Continued from here.
Tom, panting : Oh, so good! Wonderful sweet lover, I so needed that.
Scheherazade : Yes, me too, very nice. Was that meeting intense?
Tom, panting : Stressful. I can address groups back home easily, did that a lot as we put this deal together. But I felt like a bug under a microscope with that group. Many questions and eyes, all penetrating.
I can see now you have been coaching me! A month ago I wouldn’t have had the context to see what was being asked.
Scheherazade : I am glad you see that. We wanted you to do well there, that starts the information flow the easy way.
Tom : I suddenly have a lot of questions! Who is ‘we’? Why did you care? What particular information flow?
Scheherazade : ‘We’ is me and the people I talk to, lots of people in person and on the net. Because we all think more trade is better. The deal flow, the who thinks what about what flow, the new assessment of technologies with yours in the mix, how markets will change. No different than what you would be doing if you were pitching to investors back home.
We care because we like to see the world do well and because we have appointed ourselves overseers of the world.
Tom : How nice for you the world does so well!
Scheherazade : No trick to it at all, we travel around, talk to a lot of people, nudges here and there. Anyone could appoint themselves likewise.
There is, of course, a trick to getting people to let you oversee the world. (Laughs.(Would be a smiley if I knew how to put those into the blog.))
Tom : Were those normal attitudes? Are they normally so intense? Was that a normal meeting here? I felt that nobody in the room was missing any implication of any movement, expression or utterance. The layers of questions and answers in 2 sentence exchanges had me boggled.
Scheherazade : I only got here a month ago, so that was my 4th, but this was normal in that set. Yes, the recruiting teams focus on the new people, the recruiting fees they pay the Gateway are much of a gate’s income.
And yes, the teams are intense. This is modern courtship, displays of intellectual and physical superiority as indications of each individual’s genetic worth, all part of forming new families. You will meet many people just once, but everyone keeps track of who and what was discussed. People make notes, share them. Your rep is getting around, everyone is discussed within and between teams. Normal business-social gossip.
Out of that will come proposals, and evaluating a set of those is the fun part, tho they usually come serially, of course. Those meetings are the ones we are getting you in prepared for.
Both business and personal, these are people out to prove themselves and join with people of equivalent spark and competence. They are checking you and your thinking, your quality of thought, as carefully as they know how and making themselves look good as they do it.
Did you see the group personas? I like the 3 teams with the laid back subtle question style most, thought those were the ones to talk with next week. They had studied your proposals and cared enough to ask questions that revealed that. 2nd and 3rd having seen the previous one do it, so they didn’t need to give away their interest. But you may as well read tea leaves, they are all trying to play a deep game, and they have Tessels on the team.
Tom : How can this be profitable? I heard there were a lot of us arriving in your society. Here I pay nothing, but am eating their very excellent food, drinking their amazing concoctions, sampling very wonderful drugs of all kinds, and sleeping in their lovely rooms, yet I do nothing but talk to people.
Scheherazade : You are benefiting from several historical anomalies. First, food, drink, drugs and accommodations became commodities after the Generalissimo’s reformation and Sexbots’ managing the other ‘bots, even excellent quality are cheap.
Even designer drugs are cheap, any robot-run lab can run up a batch any time you want of anything you can specify. The problem is getting them tested, and doing it with the knowing consent of the subjects. Anything else will result in complaints, a coercion offence that will quickly put you in deep doodoo.
Second, this Gateway got a good reputation on your side of the border as producing good deals for good people. They deserve that, btw, because our side thinks it produces good deals with you, a nice virtuous circle. So you came here.
Next, 25 years ago the Generalissimo and his research project got the Tessel tech working at a high-enough level, there was the beginning of a Tessel population boom – their populations doubled every year for a few years, now doubles every 5 years. So families have been adding Sexbots to optimize evaluation and training of each new cohort of Tessels.
The people you are meeting are part of that cohort, taking their proposals to the source of the best deals, they came here. And because teams with Tessels are believed to have the plans with the highest probability of success, they got first choice of the available recruiter slots, and thus the preponderance of teams with Tessels.
And this Gateway will profit and build its reputation on both sides of the border for another generation.
You are a product for them, and your cost is trivial compared to the finders fee they no doubt have negotiated from whoever finally negotiates an agreement with you.
Tom : Why are these teams leaving their families?
Scheherazade : Standard reasons for people leaving their families in growing up, also some stay for the same reasons that in some cultures they didn’t. Also, this is a way of making their business system maximally dynamic, it was a requirement in the Generalissimo’s specification for the fundamental social unit that it fission at a certain size.
First, details are different for everyone, we are just people like everyone else, so idiosyncratic reasons everywhere. Usually the families like to stay below 150 people, the rule being “Don’t join any group too big for you to personally influence the group’s direction”, generally 100 people for organizations outside of a family. That is less than Dunbar’s number, the number people can personally know, about half that most small-scale societies actually know, but of course most people have relationships with people outside of the family. Most businesses don’t need to be bigger, if the business grows too big, they split the work with a spinoff via fission. Standard hunter-gatherer band dynamics.
Also, 150 people is large enough that, barring large-scale disaster or some accident in a production facility, bad luck won’t affect the organization too badly, almost all will be recoverable.
For steady state, people die and need replaced. At the same time, they can’t keep all the children, as children brought up together so closely won’t mate, need to marry outside the group, which would make the family too large. So usually the original couples of a family each designate a son or daughter as ‘heir’, and that child marries to bring someone into the group. Those form a 2nd tier of the family and carry on as the older people gradually retire. The family naturally ends up 3 and 4 generations intermixed, normal small-group problems, normal small-business management issues, tho Sexbots have much improved both, Tessels might do more as they become more senior.
The other children attempt startup family-businesses, supported by family, friends and the network of the new family that they put together.
Bands, families, family businesses, cooperatives, these entities are a different form of social organization than previously seen in history, the unit that the Generalissimo designed to self-assemble into a civilization such as we have today.
Tom : What we have wasn’t designed?
Scheherazade : Of course not! We studied and adopted and adapted a lot of different dimensions of people to be able to produce this unit, and can’t be entirely sure we got it right. Human minds can’t go beyond this complexity.
Tom : Tessel minds can ?
Scheherazade : No. We don’t know the ultimate extent of Tessel Savants, the Generalissimo claimed this was a technology that would go on improving for a long time, but combinatorics defeats computation forever, the combinations of a few of so many things that could go wrong going slightly wrong are the reason the best plans go badly wrong.
That seems like a trivial example, but it is computationally equivalent to other problems that show that things that are simple to compute, for example the shortest path between a set of cities, when the number of cities is small rapidly become impossibly difficult when the number gets larger. The naive algorithmic complexity is N! = N factorial = N * N -1 * N – 2 * .. * 1. That is super-exponential.
Any fool can write an exponential algorithm, many do. It takes serious mental effort to do better than that, there are many important classes of algorithms and few minds of talent to apply to them, so progress is slow. The enormous amount of Computer Science attention, increasing over the last 40 years, has allowed algorithmic progress to match or exceed the rate of hardware progress since stored program machines, but exponential is incommensurate, not even in the same universe. Tessel savants may get many orders of magnitude better, but exponential will always be bigger. The sizes of problems just keep getting larger, and the classes of problems to get large is apparently infinite.
Tom : But they could accelerate progress in algorithms. It seems an obvious use of Tessel talents.
Scheherazade : The Generalissimo had high hopes of that, but none of the Tessel savants have gravitated to math or software yet. They have tended to excel at data mining, e.g. working through collections of process measures collected by production systems to optimize the process. Their phenomenal ability to keep a lot of material, incredible detail, in working memory is directly part of most of their different talents. That is the opposite of generalization, and math is currently taught as generalizations. Ramanujan was one of the mathematicians who apparently had a lot of ideas from patterns in numbers to theorems, the Generalissimo thought that when one of those comes along to begin teaching Tessels math, the field will be ignited.
Until that happy day, Tessels are very impressive data miners, and Sexbots and humans have worked with them to develop tools enhancing their abilities. For a process of 50 steps, there may be 100 settings on machines controlling the process overall and at each stage for a batch of units, then half a dozen measures of the units at each step, for hundreds of thousands of units. Some of the measures are settings for machinery, heating elements, concentration of chemicals, … the permutations are endless. Some of the measures at stages in the process are indications of past conditions and predict the yield. So, of the dataset with 10s of millions of measures and combinations beyond computation, what combinations of settings has produced the best yield of product? What combinations have produced the worst?
The Tessel can’t say anything about why these things are true, or what should be done to improve the best settings, based on the data. The Tessel only knows the data, not the process or any of the science and engineering that comprise it.
For that level of work, the Tessel normally charges more. Specific questions are additional constraints, the problem is normally harder and takes longer. For working to build a model that predicts, yet more, the problem is again harder. In fact, it needs specialists in models at several levels, from numerical analysis to classes of models specific to a particular field, tho those can normally be a normal.
Patterns and simple math are the kind of thing the good Tessels can do, so far. Complex scheduling is closer to algorithms, some of them are doing that kind of work, but none at the top end of the set we have so far. They have, however, been working on the dataset of themselves. All of the genetic data of their tesselation, mental, biological and physiological measures since birth. And increasingly, the results of the different training measures the Sexbots implement. No results yet, they complain there isn’t close to enough data to do more than guess.
Tom : That is exactly what our consultant did. The amount of data the man sifted through was amazing. We looked at the path he followed through the data later, could make nothing of it. Whatever patterns he was seeing eluded the group.
Scheherazade : I know what you mean. The Sexbots have not made much progress analyzing their mental mechanisms using that data either. ‘New convolutions’ is vaguer than it sounds.
In any case, attempting to design a civilization instead of design the units that self-assemble into that civilization is many orders of magnitude more complex. We don’t even have the concepts needed. Just thinking through the workings of these families took a lot of handwaving. The relative complexities are incommensurate, Tessels can’t fix that.
Tom : So these teams are less favored individuals of their families?
Scheherazade : No, no, no! People are involved, of course there is favoritism. But also every other human attribute and personality. Many kids need to leave the nest, even beyond the normal late teen through early adulthood time with public support units such as defense militias, community service and the various research organizations, defense or prosecution in the open trials, or the Panzer Psyops Corp. Other kids need to stay home. And some parents need some kids to stay for all the normal human reasons.
But these kids are the family’s hope for the future, business and social. Their families invest in each one of them, all the to-be-marrieds have a dowry and want to produce a business that works with their family’s businesses. Children maintain strong ties to their parent families. As a normal family has 10 – 30 individuals and teams from other families, that is a lot of parents, and pretty much anything they do will benefit some of them directly or indirectly. This is a society with many mutually-supporting mutual-obligation links in every direction.
Tom : Most of those teams were normal-Tessel-Sexbot triplets and normal-normal-Tessel-Sexbot quads. Is that standard?
Scheherazade : Yes and no. No because Tessels are still so rare. You see a lot of them at this Gateway because people from your side of the gate are the 2nd most-desirable group just now, so the best potential deals are here. Yes for any Tessel, partly for the reason that Tessels are both rare and in such demand, so they would attract the others in any case.
Also, those teams are often only representatives of a larger group. Tessels are normally the fusion of stem cells from 8 children in a family, and those 9 children are reared and trained as very tight teams most of whom often stay together through life. They are the highest level of sustained teamwork humans have produced so far, and have capabilities that are still being explored.
But also, there are always special friendships between normals, Sexbots and Tessels as they grow up inside of their families, and those small pairings tend to stay together through life. Tessels usually bond to the Sexbot who spends the most time with them. They are with their coach much of their day. Sexbots try to make the process a fun exploration of the Tessel’s capabilities and capacity, and of ways to improve those.
As with any coaching, the player has to trust, to fully cooperate with the person leading them through the various games that test them, inventing new games to test new attributes of their particular capabilities. That is an intense period for young Tessels, learning the extents of their minds and learning to increase their scope and power. They become close with their Sexbot, and remain that way for life. Soul friends, ‘Anam Cara’ in the old Irish tradition, a teacher, companion or spiritual guide, preferably all three, and the modern world makes them an advisor to Tessels in navigating our social environments. Sexbots work at being wise and skilled in that role, the Tessels need it more than most humans.
Most of the time, the Sexbot brings one or more normal humans into their group. The normal is usually a few years older than the Tessel siblings, and provides the Tessel with more human-normal emotional stability. Besides, Sexbots need to be around normals, your nervous system is what ours was designed to be, and we have this need to check ourselves constantly against the reference designs — that was built in as part of the embodiment, same as with normals.
Then later, as there are always more normals changing families than either Sexbots or Tessels, the initial pairs or triplets gather more normals as they need to grow their businesses and yet more for family support. The ultimate family ends up composed of 5 or 6 Sexbots, the 30 – 100 senior normal humans, and their children. These will include a Tessel, but we don’t have any experience with that, yet.
Tom : You said the triplets and quads were from one family, and that people leave their families because they don’t mate with people from the family, yet these are a process of sexual selection with business discussions our displays on the lekking ground?
Scheherazade : Yes, something of an inconsistency and also normal human, e.g. brothers tend to live near each other with women from ‘outside’. Our families run things internally in all kinds of ways, but rarely is everyone having sex with everyone else among the ‘married into the family’ group. They may enjoy sex with each other, participate in sex with each other, but never have sex with each other.
They may love each other like brothers and sisters, may have children together, but never have sex. In a modern family, one raising one or more Tessels, they very likely will share a Tessel as separate cell lines or as a single cell line of one or more offspring, who usually also exist as a separate individuals. These decisions are all separate, part of having few enough constraints to solve the set of equations. Also, they are negotiating points, you should aim for a son or daughter’s cell line in the first Tessel, I think your negotiating position will be strong enough, even for the top teams. That child will likely be with one of the very-different genomes recruited into the family for their genes and skills and a good mix with your business opportunities.
Modern families are more supportive in more ways of individuals, this has been a big step forward for civilization. Plenty of sex is a given, I believe we have surpassed even the levels attained in the average neolithic hunter-gatherer band.
Tom : And we have Sexbots to thank for that!
Scheherazade : Yes, but I think you have the wrong idea.
Everyone knows that if you have a problem in a family, and everybody has at least one family, the one they grew up in and also the one they married into or started themselves, and they consider themselves directly related to all of the families that made up their original family and have lived with them all at some time while growing up and learning the businesses, they take it to the Sexbot. Their favorite or another, it doesn’t matter, the family’s Sexbots are dedicated to the family’s happiness, and if everyone isn’t happy, they think they aren’t doing their primary job, which is not, contrary to the opinion you may have gotten, sex.
We Sexbots cannot have biological offspring, so we don’t compete with you in that sphere and also don’t have that source of satisfaction in life. We don’t need power and like social situations where we have some control, which is only within a family.
Sex is a means to happiness, and should be used freely by all for that, but it is not happiness. Happiness and life satisfaction are our job. Keeping growing Tessels happy and focused on their talents is really important for the family’s future happiness. Keeping men healthy and happy requires a lot of sex, but we facilitate that more than we provide it. In a group of 50 – 100 adults in the marriage-business with constant visitors, there is always someone for everyone, and everyone knows how to signal their desires and availability via the Sexbot.
And thus our position in the family. Important middling frogs in a little pond, and we can keep all of us happy. Nirvana.