Comic 150 - Waterproofing

16th Nov 2011, 12:20 AM in Beginnings
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view 16th Nov 2011, 12:20 AM edit delete
Page 150! A super-special extravaganz...

No, it's just the next page.

These are "non-Azimovian" AI. He's just making a really, really old robot joke.

As will become clear later, robots have to take a water safety class before they're trusted to enter water deeper than their ankles. It's nothing arduous - just a few hours of walking on the bottom of the lake and some simple emergency procedures.

Almost all the robots you've met so far are waterproof. You don't need skin to be waterproof, Gisele's comments aside. She's just built on a completely different physical framework than the others, so she's not.


JasperWB 16th Nov 2011, 12:37 AM edit delete reply
While on the subject of Azimov I want robots you can ride like in "I, Robot" that Powell and Donovan had in a couple of the stories. At least I always pictured them riding them, as in humanoid robots they literally rode on the backs of. That book was vague and I liked my interpretation damn it!
view 16th Nov 2011, 3:32 AM edit delete reply
I wanna piggyback!
JasperWB 16th Nov 2011, 7:08 AM edit delete reply
Scientists traversing the post apocalyptic world getting piggyback rides on robots. Brings a tear to my eye.
duLapel 16th Nov 2011, 7:59 PM edit delete reply
At present DARPA is funding development of Exoskeletons that will eventually evolve into combat suits. The notion is that the suits will be full functional robots with a pilot inside very much like a rider and horse relationship. The pilot could simply step out of the suit and the suit will follow him/her around... or in our fanciful future, give the pilot a piggyback ride.

We have already seen robo-ride, remember Jack and his robot steed. What difference does it make if the robot that gives you a ride is bipedal, quadrupedal, wheeled, or an exoskeleton? The real question is whether the brain is sentient or just an emulator of some level of animal intelligence, i.e., a small QC machine that is too small for the epiphenomena of consciousness to become an ethical problem for the philosophers.
view 16th Nov 2011, 9:23 PM edit delete reply
The real problem is the IO form factor.

The human body - hands, feet, running, making faces - is what human intelligence evolved around. AI that are reverse engineered from that human intelligence only work when similar inputs are used.

Jack's horse cannot have human-like AI, because it doesn't have human-like features and interactions. It could have another kind of AI, but it would be very alien, not likely to understand human concerns very well.
duLapel 16th Nov 2011, 9:55 PM edit delete reply
So your suggesting that if Jack's mount was an Egyptian Sphinximage
(human head and chest on a lion's body) then there would be a close enough match to make the robot human like and thus have the protections against robot ownership?
view 16th Nov 2011, 10:07 PM edit delete reply
Those kinds of robots were tried - people began calling them "creepinoid" (like "humanoid", except really creepy). It's uncertain as to whether the AI failed/went glitchy because the form factor wasn't human enough, or because the social interactions were pretty poisoned by the incredibly creepy appearance of the bot.
Rune 16th Nov 2011, 2:56 AM edit delete reply
Mary got dat ass.
Guest 16th Nov 2011, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
mmmmsideboob. Gots to say that your writing is amazing. Not this page in particular, but I came here after reading cheer and damn. Dat characterization. I LIKE everyone. How often does that happen?
jst56strong 16th Nov 2011, 11:26 AM edit delete reply
with view, every day.
view 16th Nov 2011, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
It's very popular these days to make unlikeable characters. Some of my characters are unlikeable, too, but I show their likeable side.
Shadowstitch 16th Nov 2011, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
Still though, 150 comics is quite a milestone. That's a LOT of drawing just to entertain a gaggle of random internet strangers!
I drew a crappy webcomic with a fraction of your talent and I only made it to about 30 strips before I threw in the towel.
So congrats on the dedication and thanks for the effort!
view 16th Nov 2011, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Well, the trick is I'm doing it to get better at it, not to entertain you guys.
Shadowstitch 17th Nov 2011, 9:10 AM edit delete reply
Awww, you could at least pretend you like us. ;_;
view 17th Nov 2011, 10:13 PM edit delete reply
Well, I guess you're okay, but don't tell anyone else I said so.
duLapel 16th Nov 2011, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
Looks like Gisele want's to grow up fast and is looking to Mary as her adult model as is Gretel... Does this mean that this region will get a reputation for near human form and busty robo-girls?

I suspect Gisele is going to keep her fox ears all through her developmental iterations!
view 16th Nov 2011, 1:40 PM edit delete reply
Well, Gisele has another important scene later, so you'll get a few of these questions answered!
Archduke 16th Nov 2011, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
Well, I just linked this comic on my forum, hopefully people will bother clicking on it...
view 16th Nov 2011, 9:21 PM edit delete reply
Hey, you have a forum? Nifty.
Archduke 17th Nov 2011, 1:29 AM edit delete reply
RandomTroll 17th Nov 2011, 12:35 AM edit delete reply
Need Miwa in that pond too!
Secretkeeper626 7th Oct 2016, 4:54 PM edit delete reply
Cat ears!