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    That was... fast.

    YAY!!!

    OK, bedtime tonight's going to be interesting in DIFFERENT ways than I thought!

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    That was definitely sooner than I expected and kind of skips ahead...

    But better than six more weeks of teasing, so I'm okay with this.
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    So after reading tonight's comic, I am curious on how QC robot chassis lips/face compare to another human as far as the physical/psychological interactive nature of kissing. I doubt that Jeph would explore this idea, but it does make me curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mith View Post
    So after reading tonight's comic, I am curious on how QC robot chassis lips/face compare to another human as far as the physical/psychological interactive nature of kissing. I doubt that Jeph would explore this idea, but it does make me curious.
    Yeah... Unromantic as I am, this was my first thought as well. It seems unlikely bubbles has life like lips and feelings aside, kissing metal seems weird to me. (ignoring other activities)

    Don't get me wrong, this is cute and all, I just can't stop thinking about the problem it implies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mith
    So after reading tonight's comic, I am curious on how QC robot chassis lips/face compare to another human as far as the physical/psychological interactive nature of kissing. I doubt that Jeph would explore this idea, but it does make me curious.
    We know from observation that May's face is made up of a flexible polymer - we learned that in the previous arc when she visited Faye and Bubbles at the Skate Park and had her damaged face repaired.
    It seems as though underneath there is cabling roughly equivalent to human musculature, and the outer layer is a softer, rubber-like surface - and this is baring in mind that May's face is a jury-rig on top of a cheap prison-issue body.

    Given that Bubbles' chassis is similar in form and function but built on a multimillion dollar government project's budget, I don't think that it would be unrealistic to infer that her 'skin' wouldn't be too different in texture from a synthetic skin-equivalent. We have such a thing in real life, and the QC universe is well ahead of us in regards to prosthesis and humanoid surrogates.

    ...Look, I'm trying not to use the words "Real Doll" but now that I have it probably conveys the idea better than what else I just said, so... whatever.

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    If they just go back to work and both sides pretend nothing happened, I'll stop reading...
    Maybe.
    Ok, guess I'll keep reading :)

    Yes this is definitely not going back to the status quo after this... I'm glad he's not dragging it out for another 3 weeks.

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    I dont like it. It was too sudden with no discussion between them. Neither side even admitted they liked the other, just apologized for overstepping bounds only to find they hadnt then started to face battle. I mean im glad the tension is over, but honestly? I would have expected this comic to end without a kiss, just them talking it out, then FRIDAY they confess to each other and smooch.
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    ...Look, I'm trying not to use the words "Real Doll" but now that I have it probably conveys the idea better than what else I just said, so... whatever.
    I'm not questioning whether or not they have the technology to make synthetic skin, but... Bubbles is not meant to be a sexbot. She's meant to be a murderbot. And spending money on making her skin from something better than metal/rubber seems like a luxury. I mean, maybe they respect and value their combat AIs enough to go the extra mile on this but my first thought is : they don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kato View Post
    ...She's meant to be a murderbot. And spending money on making her skin from something better than metal/rubber seems like a luxury. I mean, maybe they respect and value their combat AIs enough to go the extra mile on this but my first thought is : they don't.
    Given she wore armour at her introduction, we can assume she wore a separate armour layer into combat, and therefore it's reasonable to conclude she was also helmeted, or (at a complete guess) used an entirely different head unit. The Bubbles head we see now is potentially more likely to be a 'allow the robot to interact with her squadmates, thus forming bonds that help in combat', for which more natural skin would be helpful

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    That is the same reasoning the Murderbots in The Murderbot Diaries have human faces, well beside being part organic anyway and it is about their customers not squad mates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kato View Post
    I mean, maybe they respect and value their combat AIs enough to go the extra mile on this but my first thought is : they don't.
    Given that we have seen non-humanoid murderbots before - there's the guy who looks like ED-209 that got into a flamewar with Pintsize, and that May could have had a Fighter Jet for a body - I have thus far been working under the premise that "the Bubbles project" was designed to make a "more human" murderbot as it's conception.

    I might be wrong of course, but I think the logic is sound; they designed her to pass for human because that's what they wanted her to do, and if they wanted her to be a robot killing machine then they already have some far more efficient designs available. Given the lengths gone to give her realistic growing hair and an identifiably-feminine figure, non-metallic skin isn't much of a stretch.

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    That said, it is one thing to have a robot look identifiably human for the purposes of being more sympathetic to squadmates and civilians; it is another to have the robot be palpably human or human-approximate, as there is not a particularly good reason for even an identifiable military robot to be kissing anybody.

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    This sort of scene always confuses me (not that I'm complaining this time).

    Two characters exchange some words, none of which are necessarily about romantic feelings, and then they both somehow know it's time to kiss? How does that work? Is this a thing that real humans do, or just a "story thing"?
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    So . . . Uh . . . Am I the only one here who is pretty meh about this? I know there are people cheering this on or otherwise squeeing, but I just can't bring myself to care about basically anything involving Faye.

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    Okay. One little thing annoys me. Maybe not "annoy", maybe just "itches".

    Why do Robots feel the need to display affection the same way as humans do? I mean, i get if Bubbles want to convey her emotions in a way that is compatible with Fayes' expectations, but i hope there is.. more than "aping the humans" in term of behavioral display of affection.

    Personally, the single most intimate moment between Bubble and Fayes was Bubble asking her to remove her armor. It was awesome.

    ...and led to one of my favourite comic punchline ever

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    QC robots are basically human minds even if some have a few quirks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shogo View Post
    So . . . Uh . . . Am I the only one here who is pretty meh about this? I know there are people cheering this on or otherwise squeeing, but I just can't bring myself to care about basically anything involving Faye.
    You're not the only one. I think it is relationship fatigue. The first few times it's cute, but then you know something is going to happen to ruin the relationship and they WILL get together, just a matter of time. I think it takes a very good author to make an actual relationship more fun than the courtship, so you get some sort of payoff for the whole 'will they won't they' rubbish.

    As for the murderbot skin thing, my first thought is that the military can't spend money willy-nilly to give AI's bangable skin. My second thought is even if they did respect her, I don't know if having skin so she could boink ladies is going to be high on her priority list. I don't think most soft rubbers are bulletproof? I think AIs can still die from damage, so I can't see any reason beyond morale of others to give her the skin. Seems more like something she bought with her salary.
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    I dont like it. It was too sudden with no discussion between them. Neither side even admitted they liked the other, just apologized for overstepping bounds only to find they hadnt then started to face battle. I mean im glad the tension is over, but honestly? I would have expected this comic to end without a kiss, just them talking it out, then FRIDAY they confess to each other and smooch.
    Yeah it definitely feels like we're missing a page.


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    Why do Robots feel the need to display affection the same way as humans do?
    It's all cultural and ****.
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    Perhaps they wanted their humanoid murderbots to have a face capable of the full repertory of human facial expressions, and given economies of scale, it was cheapest to use commercial off-the-shelf components that included unnecessary features like kissability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cikomyr View Post
    Why do Robots feel the need to display affection the same way as humans do?
    How much of that "affection display" thing is learned behavior? And why wouldn't humanoid robots learn that behavior in the same ways humans do?
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    New comic.

    Here's hoping that Monday is a time skip to the next morning.

    These end of the week strips have felt like Jeph getting things out of the way. I hope that since the narrative has been accelerated, things can move back to a more normal pace.

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    Awwwww they are cute

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    Faye looks... different... without her glasses. Or maybe it's the circumstances.

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    Well, there's one more ship unsunk by canon fire...
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    Well, there's one more ship unsunk by canon fire...
    You're unhappy about this? Because, as the strip itself says, it's been pretty painfully clear where this was all going. Or is that the problem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shogo View Post
    So . . . Uh . . . Am I the only one here who is pretty meh about this? I know there are people cheering this on or otherwise squeeing, but I just can't bring myself to care about basically anything involving Faye.
    Any particular reason?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honest Tiefling View Post
    As for the murderbot skin thing, my first thought is that the military can't spend money willy-nilly to give AI's bangable skin. My second thought is even if they did respect her, I don't know if having skin so she could boink ladies is going to be high on her priority list. I don't think most soft rubbers are bulletproof? I think AIs can still die from damage, so I can't see any reason beyond morale of others to give her the skin. Seems more like something she bought with her salary.
    Yeah, it seems entirely likely that Bubbles seriously modified her chassis post-discharge. This may even have been imposed upon her to some degree as a form of demilitarization. She might have had some sort of high-end skin made of a anti-ballistic material that was subsequently removed and replaced with a much more standard model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AuthorGirl View Post
    This sort of scene always confuses me (not that I'm complaining this time).

    Two characters exchange some words, none of which are necessarily about romantic feelings, and then they both somehow know it's time to kiss? How does that work? Is this a thing that real humans do, or just a "story thing"?
    I'm not going to say that this isn't a thing that happens between real humans, but I will say that it's a storytelling convention first and foremost that can end really poorly if attempted.
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