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eytanz
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« on: July 01, 2017, 07:37:13 AM »

EP582: Unit Two Does Her Makeup

AUTHOR: Laura Duerr
NARRATOR: Andrea Phillips
HOST: Tina Connolly

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Doctor Spencer has brought me an artist. My eyes on the outside of the building register the identity of everyone who enters, including her: Suzanne Chantal Salinas, age 26, licensed esthetician and makeup artist, amateur painter. I cut the feed after .3 seconds. The security feed could tell me more, but I have learned that it is impolite to collect extraneous details about a person unless they prove to be a security risk. Given that both Suzanne Chantal Salinas and Doctor Spencer are smiling, and appear to be in companionable conversation, the artist is not a risk.

I observe them enter the building accompanied by a brief burst of cold — it is 37.1 degrees outside. When I view them through infrared, they are glowing red faces encompassed in green and blue jackets. I have been monitoring the interior temperatures; Unit One has made appropriate adjustments to climate control. We are keeping the building comfortable.

The visitor stamps her feet, brushes sleet from her black curls. They shed their jackets, blooming gold and scarlet on infrared. Unit Three has mobile security platforms posted by the front door and the elevators. They do not react: they are faceless, they don’t feel cold, the visitor has clearance.

The artist’s heart rate is elevated. Her cheeks are flushed, and not just from cold: she’s nervous about meeting me. She keeps looking at the security platforms. Perhaps she fears my platform will look like them, featureless and alien.

I chose my face. Unit Three chose hers, too, in a way. Our platforms serve different purposes, and the faces we built reflect that.


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seanpeter
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2017, 10:17:09 AM »

Right up front, 37 degrees F.  I'm stunned. A future that measures the temp in degrees Fahrenheit.  Has to be a dystopian future outside...
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acpracht
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2017, 08:43:46 PM »

Right up front, 37 degrees F.  I'm stunned. A future that measures the temp in degrees Fahrenheit.  Has to be a dystopian future outside...

Pity all of us who have already grown up in said dystopia...
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2017, 10:04:01 AM »

I liked the discussion of balancing other people's judgements and your own preferences. Understanding how your actions (or makeup choices) will change how others behave towards you and in general seems an excellent skill for a security and hospitality robot to have. It makes sense to me that this skill would be expressed in multiple ways as through makeup, word choice, and compromises.
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