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Nikifor Solovyov
Nikifor Solovyov

The Sentient Box



Lemoine, a software engineer at Google, had been working on the development of LaMDA for months. His experience with the program, described in a recent Washington Post article, caused quite a stir. In the article, Lemoine recounts many dialogues he had with LaMDA in which the two talked about various topics, ranging from technical to philosophical issues. These led him to ask if the software program is sentient.




The Sentient Box



Created by New Genesian scientist Himon using the mysterious Element X, they are generally thought to be sentient, miniaturized, portable supercomputers, although their true nature and origins are unknown. They possess wondrous powers and abilities not understood even by their users, the GodMother BoxGalleryOfficial NameMother BoxAliasesMotherboxOriginsUniverseEarth-One New Earth Prime Earth Sphere of the Gods Earth-16 DCeasedLead DesignerHimonPlace of CreationNew GenesisOriginNew GodsOwnersCurrent OwnerOrion, Mister Miracle, Shilo Norman, Barda; the Forever PeoplePrevious OwnersMarvel Family, Superman, OracleCreatorsCreatorsJack KirbyFirst AppearanceForever People #1(March, 1971)


Mother Boxes are sentient, autonomous computers typically found on New Genesis. The term 'living computer' should be understood as an approximation; they seem to be part living being, part highly developed machine. They look like small boxes, about the size of a Terran house brick at largest.


Created by New Genesian scientist Himon using the mysterious Element X, they are generally thought to be sentient, miniaturized, portable supercomputers, although their true nature and origins are unknown. They possess wondrous powers and abilities not understood even by their users, the Gods of New Genesis. These range from teleportation (they can summon Boom Tubes) to energy manipulation. Mother Boxes have been seen healing the injured, including Darkseid himself, after he was beaten by Doomsday. Metron stated that each Mother Box shares "a mystical rapport with nature." They provide their owner with unconditional loyalty and self-destruct when their owner dies.


Created by Apokoliptian scientist Himon using the mysterious Element X, they are generally thought to be sentient, miniaturized, portable supercomputers, although their true nature and origins are unknown.[1] They possess wondrous powers and abilities not understood even by their users, the gods of New Genesis. These range from teleportation (they can summon Boom Tubes) to energy manipulation, and Mother Boxes have even been seen healing the injured, including Darkseid himself, after he was beaten by Doomsday. Metron stated that each Mother Box shares "a mystical rapport with nature". They provide their owner with unconditional love and self-destruct when their owner dies.


Star Trek was born in the cold war of a dream of a unified future, but it could just has easily have emerged in different times, among different people facing different crises. Wherever the cooperation of sentient beings gets more done than they would alone, wherever they value life, freedom and truth, the premise of Star Trek is there. As the scientific method builds a body of scientific truth, open hearts and open minds working in concert build a body of historical and personal truth: we can do more, be more, together.


Sentient Equity Partners (SEP) originates from The Sentient Group which was the preeminent private equity fund in the natural resources sector. SEP was established by the Key Persons of the Sentient Global Resources Funds to continue with the management of US$2.7bn in the development of quality metal, mineral and energy assets. For more information about Sentient Equity Partners, see sentientep.com.


Although she enjoyed inhabiting the physical shell described above, Box was above all else an artificial intelligence, capable of uploading herself to the Internet or any other electronic system with sufficient processing power. As an artificial intelligence, she could only reproduce in the form of data-spawn, sentient algorithms that were derived from hers but evolved in their own directions to become distinct individuals. While in a purely digital environment, if she had sufficient processing power, Box could think arbitrarily fast, meaning she could subjectively slow down time for herself, spending subjective years in the span of a few real-world seconds, although this was not possible for her when she was in her default casing. (PROSE: Out of the Box)


Placing repairing her on his "to-do list", (PROSE: A Worthy Successor) Giles placed the broken but conscious Box on the Dr Smith shelf once again; the shelf, by now, was located in his office at P.R.O.B.E. HQ, and housed many other strange artefacts and documents. Box, having managed to get her sonic detection module working (with a range of five feet), busied herself analysing the contents of the shelf beside herself. With the only other sentient artefact she could detect, the Greater Key, humming to itself about eating galaxies when she tried to listen in on its thought processes, Box decided to stay away and had no other source of entertainment than to scan the old newspapers Giles would wrap new artefacts in, and try to make deductions about current supernatural events. (PROSE: Out of the Box)


Eventually, Giles insisted that Maxie Masters pause in her increasingly-obsessive work on Box and come along on their investigative mission to Bildbriain Dairies. Maxie took Box along in her coat pocket, more or less unintentionally. Box soon realised, with the rest of the team following suit long enough, that the factory had been taken over by a malevolent alien entity, a sentient fungus called the Greth. After the Greth explained its nature and plans to the team, Box realised that she could use herself as a bargaining chip to help the team talk their way out of being killed by the Greth. She managed to persuade Agamya (the only team-member in view of her text-interface screen) to convey this plan to Maxie, whereupon Maxie, playing on her status as a Gendar, convinced the Greth that Box was a data-cube containing forgotten technological secrets of the Sun Builders, including the secrets of ubiquity used to create the legendary "Kah-we-jeen". Under the guise of repairing the "data-cube" for its use, the Greth let Maxie plug Box into one of Henry Bildbriain's company computers.


The object of these experiments was to compare together the radiations from the polished surfaces of different bodies, all having the temperature of 212. In order to heat the bodies, a tin box was used, double-sided and double-bottomed, or a box within a box. Water being kept boiling in the interval, the interior chamber was found to have a temperature of nearly 212; and on the bottom of this chamber the bodies to be experimented on were placed. When being used these were taken out of the chamber and placed before the sentient pile of a thermo-multiplier, the galvanometer needle connected with which was immediately deviated from its zero position. 041b061a72


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