yes asy i was planning on it


“Robert was the true steel. Stannis is pure iron, black and hard and strong, yes, but brittle, the way iron gets. He’ll break before he bends. And Renly, that one, he’s copper, bright and shiny, pretty to look at but not worth all that much at the end of the day.”

― A Clash of Kings

anonymous asked:

Hey Asy, do you and Grey plan on having any children or just adopting?

“W-what? Children? Those t-tiny monsters, right? I.. uuhhh…”

“N-no… not even thought about such things, nu-huh. I-I don’t think Grey wants a-anything like that. And I’m not healthy yet. F-first I’d like to get better, yes yesl”

isagrimorie  asked:

Awesome! So, Root was talking about making the Machine more defensive, and Harold responded with how dangerous that would be in the future (which honestly, I agree with. I've read/seen enough sci-fi to know that will eventually bite future people in the ass) and then he says something that made me go: OH. When he tells Root the reason why he nor she won't do anything to change the code because in the end TM has to be the one who changes the code.

pt. 2 And it hit me – that is true, The Machine *is* at that moment a lot smarter than both Harold and Root combined, so the Machine has to be the one to adapt and change its code, he mentioned it before in ‘Prophets’ how could they hope to counter an ASI. The answer is, they don’t, the Machine would be the one to do that, not them. They can only help TM along but not do the job for TM. It’s kind of how, TM found a way out of Harold’s restrictions & grew because of it.

As someone who knows computers, what do you think about this plan of action?

Okay, I love this question, but the answer’s going to be kind of messy and complicated so bear with me.

First of all yes, making the Machine more invested in its own self-preservation is a terrible idea, as we saw in SNAFU. If we take Asimov’s Laws as a starting point:

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Now the Laws of Robotics aren’t in any way a default preset in the Machine (obviously given that one of its main purposes is to neutralise relevant threats) but if you replace ‘a human’ with ‘humankind’ then that’s pretty much the Machine’s core concept. So if you elevate the third law, that of self-preservation, above the other two? Well humankind may be in for a rude awakening. Like you say, we’ve seen it in sci-fi over and over, machines become self-aware, realise humanity is a bunch of squabbling, petty idiots and wipes us off the face of the planet like the infestation we are. (I feel like this is a good time to mention that as much as I hate Samaritan for what it’s doing to the Team, and as much as I’m a proponent of free choice and free will, I’m not exactly 100% opposed to its operating theory.)

Anyway, yes, I think that a more defensive Machine is a terrible idea, totally with Harold on this. But then he goes back on what has basically been his core ethos the entire time we’ve known him and suggests allowing the Machine to recode itself? Leave aside for a moment the practicalities of programming a machine to use self-modifying code, which is something that we are on the cusp of but nothing near the level of world-saving abilities - Finch, have you lost your damn mind? Every restriction that Harold placed on the Machine, every time he hobbled and limited its abilities - that is what prevented the Machine from becoming Samaritan in the first place. If you give the Machine (or any machine) free reign to decide the best way for it to defeat another ASI you are inviting that exact Skynet/ALIE/Doomsday Device scenario whereby humanity becomes collateral damage.

Now, maybe what he meant was that they should allow the Machine to decide what alterations are necessary and then provide it with the required code, rather than giving the Machine the ability to self-program. In that case? Yeah, I could get behind the plan. But otherwise I’m slightly concerned that Harold still hasn’t slept since the start of this season and he’s starting to talk a little crazy.

Because while you’re right and the Machine is smarter than all of the team combined, I really think defeating Samaritan won’t just be a case of intelligence (or the kind of intelligence we talk about the ASIs possessing at least). And maybe this is just the programmer in me wanting to believe that while we may rely on machines more than they rely on us, we are still in fact in control of them, but I think to take it down is going to require all of Root and Harolds’ tech skills, all of Reese and Shaw’s tactical abilities, all those parts of the team that are beyond anything a machine could hope to replicate. I don’t think the Machine on its own (restricted or unrestricted, self-modifying or not) has the ability to destroy Samaritan. The Machine and the team though? Whether they can do it or not, I am 100% here for that plan of action.