The Alliance Wants to Get Back Together

The robots could test their spiritual abilities, learn what it is to be a person

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PROMPT: catch-22

“That’s inevitable,” Gordon says, and he keeps me waiting a moment more, grinning at the grammatical fact that there’s a first letter after E and begins with P, So.

“And then word #2 comes in,” Andy says. “And this letter starts with E, and expanded to X, and then opens out to O.”

“Let’s not cut the Wikipedia links for the sake of irony”, Gordon says.

Self-replicating link, the Gesman idea was the only way for the robots to evolve in the first place. Since then, instead of the robots emerging, all of The Beano’s followers tried to become human clone clones instead of robot people. They took the long view, too. Maybe there’s a theological component to this issue, or maybe it’s just a labor. But as far as the Alternates go— human clones versus robot people—there’s very much a religious angle. Not so spiritual, though: the robots could test their spiritual abilities, learn what it is to be a person.

That would be a good thing: the housing listed here is a piss-poor area of heavily rationed poverty. It takes affirmative action in order to touch all the post-human crap that World’s End left behind—so you can keep living for the next four hundred years. And it’s tedious, because since the workshop in the Amazon for developing all those basic new ideas, a layman can’t imagine how an ugly robot will do its work, unless it’s already a live human, and you’ll need to start doing it in a sign language.

“I’m pretty sure I can”, Faye says.

“You deal in basic information, and it’s always in foreign languages, like Russian. I mean, Faden’s a bit of a Russian boy. The implications are, like, problematic, but I figure they’ll work just fine in the context. And Faye, don’t have any trouble with me on FAEs. There are many wiggle exchanges, so enlightens a short the current gender attitudes being swerveable this way—which does leave us with a very fascinating notion of the Alliance. I guess I could support it, because you’re the smartest girl. It’s pretty obvious the Alliance wants to get back together.”


Editor’s Notes

Written by AI, using my multi-temp script, and using my postmodern fiction model, which is a fine-tuning of gpt-2 774M at around 1 million iterations currently. Chosen from among the other recently generated stories by me, a human.



Came from one of these places, which the script chose at random from a list of phrases:


Deleted prompt fragment before first sentence. Deleted a urination description. Removed a sensitive cultural depiction. Deleted orphan fragment after last sentence fragment. Added some spaces, quotations, and paragraph breaks for formatting.


Title was human-derived by me from the generated text

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GPT-2 Settings
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  "temperature": 1.0,
  "truncate": "<|endoftext|>"