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Would experiences come with royalties?

Um, something seems to be up with the F5 Questionlog, since this week it put out another question by me:

I was rereading a short story by Orson Scott Card, called “Angles” (in the Silverberg/Haber Best of SF 2002 collection), when I ran into a machine that’s familiar to all of us, I’m sure. The trope is all too common in SF: the machine that can capture others’ experiences and let you experience them for yourself. Imagine if such a machine were built to capture the experiences of others, as they were happening, and store them for later re-experiencing by others (or, of course, the original “owner” of the experience). Imagine the memories were storable, saleable, reusable. Let’s leave aside questions of copyright and propriety and transparency and all of that, and concentrate on the experiences. Let’s say that you were going to test this machine out, for whatever reason.

What would be the five experiences of other people which you would choose to experience, and why those experiences in particular?

Or, alternately, if you think you would actually purchase such a machine, (as I suspect perhaps I might do, if it were affordable): Which five experiences of other people would you keep ready at hand,?and in each experience, what is the specific sensory detail most enchanting, bewitching, beguiling, or whatever it is that would draw you back to the experience repeatedly?

Well, that was a simple question. I really must try limiting my questions to one sentence.

Okay, here they are:

As for my opening question, I certainly hope experiences would come with royalties. Though I would fear that might drive an industry where experients—people whose experiences are sold off for mass copying and consumption—might have to do increasingly weird things with (and to) themselves just to make a sale.

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