The Impacts of Human-SIM on Conversation

One of the main inspirations behind my short story, Human, was the palpable impatience in conversation. How often do we find ourselves explaining the context of a situation – whether personal or professional – and the listener suddenly ceases to be just that, a listener – as they interrupt with a question; a question which would be answered in due time with further explanation? We are interrupted because the listener doesn’t have the necessary patience for the context. The problem is we, the speaker, have a need to be heard. We may have only one question which requires background and explanation, while at the same time informing the speaker we understand essential aspects of the subject. The interruption shifts the need from ours to the other party, and our need is never met. One of the characters in Human is an individual named McGregor – the original creator of Human-SIM and its networking systems. We meet him briefly in the final portion of the short story. We don’t know much about him yet, however he’s written much about why he created Human-SIM, and this “conversational impatience” was one of them. In his early research paper, Modern Conversation and Its Flaws – The Cause of Social Disturbance and Degradation, McGregor noted his intent to “eliminate the ever present conversational impatience by allowing the listener to have all the information ‘uploaded’ or ‘shared’ with the listener” just as the conversation begins. McGregor states later in solid conclusion: “No more interruptions.” We suspect[…] [Keep Reading]