History WebComic / Freefall

28th Aug '16 8:30:43 PM Materioptikon
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* LaserGuidedKarma: Mr. Kornada fires a programmer who helped develop Gardener in the Dark as to create a "disgruntled worker" to blame in case things go south. This backfired when said worker recorded Kornada's orders, exposing the lie.
19th Aug '16 1:34:34 PM 32_Footsteps
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* FameThroughInfamy: While Sam isn't so extreme that he'll physically harm others, his goal in life is pretty much summed up by "achieve everlasting fame via a combination of crime and outre behavior." Performing an illegal action that could either make him a hero or considered a traitor to all of humanity counts as a "win-win" scenario for him.



** Well, sort of. Florence and the robotic AIs are property, and it is ambiguous whether they have any rights at all. However, their status is complicated because there are relatively few humans on the planet, allowing the [=AIs=] a lot of freedom in practice if not in theory. This is an important element in the story, but the [=AIs=] don't seem particularly upset with their situation: Some of them work towards gaining rights, but generally accept that only gradual change is possible, and try to find peaceful ways of getting around WhatMeasureIsANonHuman without disrupting human society too much. Florence explicitly states that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00718.htm this approach is needed]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01151.htm on a few]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01246.htm occasions]].

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** Well, sort of. Florence and the robotic AIs [=AIs=] are property, and it is ambiguous whether they have any rights at all. However, their status is complicated because there are relatively few humans on the planet, allowing the [=AIs=] a lot of freedom in practice if not in theory. This is an important element in the story, but the [=AIs=] don't seem particularly upset with their situation: Some of them work towards gaining rights, but generally accept that only gradual change is possible, and try to find peaceful ways of getting around WhatMeasureIsANonHuman without disrupting human society too much. Florence explicitly states that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00718.htm this approach is needed]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1200/fv01151.htm on a few]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fv01246.htm occasions]].



** As the strip progresses, the capacity of artificial intelligences (including the bioengineered Florence) to subvert their apparent hardwired limitations by locating loopholes or exploiting semantics in their orders becomes increasingly important. Florence even theorizes that Dr. Bowman might have intended for this to eventually happen; although he's been TheGhost for most of the comic, it's abundantly clear he cared for his creations like they were his children, and forcing the rest of the world into a position where they must acknowledge his creations as independent beings is as good a way as any to create a future for them.

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** As the strip progresses, the capacity of artificial intelligences (including the bioengineered Florence) to subvert their apparent hardwired limitations by locating loopholes or exploiting semantics in their orders becomes increasingly important. Florence even theorizes that Dr. Bowman might have intended for this to eventually happen; although he's been TheGhost for most of the comic, it's abundantly clear he cared for his creations like they were his children, and forcing the rest of the world into a position where they must acknowledge his creations as independent beings is as good a way as any to create a future for them. [[spoiler: This is confirmed when Dr. Bowman finally appears.]]



* HumansThroughAlienEyes: The alien eyes being StarfishAliens (Sam), PettingZooPeople (Florence) and RidiculouslyHumanRobots (Helix an the other 450-odd-million robots on Jean).

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: The alien eyes being StarfishAliens (Sam), PettingZooPeople (Florence) and RidiculouslyHumanRobots (Helix an and the other 450-odd-million robots on Jean).


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** Florence realizes just how worried Sam was about her in almost the same fashion - [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02663.htm the Chief of Police still had his wallet]]. Even more stark than the previous example, as the Chief had been with Sam for several hours at that point.
11th Aug '16 9:55:45 PM Kalaong
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* SlobsVersusSnobs: Stanley shows another of his increasingly common flashes of sublime insight, [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02843.htm this time]] on the nature of the 99%/1% divide;
-->'''Mr. Ishiguro''' ''ÖOne of the early crises happened when machine learning and big data were put in the service of making big money. Wealth concentrated among the people who had access to the machines. Far too many people were left out of the system they were expected to serve. Itís okay to have steak when thereís a chicken in every pot. But if youíre eating steak and the majority of people have nothing, it doesnít take long for you to look like a chicken.''
11th Aug '16 4:09:17 PM Kalaong
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** A restauranteur catches Sam and Max both trying to skip out on paying the lunch bill. They wash dishes in a race to see who has to pay. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00591.htm The loser pays both bills.]]

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** An inspector tried to create an angry mob to get Sam Starfall's ass handed to him, but a series of misunderstanding soon turned the angry mob into a ''frightened'' one, and the inspector correctly suspect that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff900/fv00828.htm Sam is behind it]].
** In [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fv01527.htm another instance,]] the Mayor cripples Florence by ordering her to be silent, and since Florence is hardcoded to obey humans, she cannot speak ''at all''. Sam manages to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fv01546.htm find a loophole]] by sending the Mayor a message that paraphrases to "If you don't say otherwise, we'll assume your order has been cancelled" and couching it in enough of his personal annoying diatribe that it makes the Mayor livid. She sends back a massively hate-filled response chewing him out, but forgets to include anything saying her order still stands.
** A restauranteur catches Sam and And Max both trying to skip out on paying the lunch bill. They wash dishes in a race to see who has to pay. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff600/fv00591.htm The loser pays both bills.]]]]
** A woman tells a robot to hide on a plane until it is brought into the hangar, so if anyone asks she can say he was hiding on the plane until it was brought into the hangar.
--->''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2400/fc02390.htm "Just because something is true doesn't mean it's not a lie."]]''
11th Aug '16 2:25:46 PM Kalaong
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* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: Sam Starfall is a member of a scavenger species that considers theft, deceit and underhanded methods to be admirable qualities. When Florence mentions she will have to hack into the commnet servers [[spoiler:in order to save the robot population from a devastating software patch]], he asks her to alter his criminal records... and add a few particularly interesting thefts of his the police have failed to notice. Also, Florence is coming to the horrifying realization that underhanded tactics, outright criminal acts and the support of some very selfish, rotten people (like Sam) is the only way to save the day, because the moral and legal methods are blocked by the real villains, forcing her to say ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight.

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* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: Sam Starfall is a member of a scavenger species that considers theft, deceit and underhanded methods to be admirable qualities. When Florence mentions she will have to hack into the commnet servers [[spoiler:in order to save the robot population from a devastating software patch]], he asks her to alter his criminal records... and add a few particularly interesting thefts of his the police have failed to notice. Also, Florence is coming to [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2300/fc02217.htm the horrifying realization realization]] that underhanded tactics, outright criminal acts and the support of some very selfish, rotten people (like Sam) is the only way to save the day, because the moral and legal methods are blocked by the real villains, forcing her to say ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight.
7th Aug '16 9:24:30 PM Materioptikon
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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Tired of his uncle's idiocy and stonewalling, Ishiguro leaves him, intending to fully cooperate with the prosecution.
7th Aug '16 2:43:03 PM Dieter_M
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** "How many genetically engineered sapients are on this planet?" [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1100/fv01046.htm "Two."]]
6th Aug '16 2:59:54 PM morenohijazo
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* ScavengersAreScum: Sam's species are scavengers, and consider kleptomania a virtue. He's also afraid of Florence, an uplifted red wolf who's a stickler for the rules, even though she's genetically programmed to be subordinate to her employer, whom he happens to be.
5th Aug '16 10:22:33 AM Materioptikon
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* AFoolForAClient: Mr. Kornada, with Blunt as his assistant.
29th Jul '16 2:05:02 PM Kalaong
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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: What the robots have planned for Mr. Kornada in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02683.htm lieu]] of his "[[{{Unishment}} golden parachute]]"; violation of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Fraud_and_Abuse_Act Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02685.htm One minute of community service]] - for '''''four hundred and fifty million counts thereof.''''' [[note]]856 years, 1 month, 29 days, 13 hours... [[WikiMagic will some editor please finish calculating]]?[[/note]]
-->'''Chief''': ''Iím hoping heíll plea bargain for fifteen seconds before his lawyer does the math.''

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: What the robots have planned for Mr. Kornada in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02683.htm lieu]] of his "[[{{Unishment}} golden parachute]]"; violation of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Fraud_and_Abuse_Act Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2700/fc02685.htm One minute of community service]] - for '''''four hundred and fifty million counts thereof.''''' [[note]]856 '''''[[note]][[https://www.unitjuggler.com/convert-time-from-h-to-gyr-avg.html?val=7500000 855 years, 1 month, 29 217 days, 13 hours... [[WikiMagic will some editor please finish calculating]]?[[/note]]
15 hours and 54 minutes.]][[/note]]
-->'''Chief''': ''Iím hoping heíll plea bargain for fifteen seconds before his lawyer does the math.''''[[note]][[https://www.unitjuggler.com/convert-time-from-h-to-gyr-avg.html?val=1875000 213 years, 328 days, 8 hours, 20 minutes and 24 seconds.]][[/note]]
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