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Identity, p10

April 21, 2021 by Tim


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jere
jere
6 months ago

Soooo if it understand it correctly, they created an actual voice inside their head that only they can hear (which still runs on the same hardware as the “main” process, so the robot body), but because that would be weird, they act as if that voice comes from the switch instead?

Yeah, seems perfectly healthy… 😀

Phil
Phil
6 months ago
Reply to  jere

Doesn’t sound that strange, no different than imagining a conversation with another person before you actually speak to them, and hearing what you think their replies would be in your head in their voice.

nealithi
nealithi
6 months ago
Reply to  Phil

THANK YOU!
I was worried I was the only one that did this.

Hunter
Hunter
6 months ago
Reply to  nealithi

Jokes aside, I often organize my thoughts by speaking to myself. It’s amazing how much I can catch mistakes and adjust plans just by hearing them voiced aloud. Then I realize that maybe I need to make changes.

Smiley
Smiley
6 months ago
Reply to  Hunter

It’s a common phenomenon, also known as rubber ducking in the programming world. The theory being if you explain out loud (to the duck) what your code is doing line by line you’re more likely to catch any mistakes.

Giuliano Marques
Giuliano Marques
6 months ago
Reply to  Smiley

First time I heard of that in the college I thought it was a joke… Now I use this technique by explaining my code to a Soundwave action figure. It’s very effective.

lechuckGL
lechuckGL
6 months ago

I am surprised that all the answers you get are not something like “Soundwave’s code superior, human’s code inferior”

croi
croi
6 months ago
Reply to  jere

Just kind of moves the whole gender thing to the mental illness realm

Lumi
Lumi
6 months ago
Reply to  croi

If you stretch any further you’re going to dislocate your shoulder.

Blitz
Blitz
6 months ago
Reply to  jere

You ever hear of programmers rubber ducking?

Mr. Casual
Mr. Casual
6 months ago

Basically created the robot version of an imaginary friend.

foducool
foducool
6 months ago

what do you say, other Zeke?
“kill all humans?”
THAT SOUNDS LIKE A WONDERFUL IDEA!

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
6 months ago

What a scathing remark! What cutting irony of the sharpest wit!

And yes, “iron” in “irony” is also intentional, for you medical buffs out there.

LeHack
6 months ago

I wonder how temporary is this mirror partition, and will it play any role in the future, say, when “Zeke” is damaged and needs a fallback boot partition to use…

Dodgy
Dodgy
6 months ago

So…. given access to sufficient technology (such as robot bodies with a high grade CPU), X01 can effectively clone himself as he can simply copy his AI… I’m slowly starting to shift to team Scott after reading today’s comic because that’s hella dangerous! I always figured X01 was limited to his own form but now I’m not so sure that’s the case anymore. If he can hack into a robot assembly plant (afterall, he does have network access), create new bodies and upload some form of consiousness in them, he’ll be Legion in no time. Skynet comes to mind… Oh… Read more »

Arcatus
Arcatus
6 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Yea, this seemingly contradicts previous statements where Scott explained that the code was constantly shifting, so if he “copied” himself the code would change while the copy takes place so the beginning and end of the transfer would not be “in sync” and malfunction.

I think the keyword here is “social matrix”. It’s the same memory and “mind” but he made a different module that can access it and produce an inner monologue.

jere
jere
6 months ago
Reply to  Arcatus

Yeah, I had exactly the same idea. This might just be a very sophisticated version of a chatbot, that more or less just has natural language processing.

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
6 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

That is absolutely the most lousy excuse to use the wrong pronouns I’ve ever heard.

Dodgy
Dodgy
6 months ago

I added that passage to prevent people from being/feeling insulted.
Seems there is no winning with you lot so I’m just gonna go with what feels right for me personally and that is telling you to fuck off, cunt!

Last edited 6 months ago by Dodgy
Fils
Fils
6 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

It’s kind of ironic tho, isn’t it?

If you take time to edit, and write a passage to “prevent people from being insulted”, why not stick to “they”.
I read : ” from a personal point of reference”, but this whole idea of gender and pronouns is about how other’s own personnal references are irrelevant to one’s desired pronouns.

”Imma just call you Bob, and ”she”, cauz in my head, that’s how I see you. A whiny female Bob. That insults you? Fuck off, Dickbutt”

Sounds just like “I’m not racist, but…”

Last edited 6 months ago by Fils
Peter Piers
Peter Piers
6 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

Hey, there’s two of them now, so I say Zeke totally earned the right to that “they” pronoun. 😀

(in my original post I said “he” instead of “Zeke” and then edited some five times, trying to explain my reasoning. Fun times. In the end I just replaced “he” with “Zeke” and called it a day)

(and I see I STILL managed to offend SOMEONE, judging by that “-1” below my post. Geez.)

Last edited 6 months ago by Peter Piers
Peter Piers
Peter Piers
6 months ago
Reply to  Peter Piers

By the way, I honestly don’t see what’s wrong with my post that two people already considered it negative. Is it the “they” joke? “They” is a vastly used plural pronoun AS WELL AS a singular non-gender-specific pronoun, so it’s a valid play on words that I can’t see being in any way offensive. Am I being an insensitive bastard? Please tell me, because just clicking that “minus” button only leaves me in the dark and doesn’t to a fig to change my behaviour, mentality, or make me a better person.

Last edited 6 months ago by Peter Piers
Logan
Logan
6 months ago
Reply to  Peter Piers

What’ll really cook your noodle later, Peter, is that it could be more than just 2. That ‘score’ is the total of up *and* down votes.

At least it hasn’t been down voted into oblivion. So it’s just slightly disliked.

Last edited 6 months ago by Logan
Dodgy
Dodgy
6 months ago
Reply to  Peter Piers

Some people are just cunts, mate. No two ways about it. You did nothing wrong! Here, have my upvote for at least trying not to offend.

Peter Piers
Peter Piers
6 months ago
Reply to  Peter Piers

Thank you for the feedback, guys, and helping me keep stuff in perspective. Cheers!

Dodgy
Dodgy
6 months ago
Reply to  Peter Piers

You’re very welcome!

Andy
Andy
5 months ago
Reply to  Peter Piers

“They” is not a word that need not be plural. It has been used as singular at least since Shakespeare.
So the joke just kinda fell flat since it kind of seems based around the idea that there is a legitimate debate around using “they” in singular. Maybe that is why, they just felt the joke was a failed one?

Just a guess, I may be totally wrong.

7eggert
7eggert
6 months ago
Reply to  Peter Piers

If Gizmo chooses to use that, Gizmo will let us know.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
6 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

I think there’s a clear difference between what X1 was able to do, and what you’re afraid of. Scott’s fear was that the *entire program* would be copied from one to another, which is what you’re seemingly also worried about. But X1 essentially says that what was mirrored was the “social matrix” and that there was a “temporary partition.” The ‘social matrix’ is clearly only one part of X1’s code, and likely doesn’t include the reason, logic, knowledge, memory, etc. The “social matrix” would just be how X1 acts and reacts to others. What seems to be said here is,… Read more »

Christopher
Christopher
6 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

As others have said, and I anticipated in the earlier comic, this sounds like X1 is just using imagination to carry on two sides of a conversation, so no worries about a world filled with murder-bots.

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
6 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

AI that can replicate themselves is a class S threat. We got lucky with Dragon.

Erika
Erika
6 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

But as far as we know they can’t “upload” the voices in their head anywhere- it’s literally in their head, not on the Switch’s hardware. It’s unlikely any other robot or system would have the hardware necessary to support their AI. The worst they could probably do is create a quorum of voices to discuss problems with, effectively mimicking parallel computing- but even that’s limited by the speed of the processing hardware. Now that I think about it, I enjoy the idea of them creating a mirrored partition and modifying it so it could play devil’s advocate for their argument,… Read more »

7eggert
7eggert
6 months ago
Reply to  Dodgy

It’s shared memory.

Leon
Leon
6 months ago

Two Zekes? *Wilhelm scream*

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
6 months ago

Has this one seen the Avengers movies or this world’s equivalent? Tread carefully if so.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
6 months ago

Anyone paying attention to how Microsoft and Nintendo have been a little more than chummy the past few years are probably feeling just like me, and slightly squeeing at seeing X1 compliment Switch as an “adorable little machine.”

It’s like seeing the two Anime characters you’re shipping lock eyes, smile, and then quickly look away.

21st Century Peon
21st Century Peon
6 months ago

“Dreamatorium, begin simulation: Abed/Abed”

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
6 months ago

Cool cool cool.

Jonathan
Jonathan
6 months ago

Aww. They’re bonding.

David
David
6 months ago

Thanks Other Barrycomment image

7eggert
7eggert
6 months ago

Sometimes its necessary to switch perspectives.

Freddie
Freddie
5 months ago
Reply to  7eggert

… ’cause puns get my upvotes

Eseris
Eseris
5 months ago

Just wait until Nintendo gets Bluetooth audio to function! Then everyone will be able to hear the other voice!

Nope
Nope
5 months ago

Personally, I find the Robot (Gizmo?) calling the switch “adorable little machine” was quite sweet.