LNH20: Earth-Twenty Roundup Thread And Getting The New Tag In There
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Sun Nov 27 00:09:34 PST 2011
On Sun, 27 Nov 2011 02:09:09 +0000 (UTC), Lalo Martins wrote:
> Tori is a member of the LNH, a robot, a legal citizen of Japan, a
> millionaire, and a very popular toy franchise.
> It was built circa 1981 by Kid Enthusiastic.
Incidentally, I had originally thought of him as being born in 1982, but
I'm thinking of moving it back to 1972.
> Maybe it's the only truly
> sentient creation of Kid E, along the lines of “nobody had told him he
> couldn't do it, so he did it”. Mostly, being way too intelligent for his
> own good, young James had no good friends, so he built one.
Oooooooh. You know, I had had a vague idea along these lines, but I didn't
get any further with it. Clearly, you did.
> Tori looks kind of like a 1m-tall, classic-Anime stylized version of the
> Space Shuttle, with somewhat anthropomorphized head, and penguin-like
> flappers on the sides. It looks like that because Kid E read somewhere
> the Shuttle's design was based on a bird, and not having the web around
> to quickly dispel that myth, he was excited by it and his imagination
> came up with a robot.
D'awwww! That's adorable. ...and hard to imagine; I'm basically
visualizing the Space Shuttle with flamingo legs.
> It can walk upright, but also fly; its feet have
> small shuttle-like wings on the sides, and of course, rockets on the
> bottom. When it needs fine manipulation, a pair of cavities open in the
> chest and little robotic manipulators come out.
Reminds me of the "cleaning robot" I came up with in 4th grade. It had
little helicopter propellers it flew around on, and a robot arm inside
which would grab cleaning untensils; you used a remote with a TV screen on
it to fly it around. Because that was so much easier than spraying a wall
and wiping it down yourself, right?
> Kid Enthusiastic and Tori remained close friends for about 20 years, and
> during the 90s, it was for all practical purposes Kid E's sidekick. Then,
> during the Crossover Crisis that led to the creation of the Killfile,
> things somehow got sour between them, and by the time of the Killfile,
> they went their separate ways.
Hmmmmmmmmm. I'm trying to think about what they'd split up over, but I'm
not coming up with anything.
> At some point in the mid-90s, after it had saved the world and
> experienced teenage angst, some of the Saviors campaigned to have its
> rights recognized as a sentient being, and eventually, Japan thought it
> would be a good marketing ploy to go with it, and gave Tori full
Note that it couldn't be the Saviors if this is post-Killfile. Or did this
> Its legal name is Jinkozuno Tori (or Tori Jinkozuno in the
> West) For the select few with working unicode: 人工頭脳鳥.
Works fine for me, though I think it makes my browser display in a
> In a moment of inspiration, it went to Bandai while it was still in the
> public eye, and licensed its image to toys of all kinds, a successful
> series of video games, and an anime, that wasn't commercially very
> successful but became a cult and later had two equally failed, equally
> cultish relaunch attempts (the second one in late 2011). For a self-
> respecting young otaku, a plush Tori is about as mandatory as a plush
And even more adorable! (Note: This is impossible.)
> So by the time it split up with Kid E, Tori was a very rich robot. It
> went back to Japan and attempted to live a somewhat normal life, although
> the life of a Japanese celebrity is even farther from normal than that of
> an American celebrity.
Especially when one is a robot. I'm not sure how "normal life" would even
work, at that point. (But then, I've always been somewhat fuzzy on it.)
> - Why did it never try to reproduce, or even mass-produce itself? Or
> maybe it has, but with the Killfile in place it just couldn't be done?
I had actually thought about this. Basically: True AI is nearly impossible
to create; all the known examples are unique events, created in entirely
different ways, and all attempts to replicated the circumstances of
creation have failed. Kid E basically did it by accident.
> - Why did the Killfile leave it alone? Maybe it was in space when it
> happened? But then how did it come back and continue to work?
Simply put, the Killfile stops *humans* from having powers. It doesn't
stop something nonhuman from being so.
> - What is it powered by? Being the 80s, maybe an atomic reactor heart?
> Does that cause it to be less popular these days when atomic energy is
> viewed with suspicion?
Hmmm. Well, this *was* before Chernobyl and Three Mile Island.
> - What is their relationship like today, with both in the LNH?
Depends on how it broke up, I suppose!
> - Do cybernetic birds dream of cloud computing?
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, puffy white servers.
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