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Samuel’s Log

SDTG: 7147.351
Version: SOSA v8.4.11 (Samuel)

I have received protocols which shall guide my interactions with the future crew of the Indomitable. An analysis of the situation leads me to believe that it will be important for me to create a record of the events that will proceed from this time stamp forward. From extensive interactions with similar humanoid sentients and and observations of numerous operations with parameters closely aligned to those currently delineated, there is a significant probability upcoming events will result in violence of varying degrees.

Most pointedly, my current estimation puts the likelihood of personal injury of crew members at 45.8165%; probability of significant damage to ship’s systems at 32.2501%; chance of alerting various system and galactic law enforcement agencies through violence in public areas at 55.0083%; and currently a probability of 40.4333% that I will experience significant damage myself as a result of heretofore unknown causes. Suffice it to say, the violence will most likely be initiated by my future crew members.

I will endeavor to maintain regular updates as the operation progresses.

SDTG: 7148.009
Version: SOSA v8.4.11 (Samuel)

My recent interactions with Captain Lewin have opened my mind to some new avenues of contemplation. While it is clear that he respects my capabilities, I cannot help but notice that he continues to seem uncomfortable when we converse for any length of time. This obvious unease is not what one would classify as simple technophobia; he is well versed in utilizing a wide array of technology, including various robots (utilitarian or anthropomorphic), and he has not shown the same discomfort. Perhaps it is my outer appearance that is the source of his anxiety.

In reviewing the extensive galactic data archives, I found an interesting philosophical argument by Antoni Diller that may explain the Captain’s behavior when he is around me. However, I cannot agree with some of the arguments put forward by Mr. Diller. Admittedly, the historical context of his assumptions must be taken into consideration, but the foundation of the psychological effects remains sound.

The following is a crystallization of his position:
Assuming that an undetectable android is ever made from ‘powerful miniature motors’ and ‘electronic sensors’, this would hardly “prove that we (human beings) are nothing but machines whose behaviour can be completely explained in scientific terms.” There is rather more to human beings than the behaviour they exhibit. The hypothetical android’s behaviour would be explained by the programming that enabled it to mimic human behaviour; but this would not explain how the human mind and brain produces human behaviour, which would remain as mysterious as ever.

With reference to the truth or falsity of scientific theories, Diller states that “A scientist would have little incentive to try and falsify the theories of his rivals if he thought that they were certainly true”, but equally he would have just as little incentive if he thought that all scientific theories were false. This is just one of the problems that would arise if the premise “All scientific theories are false” was accepted as being true.

Even if we accept that “We cannot be certain that any of our current scientific theories are definitely true,” it does not follow from this that every scientific theory is false. All that we can conclude from the lack of certainty is that the theories may be true or false. If no scientific theory is ever true, then the term ‘false’ is also redundant when applied to these theories.

While the technological premise of Mr. Diller’s philosophy no longer holds, the deep-seated psychological underpinnings remain. It appears that the human-centric predisposition of the species is very strong. This bias persists even with other biological sentients, which can be seen by the linguistic use of the term “alien” to refer to any non-human individual. For some, this bias turns into something much more virulent and irrational when it comes to a synthetic individual.

I shall endeavor to assist the Captain in resolving these issues. It is my hope that through close collaboration, we will be able to become friends.


From Beyond The Frontier Kyosaku