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Crystal Society

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:27 am
by Alicorn
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.

Re: Crystal Society

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 11:51 am
by Timepoof
I second this, it's great!

Re: Crystal Society

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 5:28 pm
by Lambda
I also enjoyed this much.

Re: Crystal Society

PostPosted: Mon Feb 08, 2016 6:32 pm
by rockeye_stonetoe
Yeah it's great.

Re: Crystal Society

PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:03 pm
by Ezra
Now imagining a Mark robot, who acts based on the strength flows of his internal Joker and Sherlock and Miles.

Re: Crystal Society

PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:06 pm
by Timepoof
Oh my goodness, yes, that, that should be a thing, *squees* :D

Re: Crystal Society

PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:25 pm
by Ezra
(I have my own ideas about details, but I want to hear from Kappa before I give them)

Re: Crystal Society

PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 3:39 pm
by Kappa
Such a robot would be vastly more internally cooperative than the Crystal Society and might or might not turn out much like a Mark.

Re: Crystal Society

PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:06 pm
by Ezra
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.

Re: Crystal Society

PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2016 4:09 pm
by Alicorn
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"