What are the implications of extra-galactic super AIs?

Discussion in 'Star Trek: Picard' started by RAMA, May 31, 2020.

  1. Ryan Thomas Riddle

    Ryan Thomas Riddle Writer and occasional starship commander Premium Member

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    I doubt it. They basically did the evil AI story from season two Disco and didn't improve on it. I highly doubt that the showrunners are interested in that story beyond having a big, epic, galaxy-ending baddie.

    With VHS-Copy Picard, TPTB will no doubt have a new high-stakes, galaxy-ending adventure for season two that I'll be surprised if they reference the AI storyline at all.

    YMMV.
     
  2. Makarov

    Makarov Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

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    I wonder if there will be any repercussions from Soji being cool with pointing extinction at all organic life for a good while there. She doesn't have mind control or Data's emotion chip to fall back on, it was a real decision to nearly wipe out everyone she met during the series
     
  3. fireproof78

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    I think Season 2 will be the perfect opportunity to explore this a little bit more.
     
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  4. Timo

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    Well, we still don't know whether the big AIs were interested in such extinction. Perhaps they just wanted to offer a tentacleshake across the portal? The extinction business comes from the Romulans, whom the Advanced Synths don't seem to trust much. Soji might have seen little practical risk in her actions, which weren't taken with the explicated goal of ridding the Synths from the bane of organic bullies; if she or Sutra had such a goal, it was at best implicit. And being implicit in vague prophecies isn't all that noteworthy.

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  5. Ar-Pharazon

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    They wanted a tête-à-têntacle?
     
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  6. Makarov

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    With the romulans it was a vague prophecy but with Sutra it was a clear message of the destruction of organics. Then Soji was trying to get Picard to sort of approve or forgive it with the logic of sacrifice question. If Picard hadn't given that compelling speech she would have been OK with going ahead and wiping out all other life to save theirs.
     
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  7. fireproof78

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    How very human.
     
  8. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    Why would they put Oh in the golem? What would be the point?

    If/when the secret (that Oh was behind the attack on Mars) gets out, she is likely to become the most wanted person in the galaxy. As in, wanted DEAD.
     
  9. Ar-Pharazon

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    Maybe because, if the story played out differently and Oh was mortally wounded on the planet, Picard would have insisted they save her?

    And again, Picard didn't get a vote in being put into the golem. If the story didn't have PIcard's brain abnormality kill him in the end, they put Oh in there and she has to live (or not) as an Android.

    Would she put a phaser to her head like that Zhat Vash initiate? Would she go bonkers like Auntie Ramdha? Or would she seek revenge in S2? Tune in next season to find out!
     
  10. zenophite

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    I don't see how the 'Picard Golem' twist is really a statement on AI at all - his intellect and consciousness still reflects his human experience. The body itself is for all intents and purposes another human body. To me this was one of those developments that I suspect was cause for alot of self congratulation in the echo chamber of the writer's room but doesn't really stand much scrutiny as anything more than a twist for a twist's sake.
     
  11. fireproof78

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    I personally like it because Picard is able to take that experience and show what is possible with the synths. I think it is the kind of transhumanism style that Trek has eschewed for the longest time and they are finally actually exploring technology and its implications.
     
  12. Makarov

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    It seemed more like they want to sidestep the implications by making the body exactly the same as it was before. It felt like a TNG style reset button, like that time worf was disabled by the foam barrel falling on him and then back to normal by the end.
     
  13. fireproof78

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    If they do nothing with it then I'll agree. But, we'll see what happens.
     
  14. Makarov

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    Episode ideas:

    Lore deactivates Picards emotion chip and manipulates him.

    Starfleet wants to disassemble Picard and Riker must defend his rights in court.

    Picard must save the crew after an alien knocks all organics unconscious on the ship.

    Guinan finds Picard's head buried in the past and he must time travel
     
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  15. fireproof78

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    Picard argues with the Federation Council for synth rights. Actual changes happen. Drama and interesting character development.

    The horror of it all.
     
  16. RAMA

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    I think we're seeing a really good outcome for this storyline right here in your post...the bias people have with the implications of AI or mind-uploading, that these are pale copies and so on. Thanks for making the story relevant and putting a nice punctuation mark on my argument.

    RAMA

     
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  17. RAMA

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    In the production artwork for this story, they used catoms in the creation of the Golem. Would people's opinions be different if Picard was uploaded into such a body? It looks as if producers had second thoughts and changed it to an organic/replicant style body.

    RAMA

    The "claytronic" golem
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  18. Serveaux

    Serveaux Boomer American Premium Member

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    Go die on that hill.
    You make no real argument that stands up to any examination at all. Continuing to assert that "mind-uploading is a thing" because links is an old, old song with nothing much to it.
     
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  19. RAMA

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    And yet your obvious wishful thinking on these subjects that they will just go away...the equivalent of burying your head in the sand is not helpful, interesting or relevant at all.

    PS Had a nice little newsletter a few days ago with the top 10 companies working on this right now, but of course, none of this is happening. :lol:

    RAMA
     
  20. Gepard

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    The fact that people are working on it is no guarantee of success; that's what you don't seem to grasp. This attitude you take that it's inevitable and the rest of us are just "burying [our] heads in the sand" is condescending, rude, and ignorant of the uncertainty of the outcome.
     
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