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[QUOTE] -Spoon I am kind of uncomfortable sharing my story ideas...because I wanna finish them and it will set me free from the loop. So I dream... But I had this idea for starting a story though I feel it doesn't go anywhere so here it is. " After hundred years of succesfull operation of preserving each and every art pieces, books and statues by de-materializing them and recreating them in a digitized reality that we can freely visit, the unthinkable happens. Attack of a forgotten virus from 2020's wipes out all the art from the world." What happens next? [/QUOTE] This is a good one! So I'd go with a slightly tragicomic tack that would have these underpinnings: - people are already used to not memorizing things and offloading that cognitive burden to computers, how extreme can we take that? - art history is highly undervalued even now, and by that point in the future, due to the false assumption that perfect preservation is equivalent to perfect understanding in the public mind, as an academic field it is all but extinct. - as a result of living in human culture, there exist some cultural/artistic things that are so pervasive they simply don't get forgotten easily; everybody has a vague idea about "Asian art" or "Classical music" or "tribal dancing", no matter how incomplete and fallacy-riddled - new art can ALWAYS be made - people can always be misled, and are often happy to be misled So what ensues is that in order to prevent the widespread panic that would ensue from the knowing that the entirety of the world's art had been lost, a whole bunch of technicians and internet historians quickly start cobbling together AIs and grabbing what artists they can to create the most ambitious swindle ever in the history of humanity: conning all of humanity about what art there was by generating it right now. They scribble out comics, have all the most memorable bars of music such as the opening bars of Beethoven's 3rd or the William Tell Overture that their crack team of mostly pop musicians still remember, and have the AIs generate countless pieces of work based on those stereotypes. Under the guise of "The Library of Alexandria is undergoing maintenance!" they repopulate the entire Library of Alexandria with at-best 3rd-hand knockoffs that manage to contain all the key ingredients that the cultural memory associates with that art. The vast majority of people, who had never even seen or heard most of it in the first place, don't notice at all. Some people notice, but it is written off as an internet conspiracy, like the "Berenstain/Berenstein Bears" alternate universe. Meanwhile, the people that worked hard on the project look forward to listening and reading to an entire human history's worth of new art and music, even if they are all just insane caricatures of the originals.
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