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Information Technology alright. But what about the A? Administrator? Assistant? Architect?

ita: Japanese word? Edit

I ran across a word pronounced like ita in an audio book (The Fire Kimono) with the meaning of a Japanese social class (in the 1700's) of maintenance workers. I was struck by the appropriateness of this definition for ITA in Anathem, especially as a possible play on both the Japanese word and information technology. Turns out the Japanese word is eta (Japanese pronunciations in the audio of The Fire Kimono were badly mangled).

96.241.113.131 23:05, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

ita: artificial life form? Edit

I'm wondering what possible evidence someone found that they're an artificial life form. This doesn't really make any sense to me. --98.164.73.169 20:19, December 9, 2009 (UTC) (now Anaraug)

Ok, p259

I took down a square yard of slashberry while thinking about what he said.
"You're saying there's a whole world of Ita/hierarch politics going on over there that we know nothing about."
"Has to be. Or else they wouldn't be human," Lio said.

They're human, or at least Lio thinks so. --Anaraug 22:54, December 12, 2009 (UTC)

What I removed from the article was this:

It appears the Ita are an artificial form of life created to do menial and technical work. They are however sentient and for all intents and purposes “people”, even if they are stigmatised by the Fraa’s and Suur’s of the Mathic world. It is unclear how the Ita were developed.

Just in case anyone feels the need to discuss it here, putting all the data in one place. --Anaraug 22:57, December 12, 2009 (UTC)