Freefall 2821 - 2830 (H)
Freefall 2821

Pancakes are always a good idea

Lots of pancakes, syrup, butter, and stuff to drink.
Time to put their ideas of a post scarcity society to the test.

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Post-deficit - scarcity is gone, most goods and services are available for free or almost free of charge, due to the ease of converting raw materials into finished products (with many automated systems in place).

Freefall 2822

Pancakes are always a good idea

Chief. What are you doing here?
Investigation. We have an unauthorized repair gang in the area. I suspect you may be a witness.
Also, pancakes. Everyone shows up for pancakes.
It's true. Everyone shows up for pancakes.
Oh, for crying out loud! You guys don't even eat!

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Freefall 2823

Pancakes are always a good idea

Ms. Ambrose. I also came to see you. With the mayor and Mr. Ishiguro supporting your actions, there is no longer any danger of the robots believing you acted against human interests.
Yep. You're good.
Mayor. What are you doing over there?
You certainly don't expect me to sit next to you.
I better make some more pancakes.

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Freefall 2824

Pancakes are always a good idea

Mr. Post. Sorry to interrupt. We've been working on a city design. It's going to be the size of San Diego.
Universities. Concert halls. Recreation centers. Light rail. Parks. And lots of housing.
What kind of population are you expecting?
Well, we are going to be in competition with the cities the other robots are building.
We're hoping for a population of three, maybe four hundred humans.

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San Diego has the second largest population (1.3 million inhabitants in 2005, with 2.9 million suburbs) in the state of California after Los Angeles, and the eighth largest in the United States. San Diego hosts the annual Comic-Con International Festival.

Freefall 2825

Pancakes are always a good idea

I don't want to carry plates.
This. Will allow. Us. To speak. To many humans.
They must. Be warned. That a machine workforce. Powered by nuclear fusion. Will out produce. Life. Powered by. Chemical energy.
They don't seem to mind.

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Why should he be worried? He's an inspector. Freefall 0795 (plBots)

Freefall 2826

Pancakes are always a good idea

I'm surprised you let the robots go free. I figured you as more of the control freak type.
Slavery is not profitable. You have to guard slaves. Free individuals who buy into the system are profitable.
You want to make money off of them.
Child, software is not just our product. It's our future customers.

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Freefall 2827

Pancakes are always a good idea

You can't possibly be eating all those pancakes.
I'm not. I'm storing them in my suit. For emergencies.
What kind of…
Ahhh! Polly! No, don't eat my facial tentacles! Eat these instead!
See? I bet your clothes would sell better if they came with ablative pancake armor.
It would be a niche market. Very few of my customers are ever in danger of being eaten by an emu.

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Ablative, or ablative protection -protection based on the evaporation, detachment and removal of protection particles from the surface to be protected. It is used to cover rocket engine nozzles and landers and in science fiction (for example Star Trek) -for the hulls of ships to protect against ray weapons.

Freefall 2828

Pancakes are always a good idea

You doing okay? You've made a lot of pancakes.
I'm doing great!
Mr. Post. Mister Ishiguro. Even the mayor had to wait until I let her eat.
I know humans don't have the same instincts about food as I do. That still doesn't stop me from feeling this is the best day ever.

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Freefall 2829

Pancakes are always a good idea

Essentials have to be transported in. Cut the support and cities become deserts. They support very little biodiversity on their own.
Humans don't like to live in swamps. There's too much biodiversity.
They are hard to build for. Too little nature and they die. Too much nature and they die.
Their information is also confusing. Humans say they like lions and tigers and bears. Then you show them the plans and find there is a surprisingly strong “Not in my back yard” contingent.

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Freefall 2830

Pancakes are always a good idea

There's so much possibility. So much I need to do. I'll talk to the mayor and the robots. We'll make up a set of rules and then elect a dictator to make them direct orders.
Oh, and the other planets. I'll make a presentation for the next starship so when the other colonies hear about what happened here, they don't freak out.
Hey, I haven't let you speak at all. I'm sorry. I've been a poor conver­sationalist.
Kid, you've been talking for twenty minutes and you haven't asked me to do anything for you. That makes you a great conver­sationalist in my book.

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