Talk:1646: Twitter Bot

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Technically, nothing until the actual fight is against the Three Laws -- he didn't tell the bot NOT to do those things. And self-preservation is the third law, so it's allowed to defend itself in a fight, so long as it does not harm Cueball (First Law) -- so let's assume its phaser is set on "stun" (unbeknownst to Cueball) accounting for the pew pew noises, and this is now all within the three laws. Nothing in the Three Laws says it can't *threaten* a human, after all. --PsyMar (talk) 08:15, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

Also, unless the bot changed its own e-mail -- and I think Twitter sends a verification to the *old* e-mail that must be responded to -- changing the password shouldn't keep Cueball out, as Cueball can reset the password by e-mail. If he gave the bot his e-mail password then that's his fault, as is if he used the same password for his email and Twitter.--PsyMar (talk) 08:19, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
I think it was the EC2 password that changed. Mikemk (talk) 18:13, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

Perhaps, with the recent comics referring to Asimov and the Three Laws of Robotics, it's time to create a new category to collect them? Oliphaunt (talk) 13:20, 22 February 2016 (UTC)


Might it be an allusion to the Terminator series movie? According to director's comment track and movie script, southern hemisphere wasn't hit as hard by Skynet's nuclear strikes. That's why, according to those sources, most background radio chat features NZ- and Australian accents and latin language. Once Cueball realises that his bot attempt is going the "skynet-route", heading as far aways from the northern hemisphere makes perfectly sense. DrYak (talk) 13:51, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

  • Or it could just be that Australia is on the other side of the world. 17:22, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
Those two facts need not be unrelated. -Pennpenn 23:34, 22 February 2016 (UTC)
I interpreted the "cheap flights to Australia" search as that the bot had escaped to Australia and that Cueball was going after it. Z (talk) 01:04, 25 February 2016 (UTC)
Google Superbowl ad

Is it worth mentioning that this looks like a parody of the Google superbowl ad? Is there a term like epistolary for a story told in Google searches? 20:16, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Twitter/X changes and their effect on bots
  • This would be the one time where Elon Musk is actually the hero as the Twitter (now X) API changes would have killed the rogue bot. 16:18, 16 February 2024 (UTC)