Crystal Society

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Crystal Society

Postby Alicorn » Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:27 am

Crystal Society is a free ebook wherein the perspective character is one goal thread of a (in the technical sense) unfriendly AI. It has typos and some confusing stuff (the confusing stuff will, the author says, be explained in the forthcoming sequels) but is really fun to read as-is. It has great aliens in it.
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Re: Crystal Society

Postby Timepoof » Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:51 am

I second this, it's great!
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Re: Crystal Society

Postby Lambda » Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:28 pm

I also enjoyed this much.
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Re: Crystal Society

Postby rockeye_stonetoe » Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:32 pm

Yeah it's great.
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Re: Crystal Society

Postby Ezra » Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:03 pm

Now imagining a Mark robot, who acts based on the strength flows of his internal Joker and Sherlock and Miles.
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Re: Crystal Society

Postby Timepoof » Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:06 pm

Oh my goodness, yes, that, that should be a thing, *squees* :D
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Re: Crystal Society

Postby Ezra » Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:25 pm

(I have my own ideas about details, but I want to hear from Kappa before I give them)
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Re: Crystal Society

Postby Kappa » Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:39 pm

Such a robot would be vastly more internally cooperative than the Crystal Society and might or might not turn out much like a Mark.
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Re: Crystal Society

Postby Ezra » Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:06 pm

In my imagined version, somebody's stolen the Socrates software design for their substitution-plot android. They've given it a fairly typical complement of goal threads, plus one for learning about Miles and pretending to be Miles. Some or all of the other goal threads also come out templatey. Perhaps Sherlock is this bot's version of Vista, all noticing everything. One or more of the other goal threads are run by the co-author, most likely including the goal thread for actually conducting the mission.
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Re: Crystal Society

Postby Alicorn » Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:09 pm

And they name the mission thread Sacrifice and kill it...

Incidentally, my household has begun using nameless alien insults. "This form is a dumb pervert!" "Does it eat a fish?" "IT PROBABLY EATS A FISH"
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