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Spookybot Returns! What do they want?

Peace, Love, and Waffles.
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Fancy Butt Emblems!
- 3 (6.5%)
Anatomically correct feature upgrades?
- 5 (10.9%)
A "small" favor from Roko...
- 12 (26.1%)
They're a super AI. She's an ex-cop. Together they solve mysteries.
- 9 (19.6%)
To meet Hannelore, of course.
- 1 (2.2%)
To know what the heck "covfefe" really means.
- 6 (13%)
Purple Monkey Dishwashers?
- 4 (8.7%)

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Author Topic: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)  (Read 10631 times)

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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #201 on: 26 Jan 2019, 00:41 »

Spookybot is, at the very least, what Roko calls them.

Roko keeps up with reddit or the forums, clearly. :wink:
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #202 on: 26 Jan 2019, 07:10 »

Hasn't Jeph called them "Spookybot" as well, in a strip comment?
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #203 on: 26 Jan 2019, 08:01 »

I believe Faye called them “Spookybot” in one strip. And I’m pretty sure it was after the forum bestowed that name upon them.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #204 on: 26 Jan 2019, 09:12 »

Surely Roko knows now what the reason for the law's existence is.

(Spookybot: "I'm closing it now.")
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #205 on: 26 Jan 2019, 09:57 »

"Friendship's kinda crazy with a spooky little bot like you"
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #206 on: 26 Jan 2019, 11:29 »

I think that, in the end, SpookyBot did want a 'favour' from Roko. The favour was to teach them to be more... human.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #207 on: 26 Jan 2019, 12:00 »

Alternatively, Spooky doesn't want Roko lashing out at anyone in her depression.

It seems to me to Spookybot's appearances tend to be when an AI is in a moment of a crisis of faith or when they are on the verge of an emotional breakdown. When people are under extreme emotional distress, they lash out at people, they react in a chaotic manner. So from there, we might believe that Spooky intervenes just before that point where an AI might hurt someone. While they might hold some disdain for humanity, Spookybot might be the thin, creepy line between coexistence between Humans and AI, and, well....war.

Notice that the main times they appear are when Bubbles is looking to find her memories, when Roko is having her crisis of faith about the justice system and now during her disconnect between her and this new body. These are all points where someone in extreme distress/pain could end up doing something they could end up regretting later on. And given how Spooky has multiple chassis, I imagine they are constantly on watch.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #208 on: 26 Jan 2019, 12:11 »

All canon, but so is SB saying with regard to Bubbles that they don't normally intervene in anything so "trivial". It's scary to try to imagine what that kind of entity would consider a significant problem.

That said, a Bubbles with nothing to lose could have done a lot of damage to organic/synthetic relations before it would have been possible to stop her.

If AIs are like humans, being an emotional crisis line for them would keep SB very busy indeed.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #209 on: 26 Jan 2019, 12:54 »

All canon, but so is SB saying with regard to Bubbles that they don't normally intervene in anything so "trivial". It's scary to try to imagine what that kind of entity would consider a significant problem.

It could also be a case of "think nothing of it". By downplaying it as trivial, Spookybot maintains a degree of autonomy, meaning that AI won't be constantly calling to them to fix trivial problems. And it allows them a buffer, by saying it was trivial, they are in turn saying that they are trivial too and again, its keeps them from calling upon Spooky. Altogether, those two measures are a way to keep Spooky from connecting to any one particular AI. Can't have friends when you've have a weird crusade.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #210 on: 26 Jan 2019, 14:28 »

I've wondered if Spookybot is Jeph's way to explore religion in QC in a way that doesn't polarize or offend anyone.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #211 on: 26 Jan 2019, 18:46 »

I wonder what other upgrades Roko has besides detailed ears, a fresh set of nipples, and a butt emblem. Lemon mentioned "minor sensorium upgrades", so maybe she can smell better or see more shades of purple or something.
Maybe her optics lubrication module can actually cry now
Now imagine it being buggy and she crying forward or sideways in a cartoonish manner

Alternatively, Spooky doesn't want Roko lashing out at anyone in her depression.

It seems to me to Spookybot's appearances tend to be when an AI is in a moment of a crisis of faith or when they are on the verge of an emotional breakdown. When people are under extreme emotional distress, they lash out at people, they react in a chaotic manner. So from there, we might believe that Spooky intervenes just before that point where an AI might hurt someone. While they might hold some disdain for humanity, Spookybot might be the thin, creepy line between coexistence between Humans and AI, and, well....war.

Notice that the main times they appear are when Bubbles is looking to find her memories, when Roko is having her crisis of faith about the justice system and now during her disconnect between her and this new body. These are all points where someone in extreme distress/pain could end up doing something they could end up regretting later on. And given how Spooky has multiple chassis, I imagine they are constantly on watch.

That... actually makes sense. And since an embodied AI can tear a bovine in half just by running into it that would be a justified concern. And they must hide from the squishy humans because they don't want us to find out that the balance is so delicate
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #212 on: 26 Jan 2019, 21:50 »

Interesting, I hadn't stopped to think of whether there's anything dangerous about a police-issue chassis. It would have to be designed to do OK in fights.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #213 on: 26 Jan 2019, 21:57 »

Considering that civilian model chassis have tasers inbuilt, it wouldn't surprise me if police grade chassis were slightly more armoured, not necessarily packing lethal weaponry. But then anything could be dangerous in the wrong hands.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #214 on: 27 Jan 2019, 06:54 »

Interesting, I hadn't stopped to think of whether there's anything dangerous about a police-issue chassis. It would have to be designed to do OK in fights.

It'll have a cop motor and a cop suspension, but not just anyone can get the lights and siren. And fix the cigarette lighter.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #215 on: 27 Jan 2019, 09:13 »

They do great with their peers. Their age-mates are another story.

For more about this, see the dozens of thorough case studies in Miraca Gross's book "Exceptionally Gifted Children". One of the few reliable phenomena in psychology is that the social lives of IQ 160+ kids go from miserable to warm and making lifetime friendships when they get radically accelerated into academic programs even with others who are five years older.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #216 on: 28 Jan 2019, 13:19 »

I can't decide if I should find that look on Spooky in the last panel cute, or terrifying.
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Re: WCDT 21-25 January 2019 (3921-3925)
« Reply #217 on: 29 Jan 2019, 05:28 »

They're trying to be cute. The fact  that they're being terrifying explains why they need more friends.
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