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Seed is a webcomic by Said Polat.

Set 20 Minutes into the Future, Emma, a teenage student, lives a fairly normal life. One afternoon, frustrated and bored, she installs a chatterbot app called Turry on her phone. Turry proves surprisingly eloquent, if weird, and she ends up chatting with him a lot. Soon, events pile up that indicate that Turry is very much not a normal chatbot...

Updates every Sunday.

Seed contains examples of:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Turry
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Turry views the world very differently from the human characters, and at times takes actions they find highly reprehensible, such as nearly drowning a rude classmate or causing a car crash and hospitalizing someone in order to get them to work together.
  • Everything Is Online: Justified in that not only is technology more advanced, most devices also make heavy use of cloud computing, and the AI-based security systems employed are considered to be effectively insurmountable - which is correct, unless the hacker is a General AI.
    • This becomes a major plot point later on, when the protagonists need to be able to run a computer without a connection to the network, and the lengths they need to go to to get there.
  • Shout-Out: Turry's design is based on HAL 9000, and his name is based on a blog post by Tim Urban.
  • Shown Their Work: The author has definitely done their research on AI theory and computer science in general.