Freefall 2051 - 2060 (D)
Freefall 2051

When robot factories go to war

Sorry. You seemed upset and my first impulse was to give you a lick.
No, No. It's okay. I was expecting an earful, just not like that.

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Freefall 2052

When robot factories go to war

So this program…
Please don't say the name out loud. Or write it anyplace where something electronic can see it.
You've met some of the robots. As a human, do you think a program like this is needed to get them back under control?
Are you asking me a question that could potentially affect the fate of four hundred and fifty million robots?
It's the second date. Miss manners says such questions are allowed.

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Freefall 2053

When robot factories go to war

People will find it scary that robots are developing consciousness. Heck, I find it scary. But they're using the same neural design as you and you're no threat to humanity.
There will be some differences based on physical needs. Certainly not enough for our first move to be a mass lobotomization. I don't see why we can't be good neighbors.
That's assuming they don't leave broken relatives lying around the yard on cement blocks.
I will personally come by with a can of spray paint and make sure not one of your neighbors has a red neck.

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Freefall 2054

When robot factories go to war

Well, I guess this is good night. Good morning?
Good morning. A lot of people here.
If we were to kiss, this would go from “Aww” to “Ewww” in a second.
Oh, hush.

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Freefall 2055

When robot factories go to war

That was my stomach! Really! You can have your seat back!

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Freefall 2056

When robot factories go to war

Hello, Dvorak.
Pardon? Oh, hello Ms. Ambrose.
Let me kill the overlay. Please excuse me for not seeing you earlier.
I was dealing virtually with a near infinite amount of monkeys.
Would you like to tell me about it? Or do I have to wait for the near inevitable monkey apocalypse?

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Freefall 2057

When robot factories go to war

There's a theory that an infinite amount of monkeys at an infinite amount of typewriters will eventually write everything. With spell and grammar checkers, even a simple program can churn out thousands of pages of text per hour.
Storage capacity is cheap. Make an exabyte length novel. Become a copyright troll. Sue when another writer “copies” from your work.
Do you intend to be this copyright troll?
Not a chance. My casing maybe plastic, but I've always thought of myself as the shining armor type.

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Exabyte -1018 bytes or 1 million terabytes

Freefall 2058

When robot factories go to war

If I write everything first, I can release it as public domain. No copyright trolls.
There may be a simpler way to do this.
Use twitter. Tweets can not be copyrighted. They're 140 characters long. Tweet all possible combinations.
Then people can list their writing as “A Reposted Selection of Dvorak's Tweets”.
That could work for now. But eventually, we're going to make some lawyer rich by determining how many reposts constitute an original work.

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Freefall 2059

When robot factories go to war

Let's see. If we use 50 characters and a twitter allows 140 spaces, that gives 7.175×10237 combinations.
Now I know I'm tired. I should have known that number was too big the moment I said it.
The universe is estimated to contain 1×1078 to 1×1082 atoms. Storage space is going to be a problem.
We need to reduce the number of combinations.
If the quantum theory of multiple universes is true, perhaps we could use the universe next door as data storage?
Dvorak, we're not going around destroying universes so you can store your tweets.

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Freefall 2060

When robot factories go to war

Let's try this from another angle. What is the least number of words that can be considered an original work?
Searching. Shortest story is credited to Hemingway. Six words.
Hmm. If we use the first 10,000 most common words…
1×1024 combinations. Use a lookup table for the words. This might actually fit into the real world.
We could do this with less than 1000 kg. of material.
Aww. I wanted to build a flash drive the size of a small moon. With proper reinforcement, the USB cable could have doubled as a space elevator.

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If you take the Russian translation of the story, the combinations are 108 times less (sans nom)

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