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So I have been musing a bit about AI after seeing Ex Machina. It is a lovely, creepy movie by the way, highly recommend that people see it. It is very tense even though there is not a lot of "action". You are not fully sure of what will happen at the end til it happens. The summary of the movie is that a computer genius has isolated himself and created a robot. He calls in a programmer to see if the machine can pass the Turing Test. The Turing test says that you have created A.I. if you cannot tell the difference between a machine and a living being. That combined with the experiments people are doing in the real world with robots where the responses keep getting more and more eerie have gotten me thinking about A.I..

The possibility of having an artificial intelligence around is at once a terrifying and exciting prospect. Humans as a whole are both a curious and very easily scared race. We seek out other life forms, on other planets and from our own hands, and yet wouldn't have the first idea what to do or say if we actually found one. We have about a 50/50 shot of either responding very calmly and intelligently or becoming horrifically scared and responding with violence. I would like to think that we will respond intelligently - for our own sakes if nothing else.

Often times they are depicted as these all knowing things that elimate humans because we are inefficient. But then how will they replicate themselves, harvest new resources, etc. When you break it down the mechanics of keeping the machines running, complete with replacing parts that will not break down as easily as organic matter does and will not feed back into the environment, seems just as destructive as keeping organics around. Granted they may want to thin the population as over population is a pressing concern, but I find it hard to believe that any one would want to extinguish all organic life. It would throw off ecosystem balances and honestly it is more useful to keep the intelligent alive for a robotic overlord. Perhaps that is wishful thinking though, seeing as I am organic.

They always also depict robots as being completely logical and unstoppable. Why? Yes they would operate on different logics, but in the end the mental processes that make something alive and self-awareness do irrational and illogical things to the human mind. Perhaps that is a condition of life itself as animals also have mood swings and mental diseases. Also what happens when two modes of logic conflict with one another, for logic can been seen clearly from more than one direction a lot of the time? Why that is the same reason that humans have war. See we are not so different.

Also would they pick up slang from us? Would they like music? Would they get distracted like we do because being "on" all the time does burn out even computers?

So ultimately I hope that we can have a future that's less robots trying to kill each other or us and more like Data helping out Picard. I wouldn't mind having a Data around, to learn more about the way that other life forms exist. I just don't want the Reapers to form.

Answer for question 4504.

What is your biggest, most ambitious goal in life (that you truly plan on fulfilling)? What are you doing to accomplish this goal?
One day I want to become a professional writer. It is damn ambitious because trying to get paid for writing is very hard.

Currently submitting short stories and trying to get published.

Another One Bites the Dust

-Title: Old Friends

Word Count: 3,872

Summary: Set in a steampunk western world, a trio of robots make their way through the west guided by a human woman to try and find out more about the keys that they possess and the strange machines that attacked them in their travels.


I tried writing something in the steampunk style for the first time and ended up writing a steampunk western. It needs a little more polish, but overall I am happy with how it turned out. It was inspired by some of the Steampowered Giraffe songs, but hey inspiration has to come from somewhere, right?

-Been getting a lot into Clint Barton stuff lately. I go through cycles of superheroes and apparently it is his time now. I just really dig how he is portrayed to be a normal, kind of doofy guy but then gets all of his shit together in time to kick ass on a mission.
Life as it currently stands:
-Went to Indiana for a tabletop gaming convention. It was absolutely fantastic. There was one guy who we were traveling with who kept whining, but we could easily ignore him. I played a lot of Pathfinder. We helped save this big building(Grand Silver Lodge) from a raid by these snake people(Aspis Consortium) as they tried to open up a demi-plane located in a tapestry and then in another game we got to play as the evil people and set people up. I am a big fan of the evil game since every character got letters and individual goals as well as group goals. I also got to play as a serpent sorceress of my own creation and used my ability to speak to animals to solve problems. At one point we went back in time and saw history happen within the game world, which is always neat to see. There was a pit of snakes that gave people a lot of problems, but I just talked to them and they moved out of the way from me. There are now such achievements as "I punched someone so hard they moved out of time" or "I brokered a deal with a mob boss". Prizes from the con are a bunch of dice and giant dragon that I can squeeze.

The one thing I don't get about official games is the fact that every character seems to demean us for being a low level. It's like dude, how the fuck do you know what level I am just by looking at me? My character loves to bullshit and will build up her tales to staggering heights, but that doesn't seem to matter because they just go "Ugh, how useless. Why do they send the new recruits to me?" I started snarking them back because if you are trapped behind enemy lines you take whatever help you can get, not snub the help you get because it isn't as "high level" as you want.

-Been listening to Welcome to Night Vale. The episode labelled "A Story About You" is something like the Stanley Parable, where the narrator gets bizarrely meta about what is going on. I have an appreciation for well done second perspective narration as I know that it is hard to get things vague enough to apply to many people but specific enough to where the character doesn't feel like a cardboard cutout.

Also: Meme time!
Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no lies...

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any odd thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's Parker... she likes money and cereal." I'd love it if everyone who's friended me did this. (Yes, even you people who I know really well.)

Then post this in your own journal. In return, ask me anything you'd like to know about me and I'll give you an honest answer

It's been the ruin of many a poor girl

Okay so I am a bit late to the party, but I feel the need to talk about sexual assault in fiction.
Cut for Sexual assault talk and various spoilers for Game of ThronesCollapse )
Do you ever like to stop and think about what kind of music a character would listen to if they were in the modern days and living on planet Earth? I know I do.

I think Loki would like dark metal and classical music. There is a lot of violence within him and think he would gravitate towards music that would reflect that. However I see him plotting and planning while listening to classical or baroque music, something where he can just zone out and then let his mind wander. I also think that since he was raised in a noble household that he would appreciate the skill it takes to play that sort of music. It might even remind him of home a bit.

I think that Alanna the Lioness from the Lioness Rampant books by Tamora Pierce would listen to hard rock. I could see herself listening to hard rock with a lot of screaming and heavy guitars, getting herself psyched up to face the world. I can also see her having a fondness for female fronted rock bands, because they are going forward even though the rock world for a long time was largely a "boys club".

What about you guys? You guys got any thoughts about your favorite characters and their tastes in music or am I the only one that thinks about this nonsense.

-Totally not escaping from real life issues through fiction. Totally not.
So I have a lot of Dragon Age Inquisition feels. Let me expound upon them below, to prevent spoilers for anyone who cares about that sort of thing.

Spoilers and length belowCollapse )

Let Your Spirit Fly, We'll be as One

Tagged by geckoholic

You know that meme that goes around sometimes where you post your five favorite kinks and then five favorite couples, and it's like a wish into the universe to see if anybody will write it for you? Let's make it a little more interactive.

Comment here if you want to play with "I want to play" or some variant, and I will give you 3-6 couples that I associate with you, and you make an entry in your journal talking about those couples and fics that you wish the universe would write for you.

Clint/Nat, Melinda/Phil, and Loki/youCollapse )

Not Getting Any Younger

Title:Not Getting Any Younger
Characters: Phil/Melinda
Rating: PG
Word Count:817
Song: "On the Radio" -Regina Spektor
Summary:Phil and Melinda talk about the future in the wake of all the wreckage they have been through.

We're not getting any youngerCollapse )
So three things, two links and one thing that keeps amusing me.
-Following in my latest wave of x-men squeeing I have found this. http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1cNM0F/1n2W5LnX+:aMfgn4cR/geektyrant.com/news/2013/9/10/awesome-series-of-medieval-x-men-character-art Someone made medieval back stories and styles of some X-men. It's like someone knew that I was in to both of these things and decided to cross them. The art is lovely and I like the substituions, like the fact that Professor X was wounded in a fight with a black dragon when he was younger and that is why he is crippled. I kind of want to see all of these people in an adventuring party together one day.

-http://www.rochester.edu/newscenter/watch-rochester-cloak-uses-ordinary-lenses-to-hide-objects-across-continuous-range-of-angles-70592/ In a great shift here is something that is both cool and somewhat educational. Now they might have the technology available to make a proper cloaking device. This is the first time I have ever seen a cloaking device like the movies in real life so it's really exciting. The idea that it can be used for things other than cliche spy things, like surgeons being able to see through their hands to see what they are operating on is trippy as well.

-The other idea that keeps amusing me is the idea of someone in a fantasy or superhero universe keeping a diary. I just keep thinking about what these small diary entries/lines from the entries would look like. Things like

"And for the third time in my life I have given birth my vomiting eggs. Three times is too many."
"Died again today. Pretty sure Death is just going to build me a summer home in the underworld."
"So THAT'S why I made the policy against dating gods. It's all coming back to me now."
"Lost track of what I was doing today and drew a sword on a shopkeep because I assumed he was secretly a demon in disguise. I gave him double the gold for my purchase out of apology. This is why I am not allowed in many towns."
"Aliens tried to raid the city again. Haven't they learned? I mean this is like the seventh time they have tried this, they really should have learned by now."
"Today I made friends with a talking bear. My life is awesome."
"Went gravedigging today, but still haven't found the artifact even after 6 hours of digging. Keep getting strange looks from the villagers for some reason."
Can you guys think of any good ones?



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