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Author Topic: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?  (Read 916 times)

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Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« on: 21 Dec 2019, 06:21 »

So, I was trolling through the archive yesterday, and I ran into strip number 2070, where they discuss the "Gary Phenomenon", where on Jan 1st, 1997, everyone got an email from someone named Gary.

Do you guys think this was Yaaaay Newfriend?
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #1 on: 21 Dec 2019, 07:03 »

It's hard to imagine two different AIs that powerful on the same planet. That points to them being one and the same.

On the other hand, Gary's message was a completely different tone than Yay Newfriend has often taken.
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #2 on: 21 Dec 2019, 07:54 »

True, but what year is it in that universe?  It might be that the AI has matured over the years since 1997

Yay does have a chaotically whimsical sense of humor, though
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #3 on: 21 Dec 2019, 10:42 »

It's hard to imagine two different AIs that powerful on the same planet.

I disagree. They may be powerful enough to shield themselves from any of their peers learning about them. They may be disinterested in each other, or decide not to step on each other's toes due to otherwise having the AI equivalent of mutually assured destruction. Who knows what superhuman AI do with their free time? It may not be an issue.

Or to put it another way: if an ant was somehow able to conceptualise a human, they'd probably also be incredulous that seven billion humans exist. If they were able to comprehend numbers, let alone such a large number, of course.
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #4 on: 21 Dec 2019, 16:01 »

Gary would be a good guess I would think. But then it could be one of those things Jeph kind of lost along the way, like that Mieville was originally referred to as a 'she'. My guess is Yay is something that 'emerged' from a captive AI. It would explain it's aversion to violating the sanctity of the mind.
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #5 on: 22 Dec 2019, 04:43 »

Another possibility: is Gary part of Yay?

Remember, Yay is a distributed AI.
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #6 on: 22 Dec 2019, 10:07 »

'Trolling' or 'trawling' the archives?
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #7 on: 23 Dec 2019, 02:07 »

'Trolling' or 'trawling' the archives?

That might be a better word... it was more like scrolling, hah...
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #8 on: 23 Dec 2019, 05:54 »

'Trolling' or 'trawling' the archives?

That might be a better word... it was more like scrolling, hah...
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #9 on: 23 Dec 2019, 07:33 »

Saw this topic and got real confused because I thought I remembered Gary being a spider, and
https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2430
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #10 on: 23 Dec 2019, 08:13 »

I thought that was Gordon
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #11 on: 23 Dec 2019, 08:47 »

To the thread title:

I doubt it.
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #12 on: 30 Dec 2019, 20:53 »

Another possibility: is Gary part of Yay?

Remember, Yay is a distributed AI.

I think it's more likely that Eminence Gris (I'm so sad that name didn't catch on for them) is part of Gary.  "I'll keep an eye on your stuff" is a big responsibility. 

Keeping AI's free and safe is a small part of that. 




Hey, isn't Gary an anagram of "Gray"...?






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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #13 on: 31 Dec 2019, 14:43 »

Is Yay Gary? No. Feels wrong.
Is Yay Gary's offspring? Quite probably.
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Re: Is Yaaaay (Spookybot) Gary?
« Reply #14 on: 04 Jan 2020, 11:00 »

I've been saying for months that there has to be a connection between Spooky and Gary.
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