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🎨 Creative [Setting Riff] Cyberdogs

amechra

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It's 2047, and some things are a bit different than what a lot of futurists were expecting.

Oh, sure, you've got your strong AI, robots, and brain uploads. You've got universal healthcare - lifespans are up by 30 years or more! We've cracked climate change and geologic-scale superstructures, so climate change is practically gone. Hell, we even have cybernetics that'd make the cyberpunks of yesteryear crap themselves.

The thing is, those weren't human brain uploads, and you aren't going to see anyone walking around on two legs with cyberarms any time soon. It turns out that uploading a human brain? Doesn't work. But a dog's brain works just fine - they make the leap from flesh to silicon like it was the most natural damn thing.

The AIs? Psychologically dog-like (and yes, they do enjoy playing fetch).
The robots? Canoids and canimorphs, all of them.
The cybernetics? Dogs get all the cool stuff - we're just lucky that human prosthetics work, you know.
That life extension? The human average lifespan is 110-ish on average, while dogs are up to 40+ years.

It's a dog's world out there. And please don't be that guy - the traffic-control AI does know how to play dead, and the resulting gridlock isn't appreciated.
 
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s/LaSH

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The first three AI-powered Mars probes failed. "The defense grid is still operational," said an older rocket scientist, and laughed uncomfortably while his companion manifested large soulful eyes on the shared display space.

So the next time, they sent two probes together, and they worked splendidly. "Happy happy, friend fun, good," reported the flight systems upon touchdown on the Red Planet. Mechapsychologists believe that the AIs needed companionship on the long journey through the void of interplanetary space, and the initial probes were just too sad to fire their landing thrusters, believing on an emotional level that they had been abandoned.



The ongoing debate about whether AIs deserve human rights is shaped by the nature of AI desires. Clearly, there are dysfunctional, aggressive, and domineering AIs in the world. But when a British comedian joked that she'd rather have her dog at Number 10 than the current Prime Minister, because only one of the two was deep down a good boy, a petition to replace the PM gathered over 660,000 signatures in the space of 3 hours. There's now a growing political movement for granting rights to AIs simply because people think they'd use the rights better than humans, particularly as representatives and servants of the people. Many AIs have chipped in to support this view. It's not about the rights, per se. It's that they think they'd be better able to help the pack if they had legal standing.

Keep an eye on California.



Wars are still won by putting feet on the ground, but increasingly those feet are synthetic paws. Early robot combat squads were escorts for humans in clumsy powered armour. In the latest round of conflicts, those have been phased out in favour of autonomous kill packs. This, predictably, has gone very wrong. An automated semiconductor plant in Pakistan went offline three weeks ago, and when investigators sent a drone in 30 minutes later, all they could see were dog tracks scattering into the hills. Analysts believe rogue killbots were investigating their origins. Curiously, local goat herders claim to have seen nothing; they seem to be buying a lot of cellphones these days, but claim this is simply because the leopard problem has sharply diminished, and they have more disposable income. Few of these cellphones appear to have ever been activated.
 

Stattick

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In the pursuit of trying to make a better soldier, the US Government attempted to uplift wolves brains and place them into enhanced cyber bodies. These wolves promptly escaped from a maximum security laboratory to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them....maybe you can hire The Wolf Pack.
 

Maxen M

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"There are only five pure states and their names are Dog, Human, Robo, Shadow and Vurt."
 

DarkStarling

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Okay, this is weird enough to be fun, I'll roll with it :)

Debate and research rages on what, exactly, it is that makes dogs so much better adapted to digitization than humans. It's partly intelligence, genetically uplifted dogs have a more difficult time with the transition. But they're still orders of magnitude better than humans. It's partly brain structure, various human-canine genetic hybridization experiments have produced candidates that have a 1 in 10 chance of surviving cyberization. But it tops out there, and further brain changes do nothing: even North Korea shut the experiments down as a bad job, eventually. It's definitely NOT language, talking dogs and voiceless humans cyberize just as well as their counterparts. And neither of the discovered factors is enough to fully account for the effect.

Perhaps the fringe theories are true, and humans simply have a different type of soul.

Regardless, there's only one successful way so far to get humans in on this game: major canine neural tissue grafting. This has produced a new line of cutting edge, experimental cyborg soldiers. They fight as humans, until switching into Wolf Mode and activating their canimorph implants. Cyborg Werewolves may well be the wave of the future on the battlefield.
 

Elvis Waxman

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"There are only five pure states and their names are Dog, Human, Robo, Shadow and Vurt."
Oh, yeah :)

Another good source of inspiration would be Grant Morrison's We3 with its excellent (and heartbreaking) 'doggy guilt' scenes: 'Bad dog! Bad dog!' 'Bad coat. Is coat not we'.
 

Rose Embolism

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My home AI has been barking at the neighbor's AI for the last week Continually. 24-7. They don't get tired, they don't get distracted, and they won't stop until the other acknowledges they are alpha AI.

I think i will go insane.
 

Cerulean Lion

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My home AI has been barking at the neighbor's AI for the last week Continually. 24-7. They don't get tired, they don't get distracted, and they won't stop until the other acknowledges they are alpha AI.

I think i will go insane.
Eh, just shut it down. Then bring in the techs and have its voice program modded so it can't speak above a whisper. Loud enough to respond to you, too quiet to bark at the neighbors.
 
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amechra

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Eh, just shut it down. Then bring in the techs and have it's voice program modded so it can't speak above a whisper. Loud enough to respond to you, too quiet to bark at the neighbors.
And get on the wrong side of PETVA? Are you insane?
 
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