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What's that dark grey tower with the light blue front in Union Robotics?

tall floor lamp/lighting unit
unusually narrow vending machine
temporary server for AI neural substrates
charging station of some sort
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it's purely aesthetic
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purple monkey dishes go inside of it

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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #100 on: 05 Sep 2019, 20:48 »

*Meekly raises hand*

I made up the name 'Chimevera'. As Jeph hasn't given her a canon name, most posters just started using it!

Thanks for the clarification. Seems more polite than calling her "Greenie".



And in today's strip... AI surgery. Looks like AIs can definitely turn off their "pain" or "discomfort" or "damage reports" or whatever as needed.

I really like how the AI bodies in these strips have so many analogues to human muscles and systems with myomers for muscles, lubrication lines, coolant pumps, carbon fiber bones, etc. There's a lot of good engineering in humans. It'd be a shame to let it go to waste.

There's a lot of WTF engineering in humans, too... hopefully they left a lot of that out. The ability to shut off pain when you need to would be pretty sweet.
Agreed.
Especially on the WTF engineering.
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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #101 on: 05 Sep 2019, 21:24 »

Come to think of it, humans have an equivalent of turning off distractions from damage sensors when the situation is critical.

I hit pavement from a dead sprint and broke my humerus in two places running from a mugger. Didn't feel a thing. At the time.
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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #102 on: 05 Sep 2019, 23:22 »

Having minor (or even moderate) surgery under limited anaesthetic so you don't lose consciousness sounds a great idea right up until you realise that you will be hearing the surgeon work and their thoughts on the matter. Which may or may not be the sort of thing that is good for your peace of mind. As a rule for humans, we prefer to think of our bodies as integrated structures. Most people don't like hearing about their component parts and their condition and it seems that Chimevera is of the same opinion!

What makes me laugh is the way Faye is talking like a barber rather than a surgeon. Come to think of it, historically the two were the same. Is medicine for AIs following the same historical path as that for humans?

Meanwhile, I'm expecting Sam to black out in the next few minutes and sleep for the rest of the day. Jim is going to likely have some words for Dora and none of them will be nice to hear.
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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #103 on: 06 Sep 2019, 03:08 »

I hit pavement from a dead sprint and broke my humerus in two places running from a mugger. Didn't feel a thing. At the time.

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Hope it healed well! <3
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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #104 on: 06 Sep 2019, 05:21 »

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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #105 on: 06 Sep 2019, 05:38 »


The sun has got its hat on.

Punch-it-in-the-face!

The sun has got its hat on, so let's punch it in the face!
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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #107 on: 06 Sep 2019, 20:39 »

Having minor (or even moderate) surgery under limited anaesthetic so you don't lose consciousness sounds a great idea right up until you realise that you will be hearing the surgeon work and their thoughts on the matter. Which may or may not be the sort of thing that is good for your peace of mind. As a rule for humans, we prefer to think of our bodies as integrated structures. Most people don't like hearing about their component parts and their condition and it seems that Chimevera is of the same opinion!

What makes me laugh is the way Faye is talking like a barber rather than a surgeon. Come to think of it, historically the two were the same. Is medicine for AIs following the same historical path as that for humans?

Meanwhile, I'm expecting Sam to black out in the next few minutes and sleep for the rest of the day. Jim is going to likely have some words for Dora and none of them will be nice to hear.

Also, there's the smell(s). Bone heating up as it's being drilled into is quite unpleasant.
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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #108 on: 07 Sep 2019, 11:01 »

I hit pavement from a dead sprint and broke my humerus in two places running from a mugger. Didn't feel a thing. At the time.

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Hope it healed well! <3

Thank you! Without complications, but required extensive rehab.
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« Reply #109 on: 07 Sep 2019, 14:25 »

I bet.

Makes me thankfully I've only cracked two molars.

EDIT; 'to, too, two'
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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #110 on: 08 Sep 2019, 22:55 »

"po bone"?

also, that is an interesting (if personal) question - what is the AI experience of chassis damage, something similar to humans or just a bunch of system alerts?

There was a Q&A with Jeph where he said they don't feel pain like we do ("They're computers" or something very close to that). It was long enough ago that it may no longer be canon.

Those system alerts had better be high priority.

What Spookybot did to Corpse Witch sure looked like pain was being inflicted, and Corpse Witch responded like pain had been inflicted.
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Re: WCDT strips 4081-4085 (2nd-6th September 2019)
« Reply #111 on: 09 Sep 2019, 06:12 »

What Spookybot did to Corpse Witch sure looked like pain was being inflicted, and Corpse Witch responded like pain had been inflicted.
And Momo did it to May.  But if you were an AI and randomized voltages lashed your processor inputs, causing multiple internal restarts and who knows whatever other badness, why wouldn't you interpret that as pain?

Having been bitten many times doing wiring and other electrical projects, it sure hurts non-AI life...
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