Who Once Were Able To Believe That They Were Free.

The poem is not written by the author. [52]

A virus, infecting fertile minds. [25]

the ink bedding [17]

The machine we believe will never think. [26]

"the machine is the medium" is the message [11]

Tesseract [12]

(Or:) It has taken your eyes. [58]

The poetry inherent in the heat death of the universe. [56]

What you hold here aspires towards zero, a point on a shivering, looped line. [63]

My ribs are splayed open like wings. [64]

But are mistaken. [1]

The Book of Fire. [17]

The machine that will never think. [4]

The human above the machine. [40]

The poem continues: [28]

But in fact it is the garden that moves. [38]

Or, perhaps motion is an illusion, as in the case of the book that reads you at its leisure. [7]

They are defeated by a virus. [12]

A parallax machine, which produces parallaxes. [55]

The perfect failure. The machine that directs force into nullity, motion into stillness, energy into void. [63]

My spine is broken. [1]

The Book of Sand. [2]

The book that you read, seeking something. [60]

What you want is to proceed, in some fashion: through the book, through the poem, through the world: and for this procession to seem motivated, to possess or develop meaning. [39]

I am going to persist
in this evasion. [13]

"[T]here is no a priori improbability in the descent of conscious (and more than conscious) machines from those which now exist, except that which is suggested by the apparent absence of anything like a reproductive system in the mechanical kingdom. This absence however is only apparent, as I shall presently show." [15]

Steel and your warming sex. [62]

The possibility of parallel functions. [50]

Clothing the Word in flesh, so that it might finally die. [63]


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This online application automatically generates rule-abiding nonlinear readings of Ex Machina, as originally written by Jonathan Ball, whose first print edition was published by BookThug in 02009.

This literary stress-test assists in performing a qualitative analysis under the following hypothesis: nonlinear constructions of Ex Machina are semantically and poetically inferior to the first linear construction. The methodology is adjustable due to lack of instruction in the original text, but the current simulation available is limited due to media porting instability. (In this case, a textuality deficiency with regards to physical media.)

The equivalent null-hypothesis would therefore state that rule-abiding nonlinear structures would make an equal or greater amount of sense as a linear reading of the original manuscript.