Abaondon the dots idea. Your poor readers are going to be incredibly confused and it's just too gimmicky to work.
The original thought was that the narrator would be The Watson
, and that would allow me to explain everythihng, but... yes, I can tell it's not a good idea.
Are you saying computers make you more eloquent than you would be on your own? If so, what does autism have to do with this?
Not only more eloquent, but "warmer." The computer knows how you want to present yourself*
, and so suggests how to behave so that you come off that way. (The arms race involving better and better algorithms
for doing this is commented on.) I suppose it translates in trope terms as the My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours
to Politeness Judo
, rather than physical Judo.
Autism is only vaguely related, because I was thinking in terms of the social problems Autism causes. (Or probably more speciifcally, Asperger's.) If there was a spectrum of social skill that started at severely autistic and got steadily better, I was trying to imagine what happens when you pass "normal" and go out the other side.
Also, are you saying that aliens are interacting with humans via this method?
Sort of. Here's the scenario:
A) Narrator is a completely unaugmented human, who meets the aliens as part of a team.
B) Rest of the human team is socially augmented.
C) The aliens are not augmented, (being Iron Age
tech level) but do think noticiably differently to unaugmented humans. (For instance, the more social ones can have hundreds of what humans would consider friends.)
The plot hinges on the narrator awkwardly getting along with the aliens, (as he appears The Fool
) while the augmented humans also get along awkwardly, but for the opposite reason: they fall into the Uncanny Valley
a little. (AFYACW
is involved, so appearance isn't an issue.) How difficult would this be to pull off, and/or how believable is it?