Ancient Engines

Ancient Engines - What would be the point of living? The...

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Ryan O’Hearn “Ancient Engines” Tuesday, February 19, 2008 The story starts out with what appears to be a mechanical organism, a cyborg, in a bar. He is fixing his face and a drunk makes fun of him, saying he wants to live forever. The cyborg picks him up with ease and explains to him that he is not the person to pick a fight with because he is faster and stronger than the average human, and could defeat him instantly. After this the drunk leaves, and after watching this, an old man approaches the young cyborg and talks with him about life and living forever. The old man is the founder of the company that manufactures the cyborgs and wishes to discuss this “immortality”, while his granddaughter watches and also contributes. They discuss how eventually in the future, when the universe has ended, everything will essentially die, leaving immortality out of options now. What would one do alone, with no one else around and no purpose in life anymore?
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Unformatted text preview: What would be the point of living? The old man explains how he has tried to achieve immortality by making small achievements that make a difference forever, and through his children. I believe the old man has these conversations with the mechs because he may regret being somewhat of a founder of their manufacturer. Also, we find out in the end of the story that his granddaughter is a mech, due to her consumption of linen napkins. The old man was not lying when he said he was trying to achieve immortality through his children, because he has a child that is essentially immortal as long as parts and upgrades are always available to her. Good points are also brought up, with anything mechanical. Cars in their future are opposite, and not used for transportation, but rather for show. What would come of a mech in the future? Would they be a valuable member of society, or would they just be a relic of the past in the present and future?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course COLA Arts of Ex taught by Professor Davidkramer during the Winter '07 term at RIT.

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