Analysis

Robots Don’t Interact: Why Humans & AI Will Never Understand Each Other

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Artificial Intelligence has long been a mainstay fixture in the science fiction genre. Indeed, AI as a plot device can carry an entire movie or television show and keep us riveted to the screen. The cultural significance of AI in entertainment increases as we grow ever more tantalizingly close to achieving human-like artificial intelligence in real life. As early as a month ago, Snopes investigated the slightly exaggerated claim that Facebook would be shutting down their AI. This was allegedly due to the fact that AI were creating their own incoherent language to more efficiently talk to one another.

It makes sense that human language (especially English) would not be efficient enough for a robot’s taste. Let’s look at some examples of AI that struggle with human communication — and vice versa.

GLaDOS, Portal

This game is a great example of how grammar and vocabulary are not the only thing necessary to communicate. The star robot of the popular Portal series is GLaDOS, an artificial intelligence that has made it her life goal to test humans under inhumane conditions. It’s a fantastic example of misunderstanding human culture.

Not only that, but the laughable (yet paradoxically much-loved in fandom) companion cube is clearly intended to help the human player bond to something. Of course, it’s only a grey metal cube painted with hearts. This makes it difficult to anthropomorphize the cube to form even the smallest attachment, yet GLaDOS is oblivious to this failure. One of her other hilarious incentives for the player is that “you will get cake” at the end of every level. Spoiler: there is never any cake.

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Let It Snow! 10 Wintry Scenes to Celebrate the Season

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[Art by Matt Rhodes.]
It’s officially the holiday season, and some parts of the world are experiencing colder weather. For those of you who don’t want to brave the outdoors (or who live somewhere that doesn’t have chilly weather), here are a few of the best, but coldest video game environments. It also doesn’t hurt that many of them may help gamers get into the spirit of the season!

Noveria, Mass Effect

Noveria is the location for one of the main story missions in Mass Effect. When you arrive, the normally chilly planet is in the middle of an ice/snow storm. Frankly, it’s one of the most effective “cold” planets I’ve ever had the joy of playing in. When you are outside, the planet is loud, windy, and covered in snow and ice. Inside doesn’t seem much better, though. There are windows in almost every major location showing you the frozen wasteland outside. Not only that, but the lighting is dark and mostly blues, giving the feeling of being cold even inside. Bundle up before you take your crew to this planet.

Repugia, Costume Quest

“Grubbins on Ice” is the Christmas-themed DLC for Costume Quest. In it, the kids visit a world inhabited by the monsters from the main game, Repugia. The title of the DLC should give you a hint as to what to expect—Repugia is cold. The entire world is made up of snow and ice, and even introduces a few winter-themed enemies and challenges.

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Analysis, RPGs

A Tale of Two Story Arcs: Jedi Exile vs Juno Eclipse

As you may have noticed, I kind of love Star Wars and pretty much all affiliated video games. So, this one goes out to two of my favorite female characters: the Jedi Exile and Juno Eclipse.

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Doing It Wrong ☒ Jedi Exile

Let’s start with the Jedi Exile. In Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords, you start off choosing your gender and class. The Exile could be a guy, but for today, let’s say you chose a woman. You start out … in your undies. Woops, but it’s the same for any choice in character. Eventually, you meet Atton (swoon), Kreia, Mira (also swoon), Brianna, Mical, Bao-Dur, Mandalore, Visas Marr, T3-M4, HK-47, and G0-T0. That’s a nice big crew. You get to choose light or dark (if you go dark, you get Hanharr instead of Mira) as you destroy the rest of the Sith Lords. One of the best things about this game is the philosophy. You get all sorts of interesting talks from Kreia and have a lot of morality questions throughout the game that aren’t as simple as the Paragon or Renegade in Mass Effect. But that’s all part of the fun.

The weirdest thing a female Exile has to put up with is Darth Sion. I mean, Darth Creepy has a weird love thing going on? Of course, this is turned right around, and male Exiles have Atris after them. Both are equally bad.

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Sunday Loot

Sunday Loot: Top Tweets From This Week

At this point, it’s pretty obvious that the team here at FemHype loves to tweet. Since the sheer number of poignant, 140-word quips all but summarize our mission statement, we figured a weekly “looting” post was in order. So! Check back every Sunday while we round up the tweets we think are hella rad. As always, the best is saved for last.

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