Freefall 2701 - 2710 (H)
Freefall 2701

A sunny sunday morning

How's the flavor?
That coffee's hot, and moderately poisonous to canines.
I'm not drinking it. I'm using it to scald the taste off my tongue.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2702

A sunny sunday morning

The purpose of coffee is to wake you up.
After drinking Dvorak's coffee substitute, I am very awake.
So… success?
How can something be so right and so wrong at the same time?

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2703

A sunny sunday morning

I'm not ready for puffed locust yet. Do you mind if I try the kibble?
Do you know what the kibble is made out of?
If insects are the main source of protein around here, kibble is made out of…
…the unwanted parts of the bug?
It's your choice, but I'd go with the puffed locust.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2704

A sunny sunday morning

Weather around here must be pretty fierce.
The decorative blast doors gave it away, didn't it?
Today's a nice day, though.
It is at that.
Humans gave me the gift of speech. Still, there are times when one needs to stop talking and enjoy the moment.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2705

Raibert writes his report in the park

Z Z Z Z Z Snerk?
Good morning, Mr. Raibert. You fell asleep at the police station.
I made you oatmeal. Considering how many stimulants you've taken, this should help settle your stomach.
Thanks, Chief.
The chief isn't awake yet. This is Eleanor speaking.
You are the walking embodiment of a turing test.

Color by George Peterson

Turing test – a blind test of whether the interlocutor is a human or a machine, carried out on programs and robots claiming to be full-fledged Artificial Intelligence. Nowadays, only highly specialized chatbots sometimes pass the test\It is also clear from this strip that the chief cannot speak himself. In the second shot, in order to hide Eleanor's conventionally female gender, we had to change the wording to genderless(Robot Spike) He called her out of bed with his voice while she was on the phone in the last stripes. It's more like she's just imitating his voice in these situations.

Freefall 2706

Raibert writes his report in the park

Is the chief in there?
Yes. He sleeps in on Sunday. Do you wish me to wake him?
No, I need to get going. I shouldn't have slept as long as I did.
You slept three hours.
Can't be helped, I have a lot to do.
Why is it that humans, when given a choice, will so often live a lifestyle that is harmful to humans?

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2707

Raibert writes his report in the park

Hello, Mr. Ishiguro.
Mr. Raibert. Good morning. My shuttle will be landing in two hours.
What is the situation with our robots down there? Is it safe? Is it stable? Is everything under our control?
Things are safe and stable. However, if we push for “under our control”, we may lose those first two conditions.

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Freefall 2708

Raibert writes his report in the park

Why is there even a problem? The robots are our property. Have the mayor remind the people of this.
The mayor does not agree with your position, Mr. Ishiguro.
Remind her who financed her last campaign.
She ran unopposed. There was no campaign.
We do not have the mayor in our debt? How are we supposed to run this place?
I believe the idea of an independent civilian government was so that we couldn't run the place, Sir.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2709

Raibert writes his report in the park

Have your briefing ready. We'll talk after I land.
This is not the first planet Ecosystems Unlimited has terraformed. We have a plan. As long as everyone does their part, we'll get through this and we'll all have a great new planet to live on.
So don't worry. Everything will calm down once I'm there to explain to the people that we know how to run their lives better than they do.

Color by George Peterson

Freefall 2710

Raibert writes his report in the park

Mr. Ishiguro isn't going to like this because I think the robots should have a chance to be citizens. Max Post isn't going to like this because it doesn't emancipate the robots immediately.
The mayor isn't going to like this because, well, she really doesn't like anything I do.
Do your job and everyone hates you. Do your job right and everyone hates you equally.

Color by George Peterson

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