Excession

Praise for the Culture series: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with ...

Author: Iain M. Banks

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748110003

Category: Fiction

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The fifth Culture book from the awesome imagination of Iain M. Banks, a modern master of science fiction. Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared. Now it is back. Praise for the Culture series: 'Epic in scope, ambitious in its ideas and absorbing in its execution' Independent on Sunday 'Banks has created one of the most enduring and endearing visions of the future' Guardian 'Jam-packed with extraordinary invention' Scotsman 'Compulsive reading' Sunday Telegraph The Culture series: Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons The State of the Art Excession Inversions Look to Windward Matter Surface Detail The Hydrogen Sonata Other books by Iain M. Banks: Against a Dark Background Feersum Endjinn The Algebraist

AI Narratives

Those are very smart machines' (p.296). 14.2.2 Excession In The Player of
Games, the frame narrative reveals the governing algorithms—SC's operations—
which both sustain and challenge the Culture's promise of transcendent
sovereignty.

Author: Stephen Cave

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198846665

Category: Computers

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This book is the first to examine the history of imaginative thinking about intelligent machines. As real Artificial Intelligence (AI) begins to touch on all aspects of our lives, this long narrative history shapes how the technology is developed, deployed and regulated. It is therefore a crucial social and ethical issue. Part I of this book provides a historical overview from ancient Greece to the start of modernity. These chapters explore the revealing pre-history of key concerns of contemporary AI discourse, from the nature of mind and creativity to issues of power and rights, from the tension between fascination and ambivalence to investigations into artificial voices and technophobia. Part II focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first-centuries in which a greater density of narratives emerge alongside rapid developments in AI technology. These chapters reveal not only how AI narratives have consistently been entangled with the emergence of real robotics and AI, but also how they offer a rich source of insight into how we might live with these revolutionary machines. Through their close textual engagements, these chapters explore the relationship between imaginative narratives and contemporary debates about AI's social, ethical and philosophical consequences, including questions of dehumanization, automation, anthropomorphisation, cybernetics, cyberpunk, immortality, slavery, and governance. The contributions, from leading humanities and social science scholars, show that narratives about AI offer a crucial epistemic site for exploring contemporary debates about these powerful new technologies.

The Culture

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 44. Chapters: Consider Phlebas, Excession, Idiran-Culture War, Orbital, The Player of Games, Use of Weapons, The State of the Art, Look to Windward, Diziet Sma, Inversions, Culture series, List of species, List of ships, Ship types, Mind, Special Circumstances, Matter, Surface Detail, GSV Sleeper Service, The Sublimed, Bora Horza Gobuchul, GCU Grey Area, Contact, GSV Bora Horza Gobuchul, Perosteck Balveda. Excerpt: The Culture is a fictional interstellar anarchic, socialist, and utopian society created by the Scottish writer Iain M. Banks which features in a number of science fiction novels and works of short fiction by him, collectively called the Culture series. The Culture is characterized by being a post-scarcity society (meaning that its advanced technologies provide practically limitless material wealth and comforts for everyone for free, having all but abolished the concept of possessions), by having overcome almost all physical constraints on life (including disease and death) and by being an almost totally egalitarian, stable society without the use of any form of force or compulsion, except where necessary to protect others. Minds, powerful artificial intelligences, have an important role to play in this society. They administer this affluence for the benefit of all. As one commentator has said, The novels of the Culture cycle, therefore, mostly deal with people at the fringes of the Culture: diplomats, spies, or mercenaries; those who interact with other civilizations, and who do the Culture's dirty work in moving those societies closer to the Culture ideal, sometimes by force. In this fictional universe, the Culture exists concurrently with human society on Earth. The time frame for the published Culture stories is from roughly AD 1300 to AD 2800, with Earth being contacted around AD 2100, though the Culture had...


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Novels by Iain M Banks

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ISBN: 9781230612157

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Commentary (novels not included). Pages: 47. Chapters: The Culture, Consider Phlebas, Excession, Idiran-Culture War, Orbital, The Player of Games, Use of Weapons, The State of the Art, Look to Windward, Diziet Sma, Inversions, Feersum Endjinn, Against a Dark Background, Culture series, List of species, List of ships, Ship types, Mind, Special Circumstances, Matter, Surface Detail, GSV Sleeper Service, The Algebraist, The Sublimed, Bora Horza Gobuchul, GCU Grey Area, Contact, GSV Bora Horza Gobuchul, Perosteck Balveda. Excerpt: The Culture is a fictional interstellar anarchic, socialist, and utopian society created by the Scottish writer Iain M. Banks which features in a number of science fiction novels and works of short fiction by him. The Culture is characterized by being a post-scarcity society (meaning that its advanced technologies provide practically limitless material wealth and comforts for everyone for free, having all but abolished the concept of possessions), by having overcome almost all physical constraints on life (including disease and death) and by being an almost totally egalitarian, stable society without the use of any form of force or compulsion, except where necessary to protect others. Minds, powerful artificial intelligences, have an important role to play in this society. They administer this affluence for the benefit of all. As one commentator has said, The novels of the Culture cycle, therefore, mostly deal with people at the fringes of the Culture: diplomats, spies, or mercenaries; those who interact with other civilizations, and who do the Culture's dirty work in moving those societies closer to the Culture ideal, sometimes by force. In this fictional universe, the Culture exists concurrently with human society on Earth. The time frame for the published Culture stories is from roughly AD 1300 to AD 2800, ..


The Culture Series of Iain M Banks

Excession. and. Inversions. The first four Culture books were space operas of the
planet-focused persuasion. The stories featured plenty of ships and plenty of
Minds inside them, but the majority of the action and the entirety of the focus were
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Author: Simone Caroti

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476620407

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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This critical history of Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels covers the series from its inception in the 1970s to the The Hydrogen Sonata (2012), published less than a year before Banks’ death. It considers Banks’ origins as a writer, the development of his politics and ethics, his struggles to become a published author, his eventual success with The Wasp Factory (1984) and the publication of the first Culture novel, Consider Phlebas (1987). His 1994 essay “A Few Notes on the Culture” is included, along with a range of critical responses to the 10 Culture books he published in his lifetime and a discussion of the series’ status as utopian literature. Banks was a complex man, both in his everyday life and on the page. This work aims at understanding the Culture series not only as a fundamental contribution to science fiction but also as a product of its creator’s responses to the turbulent times he lived in.

Quid

( Words from lain M . Banks Excession , my syntax ] Art ' s excession ? Even more
suggestive than the neologism ' s almost but not quite oxymoronic blend of
destructive erasure with a coming forth that produces an inside far beyond what
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Nebula Awards 32

As in Vernor Vinge ' s A Fire upon the Deep , elder species sometimes transcend
into God - mode , and there is probably a hierarchy of universes — an “
excession ” being an intrusion from a higher domain . When the Affront , and
assorted ...

Author: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

Publisher: Mariner Books

ISBN: 9780156005524

Category: Fiction

Page: 326

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Presents the winning stories for best science fiction and fantasy of 1996, featuring works by Harry Turtledove, Dean Wesley Smith, Esther M. Friesner, and Nicola Griffith

A Practical Treatise on the Medical Surgical and Hygienic Treatment of Catarrhal Diseases of the Nose Throat and Ears

You can say this truthfully , for the excession of a tonsil is not nearly so painful an
operation as cutting the same extent of healthy tissue , the tonsil being nearly all
cicatricial structure , is in a more or less anæstbetic condition . I have very ...

Author: Thomas Frazier Rumbold

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New Scientist

Of mayflies and Minds Paul Kincaid reviews Excession by lain M. Banks D
Helena Kennedy QC Barrister and Broadcaster Sir Roger Penrose. Designer
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Modern British Literature A G

Culture is , according to Brian Eno , everything we don ' t have to do ( but do
anyway ) , and where we live our shared mental lives . And — in lain M Banks '
on - again - off - again series of subversive space - operas , of which Excession is
the ...

Author: Laurie Di Mauro

Publisher: Saint James Press

ISBN: 9781558624191

Category: English literature

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Musicians Songwriters Yearbook 2008

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Author: Jonathan Little

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780713684728

Category: Music

Page: 352

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This essential 'black book' to the music industry lists contact names and vital practical advice for producing, selling and performing your music. This expanded edition includes new articles on: How to Approach a Performance, How Vocal Performers Communicate, Recording Acoustic Instruments, The Basics of DJ Technique, The Role of the Musical Director, The A&R Department and Setting up a Studio. Includes information on the Flow of Royalties, New Business Models for Deriving Income, Music industry acronyms and terminology. Among the many expert contributors: Pete Kirtley, Ivor Novello winning songwriter and producer (Spice Girls, Misteeq, Gareth Gates), Steve Levine, Grammy Award winning producer (Culture Club, The Beach Boys), Colin Emmanual, Producer (Jamelia), Jim Jomoa, professional DJ, Ben Challis, music lawyer (Glastonbury), Keith Lowde, Former Deputy Chairman, Music Copyright Protection Society, Sharon Woolf, songwriter and vocalist (Fatboy Slim, Liberty X), JoJo Gould, Editor of Music Business Journal, Jen Moss, Music Consultant (Boosey & Hawkes), Adrian Winman, Record and Games Producer. The foreword is by John Kennedy (Chairman & CEO, International Federation of the Phonographic Industry).

Universe City Or the Risk of Posthumanism

a different sense of experience , based not on possession , not on having
experiences I own , but on excession . Excession , a process of exceeding , is
both a going out or forth and a motion out of place . This sense of experience as
being ...

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Logomachia

The excession that Heidegger is describing , on the other hand , is not , like that
to which Levinas refers , an excession beyond being . It is an excession beyond
beings , but not beyond being . That for the sake of which personality acts ...

Author: Richard Rand

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Category: Education

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What the humanities are, what they stand for, and what values they foster or disclaim are no longer cozy academic issues: they are under attack everywhere in legislative assemblies and the national press. The crisis is now especially intense but it is not exactly new. In 1798 Immanuel Kant published Der Streit der Fakultäten (The Conflict of the Faculties), a remarkable little book that has been credited with shaping the liberal arts program in modern European universities. Discussing the role and status of the higher faculties (theology, law, and medicine) relative to the lower faculties (philosophy, mathematics, history, philology, geography), Kant established their functions as faculties of freedom on one side and of property on the other. Kant's book, so long neglected by all but the most devoted specialists, can no longer be ignored. It serves as the basis for these essays by distinguished scholars who have themselves been deeply involved in the intellectual conflicts of contemporary education in Europe and America—Timothy Bahti, Alan Bass, Jacques Derrida, Peggy Kamuf, John Llewelyn, Christie McDonald, and Robert Young. This volume will attract a hive of controversy but much honey, too. It confronts issues central to university ideals: the teaching of values, the role of philosophy and literary studies in their sister disciplines (especially history), the precarious balance between research and teaching, the defense of intellectual autonomy, and the public responsibility of the university.

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This method of work was really a bit in excession . What should be done when
the method of work was in excession ? At that moment , some people suggested
holding a talk with the Party branch secretary to point out his mistake and help
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Books Magazine

Full of energy and moving story of imagination , Excession tells Victor Maskell , a
the story of the Culture , a double agent who sinister black sphere that , has spent
his life two and a half millennia at the heart of after its last appearance , has the ...

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Proximity Levinas Blanchot Bataille and Communication

“An excession of the here, as locus, and of the now, as hour, an excession of
contemporaneity and consciousness – which leaves a trace.” It is a non-lieu – a
radical lack of self-coincidence, which strips consciousness of its own locus and ...

Author: Joseph Libertson

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400974493

Category: Philosophy

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The problematic reality of an alterity implicit in the concept of communication has been a consistent attestation in formal discourse. The rapport of thought to this alterity has been consistently described as a radical inadequation. By virtue of the communicational economy which produces discontinuity and relation, illumination and the possibility of consciousness, an opacity haunts the famili arity of comprehension. Consciousness' spontaneity is limited by the difference or discontinuity of the exterior thing, of the exterior subject or intersubjective other, and of the generality of existence in its excess over comprehension's closure. An element implicit in difference or discontinuity escapes the power of comprehension, and even the possibility of manifestation. Within the system of tendencies and predications which characterizes formal discourse, however, this escape of alterity is most often understood as an escape which proceeds from its own substantiality: the unknowable in-itself of things, of subjects, and of generality. Alterity escapes the power of comprehension, on the basis of its power to escape this power. That which escapes the effectivity of consciousness, escapes on the basis of its own effectivity. For this reason, the rapport of inadequation described by the escape may function in formal discourse as a correlation. The inadequation of comprehension and exteriority may function as the vicissitude of a larger adequation. The latent principles of this adequation are power and totalization.

Foundation

26 In contrast Excession was a triumphant return to the gloriously " widescreen "
space opera of the earlier Culture novels and a novel in which character was not
subservient to action and set - piece scenes . It tells the stories of three ultimately
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