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by RockDoctor
Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Well the ideas that I was thinking of, for not being imagined as being done by robots/ AIs, whatever were at the two ends of the legal spectrum, firstly I can't see humans accepting laws "designed" by robots (there's enough kicking and thrashing about computers that keep track of, and "advise" on se...
by RockDoctor
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

No more tries?
by RockDoctor
Mon Mar 30, 2020 10:45 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

I'll take a quick chance at this. I think there is a word that always sets the robots (and AIs in SF, to a wider scale) to always promptly answer "I was not programmed to do this". The word in this case would be "guess". Whenever they are pressured to overcome this part of their "programming", they...
by RockDoctor
Sun Mar 29, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Nobody got any further contributions? Shall I pull the cloth off the suspicious bulge on the table and reveal my ideas of what robots can't/ haven't been written as doing, in SF. If nobody comes up with a proposition, I'll come up with a new idea on ... Tuesday? (Is everyone on the same side of the ...
by RockDoctor
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:53 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Cut-Price and Free SF
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: Cut-Price and Free SF

and RockDoctor might like to know that Brave New World is included under "Literary Classics". I've had a PDF for ages (which I now realise is from a rather wobbly OCR exercise), which I can go through faster. The idea of only downloading on demand - and having to re-download to re-read - just isn't...
by RockDoctor
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

seeing as there is really no money in STNG that eliminates one reason to play poker. Data did play with other characters but it would have been for "fun","enjoyment" (...) i mean the ultimate card counter...lol Indeed. The mathematics weren't a challenge (I remember an evening spent playing cards w...
by RockDoctor
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Transformers - at least one instance of them gambling. https://tfwiki.net/wiki/The_Gambler I've seen more Star Trek Whichever than ... is Transformers a kid's comic, or series of films, or series of cartoons, or all the above in one universe. So that's two sub-waterline holes in my boat. No longer ...
by RockDoctor
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

cbr wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:24 pm
Didn't Data play Poker ?
Only having seen a couple of episodes of Star Trek Whichever, I bow to your superior knowledge.
Was he playing poker for the applied probability, or the examination of human psychology?
by RockDoctor
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:58 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

No new ideas? OK, the third idea I had in mind, which I've never heard of an SF(-ish) robot(-ish) doing was .. I've never heard of a robot gambling. Plenty of robots being used for gambling - one armed bandit and upwards. But a robot using it's volition(-ish) to risk an affordable loss for a small f...
by RockDoctor
Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Cut-Price and Free SF
Replies: 10
Views: 705

Re: Cut-Price and Free SF

IIRC, Baen Books and Tor have made part of their oeuvre available for free for ... years pushing decades.
Baen : https://www.baen.com/allbooks/category/index/id/2012
Tor : actually, they seem to have cut back on it a deal, but try https://www.tor.com/category/excerpts/
by RockDoctor
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Quote of the week!
Replies: 629
Views: 226884

Re: Quote of the week!

On the closure of Stonehenge at the equinox, due to COVID-19: Stuart Hannington, a druid, also stayed behind the fence, accepting it was fair to restrict access. “They’re closing the churches so it seems OK that they are not allowing us to get to the stones. It’s disappointing but we have to make s...
by RockDoctor
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

So, current status is two propositions, both with sufficient prior art to rule them out. We're looking for things which no (fictional) robot has been tasked with. Someone was concerned with whether the robots were mobile or not : not an issue, nor whether they're anthropoid. For example, the "City B...
by RockDoctor
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:30 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

on the robot writing thing does the "robot"have to be mobile? i remember Jubal using a device to flesh out and publish his writings , robert Heinlein character. Define "mobile"? Taking the "Heart of Gold" and it's drive as being essentially a computer (+/- GPP), when it first appears in episode 2 A...
by RockDoctor
Thu Mar 19, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Hmm … have any SF writers ever written about robot writers? Didn't Aldous Huxley have "porn writing machines" in "Brave New World"? Or was it ... I've got an image of monochrome suit-&-tie dudes standing around a chattering printer in some 1950s film production. Anyone help me on that? "Brave New W...
by RockDoctor
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5254
Views: 665170

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Stupid over-reaction - can't see robots deciding to hoard toilet paper etc... Counter example : the Berserkers (various authors, but originally woke up Fred Sauberhagen, screaming. But on the gripping hand, the Berserkers were originally designed by lifeforms, weren't they? I'd have to re-read to c...