Comic 521 - Steel and Chrome..

12th May 2012, 5:24 AM
Steel and Chrome..
Average Rating: 4.85 (13 votes)

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Centcomm 12th May 2012, 2:51 PM edit delete
Donate button is now in, and i didnt even wreck the HTML !! hooray!
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thejackle123 12th May 2012, 1:08 PM edit delete reply
I'm enjoying this, can't wait for more, only just caught up, started reading earlier in the week.
thejackle123 12th May 2012, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
It looks like the androis and/or other AIs are engaging in a little human population control and more importantly lying about it. "New Troy's a wonderful place it's all steel , glass and chrome, so clean and neat." Well that great and all, for synthetics anyway, but what about grass and trees and flowers. It looks like New Troy might not be as great as initially presentedbut the other end of the spectrum seems far worse, I have they can balance it out.
Centcomm 12th May 2012, 2:52 PM edit delete reply

there "is" a balance .. just what it is, is anyones guess , guess we will find out :) , thanks for the comments !
thejackle123 12th May 2012, 5:51 PM edit delete reply
Guess I spoke too soon, still can't wait for more.
CyberSkull 12th May 2012, 8:01 PM edit delete reply

If there is a population control plot, then it is quite likely that only a few very high level AIs and humans are involved. Cent-Com certainly. Such a plot would have probably been initiated by a group of humans and given to the AIs to carry out.
Centcomm 12th May 2012, 9:26 PM edit delete reply

*whistles* and looks innocent...
Stormwind13 21st Jul 2013, 10:11 PM edit delete reply

I STILL say you can't carry that off, CentComm!!! You, innocent?!?! :-D
gjbivin 10th Dec 2012, 9:15 PM edit delete reply
A lot like the society in Asimov's "The Naked Sun"
Centcomm 10th Dec 2012, 10:04 PM edit delete reply

a awesome book by a awesome author. its a honor to be compaired in any way to him :D
Vivocateur 31st Oct 2013, 11:22 PM edit delete reply

Wow, I was thinking of exactly that book when I was reading the last panel. ((I love that series too.))
Zimriel 25th Feb 2016, 12:25 AM edit delete reply
You too? Solaria came to mind for me too! K-selection taken to the extreme.
xpacetrue 26th Dec 2014, 1:17 AM edit delete reply

"...kind of low..." Understatement of the century! Is Lynn misremembering that statistic?

Wait... New Troy was founded by Helios, the guy everyone praises for having saved mankind by developing a cure to fix it's damaged genetics and allowing people to have kids again.

I'm not sure what the population of the "megalopolis" of New Troy is, but: Assuming New Troy had 10 million humans (which is a darned big number for a city these days), a fertility rate of one in 20,000 would mean only 500 humans are fertile.

Assuming most of these fertile humans had monogamous marriages and had two kids per couple, that would mean only about 500 kids... in a city of 10 million humans (with 20 times this number in androids).

You could easily support the entire city's educational needs with just one school. 500 spread evenly in a K + 12-grade system would mean about 35 or 40 per class. Oh, and statistically, all these kids should be infertile. (Well, maybe one or two would be the exception.)

With that fertility rate, the humans in New Troy would die out in a SINGLE generation. NO WONDER Teedee was going on and on about how humans are a dying breed and that the planet was theirs now. Limiting one's scope to New Troy alone, I'd be tempted to agree with her.

Though, Lynn did say "native" fertility. This implies having the means to artificially increase fertility. (Helio's cure?) And matching genetics could increase it further. Still... such infertility is apocalyptically poor.
Centcomm 26th Dec 2014, 4:26 PM edit delete reply

Lynns numbers aren't totally correct but yes New Troy uses a lot of ways to keep the p[population steady but as a whole Androids do tend to out number humans by a wide margin
Chris D 27th Sep 2015, 7:10 AM edit delete reply
"I Robot" anyone? Anyone? ..... My logic is undeniable!!
Thracecius 25th Oct 2017, 6:40 PM edit delete reply
"Never tell me the odds!" ;)
GhostRider 9th Nov 2015, 3:36 PM edit delete reply
I would lose my mind in New Troy. I need empty fields. Even modern city lots are to small for me. I'd far rather live out in the wastes in this comic than New Troy, Nova Roma, or New Sparta (at least the little bit of it we have seen.)
Centcomm 25th Feb 2016, 12:32 AM edit delete reply

hehe they are a bit Hive like :D
Computant 9th Aug 2016, 2:35 AM edit delete reply
The close quarters might have been (initially) a reaction to the plagues. Imagine 99% of the population dying, you are the only person on your block still alive, you go to the store and it is empty, or maybe one other person is there. Huge expanses of open spaces with no humans around.
After that, you might want to constantly know that you are surrounded by other people just to stay sane.
(the folks who go in the opposite direction, avoiding all people for fear of catching some plague are the drifters and wastelanders).
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