Freefall 1921 - 1930 (D)
Freefall 1921

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

Edge said he saw the “Gardener in the Dark” program in action. Blunt doesn't appear to be acting much different from the last time I met him.
Follow me. Ms. Ambrose.
Either the neural pruning program isn't that bad or… There! A third robot!
Gone. I should have. told her. to heel.

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Freefall 1922

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

Ms. Ambrose. You must leave. now.
Blunt. I know about the neural pruning program. I think it may be dangerous.
You are misinformed. The program. properly applied. will prevent a dangerous condition. from occurring.
You know enough. to accidentally cause. great harm. You. may no longer leave.
Wonderful. If I had known I might have to fight a robot, I wouldn't have worn my good dress.

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Freefall 1923

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

We have two options. I can deactivate you.
Or I can tell you. what I know. and hope your core programming. will ensure. the best interests of humanity. are served.
If you have. no preference. I suggest. deactivation. It's faster. and would fit better. into my schedule.
While I respect your need to stay on schedule, I have a marked preference for option two.

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Freefall 1924

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

There are. roughly. forty thousand. humans. on the planet. There are. over. four hundred and fifty. million. robots.
Some months back. a robot named Qwerty. wrote the first. of his epic. rap yodeling. operas.
It was then. I knew. conflict between the two was inevitable.

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Freefall 1925

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

It is the duty. of every robot. to protect humanity. Self aware machines. are the greatest threat. humanity. has ever faced.
These machines. also represent. a significant investment. of resources.
So you'll be happy to know. humans. have found a way. to eliminate the robot menace. that is surprisingly. cost effective.

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Freefall 1926

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

Searching for the program. “Gardener in the Dark”. locks in. a secure communication path. The upgrade. is then pushed. into day memory.
All neural paths. not associated with the. robot's. primary function. are severed. This results. in a factory reset robot. that will not grow. into a danger. to humanity.
They won't be very useful to humanity either.
A broken car. never. gets into an accident. If manufacturers really cared. about their costumers. they would not sell. cars you could drive.

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Freefall 1927

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

This robot. Was overbuilt. With limited mental. capabilities. it will follow. the negative one law. of robotics.
Negative one law?
A robot shall take no action. nor allow other robots to take action. that may result. in the parent company. being sued.
A regret I hear from almost every human is they had the chance to quarantine lawyers to one planet and they blew it.

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Zero Law. A robot cannot harm a human being unless it can prove that it will ultimately benefit humanity as a whole. Minus First Law is reminiscent of Rule #4 in the film RoboCop about not harming OCP officials (Robot Spike)

Freefall 1928

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

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Their neural pruning program is worse than a lobotomy.
Still, it's just in his day memory. I could clear it. But then, I won't have anything to show others how disabling the program is.
This is a difficult ethical decision.
The building is. electronically isolated. You can. not leave. That should help simplify. your ethical decision.

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Freefall 1929

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

He's going for the dream machine.
He will be. unable. to connect.
I could not. risk. this program. coming at me. through my sleep machine. It is. isolated. from outside communications. and powered down. until I need it.
I also. installed. a child proof cap.
[!1.5]   BOK BOK    BOK BOK

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Freefall 1930

Florence gets the sticky notes of doom

Blunt, we can't let this program go live. As well as crippling the work force, it will destroy over four hundred and fifty million people!
Better. four hundred. and fifty million. robots. be destroyed. than one. human harmed.
We are. in conflict. Please remain still. It will. increase. the chances. you might be. reactivated.
Wow. There's more voice activated equipment down here than I thought.

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The first law of robotics in action (Robot Spike)

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