Torment Nexus n.

a fictional dystopian invention that inspires or resembles an unwanted later real-world creation

[coined by game designer Alex Blechman in the 2021 cite]

  • 2021 A. Blechman Tweet 8 Nov. page image

    Sci-Fi Author: In my book I invented the Torment Nexus as a cautionary tale.

    Tech Company: At long last, we have created the Torment Nexus from classic sci-fi novel Don't Create The Torment Nexus.

  • 2022 K. Fox Tweet 7 Nov. page image

    [Replying to an article about a video game in which players who die in the game are killed in real life] This is the most torment nexus bullshit I have ever seen.

  • 2023 K. Wickens in PC Gamer 11 Jan. (title) page image

    Modern tech is treading some serious Torment Nexus territory.

  • 2023 C. Stross Weโ€™re Sorry We Created the Torment Nexus in Charlieโ€™s Diary 10 Nov. page image Charles Stross

    We like to spin yarns about the Torment Nexus because it's a cool setting for a noir detective story, not because we think Mark Zuckerberg or Andreesen Horowitz should actually pump several billion dollars into creating it.

  • 2024 J. D. Nicoll in Reactor Magazine 26 Feb. (title) page image

    Never Mind the Torment Nexus, Hereโ€™s Five SF Ideas Iโ€™d Like to See in Reality.

Research History
Suggested, and several cites provided, by Noa Sheidlower.

Last modified 2024-06-11 13:19:46
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