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Point Made

March 13, 2020 by Tim


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Jetroid
Jetroid
2 years ago

I’m on tenterhooks for the next set of strips! Happy that we’re back to this so soon.

Yeee!
Yeee!
2 years ago

How so very Ethan.

RoL
RoL
2 years ago

Oh Ethan, you can do the right thing AND be excited at the potential of a pet murderbot

James Rye
James Rye
2 years ago

I am impressed with Ethan knowing the word sentient and using it to win an argument.^^

Snark
Snark
2 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

Well, Ethan is not stupid.. He is just… Chaotic Good.. Like in Chaotic Chaotic Chaotic good. 😉

DrakeStarkiller
DrakeStarkiller
2 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

He’s oddly smart only when trying to win an argument that’s likely to be detrimental to his own health and lucas and scotts sanity

Scott
Scott
2 years ago
Reply to  James Rye

Don’t forget previous incarnation of Ethan actually built Zeke plus we have seen him come up with plenty of other wild inventions. Admittedly we haven’t seen this Ethan be as technologically sound but it still stands to reason that under all the insanity he is probably quite intelligent.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
2 years ago
Reply to  Scott

Hey, Stupid people can be clever too. Sometimes you can only come up with the sort of clever solutions smart people can’t see by coming from the other side of the problem and spectrum of intelligence.

Giuliano Giacomo Graziu
Giuliano Giacomo Graziu
2 years ago

Folk, I know I’m out of context here but please read me out. First of all, I apologize for any typo/mistake but English is not my mother tongue: I’m Italian. I wish to let you know that this pandemic spreading in the world is a serious thing. I’m 52 now and I’ve been here during Chernobyl nuclear accident, Suine Flu, SARS, chemical accident of Seveso and Farmoplant. This is the very first time that our country lock down almost any activities. People is told to stay in their home except to work, health care and supply their pantries. This is… Read more »

Leon
Leon
2 years ago

And if XB’s STILL an asshole?

Giuliano Giacomo Graziu
Giuliano Giacomo Graziu
2 years ago
Reply to  Leon

It would be a STILL asshole!

Pajuka
Pajuka
2 years ago
Reply to  Leon

Let’s be honest, he’s gonna be a permanent asshole at this point. But hopefully he wont be the stabby kind of asshole.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
2 years ago
Reply to  Pajuka

He’ll have a roommate who doesn’t permanently die when stabbed.

You tell me what you think that’s going to do for the ol’ stabby-stab

DrakeStarkiller
DrakeStarkiller
2 years ago
Reply to  Kaitensatsuma

Depends on how many different ways you can kill ethan before it gets old which for an ai im sure it can come up with an immense number of ways to do it

Leon
Leon
2 years ago
Reply to  Leon

I feel like……KILLING ALL CARBON-BASED LIFEFORMS

Vedrit
Vedrit
2 years ago
Reply to  Leon

Robots are still technically carbon-based lifeforms, so….

Michael
Michael
2 years ago
Reply to  Vedrit

Last I checked, the vital element of computers is silicon.

7eggert
7eggert
2 years ago
Reply to  Vedrit

Go solar!

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 years ago

Deep down inside, I think we all wanted a robot best friend when we were little. I think Ethan’s just a little bit more in-touch with his inner child. Also. This might JUST be me. But I kinda-sorta am starting to see his empathetic side here, and not just from the I-was-a-prisoner, you-were-a-prisoner bit. I’m not sure if this is a savior complex sort of issue, in part driven by his experience with the Troll and deciding to do good even though he had hurt someone in the past. But my respect for Ethan, being the lone person interested in… Read more »

Taylan Ertan
Taylan Ertan
2 years ago

In Terminator universe, Ethan would be the reason Skynet would be online.

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
2 years ago
Reply to  Taylan Ertan

Well, he’d teach Skynet friendship first.
Like, remember in Terminator 2, the Good T-800?

Ben
Ben
2 years ago

This… won’t end well. Will it?

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 years ago
Reply to  Ben

It’s going to be tricky, and hard. But not impossible.

I think that it’ll end well, when all’s said and done. How long that takes, and what happens in the meantime, is anyone’s guess.

DrakeStarkiller
DrakeStarkiller
2 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

It’ll end well in a ethan sort of way

Doodm4n
Doodm4n
2 years ago

Just waiting for them to get the Murder Bot invested in video games, and that is how he/it channels his stabby impulses.

Jaysburn
Jaysburn
2 years ago
Reply to  Doodm4n

That and being able to murder Ethan whenever he wants.

Shecky
Shecky
2 years ago

Scott is right, it’s always programming. Even a “learning” robot had to be programmed to “learn”. It has to be programmed to do something with that “learned” data. Just because a machine or hologram (ie: ST Voyager) or whatever has “learned” enough to have a “personality” is it alive? I’m in the solid “No” camp. But hey, “AI” is always good science fiction fodder 🙂

D Harshman
D Harshman
2 years ago
Reply to  Shecky

But…what if you are wrong? What if programming is functionally no different than genetics plus education/indoctrination? There have been long periods of human history where people insisted that other types of people (races, genders, etc) are not really sentient. I’d hate to make that mistake again..

Quaza
Quaza
2 years ago
Reply to  Shecky

I’d agree that it’s always programming, but whether or not humans (or other creatures) have something that makes them different is unknown. Whatever theory of creation you subscribe to, something allows humans (and other creatures) to process data, and we simply don’t know much about how it works.

Maybe it’s a rudimentary version of what we have. Maybe it’s not. But I’d rather treat the robot like a person and be wrong, than be wrong the other way.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 years ago
Reply to  Shecky

Plot twist: the AI ‘program’ that Scott’s been chipping away at is a decoy; a dummy program, and the REAL AI is being run on the copy of Minecraft that came with the XBox One, entirely out of redstone circuitry.

nitpicker
nitpicker
2 years ago

sapient >.<

Halosty
Halosty
2 years ago

Wait he can’t hear? Aww man I thought all their conversations would be good for him. Also: wow mental isolation sucks, hope he came loaded with solitaire or something.

DrakeStarkiller
DrakeStarkiller
2 years ago
Reply to  Halosty

Hes been in mental isolation for 3 days or so how many games of solitaire would that be also does xbox even have solitaire??

Logan
Logan
2 years ago
Reply to  Halosty

Technically, we don’t know. It was never mentioned, specifically. Just that “auxiliary programs like speech and movement” (and we also know about sight) were shut down.

Goof or “done ‘off-screen'” type of deal/implied in the above? We’ll have to wait and see! xD

Ninja Bear
Ninja Bear
2 years ago

The question I want answered is, did the Master Send the kill code after Scott deactivated it? Because if he did, he may believe that the xbot has been destroyed.

TumbleWeed
TumbleWeed
2 years ago

I doubt this is going to end well.