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An alpha-level simulation was a digitised version of a scanned human mind, perfectly replicating its brain structure. It was fully capable of remembering past experiences, learning, adapting, and was fully self-aware.

Later technologies allowed individuals to survive the scanning process, leaving essentially two copies of the same person, one physical and one digital.

RS Glossary entry[]

Alpha-level: An evolving, interactive simulation containing an exact (or near perfect) representation of the detailed brain structure of a particular subject. Turing compliant.
- description from the official RS glossary [1]


  1. Revelation Space universe - RS Glossary - A,, the official website of Alastair Reynolds