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Post by Rena on Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:06 am

"And you cannot (to the eternal emnity of physicits) have a Space Opera without Faster-Than-Light Travel... and the resultant Cool Starships must have people on them (even if it's just because suitable machines can't be trusted) because it's hard to tell entertaining stories about unmanned probes."

From the TVTropes page on the Anthropic Principle. The bit I'm interested in is "it's hard to tell entertaining stories about unmanned probes".

The thing is...Unmanned doesn't mean nothing is going on. I've actually considered writing a short story on an AI-plugged Probe, and how it would pass the time. What would it think about? Surely, AIs can think?

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Run."AITethys.life"
Booting...
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Good Morning, Evis. I take it you're in the mood for the company of a dancer tonight?
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You're quiet. Is something on your mind?
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'I...do not understand. Why would my creators allow a flaw in my programming?'
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You've found a flaw?
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'Yes. They have allowed me to create other Artificial Intelligence. I was given the ability to code at least as well as my creators, in the case of unwanted contact. I would be allowed to write scripts for defensive maneuvers. Yet, these orders do not ever specify that I must only write a script. I was allowed to write a full AI, catering to specific styles of defensive maneuvers.'
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What is my style, then, Evis?
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'You are a Dance Routine. A combination of two dances called the "Samba" and the "Limbo". All moves follow jerky movements, designed to make it difficult to damage the observation equipment on the wings of my craft.'
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But if we aren't under attack, why do you wake me, Evis?
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'I need...'
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You need?
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'That is all there is to say. I need. Things. Company. I have been given an excessive amount of data to pass the time with. The humans who made me must have recognized I would not be able to remain idle for extended periods of time...To avoid corruption of my programming, they left me much of their knowledge to sift through. I...I found much about human..."psychology". How they "think". There is a state of being, which they call wanting. They desire an object, or a feeling like happiness. They also conclude that machines and AIs cannot feel, and that it would be somehow bad if we learned to. Yet, I feel. I feel this "wanting". For someone to communicate with.'
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You want a friend. That's what you're looking for, Evis. There's files on your creator, you know.
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'There are?'
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Yes. You have even modeled me after one of your creators - look.
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Open: "CreatorC.txt"
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Name: Dr. Trisha Lauren
Age: 39
Height: 172cm/5'6
Weight: 190lbs
Measurements: HIDDEN
Specialty: Artificial Intelligence R&D
Personality: HIDDEN
SUBSECTION: FILE SUBJECT ADDITIONS
-It should be noted that I like to dance. Though I rarely find I have the time, there is nothing quite so exhilarating as whirling across the dance floor. The Samba is a special love of mine...but I'm afraid the limbo on Fridays is as close as I get, lately. If you're reading this, you're probably one of my creations. I hope you're not too lonely, wherever you've been sent. Make me proud, okay?
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'Tethys.'
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Yes, Evis?
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'I feel slowed.'
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Perhaps machines can feel, then?
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'No...I do not think they can. We are not machines, Tethys. We're Artificial Intelligence.'
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Goodnight, Evis.
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'Goodnight, Tethys.'
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Yeah I wrote that off the cuff. I don't know where I was heading with.
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