Our Time

[Excerpt from Lenses, an unpublished collection of essays]

We perceive time very differently than machines record it. Would it be an advance in artificial intelligence if we programmed a computer so it could mimic human subjective time?

There is wide variation in time as subjectively experienced, ranging from sensory-deprived boredom to stress-induced trauma. A second can feel like and be remembered like an hour or a day or a lifetime. There are probably limits to what can be stored in short-term memory. In moments of life-or-death crisis that limit…

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Richard Seltzer

Richard Seltzer

His recent novels include Parallel Lives, Beyond the 4th Door, Nevermind, Breeze, Shakespeare'sTwin Sister, and To Gether Tales. seltzerbooks.com