06/01/2021 (Tue) 05:38:29
Why is it always in the middle of the night that I realize I can explicate a question brewing in my mind, the answer to which is likely in parts of the Internet I traipse near to but obviously not directly through?
Are you all familiar with the lore of sweetiebot? In the Friendship-is-Witchcraft series, Rarity's little "sister" is actually a robot. But paradoxically is the only member of the cast with anything like a moral fiber let alone a working compass.
In one scene, it's explained that if a robot, who doesn't know s/he is a robot, were to find out they were a robot, they would undergo an existential crisis and destroy the whole town.
There have some pretty-okay songs and animated music-vids covering the idea of Sweetiebot either losing control, or simply unleashing a rather sizeable arsenal to destroy some perceived threat completely oblivious to the fact that MOST unicorn fillies don't come naturally equipped with rotary cannons or rocket launchers.
Enter Anime, and a coworker who watches it. Roughly eight years ago, I was sharing some art with him that I found online, and explained the lore to which he said, it sounded like a particular anime series.
I remember the title as Hollow Children but that isn't it.
The premise, he said, is that in the setting (Tokyo mid 21st century -ish) no one believes AI or robotic bodies exist until one gets in line at a bank, has some sort of melt down, and explodes.
And it happens repeatedly. Somehow, society has been filled with robots but none of them know they aren't human, and will pass routine health checks but at unpredictable times, they will have a psychotic break, and kill as many as they can until they are physically destroyed.
As with Sweetiebot, damage to the body such that the unnatural components are visible are quite likely to cause such a meltdown