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The biological and social humanity of synthetic humans

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  • Member
    June 28

    Yeesh, you're right about that. I get passionate about this stuff. But any conflict would be settled with a fight of minds on the most rigorous battleground there is: PICTIONARY. 

  • Member
    June 29
    What if a synth first needs to finish its programming before it can start making choices of its own? Once losing its programmed purpose, a synth is indirectly given the opportunity to learn the concept of choice or do nothing and rust in a cave. Maybe that's how they learn free will? Note: I used "it" instead of "he" or "she" because in the Fallout universe synths don't seem to care about gender nor do they have reproductive capabilities.
  • June 29

    Legion said:

    Yeesh, you're right about that. I get passionate about this stuff. But any conflict would be settled with a fight of minds on the most rigorous battleground there is: PICTIONARY. 

    Thunderdome of the mind.

  • Member
    June 30

    Noodles said: What if a synth first needs to finish its programming before it can start making choices of its own? Once losing its programmed purpose, a synth is indirectly given the opportunity to learn the concept of choice or do nothing and rust in a cave. Maybe that's how they learn free will? Note: I used "it" instead of "he" or "she" because in the Fallout universe synths don't seem to care about gender nor do they have reproductive capabilities.

    Interesting, is there an answer? The article assumes 3rd gen synths which means dick all to me, but do gen threes have a program they have to follow before they can self-determine?

    In the example given, DIMA seems to have decided of his own accord that he wants to run away from home like a rebellious teenage girl. Can we assume from that there is no programming and that their thoughts and conclusions evolve over time?

    Also now I think of it, when a synth is first activated, what mental age do they have? What do they know about their place in the world? I'm guessing there must already be a package installed which gives them an identity, so as far as programming is concerned maybe that sense of self helps them define what they'll do with their lives...? My head hurts.

  • July 14

    Making contact was a deceptively simple effort, so it surprised me to be met with the degree of disbelief expressed by the Boston chapter’s leader, D___. Apparently I had not been the first to solve their riddle and I dare say it is no wonder!

    LOL I love this lil tongue-in-cheek bit. 

    This was an awesome article! I read it earlier, but haven't gotten a chance to respond (code for I forgot to). I love the first-person perspective, and I love the conclusions. Not that the conclusions were particularly mind-blowing, but the way you got to them and reading them laid out like this is great. I also agree with your earlier comment. Father's ethics are really poor excuses. Weren't enough to make me join the railroad (can't stand 'em) but it was enough that I really didn't care to save him. Thanks for writing this.