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Trust, p13

July 31, 2020 by Tim


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foducool
foducool
1 year ago

fair point lmao
well if Zeke ever gets the urge to kill someone, he can just let off steam on Ethan

Shinji Schneider
Shinji Schneider
1 year ago
Reply to  foducool

If it hadn’t been established already that Ethan suffers severe PTSD from experiencing every single death, i’d say sure.

foducool
foducool
1 year ago

that’s right, I guess it’s better not to suffer PTSD after you die…

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  foducool

When I die I want to die without pain and suffering and while doing something I like.

John W
John W
1 year ago
Reply to  7eggert

Like my grandad did. Shame about the passengers on his bus

Robert
Robert
1 year ago
Reply to  foducool

Y’ know, I think the story may very well lead up to Ethan offering exactly that. He feels passionate enough about it to endure the side effects

Ryan Christoffersen
Ryan Christoffersen
1 year ago

For reasons entirely not understood, I now hear Will Wheatons voice when Zeke talks. and i cant un-ring that bell. and now, you all will read this post and then scroll up to see if it works. youll nod and go “Yah, he was right” and from this moment until the end of days, that is whos voice youll hear.

The Legacy
The Legacy
1 year ago

I’m more thinking Ryan Reynolds. 😅

Just James
Just James
1 year ago
Reply to  The Legacy

Redd Foxx

Nekopanzer
Nekopanzer
1 year ago

All I can think of now is Stewie Griffin saying hWill hWheaton.

this_is_not_my_name
this_is_not_my_name
1 year ago

Zeke-to-be called Ethan by name, as opposed to some of his usual derogatory terms. He’s already more domesticated than he likes to admit.

Pedro Silva
Pedro Silva
1 year ago

That “naming” detail (if intentional) is just so awesomely inserted into the dialog…

Me-me
Me-me
1 year ago

This could easily be the “I’ll say anything I think you want to hear,” we were told about earlier.

ArdentSlacker
ArdentSlacker
1 year ago
Reply to  Me-me

I… question whether he has a filter that would make that possible. I mean, he’s only ever blurted out everything he was thinking, you know?

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  ArdentSlacker

He omitted to tell us 76303 ways to kill Ethan.
https://cad-comic.com/comic/let-me-count-the-ways/

Kaitensatsuma
Kaitensatsuma
1 year ago
Reply to  Me-me

Don’t most people who are trapped in such a situation?

Y’know.
Inquisition, Guantanamo Bay, Prisoner’s Dilemma, etc

Robert Loughrey
Robert Loughrey
1 year ago
Reply to  Me-me

Except he isn’t. He’s fully admitting that having free will means that at some given point he might decide to kill someone. Just like Ethan or Lucas might. He’s challenging them to view him as fully sentient. That said, I think he needs to get off that horse and start talking about what he actually intends to do, like the answer to “If I released you right now what would you do first?”

T3chn0v0r3
T3chn0v0r3
1 year ago

Maybe one of the reasons he doesn’t want to say he won’t hurt someone is because the first thing he would do with that freedom is kill his old master. Then Ethan and crew would have to rescue him before the master actually activated the “removed” bomb.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
1 year ago

That’s probably be the smart play, but this approach to the argument makes a lot of sense for Zeke. He’s not truly interested in a ‘you’re free, if…’ kind of deal. While that would be an improvement to his current situation, it still wouldn’t allow him the freedom he actually wants. It would merely force him to be a nice guy instead of a murder weapon. He doesn’t want that, he wants choose for himself. He might kill. He might not. But whatever it is, he wants it to be *his* choice. Not the Master’s. Not theirs. If he doesn’t… Read more »

Humsterr
Humsterr
1 year ago

On the one hand it is amazing how Tim is able to convey emotions of a robot using only eyelids

On the other, why does this robot have a lower eyelid, and how come it’s assymetrical? The more I look, the more drunk the robot looks

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  Humsterr

It mimics looking up and down.

nealithi
nealithi
1 year ago
Reply to  Humsterr

I don’t think the eyes are assymetrical. I think Zeke is controlling them individually to convey facial expressions to emphasis his word choice.
As to why the lids. Protect the eyes? I mean his creator is an off kilter genius. He really could have done it for rule of cool.

Humsterr
Humsterr
1 year ago
Reply to  nealithi

Nono, I mean, why would each eye have two? One is sufficient even in humans

Sulhythal
Sulhythal
1 year ago
Reply to  Humsterr

Is one enough though? I mean, it’s all most humans have ever known, but cats and dogs have additional eyelids. Sometimes it’d be nice to have an additional transparent eyelid to protect my eye from, say, bugs flying at it or something, but still let me see.

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  Humsterr

It mimics looking up and down.
Why eyelids at all? Shutting off light and/or blocking impacts could be done electronically or with a possibly-hidden iris. Sharks will rotate their eyeballs in order to protect the lens while biting. The eyes could have super-strong covering …

Stephen M Schaefer
Stephen M Schaefer
1 year ago
Reply to  Humsterr

See also: The Iron Giant

Rurik
Rurik
1 year ago

See also: Atomic Robo

Michael
Michael
1 year ago

See also: Clank, who can become an Iron Giant.

Kevin Greenbaum
Kevin Greenbaum
1 year ago
Reply to  Humsterr

He doesn’t have cheeks to make certain expressions, that’s the best equivalent they could give him.

Dan
Dan
1 year ago

The delivery of this panels has been particularly well-built. Amazing work!

FITCamaro
FITCamaro
1 year ago

That made me laugh.

James Rye
James Rye
1 year ago

This is why we got the laws of robotic and hell even in those the robots could find loopholes to dominate us for our own good. XD

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  James Rye

No, they followed these laws and thereby were compelled to do that. (I robot, the movie)

leduk
leduk
1 year ago
Reply to  7eggert

i robot didnt push that very far, but in assimov (where that meh movie comes from) things are wayyy better

Leon
Leon
1 year ago

-50 ‘change my mind’ points……..

Smythe
Smythe
1 year ago

Remember how the movie Ex Machina ended?

Berenth
Berenth
1 year ago

Perhaps a little surprised none of the characters have suggested that Ethan is infinitely (presumably?) killable if “Zeke” needs a target for his robot rage.

Mark
Mark
1 year ago
Reply to  Berenth

“The Characters” in world understand that Ethan is still human, and suffers from his deaths. Even if his physical body is perfectly recreated with no harm, the mental scars are still there. He still feels the pain, and has to live the the mental trama assocatied with each death. He’s not immune to suffering.

nealithi
nealithi
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark

I think this was mentioned several pages back that near death experiences can cause trauma. Ethan suffers from actual death and remembers each. The problem is Ethan has always been at least a little flighty. So determining when he is mentally going astray is an issue.

Blue Griffin
Blue Griffin
1 year ago
Reply to  Berenth

I’ll second that. Chain him up and drop him the in ocean and sure, he’ll drown and respawn allowing him to swim up, (Possibly drowning again as he might not have more air before he get to the surface.) but that’s going to leave a big scar. Whenever he goes swimming he’s still going to remember that feeling.

Stephen
Stephen
1 year ago

I’m absolutely stealing that “Do you, though” or maybe switch it up to “Do we, though” for next time anyone wants to discuss anything mildly unpleasant with me.

Milkman
Milkman
1 year ago

And this is why I read this comic religiously

Josh
Josh
1 year ago

He called him “Ethan”.
Not “meat bag”, not “the dumb one”.
“Ethan”.
It’s small, but not nothing.

Rake
Rake
1 year ago

Zeke-to-be is still handled exceptionally well in this iteration of the story.

Scott
Scott
1 year ago

For all of Zeke’s intelligence, he’s being pretty dumb by giving them reasons not to let him go when they are very obviously thinking about it. He probably has reasons or is playing with them, but when someone approaches you saying they are thinking of freeing you and that’s all you want, it isn’t hard to say what they want to hear. Unless he doesn’t care if he’s let go because he enjoys Ethan’s company. Or maybe he does know about the bomb still and doesn’t want to lie to them.

7eggert
7eggert
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott

The first reason not to let him go would be to be dishonest.

Glaedien
Glaedien
1 year ago
Reply to  Scott

Zeke has made it clear that he believes Lucas, and presumably Scott, are too intelligent to fall for Zeke telling them whatever they would want to hear in this situation. So instead of being deceitful and hurting his case, he’s choosing to be blunt and brutally honest. Yes, if he was free he might hurt people. So might any other being with free will. The sticking points there would be his enhanced capacity for harm, in addition to the culpability of the trio for being the ones to release him. He can’t really do anything about the former short of… Read more »

Crestlinger
Crestlinger
1 year ago

Discussion descends into a murderfest as the other two realize that they’ve found the perfect scenario to kill Ethan over and over until he’s sick of it. Hell Ethan being being Ethan and looking for any way to not off his potential new gaming buddy may be all for it.

knabber
knabber
1 year ago

i would bet money on the following: as soon as they free him, he wants to play video games