Do you ever wish you were 2-15 people at once? I wish I were, at work, right now…
I need to find some better review/summaries of this great Walter Jon Williams book, Aristoi, but I wish I lived in that book most times.
See, it’s in this far future time. All the gee-whiz, high tech things we’re thinking about now are old by this time. Nano-tech, genetic engineering, instantaneous communication, limitless computing power, terraforming, world creation, virtual reality, psychology– all these things are old hat to humanity. One of the things most interesting to me about all of it is that, in order to deal with the demands of this technology and the new society around it, the best of the best creative minds (the ruling Aristoi class of the meritocracy) have learned how to develop multiple personalities.
These multiple personalities are aspects of the single person, but each with their own impulses, motivations, and perspectives within the main personality. They all become complete functioning entities with the help of brain implanted computing power, so that an Aristoi and his or her team of multiple sub-personalities can literally be in multiple places at once (again, thanks to some super advanced virtual reality tech). In fact, one of the personalities can take care of the body, or stand in for the person (say, at public speaking engagements) while the main personality is deep at work on something else via the brain implant (say, writing a novel, solving an equation, designing a program, creating an image).
So, as an Aristoi, you can be in many places, doing many things, all at once, and be able to get everything done that you might need. I wish I had the multiple personalities to do it, but somehow, I think without the brain implants and psychological knowledge assumed in the story, it’d be a bit dangerous today 🙂