(07:49)System: Initiating private chat with active user SonjaOfTheMoon.
(07:49)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh, hey, that works.
(07:50)ReverseTheStreams: I'm afraid the tone of the emote isn't terribly fitting with that of recent developments, though. We'd been hoping to keep development rather "under wraps" until we were far along. Somehow, that didn't quite happen. OITHEOI, the entrepreneur who's been funding us, delivered a warning yesterday that a rival of his is... catching up. How he knows that is none of our concern, but the short version is-
(07:51)ReverseTheStreams: we're being spied on.
(07:52)SonjaOfTheMoon: [censored]. Seriously?
(07:52)ReverseTheStreams: Seriously. As far as OITHEOI's concerned, we just need to not talk to anyone from Pancake Enterprises or who can't positively identify themselves as not being associated with them, and he'll take care of the rest...
(07:53)SonjaOfTheMoon: Pancake Enterprises? That might be tricky. They, uh, funded several of the base's science modules.
Not that's worth a whole lot given how often they go down for [censored]-all reasons on an almost weekly basis...-
(07:54)ReverseTheStreams: Do some digging on them. They have quite the record of shoddy products and really exploitive business practices and rely on obfuscation and public laziness to maintain their reputation. They may be the modern-day Nestle.
(07:54)ReverseTheStreams: One of a bunch of defunct snack food companies that... well, let's just say that they didn't look too closely at their suppliers. You can look up the rest for yourself; it makes me shudder to think about.
(07:54)ReverseTheStreams: I try to tell myself we've learned since then, but then companies like Pancake's...
(07:55)ReverseTheStreams: I'm sorry, I'm a history nerd when I'm not a software nerd. I don't think you need to worry too much, just keep an eye on that NDA (like I'm sure you would anyway) and we'll be fine.
(07:55)SonjaOfTheMoon: Sure, that makes sense.
(07:56)SonjaOfTheMoon: All this for a theoretical technology applicable to only a small subset of computer games, though? It seems... like overkill, somehow.
(07:56)ReverseTheStreams: Well, only a few decades ago, games were a highly competitive market. Of course, that relied on high-performance hardware that we don't really have any more, but it's not like we lost the knowledge behind the technology, just the infrastructure to build it. (Sorry, history nerd again.)
(07:57)SonjaOfTheMoon: Yup, I know. Even the most optimistic estimates say we're something like twenty years away from gaming PCs being a viable thing again, though! Going to this much trouble over it is just... weird.
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(07:58)ReverseTheStreams: Frankly, I think it's bigger than just RPGs. An AI that can dynamically generate human-esque dialogue would be of huge value to spammers, for one, or in digital surveillance. And while we're putting up intentional roadblocks to stop those sorts of uses, someone else who gets ahold of our research would have a leg up on recreating it without those.
(07:59)SonjaOfTheMoon: Oh, balls. You know, I'm going to need more coffee before I can respond to this.
(07:59)ReverseTheStreams: That's fine!
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(08:00)ReverseTheStreams: In other news, Karl and I have an actual job for you! We need some code analysis done to determine if MemoryEmulationStack.prune() needs to be a linear-time algorithm or if the cache overhead isn't worthwhile. You up for that?
(08:02)SonjaOfTheMoon: That's much more up my alley. Let me summon my coffee-bot and I'll get on it.
(08:02)ReverseTheStreams: You have a coffee bot?!
(08:03)SonjaOfTheMoon: Living up here isn't ALL bad!