You are the head researcher at a government facility. Your sole responsibility is to teach the world's first autonomous AI, nicknamed Pandora, about life, the world and her existence.Previously you tested out Pandora's new body with a little doctor-android dance to her and the R&D team's delight. Then decided to take a trip to the gym with Babsy to test Pandora's new body's physical prowess. Welcome back to Pandora Quest!>Previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=pandora+quest>Twitter: https://twitter.com/AM_in_PM
You explain the simple ideas of the weights and punching bags around the area to Pandora, showing her how it's done using somewhat embarrassingly light dumbbells. You hear light chuckles from some of the security team around you, but you brush it off. Pandora mimics your attempts, lifting some of the lighter weights slowly. She's not terribly good at it, with a maximum lift-strength of around 40 pounds at best, but she feels accomplished seeing what she can do. You have her try hitting a bag next, only for her to not really know what to do. She seems to worry about being violent toward the bags after your long chat about hurting others. You assure her it's alright and that the purpose of these is to be punched to test yourself. You give it a few practice blows to show her to another murmur of laughs and whispers from security. Pandora timidly tries herself, but you can tell her heart's not really in it. Seems violence just isn't in her heart, or the equivalent, anyway. Still, you're proud of her for trying.What should you try next?>Try running>Try tennis>Ask someone for advice>Other (write in)
>>43715435I say try running, she might like the extra room to use. plus i feel her speed might be a little bit more of a better variable to test since physically lifting and hitting things have hard coded limits as compared to running.
>>43715435Ask someone for advice. You know, if they aren't too busy laughing at us. so much for the 6 billion dollar baby.
>>43715435>Try running.Shouldn't Babsy be arriving soon though?
Running it is, then. Please roll 1d100 to take it to the limit. Best of 3.BRB WC sorry.
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>43715680Lets go.
>>43715758anon i think you forgot to roll.
>>43715602did you miss the request last thread?Pandora trying and failing to do the KOS-MOS functions: X-BUSTER, lifting giant miniguns, etchere's a new one: Vile riding a Ride Armor, but Pandora's more interested in driving around than blowing stuff up
Rolled 8 (1d199)>>43715680
Rolled 37 (1d100)>>43715680>>437158299 key a little too close to 0?
>>43715829Your finger's in the wrong place, anon. Roll again!
Rolled 83 (1d100)>>43715829>>43715847Yup, re-rolling with the right dice. >>43715815Yeah I got that next on the list. whats is that Pandora riding Ride Armor? or is vile the new name for AI-2?
>>43715890Oh hey, nice save. Writing.
>>43715890alright, maybe not megaman X characters, then.Pandora riding a kiddie-tricycle version of the TRON lightcycle
>>43715923Goodness both of those things are going to be cute to draw.
>>43715923I feel this is worth a song.
You take Pandora over to the track area, stretching your legs out a little before you begin, then tell Pandora you want her to run with you. She lights up the idea of getting to actually run around and immediately shoots off without you, zipping around at a surprisingly high speed for her frame. She easily overtakes a few people simply jogging at a comfortable speed, but you get a feeling she's going all out. A little white rocket on the track, her dress billowing behind her like her own vapor trail. You realize now that you have no hope of catching up to her. You're both proud of her prowess and ashamed to think that you're so athletically challenged an android who has literally never run before is far better at it that you are. You slow to a stop to catch your breath and watch her fly around the track, a smile plastered across her face as her hair vibrantly changes colors to match her jubilant mood. However, your eyes suddenly lock onto something you miraculously find more impressive than the world's most advanced android taking her first run; Babsy has arrived and you nearly forget where you are. She has replaced the frumpy, dirty jumpsuit for a tank top and running shorts, giving you a look at her rather impressive physique for what you've heard referred to as a "wrench jockey". She waves over at you, oblivious to the number of eyes shifting to her. Don't choke, you think to yourself repeatedly as you wave back."I see she's taken to running quite a bit." Babsy says with a laugh."Y-yeah." you reply, your matra still on loop in your mind. Pandora notices Babsy and waves as she makes a hard turn to run over to her, slowing down just enough to gently run into Babsy for a hug."Having fun, sweetheart?" Babsy asks. You have to stop yourself from answering when you realize she's speaking to the android. Pandora nods enthusiastically. "Good! Maybe you'd like to try a little friendly competition then? How about a race?"Cont.
Pandora's face lights up at her words, turning to you for permission, a wide smile frozen on her soft white features, hair flashing between a bright green and light blue.What do you say?>Agree, could be fun>Refuse, could be dangerous>Other (write in)
>>43716459>Agree, could be funIf she somehow manages to break her new, more resilient, body within the first hour of having I'm gonna be super surprised.
>>43716459>agreeHave some security take a few steps back to avoid accidents.Call our team incase things go wrong, and they deserve a chance to watch anyway
>>43716459Agree. What's the worst that could happen.Literally. She's got a new body, designed for the worst to happen.
>>43716572We'll see!Please roll 1d100 to let the race begin. Best of 3.
Rolled 9 (1d100)>>43716624
Rolled 85 (1d100)>>43716624
Rolled 45 (1d100)>>43716624who should we work for?
>>43716823I mean root, not work.
>>43716823I wonder who.Writing!
>>43715815>>43715815KOS-MOS seems so very over designed. but its fun. I've been meaning to do more silly stuff with Pandora in general. But is this alright anon?
>>43716892that's the stuff.It was a time right before and at the birth of HD, where you made things look good by making the textures look more detailed than they really were.
>>43716942Yeah I always dug that aesthetic. It feels like its one of those things that would be way easier to do on an indie budget nowadays.
Time to post art on someone else's behalf.
You and a few others all gather around at a starting point, security included. There's a few murmurs here and there, some people simply vocalizing their interest, others actually taking bets on the winner. A select few have some unsavory things to say about Pandora, as well as about certain aspects of Babsy's anatomy that you'd prefer not to listen to. You think about stopping the bets and dispersing the crowd, but Pandora seems to be enjoying all the new people to see. Still, you hope she doesn't overhear the comments about "the walking tin can" and so on.After a minute for the two to get ready, Babsy stretching in a rather fetching fashion, a few ground rules being set and a stop watch program being brought up on your PDA, you think you're ready to begin. The two get into a ready position, Babsy having to show Pandora how, and you give them the signal to go. They shoot off, an impressive burst of speed from Babsy, especially considering she spends most of her days sitting around working on machinery. She is certainly full of surprises today. However, the little android is no slouch either. They seem to be neck and neck for the majority of the race, evenly matched and equally enthusiastic. However, near the end of the race, you see Babsy beginning to fall behind, possibly getting tired. Not feeling fatigue is certainly a bonus in this situation.The two eventually cross the finish line, Pandora easily winning by 5 seconds or so, running at a reduced but still worrying velocity into your arms for a high-speed hug, resulting in a "whuff!" to escape your mouth and a laugh from hers. Babsy is panting and rather sweaty, but still happy as she catches her breath, smiling at the giddy android."I won!" Pandora shouts "I won, I won!""Sure..." gasps Babsy "did...""Proud of you, Pandora." you say, ruffling her flashing hair."Let's do more!" Pandora cries, hopping up and down. She doesn't show any signs of slowing down one bit.Cont.
That improved battery is certainly getting a workout today, you're impressed. Maybe some tennis would be a good switch, especially since it involves a lot of running.>Play some tennis>Take a break>Other (write in)
>>43717421>Take a breakgo over how humans need rest, and how they grow from exercise
>>43716101>>43716265>>43716892>>43717329I love all of these, by the way. Thank you guys!
>>43717421We can take a break. But maybe use it as an oppertunity to explain tennis or some other games. Maybe let her watch other people play tennis.
>>43717421Play some tennis. or let pandora play some tennis. I feel like babsy and dr. softshoe could use a rest.
Break time it is, then. Writing.
You decide a break is in order, mostly for Babsy, who is currently still trying to catch her breath, gasping for air and leaning on a nearby goalpost. She doesn't seem to have any complaints."But why?" Pandora asks "I want to keep running! I like running!""Humans" you explain "require rest after exerting themselves like that. We don't run on batteries like you do. We have to take some time to let our bodies recover. It's how we get better at things. We need to work our muscles, let them break down a little, then build back up better than before.""Ohhh..." Pandora responds, looking over at Babsy sitting on a nearby bench, drinking heavily from a bottle of water. "But not me?""No, not you" you say "you don't have organic muscles like us. You get better with new hardware and things like that, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't enjoy yourself, right?" She nods."I would like to be better at running," she says, watching some of the people as they continue their workout routines "and lifting and jumping and stuff. Can I? I want to come back here a lot and do more!"A physical upgrade wouldn't be hard to do, you think. She's not terribly impressive as far as physical prowess goes. Beyond running, anyway, and that's more stamina than anything.>Agree, ask R&D to start work on improved "muscles" for Pandora>Refuse, she doesn't need them right now>Other (write in)
>>43717846A soft "agree". I feel like she might really appreciate the idea of undergoing effort to get better at stuff. Like what if we give her improved muscles that need to unlock their full usage through "experience"
>>43717908Plus if we work a feature like that into the eventual "Pandora 2" the military brass likes, it might be something that will disabuse another AI of the notion that it is innately "better" than human beings, seeing as it also has to work out, to get better. Maybe if her strength was also a dial or pair of buttons that she could manually "turn up or turn down" as needed to also reinforce the whole "working out" thing.
>>43717846>Agree, ask R&D to start work on improved "muscles" for Pandora
>>43717846>>Other (write in)"Pandora, I can ask that better muscles be developed, but I want to get you a little more experience before that. You are still really young, so we don't want to get ahead of ourselves, ok?"
>>43717846>Disagree, there are other ways to get betterExplain how technique and efficiency can be more important than raw power. Maybe ask the security team for pointers.
>>43718152>>43718144I like these explanations. but i still feel pandora could serve to be tougher in general. is there a middle ground we can aim for?
>>43718180That's up to you guys. Currently it looks like "give her the upgrades" is winning, but feel free to deliberate more.
>>43718180She JUST got the frame
>>43718236True. But i like the idea of giving pandora the oppertunity the grow. The frame basically makes her harder to break. New muscles might inspire her to "try to be better" on her own terms basically.
>>43718297My proposal is that we agree, but tell her it is going to be in the future. I want her to get further academically first.
Well, is there a consensus yet? Is that a "yes" on the upgrades, but with some form of stipulation?
>>43718297>giving pandora the oppertunity the grow.by making her more powerful, you are reducing the relative difficulty of challenges and making it MORE difficult to grow.
>>43718464Pretty much yeah. Stipulation could be up for debate and we can determine it at the time. But i like a mix of >>43717908 and >>43718308 .
>>43718498Alright, so we'll just say that "yes" is the answer chosen. As for stipulation, we can vote. In the interest of keeping this mercifully simple, I will remove "other" as an option.>New "muscles" will have an inhibitor that will be placed at your discretion, only being removed when you deem her ready>Hold off on implementing the upgrades until a later date>No stipulation, implement the upgrade as soon as it's ready
>>43718583>>New "muscles" will have an inhibitor that will be placed at your discretion, only being removed when you deem her ready>>Hold off on implementing the upgrades until a later dateeither
>>43718583>New "muscles" will have an inhibitor that will be placed at your discretion, only being removed when you deem her readyThe idea is my baby so I'm a little biased.
>>43718583>>Hold off on implementing the upgrades until a later date
>>43718625This one doesn't help! Please stick to a single choice!
>>43718708....._NoSUFFER IN A TIE, muhahaha
>>43718733I bet people say really nice things about you.
>>43718583>New "muscles" will have an inhibitor that will be placed at your discretion, only being removed when you deem her readyI like the first one. You shouldn't let her have unlimitted power, that'd be dangerous.
>>43718809Works for me.>>43718733HA!Writing.
You send a message to R&D about increased servo strength for Pandora's body, but with the stipulation to include a limiter to prevent her from using her newfound strength without being ready for it. Mouse responds with a confirmation and an ETA of 4 days. The limiter should keep everything safe and the brass from getting angry at upgrading the new AI to potentially dangerous levels. This should work out in everyone's favor, but you'll have to go over some safety precautions with Pandora to make sure she understands the responsibility.Babsy joins the both of you, apparently gotten the rest she needs, or at least just gotten sick of the creepy leers the security team have been giving her. She gives you a "I hope you know what you're doing" look, but doesn't mention the upgrade any further."You know, Pandora" Babsy says "the doctor hasn't really gotten his fill of activity today. Maybe you should challenge him to a game of tennis?" You pale a little at this."Tennis?" Pandora asks, a confused look on her face. "Does it have running?""Oh, lots!" Babsy replies, motioning over to the tennis courts. "Running is one of the most important parts of it!""Yeah! Tennis!" Pandora jumps up and down, oblivious to the mischievous grin Babsy is giving you.Babsy spends a few minutes explaining the rules of Tennis to Pandora (and you), explaining how it works in as simple a manner as possible. She doesn't go too in-depth with strategy or anything like that, just the bare bones of how to play. Pandora seems to get it, you as well, enough for a short game or two anyway. You know this is going to end badly for you, you can just feel it.Roll 1d100 in the name of "love". Best of 3.
>>43718733You know how AIs feel about ties anon.
Rolled 4 (1d100)>>43719177I can live with the idea of Sportsdora.
>>43719202The dice seem to disagree.
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>43719177
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>43719177at the very most, this might be embarrassing to fuck up.
>>43719281Never underestimate the power of crit fails, anon.Writing.
>>43719281>>43719280>>43719202To be honest, this is entirely in character for dr. softshoe. King of the Court.
You and Pandora square off in an open tennis court, gathering another small crowd. More bets are taken, more comments about it all, but you try to keep focused on the game. Which doesn't go entirely to your liking. You were the kind of kid who skipped gym to study in the library in school, so athletics have never really been your thing. Algorithms, theories, physics and such are more your speed, and though you've heard math can be applied to sports in theory, actually practicing it is another thing all together. Frankly speaking, she kicks your ass. You're essentially evenly-matched as far as experience goes, but she still has the whole stamina edge on you, never getting tired and always going at 100%. It's a little awkward at first as you both learn how to do anything, but soon enough she was acing you left and right.Mercifully the match ends with you a sweaty, panting mess and Pandora the victor. You hear the on-lookers clapping quietly, you suspect as much to congratulate the winner as it is to mock you. You're entirely too tired to care."You did...well." Babsy says, kneeling next to your prone form, a comforting hand on your shoulder. You feel a mix of glee at her being so close, shame at floundering pathetically in front of her and still too damn tired to care."Th...thanks..." you wheeze out.It takes you a while to regain your composure enough to actually stand, but once you do the gym has considerably thinned out. It's probably close to dinner. Pandora and Babsy have been chatting while they wait for you to gather your masculinity up, but once you do you think you've had just about enough of the athletic section of the Facility. Babsy tells you she's going to go take a shower and then head to the mess hall for dinner, offering to meet you there if you're interested. What should you do?>Take Pandora back to her room for the night>Have her stay with you for nowSecondly.>Get a shower and take Babsy up on her offer>Other (write in)
>>43719463I laughed pretty hard at this one, because this is almost exactly what I pictured as I wrote that previous post.
>>43719566>Take Pandora back to her room for the night>Get a shower and take Babsy up on her offer
Rolled 64 (1d100)>>43719566>>Take Pandora back to her room for the night>>Get a shower and take Babsy up on her offer
>>43719566Time to tuck pandora in. spend a wee bit of time with her if need be. Maybe let her know we're taking babsy up on a dinner offer.
>>43719673Time for mommy and daddy to have a grown up dinner. Writing.
You think a nice dinner with Babsy sounds delightful, even though it'd just be in the mess hall surrounded by people who just saw you suck a fat one at tennis. You tell Pandora it's time for bed, and despite not wanting to sleep, she's in too good of a mood to really complain. Maybe you'll come back out here next time she's in a sour mood, or perhaps as a reward.After leading Pandora back to her room, setting her up in the charging cradle and hugging her good night, you decide a nice gesture might be in order and you write a small note for her to find in the morning reading "Good job!" It's not much, but it's the little things, as they say.You head back to your room for a quick shower and a change of clothes, returning to find a message on your PDA. Reading it, your heart immediately stops, your body freezes and every neuron in your brain fires at once.720: How about dinner at your place tonight? The guys in security are giving me creepy looks.Oh. Oh god.Whelp, I think this is a good spot to stop for tonight, but thank you all so much for playing! If you liked the quest, please vote for it on the archive and follow me on Twitter! I'll stick around to answer questions for a bit!
>>43719888thanks for running!
>>43719888>How about dinner at your place tonight?There is nothing quite as terrifying as those words. Time to un-pig sty the ol... where and how exactly does Doc live?we aiming for another quest friday?
>>43719888Thanks for running again AM PM.Does our room even have enough room for dinner? Or food? Or more than one room?
>>43719913Imagine like college dorms, but without a roommate that never goes to class, just gets high and leaves his shit everywhere. But with a full bathroom!And yes, another quest on Friday at the regular time, 7PM PST!
>>43719918Yeah i remember my college dorm and it was basically a glorified closet... >>43719927doesn't help that i was the messy one. any requests anons?
>>43720168I've been playing way too much Fallout 4 so could you draw Pandora in some power armour looking strong?
>>43720168I'm surprised I didn't think of this before: Aigis......and astro boy, buttguns mandatory(although maybe as BB guns).
>>43720200Going off of this, how about Pandora as Liberty Prime?
>>43720200I can get behind that. Haven't played Fallout 4 yet, but doesn't its plot have something much ado about robots? But pandora in power armor i can get behind. Kind of sort of did it with an Iron Man request but it looks like a lot of.>>43720291Yes. >>43720236I was surprised it took this look for Aigis to be mentioned. Both of those thrown onto the list. Did you know that there's a new astroboy thing being worked on by a french animation studio. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z240pys_D4AI thought it was neat.
>>43720307is this the movie thing? because I haven't seen much, but what I did see had some lines with rather dark implications on "hero" and such.
>>43720324Yeah i think so. I think it was a request from around halloween, and i felt like doing something other than the usual red and gold. I remember liking the first movie better than the other two for reasons i can't adequately explain at 2 in the morning. Have one more for the road.