*** Update, erratum, and apology. Twitter commenters said fake; I searched around. And I found this on the ARPANET Discussion Forum webpage. There is no link to this page within the main site, but it comes up on Google. Here it is:
DisclaimerI apologise for not having searched this out more thoroughly earlier.
The parties responsible for presenting the textual information on this website, and in other formats that appear as part of this project, disclose that their intention is to create the thoughts and emotions of the various characters presented through The Arpanet Dialogues in an effort to stimulate debate about the current state of world affairs from the perspective of hindsight.
Update 2: Here's a discussion of the project. Clever. But it would have been nice if they'd have linked to the disclaimer from the front page.
And here's io9 on it, via Russel Brown.
In hindsight, Ronald Reagan's voice sounded the most out of synch with the Reagan that plays in my head - a bit more cardboard than I'd expected. But the fake Rand sadly didn't seem that far out. For other fake Rands, do read Mozart Was A Red, by Murray Rothbard.
Original post follows below.
Artist Sidney Nolan, also in the discussion, asked Henson which was his favourite puppet.
Each character is special for me they represent different aspects of myself. Kermit the frog is perhaps closest to me. An altar ego of sorts.
What does that say about you.
Big laughs. He is exceptional.
I dont know. I don’t think too much about it.
My favourite is Big Bird. He is so tall and gentle.
To be honest I find it to be senseless entertainment. I prefer the celebration of men and what they can achieve.
Do you have children Ms Rand.
What do children have to do with what I prefer.
JIM HENSONAnd Ayn later misses the point:
Ms. Ono you are too idealistic I think.
I think Ms. Rand is even more idealistic at heart.
I think Ms. Rand and my character Oscar the Grouch would have a lot to talk about actually. I am laughing out loud at this idea.
Why would I want to talk to him. What has he achieved or trying to achieve.
He has achieved what I think is the ultimate goal of your way of thinking.
Isolation. Contempt for others. A hard heart. Yet even he can muster a bit of empathy every now and then.
AYN RANDRead through the whole transcript and tell me it wouldn't be hard to programme a bot whose output would be indistinguishable from Rand's for 80% of her contributions. I've a soft spot for Rand. And I disagree with Henson about the "ultimate goal" of Rand's project. But Henson takes this one.
I am not isolated. I have no contempt for others. Millions of people read my books and find my thoughts inspirational. I hardly spend my time on the sidelines in a trash can grumping.
Not yet anyway.
Other ARPANET Dialogues:
- Marcel Broodthalers, Jane Fonda, Ronald Reagan, Edward Said, 1975. Lots of fun "What's this whole chat thing for" discussion at the start between Reagan, Said and Broodthalers. A sample:
EDWARD SAIDSaid has the best imagination and foresight about what ARPANET could lead to. The novelty of corresponding by instantaneous text with people you've never met before, whose voices you don't know and whose faces you can't place - it's commonplace for us, but not so much 40 years ago.
What are the implications [of online chats]. This will revolutionize they way people do business. Culture perhaps. Someone from Japan can have a conversation with someone from California. What about China.
Wouldnt you rather pick up the phone and call.
All this damned typing.
- Samir Amin, Steve Biko, Francis Fukuyama, Minoru Yamasaki, June 1976. A short highlight:
What if the people dont want democracy. What if they want a monarchy.
That so archaic.
- Joseph Beuys, Juan Downey, Rosalind Krauss, Henry Moore, March 1976.