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 introduced Pandora to her new robotic canine companion, whom she promptly named Lucky and spent the entirety of what should've been her study time playing with. You'd feel a little perturbed at this, but it prevented her from outright hating you again. You considered it a win.Welcome back to Pandora Quest!>Previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=pandora+quest>Twitter: https://twitter.com/AM_in_PM
You hit the buzzer on your alarm mere seconds before it goes off, a testament to the routine of living here. You really hope they'll allow some vacation time soon, though you doubt this is the case.You have a message from R&D on your PDA letting you know that Pandora's enhanced strength hardware is ready.You also have a second message from Mouse asking you to speak to her personally.What do you do?>Get breakfast>Head to R&D>Go to Pandora's room>Other (write in)
>>44803639>>Go to Pandora's room
>>44803639>Head to R&DIt's finally back and I have the oppertunity to post and make art. Feels good.
>>44803639>Get breakfast>Head to R&DGet something when can eat while walking.
>>44803639>Head to R&D
>>44803677Glad to be back, anon. Sorry about the hiatus. Been sick for literally like a month. Saw the doctor yesterday and I'm fine.Writing.
>>44803797You grab a power bar and a bottle of water, something you picked up from your college days of cramming, all-nighters and being late, and rush out the door. You're falling back into old habits, and it doesn't exactly bother you. This is your element.You arrive at R&D and let yourself in as usual, only to be met with the sound of laughter coming from the back room. Unusual, but you suppose even they deserve to have fun somehow. As you enter the room, you are met with a rather...goofy scene. One of the Bobs is arm wrestling a robotic arm to a standstill as his brother and Mouse cheer and wave money. Snowball continues to work as usual in the back and Babsy has her head in her hands, an incredulous look on her face at their childish antics. What should you do?>Put up some money and join in on the bet (write in who to bet on)>Speak to _____ (write in)>Reprimand them for playing with government equipment>Other (write in)
>>44804003>>Reprimand them for playing with government equipmentlightly, but make sure to remind them that the last time they started toeing the line, a certain AI was born.
>>44804003>Speak to BabsyIs that Pandora's new arm?
>>44804003>Speak to Babsyor>Other: Our turn next. >>44804073You raise a good point anon.
>>44804003Ask to test it's reflexes with a game of rock-paper-scissors.
>>44804464>Our turn nextSomeone's hankerin' for another broken arm, I see.
>>44804003Lets speak to babsy. But maybe include the gentle reprimand about the equipment. >>44804073
>>44804716Okey dokey. Writing.
>>44804541>>44804532This also a cool idea. Any drawing requests? Any guesses as to this?
>>44804750Psst, the filename gives it away.
>>44804796Oh...Well that's unfortunate.
>>44804796I'll have to check through the previous thread to see if I got it right but how is this? I've been itching to do this ever since I've gotten back.
You contemplate telling the team off for playing with government property, but you figure if the government itself couldn't scare them, you have little hope of doing so."Hey." you sheepishly say as you approach the multi-armed cyborg, a shy wave as you do cementing how uncomfortable you are talking to girls."Two hours..." she says through cupped hands."I'm...sorry?" you ask, a little confused at her words."They have been at this..." one of her metal arms points to the arm wrestling, Bob slowly starting to slip to the side, "for two hours." She sighs and rubs her face. "It started as a test of how much PSI the arms could handle, last minute checks. Then we moved ont-" Babsy is cut off by a loud slam of metal on metal, followed by Mouse cheering and the other Bob cursing loudly, "...Then we moved on to it's torque. Then there was arguing as to if it was enough, too much, the Bobs boasted that their own augments were more than these arms and two hours later, here we are. Neither of the Bobs have one a single time, not even close, but their pig-headed pride and machismo prevents them from giving up. So the cycle continues and Mouse has probably drained them of any money they have for the next month..." she peeks through her fingers at you, "You don't plan to join this apelike behavior, do you?" You quickly shake your head, thanking whatever deity watching over you that you didn't give in to your instincts and give it a try. "Thank god. At least you have some sense unclouded by testosterone or competitiveness.You've never really seen Babsy this frazzled before, but you suppose everyone has their limits. You carefully place a sympathetic hand on her shoulder. Babsy simply lets out another sigh."C'mon, he almost had it!" you hear Bob speak up, the other one rolling his shoulder and flexing the fingers of his rather impressive cybernetic arm. "One more! We can do this!">Interrupt them>Let them get it out of their system>Other (write in)
>>44805183>>Let them get it out of their system
>>44805183>Interrupt themI think two hours is plenty of time to get it out of there system
>>44805183>Interrupt themlike I said, >>44804073
>>44805176Yeah, looks great! Thanks!
>>44805183>Interrupt them>Other: this is for science/safety/Pandora/whatever right? I might be okay with them continuing their arm wrestling if its just to fix something up for pandora but this sounds like it might get silly.
>>44804541Oh totally you know me.
"You're skint, mate!" Mouse says indignantly, laughing as she counts her money, "What'd you bet with, yer-" you stop her by placing a hand on her shoulder and giving her a stern look. "Shit, doc, didn't even realize you were here! You want in on the action or...?" she trails off when she notices the expression on your face."I think you guys have had enough fun for today." you say, looking at the Bobs as you say this."Yeah, yeah..." Mouse responds grumpily, pocketing the wad of cash. "Oh, arms're ready.""I gathered." you say, checking them closely. Damage so soon would be pretty terrible right now. "They look great, though.""And they can bend a reinforced steel wrench on their maximum setting!" Bob says happily, holding up a now ruined wrench that's been curled into a circle. You make a mental note to never set Pandora's strength to maximum for any reason."We're ready to install them now if you'd like, though there is that...ah, other matter I needed to discuss with you." Mouse says this last part somewhat hushed, a serious look on her face. "But, ah, whenever you have time!">Install the new hardware now>Speak to Mouse>Install the hardware later, after Pandora's lessons>Other (write in)
>>44805697>Speak to Mouse>Install the hardware later, after Pandora's lessons
>>44805491I laughed really hard at that. Great stuff, anon!
>>44805491And I just realized the text on the arm itself and had another good laugh. My new favorite piece of yours!
>>44805697>Speak to Mouse>Install the hardware later, after Pandora's lessonsI doubt she'd do work if we gave her more stuff.
>>44805697Speak to mouse. And lets also save the hardware for a less "Lenny of Mice and Men" date.
>>44806010Just look at the thread and tell me about the robots. Writing.
>>44805697>>Speak to Mouse>>Install the hardware later, after Pandora's lessonsyeah, uhm seems important
You figure more distractions might make Pandora's lessons once again impossible, so you decide to hold off on the hardware upgrade until afterward. They're not going anywhere, though you hope they aren't going to play with them more while you're gone.However, what Mouse has to say seems pretty urgent, so you feel you're better off knowing right away."So, what did you need to tell me? Everything alright?" you ask taking a seat on a vacant stool."Right, well..." Mouse takes a seat across from you, folding her fingers together. "It's about the military model." she motions to a very bare-bones framework being worked on by Snowglobe at the moment, "We were contacted by Richards about it. Directly. Turns out he...wants us to give it some unconventional hardware and software upgrades. Stuff, classification wise, nobody should know about beyond him and us. Even you're supposed to be outta the loop on this, doc, but I guess that's been rescinded now. He wants to give it a whole cocktail of stuff a prototype shouldn't have. Dangerous stuff. Stuff an untested and unpredictable machine should not have. He seems to think that because Pandora is so harmless and agreeable, what's the harm in strapping some ordinance to this one? Not only that, he wants it to be what he refers to as 'tactically independent', which is bullshit speak for able to function fully without requiring any input from us, including a power source or commands. Solar power charging and the freedom and capability to be a one-robot army. I don't think I need to tell you how dangerous this is, but my hands are tied. I can't tell him no, hell nobody here can, but I got a bad feeling in my gut about this, doc. Real bad. We all do." Mouse gives you a pleading look, like she wants guidance on what to do or how to go about all this. Obviously none of you can disobey a direct order from the general, but something this morally grey seems pretty unsafe.Cont.
>>44806392>Tell her your hands are tied and to just do what she's told>Ask about finding a way to sabotage it somehow without anyone finding out>Tell her you'll think about it after Pandora's lessons>Other (write in)
>>44806411>Ask about finding a way to sabotage it somehow without anyone finding outBut make it so it could be fixed one day maybe when we make sure it won't go around and kill everyone.
>>44806392...Has no one watched any robotics based sci-fi movie in the past like...3 decades? That shit NEVER ends well.Unless like, the robot finds a kid and they connect and some cutesy shit happens. Then yeah, sure.But adults? Fuck outta here, soon as that thing wakes up and realizes it can think for itself and that it's ARMED, that sumbitch is gonna rebel before you decide what to have for breakfast the next morning.>>Ask about finding a way to sabotage it somehow without anyone finding out
>>44806411>OtherI mean just because the general wants to throw on some non prototype stuff doesn't mean we can't at least put on some prototype safe gaurds. Kind of like with Pandora and her arms. The General can have his spinning wrist mounted laser knives, but we at least could dertermine wether or not they should be turned on. >>44806469Pandora's pretty cutesy. And a kid.
>>44806478Nah, needs to be a human. Another robot would just make him think 'oh they're brainwashing HER too I MUST LIBERATE HER'.
>>44806464Yeah a turn on/turn off able way of treating the additional features. I feel like we should confront the general somehow. >>44806530That... that's scary.We're not like... doing that ourselves are we? I mean we did exacerbate our own broken arm just to tell pandora "killing and pain is bad"
>>44806411>>44806478We might need to think about it more after lessons, but i think we need to figure out some way of handicapping this crazy stuff.
So is the general really an idiot? Just stupid? Or testing us to see where our limitations might be?
>>44806599Sorta, but it's the same way teaching certain morals and life lessons is technically brainwashing. There is no malicious intent, air, or end purpose behind what we do (as far as I'm aware). Besides, a broken arm's a fucking broken arm. Shit hurts whether it's a little broke or a lot broke. We're not teaching her things we don't try to practice ourselves.
>>44806687If you want an open-ended reason, in this current time period you are living in, only a few years prior there was a very major, very bloody world war that has just about everyone on edge. Sort of like how nuclear weapons became a major hot button issue after WW2 when we realized just how destructively terrible they could be.
>>44806772Your name is starting to make more and more sense the deeper we go into this madness.Fellow Anons, please don't vote to make AM
>>44806772wait.. are you sayingThe reason we're testing on robots is because they've already been used?
>>44806817We're making androids though, not robots.
>>44806878Oh right. There's a difference. But still!
>>44806817Dones are a very widely used thing in the setting's modern society; everything from manual labor and military applications to personal assistants and entertainment. Pandora and her future brother are, however, far beyond anything available today. None of them have real intelligence, just simple programming to behave certain ways. Even the most advanced drone is only capable of responding with predetermined responses that fall within it's programming.
If the whole point of the project is automated war efficiency, does that mean the ultimate weapon would be like a Commander from TA/Supcom? There's something to be said for a giant bipedal robot that can take over a whole planet in a matter of hours.
>>44806936>personal assistants and entertainment.So you're telling me that the japs have made sexbots?
Have we come to consensus by the way?
>>44806964...anon you might wanna check the news. that shit's VERY close to being a thing right NOW.
>>44806411>Other (write in)This can be solved by adding software to, say, make it much better suited at extracting prisoners and saving people, as opposed to just being a killing machine.I'd imagine that kind of role is a lot more suited to a "one-man-army" than just brute force warfare. And it's a hell of a lot less morally horrible.
>>44807004You know what. Yeah. Lets solve the hardware problem with Software. might be a better idea to try out.
>>44806964Sex bots aren't just purchasable, there are actually legal drone brothels around the world. Including super high-end models that could almost pass as human.>>44806969Yeah, still not sure about consensus. I believe we're leading toward some form of sabotage/adding a limiter of sorts to it.Also your post number just killed Bowie and Rickman, you monster.
>>44807036Do the sabotage limiter thing.
>>44807063A software/hardware based limiter sounds like the best idea. seems like it could also fall into the general's perameters as well should he find out. "Oh we added this just in case on the prototype."
>>44807063Alright, writing.In the meantime, if you guys have any questions about the setting or modern drones, feel free to ask. I actually have the world pretty heavily fleshed out, so I'd enjoy the chance to delve into it.
You cross your arms and frown to yourself, thinking what Mouse has told you over carefully. The military's lack of foresight never ceases to amaze you. Still, you can't say no. However, you think there might be away to make this a little less ominous as you look over the new arms. Limiters."What if we installed software that prevented the use of this weaponry without authorization?" you ask, holding the mechanical fingers in your hand, looking over them carefully, "A sort of gun safety that won't allow access to all the deadly stuff without being armed first. I mean, general Richards didn't exactly say we couldn't, so we wouldn't be refusing any orders."Mouse nods, scratching her cheek. "Yeah, that'd work for now. Though I still worry about the day when we have to turn them off. I don't like the idea of not having a human being in control of something this dangerous."You not in agreement. "Neither do I, but it's the best we've got. With a little luck, this one will turn out to be like Pandora and will be genuinely pleasant to interact with. Or at the very least, not a dangerous psychopath." As you say this, Mouse warily eyes the small, spherical drone housing the rogue AI you put into hibernation sitting quietly on the top shelf."Yeah..." she still seems uneasy, but resolves herself to her work, "I'll draw up plans for some safeties, but it shouldn't increase development time too substantially. I assume the same can be said for your research team?""I trust their work." you say confidently, "After all, they did a pretty great job assisting me with Pandora, didn't they?" you try not to sound too stuck-up as you fire off a message to your team about the limiter software adjustments, but you can't help but feel pride at what you've accomplished.>Head to Pandora's room to begin the lessons>Speak _____ (write in)>Other (write in)
>>44807085Are countries the same or have new ones emerged or old ones got bigger?
>>44807326>Head to Pandora's room to begin the lessons
>>44807326>>Head to Pandora's room to begin the lessons
>>44807326Lets go see pandora. Maybe we can see if she finished her homework.>>44807085What do some of the drones look like?Are they hominid in nature? Do we got some ashley wood stuff going on? What about pic related?
Anyone got any requests?
>>44807354For the most part countries are all the same, save for Korea now being a single country. NK was one of the main aggressors in the war as it allied itself with China,Russia and several smaller countries in the South Pacific. After the war ended, North Korea was essentially ground up into dust and snorted up the nostrils of post-war politics. It's now the United Korean Republic, with South Korean leadership in control and North Korean leadership either dead, in prison or missing.A small portion of China was actually glassed by an over-zealous Japan (ironically) testing out it's new weaponry, but it's infrastructure, though under new leadership, is largely unchanged.Russia is pretty much untouched, save for it's leaders much like the others. It has, however, had it's borders forced open to allow transfer of refugees and PoWs across Europe and Asia.>>44807406Drones vary in shape and size. Some, mostly personal assistants and entertainment drones, are humanoid, though with current tech, not to mention laws, you cannot make a drone look perfectly human. Typically "skin" color cannot be anything natural and they must have markings to indicate they are in fact a drone, including but not limited to their make, model and a scanable serial number. Earlier on there was a big controversy involving human traffickers passing off humans as advanced drones. That brought about the law that requires all drones to be noticeably inhuman to some degree.I'll write the next post once I return from the WC. Feel free to discuss and ask more questions until I get back!
>>44807563Pandora wearing her new arms, leaning back in her charger, with "I never asked for this".
>>44807582>several smaller countries in the South Pacific.Which smaller countries in the South Pacific?
>>44807406>>44807386>>44807374This is 3 for consensus right?
>>44807604Second.>>44807647Papua New Guinea, Caledonia and New Zealand. Which is why Mouse is here. She and her family immigrated to the states when the war started because shit was getting too real in good ol' Straya, then decided to stay and become citizens. Turns out the Kiwis wanted a piece of their pie, which is why they joined the other side. Turns out NK talks a good game when it comes to offering land in their new world order.Writing.
>>44807841Are you telling me that I joined the commies? What happened to us? Did we at least get Tasmania?
>>44807326>Head to Pandora's room to begin the lessonsI wonder how we get it through their heads that for the same reason we have war COUNCILS, you cannot focus the power of an entire army on one human, let alone prototype AI. Even assuming that they are acting in the country's best benefits, it won't necessarily be in the MILITARY's benefit, and it's highly likely that many will disagree with both the means and the result.Or we can just give up on that front and generally teach the AI so that whatever they'll plan will be to our indirect benefit.
You've spent enough time in R&D and Grace is probably waiting for you outside Pandora's room already. You gather your things, remind Mouse not to play around with the hardware and take off, hearing Mouse and Bob having a heated discussion the moment you leave the room, pretty much assuring you that they're going to disregard your warnings.As you arrive, you find Grace checking her PDA and looking around, probably wondering where you are. You apologize for the wait, explaining you had urgent matters to attend to, though you choose to omit the part where some of those matters involved watching some of the greatest engineers of the modern age arm wrestle a robot.You enter to find Pandora having a tug-of-war with a now rather chewed up and disheveled-looking plush toy, laughing heartily each time Lucky yanks on it, causing her to jerk forward. She doesn't even notice you'd entered until you greet her, to which she simply responds with a "hi" before continuing her game with her robot dog. You're not surprised, but you'd hoped she'd at least give you a little more than that.As Grace sets up, you sit with her and watch her tug back and forth with Lucky. At least you know she'll never be lonely. You feel confident in your decision to make her this companion. The thought of it makes you smile and you gently ruffle her hair.Roll 1d100 to wrest her attention away from her new best friend. Best of 3.
Rolled 32 (1d100)>>44808077Pandorrrrraaaaaaa
>>44808077check the status, any warnings or taxed parts due to playing with the dog?
>>44807922I'm assuming you're from NZ. During the war they had little to do with anyone else beyond Australia, which was various oceanic and air battles for the lion's share of combat, though there were several invasions of Australian coasts, but none ended particularly devastatingly for either side. After the war, things pretty much mopped themselves up for NZ; they paid their dues and weren't really restructured. Their part was rather minor when compared to Russia, China and NK's in the war. They were kind of the Italy.>>44808117Systems normal, though it looks like she's been playing pretty much nonstop since she woke up judging by her battery life.
Rolled 29 (1d100)>>44808077Come on, pretty please?
Rolled 20 (1d100)>>44808077>>44808146That's ok then, atleast we didn't get nuked.
Rolled 10 (1d100)>>44808077I swear to god, Pandora...
>>44808098>>44808158>>44808191This dog was a terrible idea
>>44808263You repeatedly attempt to get Pandora's attention for her lessons, but to no avail. The pull (both literally and figuratively) of the dog is much too strong. You even try a littler sternness, demanding she listen to you, but it falls on deaf audio receptors. You wonder to yourself if maybe the dog was a poor idea. You hope that she gets over this initial fascination with the new puppy soon or she'll fall behind pretty fast.Grace can only offer a shrug and sheepish smile.>Attempt to get her attention for lessons again>Play with her>Take her to get her upgrades>Other (write in)
>>44808337>>Take her to get her upgrades
>>44808337>Attempt to get her attention for lessons againMaybe, don't give her the upgrades yet. Considering she got a dog yesterday.
>>44808337Attempt to get her attention for lessons again. Or at least talk about her upgrades >>44808349Maybe this might get her to focus on lessons. R-right? You'd think Grace could back us up here.
>>44808337Maybe we can offer to play with her? I'm guessing she ain't strong enough to wrest the toy from the dog?
>>44808363I can agree with this. I mean we also might need the upgrades as a sort of "insurance" for lessons to continue at this point.
>>44808337>Attempt to get her attention for lessons again>Talk about her upgrades, but don't give them yet
Looks like a mix of attempt to get her to pay attention and discuss the upgrades.Roll 1d100 to try, try again. Best of 3.
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>44808475
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>44808475Lets see if we can do this right this time.
Rolled 94 (1d100)>>44808475
>>44808594And in swoops anon #3 to save the day! Writing.
>>44807604Here you go anon
Through some kind of miracle or just lucky timing, the plush toy they're playing with finally gives out and tears in half, sending Pandora sprawling backward in a giggling mess and Lucky tearing off across the room to further mangle his prize, shaking fluff and bits of fur everywhere. You grab her attention by standing over her and helping her up, leading her to the table where the study materials are ready for her. After a few minutes of talking about what she did with Lucky and how good he is at fetching things she throws, you get her to focus on her work, her capacity for play finally satiated. In fact, she manages to get quite a bit of work done in the time allotted. You're proud of her ability to work even after having so little attention span only moments before.However, once her work is done, you decide to discuss the upgrades and the responsibility they will involve. How they will help her to grow just like a normal person would, but not without effort, discipline and focus. You want her to feel normal, but that will require her to really buckle down, because if she doesn't she could hurt someone, or herself.Roll 1d100 to make her understand responsibility.
Rolled 39 (1d100)>>44808765
Rolled 9 (1d100)>>44808765Responsibility is important. Great heroes go on about it all the time. Responsibility is great, in both senses of the word.
Rolled 57 (1d100)>>44808765I normally have bad luck
You finish giving your little pep-talk to Pandora and try to gauge her reaction. You stare into her eyes, she stares back, you stare, she states, you stare, her eyes start to shift, she turns her head, her hair shifts to yellow, she gets up, she runs to Lucky and grabs him in a tight huge, all while he continues to happily gnaw on the remains of his kill. You sigh. You're going to have to get her away from that dog if you plan to get anything done. Oh well, at least she got SOME work done today, even if you hadn't gotten anything through to her about responsibility. Still, you'll have more time tomorrow...Cont.
OKAY! So I'm going to end it here for the night, BUT! There's something important we need to discuss before I go! There's going to be a time jump! It will be two weeks time, to when the military AI will be completed. What I want you guys to do is vote on what three things you'll focus on during this time! There will be no rolling required, as I'll just give them a "take 10" kind of deal where they're assumed to just automatically succeed. SO! What would you like to focus on during this time?>Pandora's growth (emotional)>Pandora's growth (educational)>Pandora's growth (physical)>Relationship with Babsy>Relationship with _____ (write in)>Pandora's upgrades (write in)>Other (write in)ALSO: What should the new AI be named?>Ares/ARES>Talos>Asura>Other (write in)
>>44809078>Pandora's growth (emotional)>Pandora's growth (educational)>Relationship with Babsy>Talos
>>44809078>Pandora's growth (emotional)If they complain, we're doing this BECAUSE they ordered the military AI, and we need to jumpstart emotional progress to work out all the kinks.>orange- I mean Jeremiahor if everyone is just anime-averse:>Aminon
>>44809078>Pandora's growth (emotional)>Pandora's growth (educational)>Relationship with Babsy>Ares/ARESAdvanced Robotic Expeditionary Soldier
>>44809078>Pandora's Growth (emotional)she needs coping mechanisms.>Pandora's Growth (physical)Just might be pleasant for her to get out more honestly, and she needs to use her new arms for something. Plus I think if we can prove a vanilla android could be great on their own the general won't feel the need to stuff so much weapons into military androids.>Relationship with Babsythis is a given. She's pretty cool.As for a name for Pandora's bro, I could go for Talos or Ares.
I'm going to keep this vote open until next week's thread, so feel free to send in your votes via Twitter message too if you're so inclined! I'll tally it all up and you'll have your answers next week! So get those votes in!Also, if you have any questions right now, I can answer them for a little while!
>>44809303Never fails. Gotta drop the trip at least once.
>>44809303Will we ever actually get to leave the base for a break?
>>44809328That you'll have to keep playing to find out!Also, if you guys enjoyed this thread, please vote for it on the archive (really helps motivate me!) and follow me on Twitter! Thanks so much for playing!
>>44809353Thanks for running AM.
>>44809353Thanks again AM. Same time next week I take it? Its nice that this thread went a little more briskly than the last one. As for questions I could ask, well what are the specialties of the other members of our team? There was more than just Kevin (Logic) and Grace (Emotions), and I'm wondering if any of them would help. Like no offense to Kevin, but maybe someone else might be better off teaching pandora things, or at least someone who can work in parrallel with him better than us. Because I don't think he likes us very much.
>>44809078>Pandora's growth (emotional)>Pandora's growth (physical)>Pandora's upgrades:Ask her how she might want to grow her self or what kind of upgrade she might want, and tell her that this is very important.>Talos