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What would you want to be the AI of?

toaster (you make bread fun)
- 6 (7%)
fighter jet
- 4 (4.7%)
space ship
- 27 (31.4%)
space station
- 13 (15.1%)
space heater
- 1 (1.2%)
deathbot3000
- 6 (7%)
Air Force One
- 2 (2.3%)
an invisible flying machine
- 16 (18.6%)
store clerk
- 5 (5.8%)
espresso machine
- 6 (7%)

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Author Topic: WCDT: 2505-2509 (August 5-9, 2013) Weekly Comic Discussion Thread  (Read 35123 times)

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Here's the thread, enjoy!
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Fighter jet, even if it didn't have the weapons (especially if it didn't), I just wanna fly. Also it took all of my restraint to not abuse my mod powers to fix the last option in the poll. It's espresso, damn it  :psyduck:
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Space ship. I always wanted to be an astronaut, but since I can't be that, I'll be the freakin' ship!  :-D
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What about a jet that can fly into space? I'd want to be that :mrgreen:
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I could be a fighter jet! <3
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Fighter jet, even if it didn't have the weapons (especially if it didn't), I just wanna fly. Also it took all of my restraint to not abuse my mod powers to fix the last option in the poll. It's espresso, damn it  :psyduck:
Why the restraint? I went ahead and abused my powers. How can a forum which has spent so much time in CoD let that go? Perhaps the word should be added to our Public Spelling Announcement.
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But what about being a space station which owns enough shares from a company so even .76% of your shares are worth $4.6 Mio ?
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I honestly wouldn't be surprised if both of Hanners's parents had personal wealth that measured in the trillions. Considering that, Station being worth barely half a billion seems rather low. Then again, that might just be his worth in those particular shares, and since he probably owns himself, that alone adds untold billions to his net worth.
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What about a jet that can fly into space? I'd want to be that :emotrex:

Isn't that basically what Spaceship is? Being a SSTO spaceplane and all…
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Yes. Yes, it is. Honestly, if I was Spaceship, I might not bother to put on pants either.
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Tough poll. I went espresso machine for no particular reason other than all the other choices had drawbacks.
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Espresso machine doesn't?
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I went with station. I mean, Station doesn't seem to have significant financial worries, and being a space station is AWESOME. Admittedly, a space ship would have many of the same advantages in terms of awesomeness, but I suspect a station gets more visitors, and I like interacting with people. Actually, just from the people perspective, I considered store clerk, but I don't think I could deal with being a store clerk unless I was allowed to decapitate unruly customers with a two-handed longsword. Admittedly, that might work for a clerk at CoD, but I don't think that's generally acceptable.
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Not in the store. The back alley exists for a reason.
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Espresso machine doesn't?

They all do, actually:

toaster (you make bread fun) - Sitting on a counter making toast... I'd go insane fast.
fighter jet - Sorry, I outgrew Top Gun.
space ship - I don't think I'd like the constant amount of calculations to make sure I don't burn up in re-entry.
space station - Same thing, except about "stay in orbit".
space heater - I'd be useless three to four months of the year in the US (or a few years in QC time)
deathbot3000 - Deathbot3000 is not funny.
Air Force One - Too much temptation if the guy isn't someone I like.
an invisible flying machine - I'd never get to have any fun.
store clerk - See toaster.
espresso machine - See store clerk and toaster. At least this one, though, you could occasionally burp up on annoying baristas.
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Space toaster, for zero g toast launching.
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Toaster, or espresso machine.  As Charles Emerson Winchester once said, "I do one thing at a time, I do it very well, then I move on". 

Everything else sounds too complex for me to be happy at my work!
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Of course, we start the week with Butts Disease - and a Barbie joke.
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Of course, we start the week with Butts Disease - and a Barbie joke.

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Faye Ikari, The scenario is going according to butts.
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Faye's dealt with Pintsize's antics so much that getting mooned by a hologram doesn't even register as worthy of a notable reaction.
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And she never even saw Spaceship...
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Faye looks hilarious with the glasses on.

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Is Dickmouth Stinkface legally a minor?

She acts much like a child. Could Dale's mother adopt her, making her Dale's younger sister?

May May be a mei-mei?
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I'd rather have Tai's mother adopt her, so May could be a May Tai...

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AI spacecraft
« Reply #26 on: 05 Aug 2013, 02:36 »

Perhaps not all spacecraft. Can you imagine how boring it would be for an AI to be a deep-space probe? The poor AI would spend 15 years watching the solar wind instrumentation give an occasional twitch before the mad excitement of a planetry flyby. Then it's back to the big black - empty aside from some magnetic fields and the occasion charged particle or dust grain.

Though if AI's can be uploaded and downloaded by radio link, they could possibly "commute" to the spacecraft and "be it" in shifts. Or be sent up just before the critical segments of the flight. Although there, you'd be up against the (huge) volume of data an AI occupies and limited bandwidth.

In fact uploading AIs may be compulsory. Since rockets still can blow up, presumably it'd be unethical to ask the AI to be on-board when the mission launches, when there's the very real risk of destruction.  Launching rockets with people involves a lot of extra expense to assure their safety. To avoid that with an AI mission, you could launch the spacecraft with basic, non-sentient housekeeping software and then send up the AI when the spacecraft is in space, has been checked out and is safely on its way.

But then, would you even bother with an AI for most missions, when old fashioned 'dumb' computers would be good enough? It'd be awesomely useful to have one as a planetary rover, assuming bandwidth allows you to send him her or ze*  up because again, landing is too risky for it to be right to do it with the AI in-situ. Even if the mission did manage to recruit one that's a gung-ho, adrenaline-junkie** nutcase who'd be up or it.

Meh... no real point, just randomly thinking out loud.

* I think it's reasonable to assume that some AIs  don't actually identify as being gendered.
** Whatever the AI equivalent of adrenaline is.


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May May be a mei-mei?
Dare Dale be a da-ge?

I see a May moon rising,
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Faye looks hilarious with the glasses on.
Canonically, Fay's optical prescription is coke-bottle lenses strong, so I wonder how  she was able to see May through Dale's glasses, which might even be plain glass since he doesn't need them for reading. Focus adjustment in the earpieces?
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They could also work on an overlay* (like how 3D glasses sit over your prescription ones). I don't know how widespread QC-Glasses are (hell, I don't know how widespread Google Glass is in our world), but mass production is a lot simpler if you can bypass prescriptions.

* Not sure if I am using the right term. But anyway.
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Dale used glasses before he got the glowing ones, so he must need them for something.
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My answer to the poll question - nuclear submarine.  Mwahahahaha!
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NO ONE LIKES DEATHBOT 3000!
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Faye looks hilarious with the glasses on.
Canonically, Fay's optical prescription is coke-bottle lenses strong, so I wonder how  she was able to see May through Dale's glasses, which might even be plain glass since he doesn't need them for reading. Focus adjustment in the earpieces?
Faye never takes her glasses off here.
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If you are sans genitalia and anus, and you know you are sans genitalia and anus, why would you bother mooning anyone?

In answer to the poll question, I would want to be a Tachicoma the size of a house, that way, I could have enough armour to bounce tank shots like a boss.
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If you are sans genitalia and anus, and you know you are sans genitalia and anus, why would you bother mooning anyone?

In general, when mooning, you do not prominently display your anus. Exposure of the gluts is what makes it mooning. The purpose of mooning is deliberate disrespect to the viewer, no genitalia or excretory orifices are necessary to achieve that end.
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Although farts are a disrespect bonus. 
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True, although not having a physical body would make any farts purely auditory so simply making the sound would be just as effective.
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I'd want to be a spaceship just so I could make 2001 references.

Look Hanners, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.
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If you are sans genitalia and anus, and you know you are sans genitalia and anus, why would you bother mooning anyone?
Maybe you're an AI without a human-like body and only understand the "form" of mooning someone and not the intended "meaning".
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If QC were set in a Denny's in Florida, rather than CoD, today's strip could have been titled "Moons over Miami." 

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Obviously they'll turn out to be long-lost "friends" of the "It's you! What are you doing here!?" variety
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Re: AI spacecraft
« Reply #47 on: 05 Aug 2013, 13:47 »

* I think it's reasonable to assume that some AIs  don't actually identify as being gendered.

The strip where Marten explains AI genders to The Pugnacious Peach says there are three possible settings including an androgynous one.
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If you are sans genitalia and anus, and you know you are sans genitalia and anus, why would you bother mooning anyone?

In general, when mooning, you do not prominently display your anus. Exposure of the gluts is what makes it mooning. The purpose of mooning is deliberate disrespect to the viewer, no genitalia or excretory orifices are necessary to achieve that end.

Lacking an anus does not prevent one from being an asshole.
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