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by William Gibson

Freedom and Confinement Quotes in Neuromancer

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Quote #7

"You guys," the Finn said, "you're a pain. The Flatline here, if you were all like him, it would be real simple. He's a construct, just a buncha ROM, so he always does what I expect him to. My projections said there wasn't much chance of Molly wandering in on Ashpool's big exit scene, give you one example." (17.38)

Free choice makes it hard for computers programs to really understand humans since computer programs can only make the decisions within the confines of their algorithm. Human beings, however, can make completely random decisions on the fly, from watching Family Guy all Saturday night, to going for a drive, to cooking the last corndog in the fridge because it's there. What if the computer program doesn't have a corndog-cooking algorithm? Too bad, so sad.

Quote #8

Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool had carved herself a low country flush with the inner surface of Straylight's hull, chopping away the maze of walls that was her legacy. (18.3)

3Jane attempts to free herself from her family legacy by renovating the inside of Straylight, her family's home, to fit her liking. Yet, she's still living at home with her family and at her age… awkward.

Quote #9

"You killed my father," 3Jane said, no change whatever in her tone. "I was watching on the monitors. My mother's eyes, he called them." (18.69)

One of the richest, most powerful families in the solar system, and they cannot find freedom because they confine themselves. Irony's the best.

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