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Pattern Recognition

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 5:29 am
by Scattercat
Captain Trystero stared at the swirling mass on the screen, the bizarre anomaly the long-range sensors had picked up. "TS-197, what is that thing?"

The android whirred gently. "Unknown. Not in database."

"Sweet mercy! A wholly unknown astronomical event..."

"Don't jump to conclusions, captain," said Spekkio.

"What do you mean?"

Instead of answering, Spekkio rummaged in the console, coming up with a fork from the mess hall. "TS-197, identify?"

"A three-tined eating utensil."

Spekkio turned his back on the android and bent the fork into a circle. He spun back. "TS-197, identify?"

"Unknown. Not in database."

"See?" sighed Spekkio. "Robots."

Re: Pattern Recognition

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:17 pm
by mrsmica
tsk, tsk, tsk. Robots.

Re: Pattern Recognition

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:31 pm
by flyawaybefree
Spekkio, king of the twisted fork and those damn robots...

Re: Pattern Recognition

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 3:20 pm
by Dairmid
There is no spoon.

Re: Pattern Recognition

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:14 pm
by babydyke
Ha! This is brilliant. I always get frustrated when robots in media have *too* much ability to recognize the unknown/abnormal. It's just...improbable. Totally wrecks my suspension of disbelief. You just summed up my whole objection.

Re: Pattern Recognition

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:21 pm
by Scattercat
They DO have robots that can recognize towels, now. It takes several hours of careful scanning, but it can then fold the items appropriately without tearing or missing corners.

Re: Pattern Recognition

Posted: Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:47 am
by manintheshack
When the robot uprising comes, they'll never know what hit them. People of Earth, bend your cutlery and moisten your towels: we are at war!