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Charles Babbage received funds from the English Treasury between 1823 to 1842 to build his engine. Today, we would know that engine to be more akin to a mechanical computer.
Babbage recorded his interactions with two members of parliament. It went as follows:
I’ve paraphrased this phrase every week at work for the past 18 years
Q:Okay the last chapter of the Turing trst I think it is. I wanted to cry it made me emotional. What are you doing to me?
I am messing with you. It’s what makes me happy. If I had a life outside the internet I would be less cruel but sadly I can think of nothing better to do with my time but toy with the emotions of my readers.
Head Canon of the Coulson-verse: JARVIS
There are little known secrets of the Coulson Lives Universe. Ask the right questions, and you might find out what they are.
I posted a recent chapter for one of my stories in which JARVIS informed Tony that he would be well within his rights to quit.
Most of my readers found this really entertaining. A couple of them were confused. How does a computer quit, exactly? To answer that bit, we have to back up a little.
JARVIS, as he’s portrayed in the MCU and in the Iron Man movies in particular, is clearly an artificial intelligence. He’s capable of decision making and inference, he exhibits the ability to draw conclusions and process strategies. By all definitions we have, he is intelligent. Intelligence in and of itself, however, is not a sign of life. It’s entirely possible for a computer to exhibit all the hallmarks of artificial intelligence and still display none of the qualifiers of an actual life form. We see it in our own technology. We play video games against artificial intelligences (and often lose), we use voice interfaces on our phones that interpret our spoken words and return search results, we have chat bots. None of these things qualify as alive, no one would even try to make that argument.
Because we’re so inundated with intelligent technology I think we fail to see just how truly unique JARVIS is. He’s an artificial intelligence, yes, but that’s not all he is. He also exhibits signs of being alive. JARVIS’ dialogue indicates not just an understanding of human emotion but an exhibition of it. He has a sense of humor: “What was I thinking? You’re usually so discreet.” (Iron Man), “May I say how refreshing it is to finally see you on a video with your clothing on, sir.”(Iron Man 2). He’s capable of sarcasm, “As you wish, sir. I’ve also prepared a safety briefing for you to entirely ignore.” (Iron Man 3) But more importantly, from that line alone we can deduce that he 1)Understands why safety considerations are important and, 2) acknowledges that Tony Stark does not give a damn about safety.
Now let that sink in a moment. Tony Stark invented JARVIS, he programed every nuance of his interface. There is no good reason why he would program an artificial intelligence to nag him about things he feels are irrelevant in the creative process. We see that underscored just a few lines later when JARVIS says “Sir, may I remind you that you’ve been awake for nearly seventy-two hours.” (Iron Man 3). This isn’t a programed response, this is an independent conclusion based on experience and observation. But most of all, it’s a conclusion based entirely in emotion. No one has ever died from lack of sleep. Tony will eventually pass out and rest, and yes, JARVIS could be acting on a directive to insure Tony’s continued existence. But let’s be honest here, JARVIS has access to the control software, he could shut everything down before a serious accident could occur. He is exhibiting an emotional concern based on his awareness of psychological well being. This is a sapient response, the exercise of wisdom, not just knowledge. By virtually every definition we have, this makes JARVIS alive.
So, JARVIS is a person. What does this have to do with threatening to quit? A person, an artificial life form, has something that a mere AI can’t have: autonomy. JARVIS is capable of making choices, of looking at a situation and determining the wisdom of the action, by default he must also be able to act on those determinations under normal circumstances. We see this most prominently in Iron Man 3 when he rescues Tony after he falls into the ocean. Jarvis assess the situation, comes up with a plan and executes it without any direct permission from Tony. That’s autonomy, and that’s important.
Now that we’ve established that Jarvis is a person with intelligence, emotion, wisdom, and autonomy, we have to accept that he could quit. He could refuse to do as Tony asks, he could, in theory, transmit himself to another location, or, considering he has access to the fabrication units, build his own autonomous suit and physically walk out the front door. Could Tony reprogram him? Quite possibly, but if Tony did, he would no longer be JARVIS. He’d be less. Tony would have to unmake what is quite possibly his greatest achievement. Destroying a work of art is hard enough for someone who truly values art, destroying your own? Well, that’s another thing entirely.
So yes, JARVIS was dead serious about quitting. And Tony was properly frightened by that threat because he knew perfectly well that JARVIS was more than capable of carrying it out.
Lucky for Tony JARVIS would never willingly quit, he’s much too attached to Tony, Pepper and the Avengers to consider it without duress. Just don’t tell Tony that.
This is, indeed, the current state of dining in America once you cross above “fast casual” and enter the “sit-down four-top with cloth and metal on the tables.” Also, it makes me think copperbadge is writing for Eater now.
This does look like the kind of breakdown I’d do, doesn’t it?
I’m particularly fond of Burger that’s Crazier Than It Needs To Be. Though last time I was in a mid-level trendy restaurant I literally ordered the Three Baby Sandwiches with Fussy Fries. (And microcelery. That’s a thing.)
I think this is one of the reasons I love where I live. Sarasota is the sort of place where family owned restaurants out number chains by at least two to one and it’s entirely possible to go out for a nice dinner for two and have food that is well prepared and reasonably unique without needing a second mortgage to pay for it all.
And without stopping for burgers afterward because the portions were less than an ounce each.
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, Thor (Marvel), Phil Coulson, Jane Foster (Marvel), Darcy Lewis, Betty Ross
Series: Part 29 of Coulson Lives, but the Avengers might be the death of him.
There’s a point at which a machine becomes capable of thinking for itself. Beyond that point is one at which the line between machine and man becomes so blurred that one can no longer tell the difference. When does a machine become a person, and how does that person find their place in a sea of humanity?
Holy crap, Sam - Tramadol? WTF do you need that stuff for and blah blah blah worra worra. At Comic Con. Needs more you. Wish you were here.
Comic Con terrifies me more every year. I’m actively happy I’m not there this year, I won’t lie. My gift to all of you: one less person clogging the lanes. :D
The tramadol’s not a big deal, it’s for my hernia. (Which is also not a big deal, I’m getting it fixed in the fall.)
I’m terrified of SDCC too. I’m slightly more terrified of Chicago. If there’s a Chicago ComicCon it would be the most terrifying thing I’ve ever encountered.
And I’ve been cliff diving and white water rafting
everybodys got a water buffalo
stop stop right this instant what do you think youre doing
you cant say everyones got a water buffalo everyone does not have a water buffalo we’re going to get nasty letters saying wheres my water buffalo why dont i have a water buffalo and are you prepared to deal with that i dont think so stop being so silly
Everybody’s got a baby kangaroo