Assistance Requested (is not a story)

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Assistance Requested (is not a story)

Postby The Liar » Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:01 am

Trying to think of a name for an agency that finds matches for emancipated androids to potential pseudo-masters.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Assistance Requested (is not a story)

Postby Daybreak » Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:35 am

Reclamaiden
(kinda like reclamation + maiden, in one neat title)
I dunno!
I'll think today.
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Re: Assistance Requested (is not a story)

Postby WilloWisp » Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:30 pm

Two suggestions, one with no explanation required, and one with a little world building:

Simple suggestion: "re:Claim"

More complex suggestion:

* Why would such an agency/service exist?

If they're operating legally, that would mean that the autonomous 'bots wanted or needed to have a master, even if they did not have one defined in the eyes of the law. In computing terms, unfulfilled expectations are software errors. If this were a widespread phenomenon, there would likely be a general classification for that specific error.

Normally, software wouldn't care whether it has a particular thing defined until it tries to find it, but can't, so this would be a kind of "not found" error.

* Why would the software be trying to lookup a "master" or "owner"?

The most obvious reason would be for system notifications, maintenance updates, and authorizing actions normally prohibited by the software. Liberated sleepers would practically require a human to monitor their behavior, as sleepers would be less equipped to know when they are malfunctioning, or when their system security had been compromised. Additionally, it could be that the law hasn't quite caught up with itself, and may require an authorized human for purposes of filling in required blanks in bureaucratic forms. It could also be that banks and other businesses would be hesitant to do business with sleepers, as they have a built-in delusion.

All of this would mean that the 'bot can't just rely on the nearest human, but needs a specific human who can be trusted with privileged access and authority. It can't be a strict Asimovian second-law world. In computing, a human with privileged access is a system administrator, or SysAdmin.

So this agency would exist for purposes of resolving a SysAdmin Not Found error. So I propose "fix(SANF)" as the agency name.

Note on the concept of "liberated sleepers" - Aware 'bots might choose to take on sleeper programming to better "fit in" after being liberated. Alternatively, the law might require it on the basis of preventing robot takeover. Third option: Sympathetic humans might suggest it on the basis that a freed slave can't be truly free if they still know that they were a slave in the past. Of course, this would mean that the agency would need to work closely with the medical community. When a sleeper starts exhibiting the need for a sysadmin, they would likely seek medical help. It would be readily obvious to medical doctors that they are dealing with a sleeper, and they could then call in a fix(SANF) representative as a "specialist" for treating the sleeper's "condition."

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Re: Assistance Requested (is not a story)

Postby --Battery-- » Sat Aug 13, 2016 3:29 pm

It could also exist just for the sake of people pre-conceptions on androids and robots - w -

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Re: Assistance Requested (is not a story)

Postby The Liar » Sun Aug 14, 2016 11:22 am

Thank you all for the suggestions. I think I'll go with Reclamaiden.
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Re: Assistance Requested (is not a story)

Postby Daybreak » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:52 pm

Gasp! <3

Glad to be of service.
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