03/26/20 – On Not Shooting People Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, March 26, 2020. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/03/2020-03-26-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Some times a box-bot can never seem to come out on top… until a coyote comes along. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 03/25/20 – Full-on Costumes 03/30/20 – Maps 28 Comments Leinglo March 26, 2020 at 12:26 am 2 years ago Ruddock is gonna need a new title after this. I’m thinking, the Gun-yote. Night-Gaunt49 March 26, 2020 at 1:02 am 2 years ago Ruddock wants a shooter uh? Without thousands of hours of practice and the ability to disassemble and reassemble once cleaned along with passing fire arms tests and licensing. Let’s see how Ruddock handles it. Mr. Scott March 27, 2020 at 12:18 pm 2 years ago Looks like the first step was to travel an unknown number of light-years away from Earth law enforcement. Though a lack of training and of development of *appropriate* reflexes means that when he gets stressed and the fight-or-flight response kicks in and temporarily shuts down his cortex, likely he won’t even remember that he has a gun. Unless the author helps him out. Efogoto March 26, 2020 at 1:07 am 2 years ago Second panel, boxbot’s last question contains an extra I. Or my grammar detection is poorly calibrated. Marc Vader March 26, 2020 at 1:10 am 2 years ago Or maybe And should be Am. Efogoto March 26, 2020 at 3:06 am 2 years ago You win Marc! I listened to the audio version at the top, and in that version “And” is indeed “Am”. Coyoty March 26, 2020 at 1:57 am 2 years ago Better than sharks with lasers. Keith March 27, 2020 at 7:41 am 2 years ago which will never happen after the lawsuits from the animal rights groups. 😉 Mr. Scott March 27, 2020 at 11:15 am 2 years ago Are you saying that you think sharks should be denied the right to have lasers?!? Gregg Eshelman April 1, 2020 at 4:11 am 2 years ago They may have lasers but not frikkin lasers. Frikkin lasers require a background check and a $200 fee. FlySwatter March 26, 2020 at 8:01 am 2 years ago Easily the funniest strip so far in this story. From “I can’t give anyone but Emily a gun” to literally hopping out into the room and pushing them to anyone that strolls by; including Ruddock. Two things I can’t wait to see now: the costumes and how this weaponized approxiscan collar plays out. russell styles March 26, 2020 at 12:11 pm 2 years ago So some of the bots are less intelligent than humans. A good deal less. Mr. Scott March 27, 2020 at 11:20 am 2 years ago Not sure whether being less intelligent would make the bots more or less likely to want to take over. After considering what a ruler / despot has to deal with (resource allocation, in charge of and responsible for *everything*, multiple crises, killing underlings means training replacements, assassination attempts, …), I rather suspect being smarter makes one *less* likely to want the job. Libby March 26, 2020 at 8:15 am 2 years ago I just wanted to thank you for still posting every day, Chris. Your comics are how I’ve started my day for the past (mumble mumble mumble) years. (WAY back to Little Dee) It’s nice to still have this piece of “normal” during these times. Kaidah March 26, 2020 at 8:53 am 2 years ago That last panel is just too funny. I’d forgotten how much sass and awesomeness the ‘bots have. DSL March 26, 2020 at 11:42 am 2 years ago Is this particular boxbot’s name “Acme,” by any chance? Efogoto March 26, 2020 at 1:27 pm 2 years ago Hey! This is Ruddock, not Wile E. PeterK March 26, 2020 at 11:44 am 2 years ago I don’t know what is going on in this robot’s brain. But I think I like it. matthew March 26, 2020 at 11:58 am 2 years ago I’m now picturing that coyote looking like a Dino-Rider when that boxbot is done. Nova March 26, 2020 at 1:50 pm 2 years ago I’m unnerved by the fact this crate full of guns seems to be able to move of its own accord. Gregg Eshelman April 1, 2020 at 4:13 am 2 years ago Maybe it has a lot of little feet, like Twoflower’s (later Rincewind’s) Luggage. Muzhik March 26, 2020 at 8:12 pm 2 years ago Ruddock’s expression is very much like what my cat does when I’m finishing breakfast and he’s hoping hoping hoping that I’ll leave some yolk on the plate and ask him to clean it off. Pibbles March 26, 2020 at 10:39 pm 2 years ago I want a Binkie/Ruddock bounty hunting side story after this. Pete Rogan March 26, 2020 at 11:42 pm 2 years ago Did I say I despised furniture that talks back to you AND spits out guns? Well, I perfectly CONDEMN furniture that tries to talk you into taking a gun it’s holding. I mean, what does it think it is? A Second Amendment PRINTER that can staple you to weaponry? It’s hard to come up with a more dastardly device. And YES, I’m counting the fact that it seems to be able to FOLLOW YOU AROUND and HOUND YOU into GETTING ARMED!! Geeze. Box-bot, you’d last about five minutes in the streets of my old ‘hood. They’d empty you like you were Santa’s sack on the sidewalk. Keith March 27, 2020 at 7:39 am 2 years ago Hopefully this has some well measured steps that match how coyotes do things. From play nip and fully graduated to “I am going to beat the ground into submission with your bones then eat the bones and beat that into submission” Muzhik March 28, 2020 at 10:45 am 2 years ago Well, you know that Rudock can’t be given a pistol or even the space equivalent of an AK-47. Why not? In a word, “precision aiming”. (I know that’s two words, but work with me here.) Specifically, “lack of”. He needs something that’s effective in general. For example, a flamethrower. He just needs to remember to turn it off before he turns around. “Ruddock! Quick! Come here! NO! WAIT! AAHHHGGHH…..” meerling March 29, 2020 at 4:48 am 2 years ago That box is starting to remind me of a particular toaster from Red Dwarf 😀 tlhonmey July 21, 2021 at 11:41 pm 10 months ago And this is why adding AI to simple devices is generally a bad idea… Remember this next time someone tries to sell you one of those fancy camera doorbells. 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