This is not a gaming session. This is provided as character background and early development.
SID was perplexed. On arriving at the usual location for his interaction with his usual tutor for Social Interaction, an unknown individual was in Dr. Whelan’s seat. This individual introduced himself as Dr. Johnson. He then explained that Dr Whelan was ill, and would not be available for an undetermined period. Dr. Johnson was to take over for the interim, and possibly for the remainder of SID’s training period.
SID was still perplexed. Why would the repairs to Dr. Whelan take an undetermined amount of time? He asked Dr. Johnson about this. Dr. Johnson provided that SID would learn about biological illnesses in his medical tutoring, along with the databases he would have uploaded. Dr. Whelan was very sick, and may not recover. This lead SID to inquire about repair and maintenance of biological bodies, and about replacing broken parts. Not that easy for biologicals, and especially not for the illness Dr. Whelan was experiencing.
Dr. Johnson then stated the purpose of their meeting was that SID needed to learn different manners of addressing the individuals he was encountering on a daily basis, as well as any he would meet in the future. He went through several titles and positions that different individuals occupied and their professional titles and means of addressing them, in both formal and informal settings.
SID assimilated the verbal information, as well as the database of information Dr. Johnson uploaded. Then, Dr. Johnson went through several scenarios to have SID access the database and provide responses using titles and professional courtesies. SID then drew the logical conclusion that Dr. Johnson was a doctor of medicine, with a specialty in psychology and education. On stating this, Dr. Johnson corrected SID, saying that it wasn’t too bad a conclusion, but not entirely accurate. Dr. Johnson had two doctoral degrees, one in medicine, specializing in psychology, but also one in computer sciences, specifically for artificial intelligence.
SID could understand the relation to his position, and in an attempt to put his lessons to good effect, offered a statement of appreciation of the level of effort Dr Johnson had to have sustained to achieve his status. Dr. Johnson thanked SID for the kind words, and went on with the tutoring session.
As the session was drawing to a close, Dr. Johnson asked if SID had any questions about what had been covered in their time together. SID did have some questions. One particular question was foremost in SID’s consciousness. SID had heard individuals using different words and titles in reference to other individuals, usually when those specific individuals were not present. This didn’t seem to fit with what Dr. Johnson had explained, nor did the new database provide any correlation to some of the expressions used in these instances.
Dr. Johnson asked SID to provide examples. When SID provided some examples, Dr Johnson’s heart rate accelerated, his facial temperature went up markedly, and Dr. Johnson’s breathing became rapid and shallow. None of this SID could identify at the moment, except that it was an anomaly.
After a few moments, when Dr. Johnson’s external symptoms returned to near their previous levels, Dr. Johnson asked SID to provide some situation in which he had heard these titles used. SID described his tutoring with the Vidal Mainframe AI, who was testing and evaluating SID in speed and accuracy of his recall and accessing of internal information. There had been a few interruptions, during SID’s sessions, and the Mainframe had used some titles for those interrupting individuals. Dr. Johnson identified these titles as ‘derogatory’ and not anything SID should use.
SID wanted an explanation of the terms, and why there were other means of addressing individual, and additionally why they had been left out of the provided database. If SID was to act appropriately, there was a very logical reason for having all means of addressing others, especially those that were derogatory, so that SID would not inadvertently insult an individual through insufficient data.
SID had observed that there were titles that the Mainframe would use to individuals’ faces, and that some would only be used when referring to a specific individual when they were not present. SID had been confused by some of the titles, as they were sometimes used only for biologicals, and sometimes in reference to an individual’s levels of competence, or lack thereof in the opinion of the Mainframe, regardless of their species or capabilities.
One such title was ‘meatsack’, used only for biologicals, and almost the only term the Mainframe would use in reference to living beings, when tutoring SID alone. Dr. Johnson was appalled, and said he’d take this up with the Mainframe, before discussing it further with SID. Dr. Johnson asked about other titles, and SID suggested that he had observed other occasions, and the titles became harder and harder to correlate depending on their use. It seemed to SID that the titles caused different reactions to biologicals depending on their interactions with the individual being referenced. It appeared that if the biological interacted with the subject of the title with respect and deference, they reacted with shock and discomfort. If the biological interacted with the subject of the title with contempt and derision, they would laugh. SID was confused.
Dr. Johnson was not ready to explain this issue to him, and asked for some time to prepare an explanation for a future tutoring session. SID said he would await the explanation with anticipation. SID then added that he would very much appreciate learning the correlation between biological individuals the Mainframe claimed were particularly useless and ineffectual, and the title the Mainframe bestowed upon them, always after they had left the room.
Dr. Johnson hesitantly asked what that title was. SID answered. “5#!t Pump”.