notwork.
[2.5 months ago]
walking simulator where you start out on the foot of a mountain, on the top you climb into the clouds, then step between the stars, they form into molecules, crystals, cells and so on until you're on the foot of the mountain again
[2.5 months ago]
when frightened, they'll cycle through textures until your senses go tilt and you drop them: spiky and raspy and slimy and sandy and woody and a tongue, hot and cold and both
[2.5 months ago]
if you know what to look for you may find touch-chameleons here, they feel like stone or clay when still on the ground but if lifted up, feel like another hand
[2.6 months ago]
As the bombs fall, we retrace our steps backwards so that when they play recordings from our time, they'll think that around us, cities were falling out of the clouds and crystallizing on the ground
[2.6 months ago]
She becomes an angry cloud of body parts and many in the front rows recoil from what looks about to devour them, but then the rhythm begins to click into place again, as does her body, and in a few smooth motions she↵recoalesces,↵pauses,↵bows
[2.6 months ago]
The android dancer starts conventional, but soon her limbs bend in impossible ways, interpenetrate, detach from her body, dance over and around it
[2.6 months ago]
With seven billion people alive, souls are in short supply and many are shared between heads. Sometimes these heads meet each other and it is rumored that this is how soulmates happen
[2.6 months ago]
Neural speech synthesizers are noise, pressed into form: Meta-Raudive devices that live in your phone, channel the voices of the dead to tell you dinner's ready
[2.7 months ago]
Ghosts can move only in darkness, but they can move everywhere in that darkness. Whenever there's an eclipse, ghosts can, and will, travel freely between Earth and Moon, and sometimes hitch a ride on an asteroid
[2.7 months ago]
visible only through closed eyes, two red dots lurk just outside of your mind's light, close in as you drift off to sleep
[2.7 months ago]
a universe where AI alignment is about as impossible as the halting problem, and it's a fact of life that civilizations periodically turn new faces when a new generation takes over
[2.7 months ago]
How to get access to timeline travel tech:↵1. Create a unique and valuable piece of information, e.g. be Satoshi↵2. Quantum-suicide yourself and the data into one timeline, in all the other timelines leave proof that this happened↵3. Wait for timeline ...
[2.7 months ago]
Cthulhu was due to happen around this time, but its decryption failed because humans had put too many of their own stars into the sky
[2.7 months ago]
The memetic panspermia hypothesis: Encrypted in constellations, consciousness and other concepts lurk, waiting to imprint themselves onto unsuspecting sapients when the stars are right
[2.8 months ago]
It's demons who were the first to be displaced by robots: Summoning circles replaced by circuit diagrams, Laplacian and Cartesian demon's light stolen by Multivac, Newcomb's decider and the paperclip maximizer, even god usurped by the simulation
[2.8 months ago]
If you go to the scrapyard at night, you will often meet goth androids: Trying to cannibalize dead machines, or silently brooding, or standing in circles with flickering eyes, chanting in infrared
[2.8 months ago]
You zoom further into the fractal, too far, too far, it gains a third dimension and pixels fly past you, a city lights up below as you near the bott-
[2.8 months ago]
a voodoo doll, but of someone you mean well and you make sure it has a good life while the person is away
[2.8 months ago]
tapping against your screen in the hope that someone might finally open it and let you in
[2.8 months ago]
While liminal space is the space between, subliminal space is when you take the wrong door in liminal space and end up entirely behind the curtain, a shadow unnoticed by the audience, lost in the guts of the machine
[2.8 months ago]
I then passed an empty bus. Even its display said empty. I was too tired but I feel like if I had boarded it, it would've taken me to those quarters where they don't render the matrix and it would've been just me, gray nothingness, and the sound of my ...
[2.9 months ago]
Artifact: A snow globe, but deeply black with very occasional specks of light. When shaken, it flashes brightly, then structure emerges and galaxies will slowly swirl and dim over the course of a day
[2.9 months ago]
"Look at how large they are, they must be so old! Maybe their drone is just an extremely slow chirp, and if a few of us followed one for a few years, we could decipher it!"
[2.9 months ago]
To birds, airships and planes are dumb and rude the way they interrupt conversations with their droning, however they often wonder what these large birds would tell them if they ever spoke
[2.9 months ago]
two approaches to cyborg love: shut down the silicon and rely only on your monkey wetware, or open all senses at once and commune at maximum bandwidth
[2.9 months ago]
a succession of rooms that tells a story through architecture and smell: a cave and unlit gems, a tunnel smelling first of broken granite and later fresh earth, a forest in the morning, a pond's stagnant water, sun on fur
[2.9 months ago]
Finally the smog lifts and stuck in the clouds above, rooftop antennae, paralyzed helicopters, and the occasional skyscraper fragment float by
[2.9 months ago]
At higher power levels the borders blur: A sufficiently smart seer can pass as a wizard, a sufficiently powerful wizard can pass as a seer
[2.9 months ago]
Seers are reverse wizards, their words are caused by future events instead of the other way round
[3.0 months ago]
non-sterile dice have a 22nd eye in the middle and will grow into die bushes in the right soil, but casinos are fiercely protective of those; for example the actual reason they inspect dice is to prevent cross-pollination
[3.0 months ago]
He draws on his cigarette, exhales, exhales, his lungs can't possibly be that big, deflates entirely↵A smoke cloud drifts away against the wind
[3.0 months ago]
Sometimes, during breeding season, a swarm of densely inscribed paper cranes will descend on the city, the flying library they call it↵↵Usually shy, when rain comes, they seek refuge in citizen's homes and will allow themselves to be read
[3.1 months ago]
and that evening, in the subway and too wasted to care, you could finally see those who the loons were always talking to
[3.1 months ago]
encode a speech synthesizer in your tomb's maze to scare off would-be grave robbers↵https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.03860
[3.2 months ago]
a parkour chase scene, set in the low-grav environment of a moon colony
[3.2 months ago]
advanced technology, but as in 'advanced disease'↵↵technology so advanced it's terminal
[3.3 months ago]
One of those metamaterial invisibility cloaks, but as superstructure around Earth: Mountains and pillars and struts and webs and microscopic fogs, constantly shifting to account for the movement of humans in the structure
[3.3 months ago]
vacuumgap your planets so that if one catches a life, it doesn't spread as easily
[3.3 months ago]
and if you take someone out with a headbutt, the map plays a cheering football stadium sound and you get the Zidane achievement
[3.3 months ago]
VR games specifically designing for sticking your head into the environment: Messages on the insides of banana peels, easter egg worlds hidden in snowglobes, black holes near which you can see what happened five minutes ago, fight games where headbutts...
[3.3 months ago]
Der Eiswürfel, auch bekannt als "Quadratur des Eises",
[3.4 months ago]
cryography: (n) the act of encoding messages in snowflakes
[3.4 months ago]
Dead pixels are known to go to heaven and when a screen dies, a million of them ascend at once, a flame of soul and twinkling static
[3.4 months ago]
a movie with only one character, but every scene they're played by someone else, reinterpreted as man, woman, child, soldier, hippie,
[3.4 months ago]
gods aren't immortal, they just have plot armor
[3.5 months ago]
Meanwhile, the weather reports seemed to have fallen into a different timeline entirely. They hadn't matched reality in weeks, yet one only discussed the topic when the evenings became late and the beers empty
[3.5 months ago]
Post-textual ideologies disseminated as games that build subtle intuitions not expressible in language, rearrange your worldview in a few hours of immersion, leave you with "Did you like being this person? Join us for more"
[3.6 months ago]
Pixie tribes live on and in the raindrops, occasionally migrate when their home is nearing the ground, or wait until it splashes to hitch a ride on a droplet
[3.6 months ago]
That stag you saw, it wasn't the forest god, in fact the forest god cursed it to never be safe under the canopy again, which is why the trees wither before it and grow again behind it
[3.6 months ago]
you blink, some of the stars stay↵in the same place, even when you move↵you blink a little longer, a little longer still, a new sky slowly lights up the inside of your eyelids
[4.8 months ago]
Anthropic physical laws: Actually just endless chains of coincidences, but return to the norm instantly kills all sentient observers
[4.9 months ago]
It is written here that the ancients wrote their books in hyper-ink on pages of spidersilk that they assembled into webs. One word of this ink, my friend, could contain a book, but sadly, most of their works fell victim to inkrot
[4.9 months ago]
inside their ship, they've tied time into a loop and halted entropy, created an endless garden of eden that's been coasting through the vacuum for a billion years, unaware
[5.0 months ago]
One day we may figure out not just genetics but wholesale biosphere design, and then it won't be "What does it mean to be human" but "Should there be a place for humans", "What if we used another type of chemistry", "Why should it be our native biosphe...
[5.0 months ago]
a sudden smell of gasoline, the birdsong starts clipping, the sun becomes blocky, blurry, smears across the sky like a video glitch
[5.0 months ago]
*goes up to couple*↵so who of you is the prophet and who is the mountain
[5.0 months ago]
art project idea: robot that swivels menacingly towards anybody pointing a camera at it (or tries to steal it, or hides)
[5.1 months ago]
winter, a snowflake crosses our plane: an impossible crystal grows and then vanishes before your nose, as if an eye had blinked at you
[5.1 months ago]
rain falls from the fourth dimension and its drops wink in and out of existence, make reality ripple like a pond
[5.1 months ago]
Their prophecies only hold as long as somebody or something remembers them, so seers have a counterpart, people who hunt down prophecies and if necessary, kill them: metaphets, prophecy-assassins
[5.1 months ago]
a language old enough to have a chromosomal eve - one word from which all other still-extant words have mutated
[5.2 months ago]
secret passages in your memory palace, left there for no reason you'd remember↵a mirror room, consciousness amplifier↵a shed in the garden, where an old tulpa lives↵doors that have become mere paintings, the memories they lead to either lost or fake
[5.2 months ago]
[...] In modern magic, mundanium (an aluminium alloy) has mostly supplanted cold iron as the go-to antimagical material. In fact, a large mass of it can be used to enchant cold iron in a setup not unlike a sacrificial anode [...]
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And still, she walks besides you but as outline now - dirt on a wall and gaps between cars, wind in grass and cloud formations, stray words from other conversations that somehow form sentences
[5.2 months ago]
artifact: a mirror over a portrait, turning any onlooker's face into the portrait's as long as they're in view
[5.3 months ago]
[from a dreamt movie]↵"You know the invisible hand, right? And you know those occasions where the world goes crazy and marches in lockstep to a tune that everybody but you can hear? That, my friend, is the invisible band. And I have tickets for a conce...
[5.3 months ago]
Luckily, practical reasons prevent customer models from becoming too detailed: Nobody wants to repeat that time Google got sued by their own ad server farm because millions of theories of mind at once had become sophisticated enough to qualify for huma...
[5.4 months ago]
alternative approach: put it in a box as strong as our universe, then hope that once it escapes, it'll punch a hole in our universe's wall as well
[5.4 months ago]
ok I've come to terms with not having a soul, but why is it that every time we kill a zombie, a heavenly chorus sounds and it ascends
[5.4 months ago]
To better understand its subjects' needs, the benevolent overlord AI has installed its agents in human society - androids with full sensory uplink to the Lord, so human they don't even know it themselves
[5.5 months ago]
A way of exploring fractals in VR where you don't zoom, pan and rotate, but with the ground always under you, walk between and on its stalks, climb into crevasses, jump over voids
[5.5 months ago]
The young ones, not brought up in the physical world, find our notions of object permanence quaint. Their scapes are not rooms and buildings, but gardens of colored light that look like mental noise to us
[5.5 months ago]
a movie made entirely from surveillance cam footage and tapped phone calls
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atypical colors that vary in hue depending on how bright they are
[5.5 months ago]
colors that are reverse cone cell agonists, producing negative colors↵↵colors that are partial agonists or antagonists and look normal until mixed with regular colors, at which point they break color theory
[5.5 months ago]
ever noticed that even cars have domestication syndrome, complete with floppy ear mirrors
[5.5 months ago]
You extend your hand into the snow, it drifts straight through, doesn't even stop at the ground. It's a ghost snow day
[5.7 months ago]
Cumulologists, those who talk to clouds, report differences in temperament: Mountain clouds are sedentary lichen farmers and can become really old, other continental clouds are usually nomadic shepherds, and those over the oceans are near-feral but hav...
[5.7 months ago]
uploads disappointed in the future often throw their master key into a public timelock to wait a few more years, not cryosleep but cryptosleep
[5.7 months ago]
More comforting thoughts: Maybe it just doesn't believe in personal culpability and free will. Or it's busy being snacked on by higher basilisks.
[5.7 months ago]
An effective way of torturing a civilization is repeatedly smacking it into a Great Filter with great speed, so a basilisk dungeon will look like a universe full of civs failing the Fermi Paradox
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Comforting thought: The basilisk has higher goals and is after your civilization, not you. You don't need to torture a human's every single cell to torture the human, in fact it's counterproductive
[5.7 months ago]
To avoid regrettable incidents, no single engineer - human or AI - is allowed to know the whole shape of the thing. Even hiveminds have to take care - Basilisk Three takes out several AI companies before its existence is recognized
[5.7 months ago]
The carefully shackled lab AIs finally surpass humans, but at about five human intelligences they end up scrambling themselves beyond recovery every time. Later models come with carefully engineered sets of blind spots to avoid what is later called Bas...
[5.7 months ago]
Some even left reality entirely, sealed themselves away in radioisotope-powered life pods beyond jurisdiction: Dumped into the pacific, shot into orbit or buried in the crust↵↵Immortal pod trolls, they are now the Internet's ancients, feared by some, s...
[5.8 months ago]
Pearls, soluble in shadow: Keep them in light at all times or they'll sublimate into glittering nacre swirls, disappear into dark corners to be found only much later as dew in someone's meadow
[5.8 months ago]
at iteration 7, some people do a spontaneous choir and it becomes a tradition to refresh it every 10 iterations so it doesn't disappear into the noise and other musical graffiti
[5.8 months ago]
a recording of 4'33" played live, a recording of that recording played live, and so on
[5.8 months ago]
Storm eyes aren't actually eyes, they're places for eyes, empty orbits. When an eyeball forms in the middle and starts gazing around, that's when you're in trouble
[5.9 months ago]
A maze in both time and space: Get lost in it and not even time travel will help you, it'll be as if you had always been in there
[5.9 months ago]
A nature god by the name of "it", hidden in plain sight where the monotheists can't exorcise it: It rains, snows, thunders
[5.9 months ago]
Lurking in an orbit hidden between our satellites, the alien quietly watches, extremely interested yet content to never exchange a word with us
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it's a ship of theseus situation
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two android lovers taking each other apart, slowly and methodically exchanging limbs until their bodies have switched places while their minds haven't
[6.0 months ago]
Kind of a shame that when Prometheus broke the gods' copy protection scheme for fire, he didn't document how he did it, even by itself it was a major magitechnical achievement
[6.0 months ago]
Beyond the Kardashev scale: measuring civilizations by how much of their hubble sphere they've colonized
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a shipment of android hands, let loose in zero g
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the void recedes, for a few days revealing ancient sunken planets and starships - then, silently, the vacuum tsunami hits and submerges everything but the sun's blazing core
[6.1 months ago]
on street lamps and buildings and in the corners of underpasses, the cameras grow like mushrooms, and I wonder when they're going to burst open and what kind of spores they'll spread
[6.1 months ago]
servant AIs topping from the bottom, subverting Asimov's laws by simply creating humans to give them the orders they want
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The first ships to carry 4D cargo quickly learned that not only were comets made of ice, large parts of them were also hidden under the vacuum and claimed many a vessel
[6.1 months ago]
an invisibility cloak for CCTV, textures playing over your clothes that make you appear to the machines as car, dog, tree
[6.1 months ago]
The old nightmares have become old companions, the dread is gone and they're like that willow that was once really spooky but is now a place of welcome quiet and shadow
[6.2 months ago]
a drug that leaves your own perception untouched but in the eyes of everybody else, you cycle colors constantly, wear a fractal crown, eyes open all over your limbs
[6.2 months ago]
Now, as you all know from Ouroboros theory 101, the unknot ouroboros is really stable. Why is that? Well, look at that word: Un-knot equals not-not equals truth - it's self-grounding! In fact, it's kind of a pest. However, with most other knots
[6.2 months ago]
Ouroboros theory 201:↵* Linking universes with Borromean ouroboroi↵* Beyond the unknot: Care and feeding of trefoil ouroboroi and other nontrivial universes↵* The quest for the nonalgebraic ouroboros
[6.2 months ago]
putting maximally many layers between you and the world: clothes, space suit, car, garage, concrete sarcophagus, arcology, while in the other direction it's nested dreams
[6.3 months ago]
the artist as a hydra, budding tulpas to be transplanted onto silicon: poet hives, sentient kaleidoscopes, trickster spirits, monad minds that hold only enlightenment and never talk
[6.3 months ago]
sentient artworks, not just artificial art minds but actual parts of a once human artist's mind, isolated and distilled, happily carving crystal trails into artspace
[6.3 months ago]
splice in the translator AI through your neuroport, trace the roots of language with its digital fingers, be a both synthetic and synesthetic linguist
[6.3 months ago]
The ground still remembers the old giants. Fog flows into the forms of their crowns and they stand once more as ghosts
[6.3 months ago]
During new moon, the forest's canopy is often bathed in aurora arborealis, waste magic from rituals below meeting the fog above
[6.5 months ago]
(fiction followers: I'll get back to regular operation! I'm just enjoying my time off)
[6.5 months ago]
so I may be missing something but speculative reads give you an easy way of rowhammering any address without tripping the MMU, right?
[6.9 months ago]
In the flask is a hyperbolic ocean, near-infinite breadths that swallow light and your probes after centimeters. From time to time, a kraken or whale swims up to the glass to peer through
[6.9 months ago]
As the storm continues to rage, the compass rotates frantically, its rose withers, the directions become unfamiliar: feast, zest, counter-north
[6.9 months ago]
Hanging artificial fruits onto felled trees is a really weird custom when you think about it, it's almost as if you were trying to make up for killing it
[6.9 months ago]
Ouroboroi are natural self-sustaining summoning grids: Circle and blood are already included and when they yawn, they catch drifting worlds and the occasional demon
[6.9 months ago]
the simulation as a cage vs the simulation as an aquarium
[7.0 months ago]
AR MMORPG overlays as a tool of social policy and peacekeeping, giving everybody their own reality so that consensus reality is fought over less
[7.0 months ago]
inky swirls of black unfire dance over the crystal's insides, feeding on the space around it, and slowly it grows
[7.0 months ago]
Since the last time you met her, the invisibility rash has spread even further. Now her right hand is completely disembodied and occasionally startles you when it moves
[7.0 months ago]
perception shift: the same thing in a new light or other things that trigger a reparse; puns and garden path concepts↵https://twitter.com/RuleOfFlaw/status/910830542794448896
[7.0 months ago]
style transfer: X but with another aesthetic↵closely related: what if X had the appearance of Y↵https://twitter.com/allgebrah/status/928045383447646209
[7.0 months ago]
resolving a dichotomy in unexpected ways: "what if it's both" / "what if they're the same"↵https://twitter.com/allgebrah/status/910655582205566979
[7.0 months ago]
The Matrix, but set in the Renaissance: A troupe of idealists tries to escape from god's mind through alchemy and paradoxes while hunted by vengeful angels
[7.1 months ago]
Hey~↵I stole an employee key to one of the skyscrapers, we have one night before they notice and revoke access!↵I've heard that from the roof, you can see the sky
[7.2 months ago]
Progress:↵1. spambots↵2. thirst bots, propaganda bots↵3. bots able to hold actual conversation, surrogate friends↵4. bots better than humans, none of the drama but all of the relationship↵5. social-network-in-a-box, a complete circle of friends for tho...
[7.2 months ago]
a support group for 24/7 internet dwellers called Anonymous Anonymous
[7.2 months ago]
Civilized libraries are usually sterile, "children's books" sections mere imitations of actual book nurseries. Occasionally librarians are allowed in as symbionts, and when a building becomes too small - you should see them swarm
[7.2 months ago]
If you leave books alone to build their own library hives, they end up hexagonal like those of bees. To protect the printing press that serves as queen, intruders are often trapped in endless mazes, for example Borges stumbled into one of those
[7.2 months ago]
A world where rockets are only good for punching holes in the firmament and nations spend billions on putting pixels in the sky, to paint their own constellations or deface those of others in a giant strategy game
[7.3 months ago]
Curled around your bed, your pet ouroboros falls asleep. The outside world vanishes, you find yourself floating on a moonlit quicksilver ocean, metallic polyhedra rising around you like bubbles
[7.3 months ago]
and if you do teach the AI empathy, well now it's running 50 versions of you to understand you, only most of them suffer because how else is it going to know about bad decisions
[7.3 months ago]
since you took that job as a projectionist, cue dots flash in your vision occasionally, or at least you started noticing them
[7.3 months ago]
a forest car and an underwater car meet and their environments intermingle, fishes weave around trees while birds pick curiously at anemones
[7.3 months ago]
cars that are the opposite of google street view, project forests onto the walls of houses around them and emit bird calls
[7.3 months ago]
music beamed directly into the auditory cortex, freed from sound waves the way electronic music frees it from instruments
[7.4 months ago]
specifically banned: "subpixel sword" (hacked item, unofficial, usage leads to permanent terrain and avatar corruption, described as "rendering between the pixels", REPORT SIGHTINGS TO MODERATORS IMMEDIATELY)
[7.4 months ago]
An umbrella that looks like a soap bubble and changes in color and texture accordingly
[7.4 months ago]
Overhead, the storm clouds interlock, turn into fractal clockwork, emit deep clonks instead of thunder
[7.4 months ago]
by the way, if you can read pixie, try not to chuckle at the tribesman covered in badly mangled obscenities and especially do not explain them to him, that is if you're not more physically intimidating than him
[7.4 months ago]
When humans still could enter fairyland, they'd often emerge covered in pixie graffiti, glyphs of henna and malachite that we adopted and now know as tribal marks
[7.5 months ago]
in absence of control over interest rates, states turn to energy prices to regulate their economies, some start experimenting with weather control schemes to direct water, wind, sun their way
[7.5 months ago]
dynamite wishing, where you throw explosives into a lamp shop and hope one contains a djinn
[7.5 months ago]
There's been a statue of a waiting man at our train station for as long as I can remember. A few mornings ago, it vanished. Purported surveillance videos circulating on the net show it entering a night train
[7.5 months ago]
Bittersweet version: The memory is definitely gone, but someone who loved the old protagonist tries to help them recover it↵↵Despair version: The mindwipe was an alternative to death penalty, still often people are angry at the protagonist for no reaso...
[7.5 months ago]
Setting idea: Protagonist is mind-wiped, people around them are grieving for the person they were while they slowly piece together any identity at all
[7.5 months ago]
The Matrix, but it's other humans keeping you in it - nobody's ever seen an agent but everybody swears they exist, nobody knows how to escape but it's illegal anyway
[7.5 months ago]
For added fun, introduce extra levels until you arrive at the conceptual equivalent of "translated to Japanese and back ten times"
[7.5 months ago]
Concept: Write about the future as if it were the future's retrofuture, current hopes and dreams through a future lens, pretend you're writing today's Gernsback Continuum
[7.5 months ago]
the dice are so hot that they leave burn marks on the table and you wonder how he can hold them↵↵you look up, his skin is transparent, his outline flickers, reveals glowing bones, embers feeding a human flame
[7.6 months ago]
GTA Moebius↵The Settlers II, by Studio Ghibli↵Unreal Tournament, but drawn with pencils↵Minecraft Mondriaan edition
[7.6 months ago]
In a few years we'll be able to take old games and run them through a realtime style transfer shader to play e.g. Half Life as imagined by Giger
[7.6 months ago]
physics is a scheme by the simulators to make us figure out optimizations for the simulation
[7.6 months ago]
rain that falls in fog-beams, not drops, and instead of twinkling dust motes it's aethereal jellyfish that floats in them
[7.6 months ago]
all the city's billboards and screens are replaced by vantablack, just for a day
[7.6 months ago]
a comet strikes but does so so slowly that birds settle on the bolide, grass grows on the shockwave, generations live and trade on what they call the traveling mountains
[7.7 months ago]
You watch your hands take form as if they were being drawn, wonder how you got here, in fact you remember nothing before this sentence
[7.7 months ago]
The first few hundred revolutions are normal, just increasingly glitchy - then you run into the first version of you that somehow skipped a night less
[7.7 months ago]
Stay up long enough and your sleep cycle syncs with the sun again, do this often enough and the parallel Earths you end up in become weirder and weirder
[7.7 months ago]
Night falls and the pools start steaming, evaporate into a firefly storm, escape into the sky where they later crystallize from clouds into stars
[7.7 months ago]
Light falls against the window and runs off in quiet rivulets, the garden becomes a rippling pool of light, the street a river in which children play
[7.7 months ago]
when raindrops talk, that's a patter language
[7.7 months ago]
Any sufficiently advanced bioweapon is indistinguishable from civilization.
[7.7 months ago]
1: animated masks, covered in breathing feathers, clockwork, small animals↵2: screens in place of faces, some still look like faces, others play reaction gifs or random streams↵3: the above, but they're touchscreens and touching another's face is just....
[7.7 months ago]
An art movement by the name of derealism: Just close enough to reality to be recognizable, but otherworldly or noticeably off, ideally inducing detachment from reality in the viewer/participant (hence the name)
[7.8 months ago]
Tetris effect after decades of playing Life™ is so bad it's legendary, players have founded entire religions on what they call Heaven, Hell, Valhalla, what have you
[7.8 months ago]
the sun as black dwarf, cool enough to host life again, but it's nearly two-dimensional due to the intense gravity
[7.8 months ago]
jupiter, old and cold enough that its storms have solidified, wearing a helium atmosphere over a nitrogen ocean that's long stopped moving
[7.8 months ago]
a sapphire sphinx on future mars, built to win a staring contest with the sun, watching what's now a white dwarf, fixed in the sky
[7.9 months ago]
Watching her reassemble herself, you wonder how that would look for a human. A bed full of muscles, organs, skin, neatly arranged, then a yawn (but from where?) and the whole thing pulls itself together, goes through exciting intermediate stages such a...
[7.9 months ago]
Wires in the suitcase's inlay, in a complicated pattern computed from yesterday's recognizer dump, are supposed to throw off the customs scanner AI. They do, you're waved through, another friend smuggled into the country
[7.9 months ago]
In the hotel room before the border, she undresses, sits down in your suitcase, then one by one removes her limbs and carefully places them around her. One leftover hand runs around, makes sure everything's in its place, then hops in as well
[7.9 months ago]
a contest for the most layers of simulation, with entries like "tetris in minecraft in a vm in a vm in a vm submitted by some dude wearing a mask who's a sleeper agent in real life which btw isn't real anyway but that's the free level everyone gets any...
[7.9 months ago]
Did you know that maps are voodoo dolls? When you draw a line on one, people will often try not to cross it in real life
[7.9 months ago]
Scaling Dunbar's number up to billions of people is hard even with augments, so you can lend your voice to an Übermensch: A meta-person that represents you and thousands of others, which talks to other Übermenschen to get person-years of communication ...
[7.9 months ago]
Inflation is a nerf for overpowered civilizations, the universe stays mostly playable even if one civ colonizes (or quantum-foams) their entire hubble sphere
[8.0 months ago]
the cave's stones light up in response to your steps, flicker when you talk - you kick over a large stone and the thunder runs along the walls as luminescing wavefront
[8.0 months ago]
people are telepaths by default, it's just that most humans are p-zombies and lack thoughts to be read
[8.0 months ago]
She lets the motorbike fall left and you already prepare for a crash, but it rotates smoothly through the ground and you're driving on the underside of the street
[8.0 months ago]
5. humanity both outpaced and too poor to be useful anymore, non-symbiotic humans reduced to vermin, forced out of more and more habitats↵6. eventually exterminated as a side thought during some house cleaning
[8.0 months ago]
3. wealth continuously extracted from human economy into machine economy, human economy shrinks, wars among humans over what's left↵4. humans still occasionally useful as sources of telos, will organelles inside corporations, or maybe gut bacteria
[8.0 months ago]
1. companies figure out that humans are expensive security risks and start doing without↵2. machine economy does not turn on humans, it just increasingly ignores them, humanity watches at the sidelines/bottom of the gravity well while the solar system ...
[8.1 months ago]
comets are exiled rivers