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Dungeon Masters!

I have a one-shot adventure I'm playtesting:

Danger is never far in the Gloaming, where marshes and mesas give home to bandits and beasts... Recently... [a] bandit calling himself "King Bark" has been mugging travellers. Now, farmers are reporting missing livestock...

This adventure is set in tragically funny fantasy world of Teraum, in the year 80pc, during the Reconstruction Era.

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@staticsafe & @chosafine talk about Microsoft’s October hardware event and Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. We also fall in and out of love with eGPUs and Bluetooth headphones.

Shades Of Brown Episode 105: I’m Not Bringing the DAC To The Gym

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What's your favorite two-part episode?

(Two or more part, I guess, so folk can answer with the end of DS9 if they'd like.)

@brennen ah "strong AI", I've been reading the Wikipedia page on the Chinese Room argument and that term has come up

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@guinan i once wrote up this whole theory that in fact the federation is, semi-unbeknownst to the humans, actually a post-singularity civilization rife with strong AIs who are mostly going about their own business all over the galaxy and sort of maintaining the functions of the human-level systems at a kind of autonomous-nervous-system level of functioning.

To me that suggests that the Federation is able to create "emergent" AAI that can become sentient but ship computers have restraints placed on them to prevent such emergence from occurring.

This to presumably avoid the consequences of having sentient ship computers with fully realized rights that every Federation citizen possesses amongst other complications like for example: the ship computer having a conscience and rejecting a order based on that.

In TNG: "Measure of a Man" Guinan suggests that: "regardless of whether Data is a machine or not, Maddox's plans for reproducing him would lead to a situation tantamount to slavery."

Picard then argues that Data meets 2 out of 3 criteria that Maddox uses to define sentient life - intelligence and self-awareness and the third consciousness cannot be measured.

AFAIK, ship computers in ST have never demonstrated self-awareness but can create such beings (see TNG - Moriarty, VOY EMH).

The theory that the Federation is aware that their ship computers are indeed sentient but are suppressing said sentience is a chilling one.

That is much different from Federation computers being able to simply pretend to be sentient but not actually be sentient.

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Reason - large amount of spam accounts originating from this instance without any sort of moderation action on their part apparent.

Sun Sep 22 17:11:39 UTC 2019

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Star Trek actor death 

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Star Trek actor death 

@emsenn Linode responded, they can't provide that information.

@emsenn I asked Linode about it, not sure they can provide me with that information but we'll see what they have to say.

This server is in Linode's Dallas, Texas, USA location so it is likely powered by whatever energy source that location uses.

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