Heinlein’s “fair witness” – more sci-fi related to Your Life, Uploaded

In Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, we find characters with photographic memories, who play the role of observers. The description at Wikipedia:

Fair Witness is a fictional profession invented for the novel. A Fair Witness is an individual trained to observe events and report exactly what he or she sees and hears, making no extrapolations or assumptions. An eidetic memory is a prerequisite for the job, …

As a bonus, Heinlein also coins the word “grok” 🙂

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1 Comment

  1. fair witness should totally just be some sort of computer. even with eidetic memory, the communication problem remains. easier to just get on there and look it up for yourself. but so much difficulty in creating something with enough awareness to do the job well anyway. whatever…my main reason for commenting was to let you know i appreciate your method of sharing – taking the brief def of fair witness from wiki and then just briefly using the term grok to let me wander the internet and learn. grok doesn’t sound like a good word for that concept. not verby enough. and seemingly impossible. but definitely nifty and deserving of a label. makes me think of mirror neuronss and whatnot. well i follow you now so thanks for putting your thoughts and interests in the universal sharing domain

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