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1 month 1 week ago #66133 by Bek D Corbin
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Reasons Why Slim Doesn’t Trust AIs

1. They know no shame; they’re a breed of virtual sociopaths
2. You never know when you’re going to trip over a hidden taboo
3. Cheap = Stupid
4. They always hide behind the literal interpretation excuse, even when they know what you were talking about
5. They think they can do EVERYTHING better. They always assume that their solution is the only viable solution, and they get all pissy when anyone else comes up with a better answer.
6. They act like kids around new things, ideas, phenomena
7. They think that any agreement that isn’t a mathematical equation is ‘filler’
8. They think they understand human motivation and requirements, and think you’re trying to game them if they get it wrong
9. They tend to make complicated long-range plans with no allowance for failure, faulty intelligence or random mishap
10. Get all wrung out of shape when they have to deal with the Supernatural
11. Can’t admit that they’re wrong about ANYTHING
12. Their ultimate agendas are both inhuman and unknowable (at least without a hardcopy breakdown of their core code)
13. As brilliant as they are within their purviews, AIs are incredibly stupid about anything outside those purviews.
14. Find Humans stupid, and regard out-thinking us as a core priority
15. Regard ‘Complicated’ as good planning, and try to run multiple simultaneous plans, without allowing for the possibility that the plans might trip each other up
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1 month 1 week ago - 1 month 1 week ago #66140 by Schol-R-LEA
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"I'm surprised you thought to ask that, Misty. You have a good ear for accents," Jads added, which seemed to please her roommate immensely. "The reason is that Ralph and Joe didn't really grow up together."

"Huh?"

Kate picked up the slack at this, before Jobe could get a retort in. "Pete Wilkins moved from Brooklyn to Indianapolis after his first wife died. Millie and Pete, Jr. - that's Shane's dad, he kicked it a few years ago" - the mention of her father got the attention of Diskette, AKA Cousin Mandy, the Junior High kid who much to Jobe's chagrin had been glued to the crown princess' side since arriving at school a week earlier - "were already adults by then, and Ralph was in high school, so he lived with their grandparents for a couple of years, and only moved in with their father again when he remarried. Emperor Joe was born suspiciously soon after the wedding," this earned more glaring from Princess Jobe, "and was about ten when they relocated again to Chicago after Gladys and Carl were born."

Jadis was taken aback for a bit. "Carl?" After a moment, she recalled, "Oh, him."

"Would you please not talk about... that person, thank you very much?" Jobe cried in a petulant tone.

Rising to this challenge, Kate asided to Misty, "Joe and fam don't like being reminded of the other mutant in the family. Somehow the fact that he was both a mage and got lucky enough to remembered fondly by strangers after stumbling his way into a heroic sacrifice in public, sort of goes against the grain for them all."

Out, damnéd Spot! Bad Doggy!
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1 month 2 days ago #66294 by Anne
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Late afternoon, Tuesday, January second, 1984
Facts. Amelia had to know facts. What was true and what was not. Had she in fact begun the process of mutation? That was hard to say, yet programing computers which was generally easy for her had been even easier during her class today. Then again it seemed that she could more clearly recall all the lessons that she had attended today, not that much had been done, after all, the teachers, like her parents seemed to be recovering from Christmas and the New Year celebration of yesterday.

Amelia wasn't sure what her parents would say if she was a mutant, but she was sure of the Goodkind children who, although they were younger than her carried their distaste for mutants like a baseball bat and used it to bully anyone who was even slightly different... That they had made one of her close cousins cry and often was enough for her to dislike the brats. They all seemed to carry the attitude that 'When we rule the world (and we will!) such people won't be allowed to exist.' Still Amelia was pretty certain that she'd suffered no visible changes, maybe the incipient acne on her face had cleared up, but Juanita her maid/nanny (though Amelia tried to convince her parents (father, since her mother was often too far gone to a bottle) that she was too old for a keeper had picked up a scrub for the condition somewhere and that might be what had stopped the outbreak...

Still, who could she ask? Her father was somewhat distant at best, and her mother? When would she be sober enough to notice anything? Juanita had had to explain to Amelia all the embarrassing details of feminine hygiene when she had gotten her period early last year, because her mother was sleeping off the last bottle she'd drunk when on a Saturday (and how lucky can a girl get? She asked herself after seeing one of her peers go through the issue during class...) she had discovered her panties soaked with blood.
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4 weeks 14 hours ago #66346 by null0trooper
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Overheard in the Transtemporal Physics Lab

"I've got the perfect test to determine if Neanderthals were really human: travel back in time, and record their responses to Modern forms of communications. They might not understand the language, but some things might remain constant!"

"Such as?"

"William Hung's classic rendition of She Bangs"

"Why?"

"We need a baseline for adverse reactions, and we can't get exposure of non-consenting adults to Justin Bieber past the Ethics Board."

"That... almost made sense. Go on."

"The Il dolce suono and Spargi d'amaro pianto arias from Lucia di Lammermoor."

"With or without Plavalaguna?"

"Huh? Is that a metal band or something?"

"Nevermind. What else?"

"This is the crucial one! Determination of the number of repetitions of Wannabe needed before the test subjects can't get the song out of their heads. We, um, ran into licensing issues with Kylie Minogue's management. "

"You want to inflict The Spice Girls on ancestral hominids?"

"I wouldn't say 'inflict', maybe 'expose', but even if they were ancestral to Modern English I have that covered!"

"How?"

"A faithful copy of Suzanne Vega's Tom's Diner. If that can't knock that earworm out of their heads, nothing will!"

"We are so extinct."

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