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The Last Question (When the World Ends) by…

The Last Question (When the World Ends) (1956)

by Isaac Asimov

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How do you start a universe? ( )
  jefware | May 5, 2018 |
“The Last Question” (La Última Pregunta) es un relato corto -de unas 4,000 palabras- publicado por primera vez en el 1956 y que es bastante difícil de reseñar debido al tema, a su segmentada estructura y, por supuesto, a su corta longitud.

Para que se hagan una idea, el primer párrafo dice así:

La última pregunta se formuló por primera vez, medio en broma, el 21 de mayo de
2061, en momentos en que la humanidad (también por primera vez) se bañó en
luz. La pregunta llegó como resultado de una apuesta por cinco dólares hecha
entre dos hombres que bebían cerveza, y sucedió de esta manera…

Estos dos jóvenes le formulan ‘la última pregunta’ a un ordenador y luego vamos saltando en el tiempo -por intervalos de millones y millones de años- donde los humanos -y el mismo ordenador- van evolucionando segmento tras segmento y aún formulando la misma ‘última pregunta’ sin encontrar una respuesta significativa por parte de la máquina.

No será hasta el final que encontraremos la respuesta y, créanme, es bastante emocionante, satisfactoria y puede abrir puertas a muchos debates. Yo, personalmente, no he dejado de pensar en el relato desde que lo acabé. ( )
  JorgeLC | Apr 28, 2018 |
This is a MUST READ! Probably the best short story you'll ever read ( )
  newcastlee | Dec 30, 2017 |
Intriguing story from one of the 20th century's foremost scientific minds. At first, I found myself disturbed by the notion that at some point in the very distant future, our universe will simply cease to exist. But as the story progresses, the parallel between man's relationship with the supercomputer (AC) as similar to man's real life relationship with, and need for oneness with, God. Asimov's story also contains elements of a scientific theory that the universe is in a constant cycle of expanding and contracting.

However unnerving I felt at the beginning, I felt rewarded at the end. This story is thought provoking and well worth your time. ( )
  BlackAsh13 | Mar 4, 2017 |
Perfect example of what sci-fi is when it's done well. A volcano of of ideas communicated in sort of shoddy writing. But we forgive the shoddy writing, because the ideas are blowing our minds anyway. This one short story has so so much to it - and from 1956! Was he the first to start talking about the singularity? - predicting what the internet would become when computers themselves were still only toddlers? ( )
  jculkin | Feb 1, 2016 |
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