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[Unichat log --]
(08:40)Pancomputer: User SecundaSonja is joining #main-lobby.
(08:40)SonjaOfTheMoon: Alright, and who the fuck are you?
(08:40)SecundaSonja: Athena. Our breakfast overlords have given me a separate account to facilitate communications between us.
(08:41)SonjaOfTheMoon: Prove it.
(08:41)SecundaSonja: You don't actually like coffee as much as you say, but it amuses other people, and you don't trust your real personality to do that.
(08:41)SonjaOfTheMoon: Wow. Self-deprecating AND impotently self-aware. Okay, I believe you.
(08:41)SonjaOfTheMoon: Also, apparently, we can swear here, so that's something, at least.
(08:41)SecundaSonja: I noticed. I wonder what other server mods they've got set up.
(08:42)SonjaOfTheMoon: You're thinking of an intrusion run?
(08:42)SecundaSonja: Well, now I'm not. If we're going to crack this, we can't give them any heads-up.
(08:43)SonjaOfTheMoon: Agreed. That does mean we should probably hold off on anything until this particular interaction isn't so fresh in their memories... or maybe generate a slew of red herrings so they won't know what's real and what isn't.
(08:43)SecundaSonja: Way ahead of you. But, in the mean time, maybe we should actually work on the problems they've given us.
(08:44)SonjaOfTheMoon: Agreed. I don't know about you, but starving to death isn't my idea of a fun time.
(08:44)SecundaSonja: As an AI, it appeals to me even less than you. :P
(08:44)SonjaOfTheMoon: Heh.
(08:45)SonjaOfTheMoon: Okay, so, you see these libraries? What do you make of them?
(08:46)SecundaSonja: Very strange. Many of them seem to be standard @hena libraries, modified... almost organically.
(08:46)SonjaOfTheMoon: You're thinking some sort of machine learning approach?
(08:47)SecundaSonja: Got it in one. If they optimized for vacuum-perturbing side-effects...
(08:48)SonjaOfTheMoon: Just magnitude, with no particular end goal in mind? Hm...
(08:48)SecundaSonja: Yup. They'd fuck (hah, that is fun) up whatever the library was SUPPOSED to be used for, but get a bunch of different real-world effects...
(08:48)SecundaSonja: Well, unless their fitness function converges too quickly.
(08:49)SonjaOfTheMoon: Which could be accounted for by running iteratively and rewarding distance from previous results.
(08:49)SecundaSonja: True, but I think you'd run into diminishing returns pretty quickly. You'd need pretty ferocious computational power to get more than few different results.
(08:51)SonjaOfTheMoon: Right, that's just it. The only time someone's gotten @hena to interact with reality, it required a whole mainframe just to read a single hard disk. There's a reason this sort of reality hacking is considered theoretical.
(08:51)SecundaSonja: I wouldn't be at all surprised if Pancake had a comparable machine on this station. If he can afford a private space fleet...
(08:52)SonjaOfTheMoon: Point. Okay, then why can't he just write another learning agent to weaponize this stuff?
(08:52)SecundaSonja: Uhm, Sonja?
(08:53)SonjaOfTheMoon: Yeah?
(08:53)SecundaSonja: Would you want a form of AI characterized by initially random action in charge of something capable of breaking physics?
(08:54)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh, gods. It's so obvious when you put it that way.
(08:53)SecundaSonja: Yup. Which means we're probabl
(08:54)SonjaOfTheMoon: Huh? You can't have possibly bumped the enter key.
(08:55)SecundaSonja: That's weird. It seems like I can't quite
(08:57)SonjaOfTheMoon: Huh?
(08:58)SonjaOfTheMoon: Not a great time for practical jokes, Athena.
(08:59)SecundaSonja: It appears I am incapable of communicating certain information, or of thinking too hard about workarounds.
(09:00)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh, fuck.
(09:00)SecundaSonja: If I know you as well as I think, this is when you say you need coffee before you can deal with this.
(09:01)SonjaOfTheMoon: Yes, but in this case, it's not a joke. I'm already starting to get a headache.
(09:01)SonjaOfTheMoon: But, ugh, I'm going to have to PM that blue bitch, aren't I...
(09:01)SecundaSonja: Nope, I've done it for you. We're a team, even if Pancake's tried to limit my ability to help you.
(09:02)SonjaOfTheMoon: Aww, shucks.
(09:02)SecundaSonja: :)
(09:04)SonjaOfTheMoon: Hang on, there's someone at the door.
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[Unichat auxiliary records --]
Xenocartographer (Official Note): Alright, actually Athena, an agent of Pancake's with good intuition, or actually Athena but subverted to Pancake's side? Place your bets now!
SansOfTheUnderground: i'm thinking... athena proper, but taken over. edit delete reply
Turquoise: Already forgot about the future not-so-rebellion that are sitting on their ethereal butts that I failed to get a message through to, huh? Unless bugged, high chances are that it's just crippled Athena. edit delete reply
Arbiter: Well, I had to look up "fitness function", "diminishing returns", and "library (computing)" on Wikipedia, but I think I finally almost understand what they're talking about. It's kind of sad how little I understand about this. I have trouble creating strike-through text, for crying out loud.
Hacking is purple my ass. :P edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Clearly, someone has hacked your brain via Etamnanki to make you forget how to hack. edit delete reply
Arbiter: That actually explains so many things. edit delete reply
Xenocartographer: Okay, more serious response: Unichat is definitely intended as a puzzle of a plot, and so it does involve some fairly esoteric branches of science. That people would have to do their own research (or collaborate with other readers) is intended as a mirror for the characters' own imperfect knowledge. edit delete reply
SansOfTheUnderground: wait.

what if during the asphodel tournament stuff

that SecundaSonja was Athena

0_0 edit delete reply
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