Comic 1532 - Final Say

17th Oct 2017, 9:00 PM
Final Say
Average Rating: 4.94 (16 votes)

Author Notes:

Tokyo Rose 17th Oct 2017, 9:00 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Anybody who wants to keep on bitching about how separation isn't advice that a psychiatrist would give is welcome to post their own credentials as a therapist, psychiatrist, or counselor. We will simply thank them for their input and keep on writing our story as we see fit, though.
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Centcomm 17th Oct 2017, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

also on a side note the viddie card seems to be back up to speed so .. yay! ( thank you all for helping! )
megados 17th Oct 2017, 9:38 PM edit delete reply

Great news! :D Glad you got something going!
Sheela 18th Oct 2017, 1:51 AM edit delete reply

'Tis good news that you did not roast the video card, tempting as that may be at some times.
DizzasterJuice 18th Oct 2017, 7:44 AM edit delete reply

Here's a program I use to monitor GPU/CPU temps, etc. - cpuid hwmonitor
Centcomm 22nd Oct 2017, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

this works so well thank you!
Centcomm 22nd Oct 2017, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

this works so well thank you!
megados 17th Oct 2017, 9:28 PM edit delete reply

Re: Alt text, CentComm has all but been dismissed! Athena's got this. :D

Re: Author's Note: I don't have any credentials in mental health, but I would imagine that a percentage of accredited professionals would recommend separation, another percentage would not, and yet another percentage would prescribe some kind of medication. (There are always those who think pills are the answer) Then there's the matter of Acantha's needing rest.

I doubt the therapist intends to keep Lynn away from Acantha forever.

rufiangel 17th Oct 2017, 9:53 PM edit delete reply

Yeah, I agree. Athena's got this, and the separation is more like a breathing space thing, I think. Plus it'll help in the long-run for others to see that Lynn cares for Acantha as a friend, moreso than an unhealthy emotional attachment she was dependent on in the midst of their crisis. -v-*

I really like how this whole conversation is panning out so far, you really get a feel for the new dynamic our new arrivals are bringing in with them. :D
mjkj 17th Oct 2017, 10:44 PM edit delete reply

Indeed... - ...yayy for grandparents =)
velvetsanity 18th Oct 2017, 2:56 AM edit delete reply

Crisis bonds aren’t necessarily unhealthy, or most combat veterans would be in straightjackets in round rubber rooms and doped up with enough thorazine to treat a dozen elephants :P
six 17th Oct 2017, 11:11 PM edit delete reply
People need to remember this is a future world so just maybe psychology is an actual science there. ;)

As for taking time off someone or something that have been involved in your trauma it is not a bad advice no matter if it would turn out to be true or not.
My guess is that Lynn use her friend to stay strong but to actually get better she needs to crash before the issues can be properly diagnosed and dealt with.
Sheela 18th Oct 2017, 1:53 AM edit delete reply

At the same point Lynn *does* have an awful good point .. her shrink does not know Acantha.

And Acantha's mental health may be an issue as well, since she will end up being lonely without Lynn.
megados 18th Oct 2017, 7:51 AM edit delete reply

There are pros and cons for Lynn's potential wellbeing with the separation to be sure, but also for Acantha. She just got out of heart surgery, and once she's awake enough, she will want to see Lynn too, but the downside is that the medical team would rather have her rest quietly. It's possible that she may get overly excited, which could be to her physical detriment.

I am not a medical professional either, so take this with a grain of salt.
TheSkulker 19th Oct 2017, 3:35 AM edit delete reply

Not just lonely but really stressed out. Acantha is in a foreign city, totally at the mercy of a rival city-state, physically compromised and without resources. While, so far, the actions of New Troy have been helpful, she has no reason to trust that their motivations are entirely altruistic. I am sure she has absolute and complete faith in Lynn but Acantha has been around palace intrigue long enough and is quite smart enough to know that Lynn is not running the show.

Stress is a huge detriment to healing, not only indirectly through poor sleep but directly though stress hormones such as adrenaline. If the medical team is halfway competent they should be aware of this, be attending to Acantha's mental well being and be doing their best to assuage her concerns.

It is not just Acantha that may be getting stressed out - Lynn certainly is highly stressed. At the very least, let Lynn send a message to Acantha. The total lack of any communication is not helping either one.
mjkj 17th Oct 2017, 10:43 PM edit delete reply

Well, another one who tries to keep hhem separated... =P

I wonder when they will meet again - or when we will see Athena Acantha* again... =D

...great to hear the graphics card is performing again...

* edit: corrected

megados 18th Oct 2017, 10:04 AM edit delete reply

Did you mean ". . . see Acantha again?" :)
mjkj 19th Oct 2017, 10:38 AM edit delete reply

Yup, that was what I meant...
megados 20th Oct 2017, 10:07 AM edit delete reply

Okay, because I wonder that too, at times. :)
Timotheus 18th Oct 2017, 12:15 AM edit delete reply

Athena starts off by asking for Lynn to finally tell HER side of what happened in Nova Roma (aka debrief) so that future decisions will be based on facts not assumptions (Stockholm Syndrome.) I think we can safely assume the grown ups have taken charge.
(edit-That was my concern - that the therapist was being unduly influenced by Calliope's instructions, which happens in real life, and people's decisions were being based on their opinions of what happened in New Rome and not on what Lynn and Acantha actually experienced.)
Sheela 18th Oct 2017, 1:54 AM edit delete reply

Much to the consternation of the kids, both Lynn *and* Centcomm!
cattservant 18th Oct 2017, 2:35 AM edit delete reply

Panel 1: Centi-Mouse!
mjkj 18th Oct 2017, 3:35 AM edit delete reply

*lol* yeah, those Centi Mouse ears are fitting her... =P
guest 18th Oct 2017, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
LOL love it.!! :)
Ictuan 18th Oct 2017, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Whether intentional or not, Cent does look like a Mouseketeer in panel 1. Oh the humiliation.
megados 18th Oct 2017, 9:04 AM edit delete reply

I doubt it was intentional, or that Cent would care.

It IS cute though! XD
Sheela 18th Oct 2017, 10:12 AM edit delete reply

D'aww. :D
Tokyo Rose 22nd Oct 2017, 12:30 AM edit delete reply

*looks at first panel*
*laughs hysterically for hours and hours*
cattservant 22nd Oct 2017, 7:22 AM edit delete reply

Old Mule is pleased to spread laughter!
Sheela 23rd Oct 2017, 2:03 PM edit delete reply

I rather suspect that Centcomm has accidentally made herself a new avatar :

megados 23rd Oct 2017, 3:01 PM edit delete reply

ROFL! Perfect!
Centcomm 23rd Oct 2017, 3:34 PM edit delete reply

LOLOL! OMG Sheela you scamp!
Sheela 23rd Oct 2017, 10:50 PM edit delete reply

He heeh ... it's not exactly perfect though.
It just called out to me, and I could ignore it no longer!

But you! You have the ability to render one where the ears are aligned, and there is no stray pixels around the border.
Ictuan 24th Oct 2017, 3:00 PM edit delete reply
Love it!
velvetsanity 18th Oct 2017, 2:52 AM edit delete reply

With everyone going off on the Stockholm Syndrome thing...

It’s nothing more than a guess. An assumption. Jumping to conclusions without having anything more than the absolute most basic/general of facts to go on. The shrink should not have even mentioned it at this point, except in the sense of 'its common for kidnap victims, so we have to consider it a possibility'. Once the whole story comes out, that preliminary guess will likely go away in favor of seeing it more along the lines of the sort of bond typical of combat veterans who’ve survived intense crisis situations together. Because really, how long was Lynn in New Rome? A week? Is that long enough for Stockholm Syndrome to truly set in? (Its plenty long enough for a combat/crisis bond to form, yes...and more than long enough for PTSD, which can be caused in mere moments...but Stockholm Syndrome has more in common with brainwashing than with simple psychological trauma, and that takes a lot longer.)

And Lynn is justifiably worried that Cent or someone else may treat Acantha as The Enemy, as well as needing to be able to actually SEE, with her own eyes, that Acantha's alright.

Lynn's psychological immaturity at the start of this is also a factor, one that greatly complicates matters. She didn’t have the experience, training, or mindset to be properly equipped to handle it the way soldiers do. This is a big part of why she’s as distraught as she is right now.
Gilrandir 18th Oct 2017, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
"Justifiably", @velvetsanity? I have seen nothing to justify that particular worry and (in my opinion) I think it a harsh and unfair indictment of both CentComm and Calliope. But, I suppose, only time will tell and you may be right.

Lynn has already seen, with her own eyes, that Acantha is all right. And there are many less-flattering explanations for why Lynn is as distraught as she is right now than that she lacks a soldier's training. (Again, in my opinion.)
velvetsanity 19th Oct 2017, 6:33 AM edit delete reply

Yes, justifiably. With drekhead out of the picture, Acantha represents the leadership of New Rome. Granted, when this all started, it was entirely her insane brother's doing, but at the time *he* represented the leadership. They don’t yet have all the facts about what happened or what the political situation in New Rome is, and are still operating on *assumptions*. And we all know what happens when you make an assumption: you make an ass out of you and mption.

The fact that they’re still operating on assumptions is why the worry is justifiable.
Ebonbolt 20th Oct 2017, 3:58 AM edit delete reply

Additionally, Lynn is aware that Cent-Comm sometimes takes drastic unilateral action based on Cent's understanding of the circumstances, without necessarily informing anyone else of either those actions or her conclusions. This further justifies Lynn's worry, as she doesn't really understand how Cent's logic works, and is aware that she doesn't. That's not to say Cent would act against Acantha, or that Lynn's worries will be realized, just that her worries are appropriate to what she knows, what she understands, and what she knows that she doesn't know.
Gilrandir 20th Oct 2017, 11:27 AM edit delete reply
Ah! @Ebonbolt, you have hit on the very crux of the matter for me. You observe, quite correctly, that Lynn does not seem to understand much (if anything) about why CentComm acts as she does or targets who she does. Much like primitive man cowering in irrational terror at all times from the inexplicable and mysterious power of the thunderstorm, her anxiety is understandable in her situation until she discovers an inkling of the science of meteorology. For it to be justified, we should be seeing gathering clouds and falling barometer readings.

However, given that CentComm's actions are (or appear to be) sound and rational (not infallible) strategies based on min-max principles and risk-reward analysis, it seems to me that any actual fear of CentComm intentionally initiating irreversibly harmful action (including being unforgivably rude) to Acantha is about as likely as a thunderstorm coming out of a clear blue sky with the barometer rising and no measurable winds -- i.e., next to none. Even if CentComm did assume Acantha to hold malign intent towards New Troy, acting on that without solid evidence would seem to offer far too much risk for far too little reward. So, in an objective sense there is no justification for Lynn's worries (in my opinion). "Understandable" and "Justified" are not, in my opinion, synonyms.
Centcomm 22nd Oct 2017, 12:47 AM edit delete reply

Good observations Gil
Ebonbolt 24th Oct 2017, 6:51 AM edit delete reply

True, @Gil. However, in her own mind, she would be justified for a healthy worry, as she doesn't have that metaphorical barometer to read (& Acantha just had her heart replaced, after all). All of the denials ("no, you can't go see Acantha") might very well be revving her up to an unhealthy or even hysterical level of worry, so Athena talking her down is certainly not a bad thing.
Hornet 18th Oct 2017, 7:49 AM edit delete reply
A therapist having any friggen clue what they're talking about? No no. I don't think they do, they just spout a lot of BS to sound like they do. Kind of like Abstract Art Critics.
guest 18th Oct 2017, 8:43 AM edit delete reply
hence that fancy name " Practice ".. i agree with you.. like sigmund fraud you must love mom/dad, just because he did.. or the crisis therapist i saw, you must be suffering LMS ( little man syndrome) cuz i wanted to kill this drunk guy,, that ran over a little girl, an as a EMT , i had to watch her die...
DLKmusic 18th Oct 2017, 9:19 AM edit delete reply

For everyone who is still going off on "Stockholm Syndrome".

1: The shrink admitted that the pieces didn't fit for stockholm syndrome but that she was redirecting: Comic 1532 - Not Sorry

2: On a completely practical side, Lynn is currently a HUGE security risk. and could potentially start a war because she's mad at Cent-comm. Like it or not, that has to be figured into the equation.

3: The Creatrixes JUST asked us to drop it.

4: I'm going back to bed now
antrik 18th Oct 2017, 1:20 PM edit delete reply
But... It's wrong... SOMEONE IS WRONG ON THE INTERNET! ;-)
megados 18th Oct 2017, 1:23 PM edit delete reply

@DLKmusic, for the most part, I agree with your points 1* and 2. Point 3 is a statement based on interpretation. To me, what Rose said was if you assert one way or other whether it's best to separate Lynn and Acantha, back it up. (with credentials). At that point, they will write the story as they see fit, regardless of outside opinions.

There are logical arguments both ways, but it doesn't seem to me that Rose intends to quash all debate, just that the storyline won't be decided in the comments section.

And on point 4, I hope you sleep well. :)

* was actually 1531 - redirecting
TheSkulker 19th Oct 2017, 4:12 AM edit delete reply

while we can argue back and forth about what is the correct action to take (if there actually is one), one thing that I think has been missed is that it is the characters themselves that have and will make the decisions.

It's not even a question of (whether we think it is) right or wrong - it is what the characters or plot dictates. They will do what they do - not what we think they should do.

One can yell at the TV for all one's worth but it won't change a damm thing!
antrik 19th Oct 2017, 1:05 PM edit delete reply
That's not entirely true: it can bring relief... Which is certainly a positive change :-)
Tokyo Rose 22nd Oct 2017, 12:42 AM edit delete reply

"One can yell at the TV for all one's worth but it won't change a damm thing!"

Hang on, lemme get hold of the Artist; we need to plan out a storyline where Lynn, Acantha, Marcus, and Ada go on vacation to some weird old cabin in the Forest of Death and Blood. There, they will find a strange old book, meet some people who are really into chainsaws, then do some pot, have sex, and go down into the cellar one at a time to investigate a strange noise!
DLKmusic 22nd Oct 2017, 5:26 PM edit delete reply

@Rose: LOL! But I'm surprised you didn't include Kyle in the list of people going! Half your readers would vote for him to be the first to go into the cellar, and about half of those would want to push him down the stairs!
megados 22nd Oct 2017, 6:21 PM edit delete reply

Welll . . . Kyle had better go early, because once Marcus gets a turn, whatever is down there "bothering" them will probably be toast. :D
Speedy 23rd Oct 2017, 11:16 AM edit delete reply
So, is pot still legal in what used to be Colorado, or have the Epiphytes reintroduced it into the ecosystem?

Or, is there now a mutated super pot, growing in the wastes? That would explain the murderturd's extreme crankiness, when held in captivity... ;)
Sheela 23rd Oct 2017, 12:11 PM edit delete reply

@Tokyo Rose :
But Roooose, the The Little Sisters of the Immaculate Chainsaw don't live in the Forest of Death and Blood .. they live in London's underground where they can chase demonic cars!
Marcus Ramesy 24th Oct 2017, 11:03 AM edit delete reply

some one has been hanging out in the nightside a little too long....
Siren 18th Oct 2017, 10:24 AM edit delete reply
I think it's perfectly rational for an outsider to have concerns about Stockholm Syndrome. They don't know Acantha was a fellow victim - and equally, if not more, in need of treatment. Might have been wiser to convince Lynn the separation was for Acantha's recovery.

If this were Game of Thrones, Acantha would have totally manipulated the various factors that conveniently left her as the surviving, ruling heir. Can't expect an outsider not to have suspicions about her role in these events.
Sheela 18th Oct 2017, 1:49 PM edit delete reply

If this was Game of Thrones, they would have threatened Lynn's life, and then killed her boyfriend, while in disguise, and have 2 doctors present not lift a single finger to save him, while a shadowy slave would heroically rescue him, only to go on a killing rampage later !!

.. oh .. wait ...
DLKmusic 18th Oct 2017, 2:19 PM edit delete reply

ROFL, @Sheela: at least they didn't un-sanctimoniously kill off everyone's favorite protagonist, too!

uhm... wait...
antrik 18th Oct 2017, 2:22 PM edit delete reply
Oh come on, nobody actually writes such crazy stories! ;-)
Sheela 18th Oct 2017, 4:57 PM edit delete reply

Not to mention, set all the hospitals on fire during a major catastrophe ?!

Nahh .. to far out.
wright1 18th Oct 2017, 11:02 AM edit delete reply
Athena's skills are definitely coming in handy here. She has courteously and completely taken the situation in hand; an example of Taylor matriarchy Lynn would do well to emulate.

And yeah, Lynn needed to vent (and still does), so her tantrum is understandable. It's a testament to her resiliency and strength of will that she's asserting herself now. That said, a prolonged cool-down will also benefit her and everyone around her. Most definitely including Acantha.
KarToon12 18th Oct 2017, 5:45 PM edit delete reply

Leave it to grandma to be able to get through to Lynn. It's better when you hear it from a trusted family member.
antrik 19th Oct 2017, 1:06 PM edit delete reply
As opposed to the other family members, you mean? ;-)
Ebonbolt 20th Oct 2017, 4:08 AM edit delete reply

But Gramma can do no wrong. Lynn already voiced her beef with Calli, & Dolly is the "stern parent" who will "always" naysay. Athena is confirming Dolly's ruling, while also giving her an opportunity to present her own argument-as long as she does it within certain boundaries.
Rashala 18th Oct 2017, 11:48 PM edit delete reply

Come on granny cheek pinch.........

Also I can understand where the doc and centy are coming from, though neither were there so all that can do is go off training data files and make sure no stolkhom crap is happening then Lyn can serve em both a fat dish of told ya so!
Ayshela 19th Oct 2017, 1:20 AM edit delete reply
Ahh grandmas. The ability to say everything mom's want to, and the emotional distance to be heard when they do.
StellarJay 19th Oct 2017, 3:07 AM edit delete reply

Athena has my respect. Who else has been able to hush up CentComm in mid sentence with just a raised hand?
Sheela 19th Oct 2017, 12:21 PM edit delete reply


Allright, allright, I may have nibbled a bit at the plug on her mainframe, but still.
Chippewa Ghost 19th Oct 2017, 7:57 AM edit delete reply

RE: alt text

Cent-Comm doesn't lose ground--it just strategically repositions.
Sheela 19th Oct 2017, 12:19 PM edit delete reply

Yes, but the ground decided to strategically reposition itself *away* from CentComm.

Currently, the ground is clutching at Athena's feet and wondering why the worlds seems to be revolving around her. Everyone else are just wondering when and where they got drunk.
knuut 20th Oct 2017, 11:29 AM edit delete reply
The problem with good Science Fiction is that it refuses to stay fictional.
Sheela 20th Oct 2017, 4:22 PM edit delete reply

That's pretty neat.
Game bots aren't a new thing, per se, but it's cool that it can play with itself. :)
megados 20th Oct 2017, 4:48 PM edit delete reply

It IS cool! A person should remember, that a lot of advances start as fictional concepts. Today's advances in AI, and robotics virtually guarantees that androids aren't all that far off in the future. Like you say, stuff doesn't stay fiction for long!
guest 20th Oct 2017, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
ALL of our modern tech,, was science fiction less than a hundred years ago..
Speedy 23rd Oct 2017, 11:53 AM edit delete reply
Pokéballs are science fiction now, but look at the one on a screen in the background. I think Centcomm has decided she's "gotta catch 'em all" next time, since her people seem displeased with all the killing. ;)
knuut 20th Oct 2017, 9:03 PM edit delete reply
@ megados
Humanoid androids may be a good bit farther off (space and energy limitations make for some very tricky engineering) but if you combine an AI self modifying program like OpenAIS with a really fast and massively paralleled processing complex like Watson (the one that beat Ken Jennings at Jeopardy, not the one in the TV adds) and set it to running 'War Games' simulations against itself, we could have an early version of CentCom in less than 10 years
@ Sheela
They had game bot like programs when I started running mainframes back in the mid 1960's but whenever they ran against themselves, they stalemated. What's super neat (and scary) about this one is how it improves itself with each iteration.
megados 21st Oct 2017, 4:56 AM edit delete reply

You are right, @knuut, that those are the constraints right now that stand in the way of the humanoid androids, and that a CentComm-like system is closer. (I watched with rapt attention as Watson played Jeopardy as well.) But I'm maybe a little more optimistic about the technical developments, especially if I look at the speed of development to this point. Computing power and circuit densities have gained by leaps and bounds recently, and some gains have been made in energy density and storage, as well as actuator and VLSI circuit efficiencies. We're not "there" yet, but when one looks at some of the gains made there, and some of the platforms being developed by companies like Boston Dynamics, and the plethora of platforms being currently developed in Japan, one has to wonder. My imagination tells me that early iterations of that level of AI would use a form of computing/processing similar to Watson, (indeed that's what I was thinking of when I replied) and their "brains" would be external, (starting off kind of like CentComm's dolls), but I don't think it's too far off.
antrik 21st Oct 2017, 6:27 AM edit delete reply
On the hardware side, increases in density have been very consistently following an exponential rate of doubling every two years over the past four decades or so (Moore's Law), and there is no indication AFAIK that this is about to change.

In AI hardware specifically, we are seeing a jump of several orders of magnitude right now, simply because only now dedicated deep learning hardware is becoming available, which is clearly superior to general-purpose CPUs, or even to massively parallel vector co-processors (A.K.A. modern GPUs). However, that's a one-time gain -- after that, we are back to Moore's Law.

Now I don't really know how much of a density gap we still need to bridge at this point -- but I *suspect* it's still a few orders of magnitude, i.e. a couple of decades.

A doll remote-controlled by a supercomputer is obviously much nearer than a self-contained android -- but that's quite a different scenario...

The real challenges however are on the software side. And that's where we are getting back to the OpenAIS article. The fact that it beat a top human player is not all that impressive: in any action game, the AI has a huge bandwidth advantage -- it doesn't need to be very sophisticated to outmatch a human. The interesting part however is that AIUI it learned to cope with the complex environment by deep learning alone, rather than pre-programmed rules...

This is a very nice step in the direction of Artificial General Intelligence. In view of recent advances, it looks like we might indeed see AGI within a decade or two.

For an android (in the Data Chasers sense) however, we need Strong Artificial Intelligence, which is much further out. (The article links to other articles explaining the distinctions.)

We still *might* see that in our lifetime, too... If humankind hasn't destroyed itself before that. (Fermi Paradox anyone?)
megados 21st Oct 2017, 6:49 AM edit delete reply

The fact that the game bot adapts, and beats itself is a kind of a new departure. If such algorithms can be effectively applied to a larger general AI, the ramifications would be staggering.
knuut 21st Oct 2017, 7:23 AM edit delete reply
Since the change in the algorithm appears to be nothing more than a bit of strategically placed randomness, I see much staggering in our future.
megados 21st Oct 2017, 2:38 PM edit delete reply

To simplify, liken it to rolling your d20 to get a successful number. When a stalemate, or unsuccessful operation occurs, roll for a different approach. Once success has been achieved, save the operation for future use. Then it becomes a learned behavior, which then can become another approach option.
knuut 21st Oct 2017, 3:33 PM edit delete reply
Another name for the process is evolution.
knuut 21st Oct 2017, 3:37 PM edit delete reply
and machines can evolve orders of magnitude faster than big meatbags like us.
Sheela 21st Oct 2017, 5:47 PM edit delete reply

Don't underestimate human adaptability ... there's literally no other species on earth that has been able to keep up with humans.
knuut 21st Oct 2017, 6:20 PM edit delete reply
I truly hope you are right but as per the previous 600 years of this comics timeline and the last hundred or so years of our actual history, we are awfully good at creating ways to put ourselves at risk.
megados 22nd Oct 2017, 10:53 AM edit delete reply

One thing that is often overlooked, is heat dissipation. If you have that much electronic and electromechanical stuff packed that tightly, that has to be carefully engineered in. As device efficiencies improve it might not be as big a factor, but for now, it is.
Sheela 23rd Oct 2017, 12:14 PM edit delete reply

I suspect that in the long run, the powerplant will be the biggest issue.

Robotics are NOT efficient.
knuut 23rd Oct 2017, 1:16 PM edit delete reply
That was my thinking as well.
megados 23rd Oct 2017, 3:04 PM edit delete reply

That's very true. Boston Dynamics, for an example, presently uses umbilicals, and engine-driven powerplants. The inefficiencies are the reason heat dissipation is needed. As efficiencies increase, less power and heat dissipation are needed. You can then use smaller power sources, because you're wasting less power as heat.
Sheela 23rd Oct 2017, 10:54 PM edit delete reply

True, but then all of a sudden, people want it to be stronger, and then inefficiencies rise again.

Just look at automobile design, even though car engines have gotten better, the cars have also gotten fatter - The result is that a For Escort form the 70's have about the same MPG as a modern car does .. 40-50 years later.
megados 24th Oct 2017, 4:49 AM edit delete reply

I agree. With cars, most of their efficiency gains have been put back into horsepower. With robotics, and eventual android development, one needs be able to find the sweet spot in efficiency <--> power source size to make it work first, and then develop specific characteristics from there.

TL;DR, Get a workable android first, then if you want it to lift a car, work toward that.
Sheela 24th Oct 2017, 8:26 AM edit delete reply

Arguably, the biggest advance to cars in the last 40 years, have been luxury and safety.

Even cheap cars are fairly luxurious today.
Who knows how much power and upkeep a fully tactile android skin would take ?
megados 24th Oct 2017, 3:03 PM edit delete reply

The biggest advances in luxury and safety have been more recent, I think. Engines and drive train advances have been slower, but over a longer period of time. It's kind of subjective, but I might be inclined to think it's a horse apiece, but I could be wrong. Having said that, I have to note that a lot (not all) of the safety and luxury improvements require power, which is ultimately incumbent on the engine to provide. That eats into gains made in engine efficiency, so you make a more efficient engine, and negate some of that with non drive train load.

I can only guess at power requirements for fully tactile skin, and I think the requirements for the skin itself would actually be minimal. The processing of the information, however would not be negligible.

As far as maintenance and care is concerned, it would depend on the environment, and what it was ultimately made of. Beyond that, your guess is as good as mine.
megados 21st Oct 2017, 11:24 AM edit delete reply

@guest, could you put your URL into a link? The long URL is breaking the H-scroll. :) But yes, that's one good example.

(Orphaned post tied to AI and android discussion)
Centcomm 21st Oct 2017, 11:54 AM edit delete reply

LInky link.

there you go..
megados 21st Oct 2017, 1:03 PM edit delete reply

A thousand thanks, @Centcomm! :D Credit: @guest for the vid.

It just occurred to me: It's a perk to register on ComicFury (it's free!), and then among other things, you can edit your posts. Then, while you're at it, you can subscribe to the comic too, and that will help the comic as well! ;)
Sheela 21st Oct 2017, 5:45 PM edit delete reply

Gyahhhh .... Uncanny Valley ! o.O
megados 22nd Oct 2017, 7:11 AM edit delete reply

Hmmm, that makes me wonder what percentage of people actually experience that perception. I've never been affected that way, so I really can't relate, beyond viewing it as an interesting phenomenon.
Speedy 23rd Oct 2017, 11:35 AM edit delete reply
Yeah! Those humans look eerily android!
guset 22nd Oct 2017, 8:25 AM edit delete reply
:) ohh haha .. :)
megados 24th Oct 2017, 6:51 AM edit delete reply

So far, emphasis is placed on the artificial intelligence description of self-modifying behavior. If a humanoid construct would be created with this level of sophistication, my own interpretation (opinion) would be that this would be an intelligent robot. (yes, I know this is something of a departure from the DC universe depiction) The thing that is still missing, is imagination, and by extension, emotion. Once that hurdle is crossed, true androids can be realized.

In essence, for these constructs to be people, they themselves would have to care whether they're considered people. A robot, no matter how intelligent, does not. JMO
knuut 24th Oct 2017, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
And I would submit that a self modifying program with a sufficient level of random input and a way to test that randomness against external criteria meets a functional definition of imagination. It's almost certainly not how we do it now but it may be close to how it started for us back before we were vertebrates (an octopus will search behind opaque objects seeking food or shelter... imagination and curiosity drive each other).

I would also submit that what we call emotion is a much more complex issue. Many of the inputs are data of one sort or another but the outputs appear to be a mix of data and neurotransmitter molecules running through the circulatory system. Unless an AI chooses to associate itself with a biochemical subprocessor of some sort what we call 'feeling' is unlikely (although a complex as large as CentComm can probably emulate very accurately).
megados 24th Oct 2017, 4:13 PM edit delete reply

Hmmm, I have to admit your assertion that self modifying programming embodies a certain level of imagination. It sits right at the cusp of that which could be called imagination, so you are not wrong. We know that computers have also been tasked with making art and music with varying results, and that, too, could be called imagination. It is a very goal oriented form (currently), but it passes muster. When I posted, I was thinking of a more abstract form, where the imagining is its own goal, such as that idea you have as you lay awake at night, and have to write down before you forget. Out of the blue creative thought spontaneously occuring without being tasked to do so. Seeing images in the clouds. Pretending you're Superman. Stuff like that.

I don't really think emotion is too far flung from that level of imagination. The philosophical question, to me, is whether emotion is a subset of high level imagination. Does emotional capability "switch on" when imagination capacity reaches a certain level? It doesn't seem as though they are two completely disparate things to me. Achieving it is going to have to be a departure from current methods, and a new approach to hardware. Proper introduction of randomness seems to be a recurring component, and it may be that it's a necessary one. As you say, some kind of bioware, or organic processing may be needed. Also, quantum computing is in its infancy, but might that be part of the mix? There are also other processing methods being explored, such as optical switches, etc. What about an augmented binary with 0 being logic zero and 1 being logic 1, but weighted with an analog value? Then you could assert hierarchical values to your various logical states. (it should be noted that analog values in great quantities would increase power consumption)

'Course I've been known to be wrong, so . . .
antrik 29th Oct 2017, 3:49 PM edit delete reply
Intermediate states between 0 and 1? You just described "fuzzy logic", which was a major buzzword back in the 90's, but failed to have a lasting impact...
megados 29th Oct 2017, 5:19 PM edit delete reply

Yes and no, @antrik. The term 'fuzzy locic', refers to a logic state having any Real Number value between 0 and 1. It is essentially a software implementation of what I am talking about. It is widely used in many PID controllers and other devices. It is still having an impact. What I'm trying (somewhat unsuccessfully), to convey, is a hardware implementation using an analog voltage representation of any non-zero value. This value would always constitute a 1, with a weight represented by the analog level. It may be possible that networks of these could be constructed to overcome some of the drawbacks of hard binary logic. Values of various bits could be directly compared, or caused to act directly on one another.

Such networks would augment, not replace the usual logic components.
antrik 10th Dec 2017, 3:10 PM edit delete reply
Interesting thing is that modern artificial neuronal networks -- as opposed to biological ones -- actually use "fuzzy" activation functions. (I.e. the strength of the output signal varies with the strength of the combined inputs, rather than just a strict "active" vs. "inactive".)

This is necessary, since the most common learning method -- back-propagation -- requires a (mostly) differentiable activation function, to calculate how much the individual weights (synapse strengths) contribute to the total error.

So in a sense, artificial neural networks can be classified as a type of fuzzy logic. However -- in spite of having a fairly specific technical meaning -- in practice it was mostly used a buzzword as far as I can tell, that simply fell out of fashion when it failed to generate billions in added revenue...

Also, while functionally these networks implement a kind of fuzzy logic, the actual implementation at hardware level is still purely digital. I'm not sure it's even possible to implement back-propagation in a fuzzy (i.e. analogue) circuit, since it involves non-trivial maths.

Analogue signal processing circuits are indeed preferred for (much) lower power consumption in some specialised areas (e.g. hearing aides) -- but they are unsuitable for more generic systems, since they are totally hard-coded; have limited precision; and can't do certain kinds of complex maths.
megados 10th Dec 2017, 4:19 PM edit delete reply

Yes, right now most of these implementations are digital representations of analog values. What I'm speaking of, are analog modules physically implemented in hardware, augmenting, and not replacing other digital construct implementations.

These modules don't need to be precise; their purpose is similar to the digital implementation, but with much less propagation delay and processing overhead, as well as assigning infinitely many values, rather than a finite number of values, dependant on the resolution of a register. Back propagation is possible, where it is not in the digital implementation, and current digital processing is there to handle the "nontrivial complex maths" where needed, but informing upstream sources is part of why it's desirable in the first place, and where the purely digital implementation begins to fail.
Sheela 25th Oct 2017, 1:24 AM edit delete reply

I remember that we had a pretty long discussion (warning : Walls of text) on what it would take to make a robot a "person" over on Luna Star around the time when Amy sparked.

Empathy was one of the key attributes that I argued for.
megados 25th Oct 2017, 4:47 AM edit delete reply

Ah yes, I remember that. (went back and reread it) Empathy is a good litmus test as well. It does fit well with the notion of abstract thought, and in a very quantifiable way. Kudos! :)

I think it's a good example of a fair mix of logic and emotion.
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