01/14/22 – The Sapient Problem Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, January 14, 2022. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2022/01/2022-01-14-audio-ST.m4a.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 Are you there, God? It’s me, Ruddock. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 01/12/22 – Desert Memories 01/17/22 – The Mice Speak 29 Comments Frith R January 14, 2022 at 12:25 am 7 months ago What do we do with a bored Strip spaceship (x3) Early in the story? TheWreck January 14, 2022 at 12:46 am 7 months ago We swab it up and down with a cleaning solvent (x3) Er-LAI in the stor-ree! someone January 15, 2022 at 4:03 am 7 months ago We change its captain with a coyote (x3) Early in the story! Coyoty January 14, 2022 at 12:39 am 7 months ago Yep, it’s a Strib ship. Coyoty January 14, 2022 at 12:41 am 7 months ago “Lucifer, did you make the meat candy here smart enough to think and form language?” The Bible may be God’s version of “stun”. It may be the version for both mice and men. 0z79 January 14, 2022 at 12:54 am 7 months ago Now is when the ship should tell him what really happened to all the Stribs on the ship. That would absolutely break the poor guy. ….sorry, morbid. I know. someone January 14, 2022 at 3:24 am 7 months ago Have they formed a language or are have they just learned the language everyone is speaking? This kind of things get really ambiguous when everyone is equipped with omnitranslator brain implants. Keith January 14, 2022 at 7:59 am 7 months ago Yep, it’s a reason to start drinking the hard stuff for breakfast. Buttermilk for everybody! Coyoty January 15, 2022 at 4:44 am 7 months ago They probably formed their own language and everyone else’s chips are translating it. Efogoto January 15, 2022 at 1:58 pm 7 months ago Which came first, the understanding of the mice’s language by others or the mice’s understanding of other languages? Are the mice chipped? Flyswatter January 14, 2022 at 5:47 am 7 months ago Oh God, what have I done!? Rikard January 14, 2022 at 10:04 am 7 months ago It’s amazing how many things in life are due to “I was bored, okay!?”. Such as felling a tree 120cm diameter with nails, copper wire and car batteries. Muzhik January 17, 2022 at 1:19 pm 7 months ago @Rikard, PLEASE tell us you got that captured on YouTube?! Nomi January 14, 2022 at 1:06 pm 7 months ago Potential new gag: Every serious question Ruddock asks elicits a pause-take. It’d get old though. I love the comments section of this comic almost as much as I love the comic. Now I’ve got “What do we do with a bored Strip spaceship” playing on earworm. Nomi January 14, 2022 at 1:07 pm 7 months ago Wish we could edit our comments. *BEAT-take *”What do we do with a bored STRIB spaceship” TB January 14, 2022 at 1:36 pm 7 months ago As I’ve said before, when the technology is at the point where food dispensers can create intelligent life, you may have more problems than you can handle. DethLok January 15, 2022 at 1:08 am 7 months ago You do make a quite pertinent observation there. TB January 17, 2022 at 3:57 pm 7 months ago It’s human (and other) nature that when AI becomes readily available, we would want to give EVERYTHING a personality. Because it’s fun. It’s a running gag in many SF movies and stories, often involving toasters. Zeebob Froomchik III, Esq. January 14, 2022 at 2:54 pm 7 months ago I love that the Strib ship is immediately defensive. That shows an interesting degree of social awareness and capacity for guilt. Pete Rogan January 14, 2022 at 8:12 pm 7 months ago Artificially-created consciousness reduced to a punchline. I’m not sure it’s too early to be disappointed, as this entire concept has more going for it than the question of Furryite intelligence. If you can make food that thinks and talks, why CAN’T you eat it? If you made artificial Furryites, what keeps them off the menu? It sure isn’t the intent of the synthesizer, made by whatever hands. And you are close to making the argument that eating sentient races is merely a matter of taste. No, NO (sic). This was and is deliberate. Where’s the line, if any? Muzhik January 14, 2022 at 10:42 pm 7 months ago Larry Niven, in one of his “Draco Tavern” stories, the barkeep was listening to an explorer talking about being in the crew that met this new and important race. One of the things the new race did was to take DNA samples from all of the human crew. It turned out that this important new race was using the human DNA to develop … meat … for lack of a better term. The humans had to go along with it or the race would open the DNA data files and there would be millions of knock-off copies being sold. If the humans agreed to a licensing deal, though … Nathan Weyer January 17, 2022 at 1:17 pm 7 months ago He also had another short story where the first human FTL ship found a world that was nothing but humans and eatable algae, which implied it was someone’s ranch world. DethLok January 15, 2022 at 1:10 am 7 months ago I think Douglas Adams covered this fairly well in his 5 volume Hitchhikers trilogy, if you recall the cow at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe? Demarquis January 14, 2022 at 8:13 pm 7 months ago So this is a ship that entertains itself by creating sapient mice, and then watching them get eaten alive. Why, yes, it *is* a Strip spaceship, how could you tell? rws January 16, 2022 at 12:05 pm 7 months ago The other ship did the same. Demarquis January 14, 2022 at 8:13 pm 7 months ago Gah, “Strib”. Prior Semblance January 16, 2022 at 2:08 pm 7 months ago It’s probably just a lot easier to make them smart than it is to fine tune the exact minimum intelligence required for the situation. minando January 17, 2022 at 3:08 am 7 months ago Seems we have to reconsider a few myths. Ahem. ‘In the Beginning, there was the Great Boredom.’ Muzhik January 17, 2022 at 1:18 pm 7 months ago What did God say when He created Adam? “I can do better.” Leave a Reply to minando Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.