History Webcomic / FreeFall

25th Mar '16 4:10:44 PM Materioptikon
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* DeathWorld: Earth, by Sam's standards.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: A major source of humour is how Florence and Sam misinterpret each other.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: A major source of humour humor is how Florence and Sam misinterpret each other.
11th Mar '16 10:21:02 AM WanderingBrowser
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** After he succeeds at saving the robots from being wiped out, Sam finds that [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02768.htm some are less than happy about it]]. Even relatively friendly ones [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02771.htm aren't sure that owing him a debt is a good idea]].


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** In a later strip, Sam notes that between this and the lack of evolution on his planet (they don't even have ''beetles''! No insects have learned to fly!), a cheaper way to inflict mass extinction on his planet than firing nukes at it would be to drop ant colonies on it.


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* StopBeingStereotypical: A variation on the topic; Sam notes that unless his species is given some kind of serious push, they're going to end up becoming extinct through irrelevance comparatively soon. As he observes, Earth's biology has hundreds of millions of years of evolution, and far greater evolutionary challenges, on his own world. Moreover, humanity has reached the stage of planetary terraforming and designing artificial lifeforms, whilst the sqids are just starting to mess around with steam power. If things continue as they have, humans will probably have colonized every planet in the sqids' stellar neighborhood before the sqids have discovered the hula hoop, with the gap between them just continually getting bigger and bigger.
-->'''Sam:'''[[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02780.htm My species is going to lose this race before they even know there's a starting line.]]
9th Mar '16 6:35:20 PM Greenygal
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28th Feb '16 8:18:37 PM JakesBrain
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** Max Post realizes Sam is up to something big when [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02778.png Sam neglects to steal his wallet, despite having a golden opportunity to do so]].
19th Feb '16 1:34:37 PM intastiel
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* RousseauWasRight: [[spoiler:Humans show their fair share of short-sighted selfishness, but when the robots publicly petition for citizenship rights, the colonists vote in favour of the robots by a large margin. Even the Mayor, who starts out believing that [=AIs=] are nothing more than products, is convinced.]]
9th Feb '16 6:38:16 PM WaveSwallow
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* KeepingTheEnemyClose: [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02769.htm Sam]] isn't so much an enemy as he is a SpannerInTheWorks. Max still greets him because the only thing keeping the robots from getting their freedom is a monkey wrench in the works, and he wants to keep an eye on the wrench.
9th Feb '16 5:19:54 PM Nohbody
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** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01274.htm Sam as a topiary sculpture.]] (The horrible nature of Sam's unmasked face is why he's required to keep the prosthetic one on.)
*** The rest of Sam is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02757.htm also troubling]], though he apparently has too few dimensions to quite make it as an EldritchAbomination.

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** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1300/fc01274.htm Sam as a topiary sculpture.]] (The horrible nature of Sam's unmasked face is why he's required to keep the prosthetic one on.)
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) The rest of Sam is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02757.htm also troubling]], though he apparently has too few dimensions to quite make it as an EldritchAbomination.



*** Likewise, she honestly believes that humans find mosquitoes more fearsome than large predators, since the former kill far more victims every year due to their transmitting deadly diseases, and thusly "mosquito level" is a valid description for something that would be hugely dangerous.
8th Feb '16 6:39:48 PM intastiel
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* AIIsACrapshoot: Even when the details of an artificial mind are carefully planned, there are ''always'' unexpected results. Or [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01613.htm obviously necessary]] feature [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01618.htm requests.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01624.htm Overdue,]] actually.
** Later [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02537.htm taken more seriously]], but perhaps less of a crapshoot with a super-genius ChessMaster at the reins.

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* AIIsACrapshoot: Even when the details of an artificial mind are carefully planned, there are ''always'' unexpected results. Or [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01613.htm obviously necessary]] feature [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01618.htm requests.]] [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1700/fc01624.htm Overdue,]] actually.
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actually. Dr. Bowman's neural net designs are a [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2600/fc02537.htm taken serious attempt]] to avoid the usual rogue-AI tropes by developing their minds along more seriously]], but perhaps less of a crapshoot with a super-genius ChessMaster at the reins.organic principles.


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* CutenessProximity: Every Jean robot seen so far to Florence the first time they meet her. It's the longest RunningGag in the comic, having started as early as the [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00008.htm eighth strip]].
-->"DOGGY!"
13th Jan '16 8:38:21 PM BunsenH
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*** The rest of Sam is [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02757.htm also troubling]], though he apparently has too few dimensions to quite make it as an EldritchAbomination.
12th Jan '16 9:27:19 PM WanderingBrowser
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*** Likewise, she honestly believes that humans find mosquitoes more fearsome than large predators, since the former kill far more victims every year due to their transmitting deadly diseases, and thusly "mosquito level" is a valid description for something that would be hugely dangerous.


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* HumansAreCthulhu: A zigzagged example; in [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2800/fc02753.htm this issue here]], Sam notes that he regards humans as having god-like powers, pointing out that they travel between worlds, reshape mountains and rivers to suit their whims, and create obedient servants out of the earth itself (robots). Despite this respect for what humans can do, Sam himself holds no particular awe for them and enjoys harassing and annoying them as he would any member of a rival tribe.
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