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Clanks

Aliases: #REDIRECT [[Clanks]]

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[[Clank]] :: [[Clanks]]

Aspects
High Concept: Hive Mind Extending Master's Reach
Trouble: Fail Safe Without Master's Presence
Aspects:
  • If Master can imagine the task we can find a way to perform it.
  • No will but Master's will.
  • ClankNET: Can communicate to/from anywhere the Clanks are as long as there is a line of communication between them (line of sight or radio) without using public channels
Fate Points
Refresh: 3 Current Total 3
Approaches
Careful Clever Flashy Forceful Quick Sneaky
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Sophant Characteristics
Stunts
  • Versatile:
  • Without Will:
Magic: Spells and Powers
Augmentation: Genetic and Cybernetic
Damage Resistance and Healing
Teams:
Stuff
Stress: Mental Max {{{CHARACTER_StressMentalMax}}} Stress: Physical Max {{{CHARACTER_StressPhysicalMax}}}
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Consequences (Max )
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Appearance

Clanks are little general purpose robots that can build more of themselves. The name is taken from the Girl Genius sequential art.[1]

Backstory

The first generation Clanks were created on 2034-03-01 0730 UTC[2] by Jack Daniels in a fit of inspiration, and with the assistance of Kaleb Gomez. Their structure is based off the Tetras body plan, including electromagnets at the end of the trunks, but without gecko-grip pads on the hands. Clanks are 25cm trunk-tip to trunk-tip and have similar arm-spans.

Rate of Production

Clank production ramps up very quickly when there are available raw materials.

  • 1 [fabber]] (L) can build a Clank in 20 minutes.
  • 10 Clanks take 1 hour to build 1 Womb.
  • 1 Womb (a specialized fabber and assembler) can produce 1 Clank every 10 minutes.
  • 1 Clank uses 1L of fabberfood.

The Spawning

BURF had 100 fabbers capable of producing a functioning Clank.

Putting this all together, BURF has time to produce 17583 Clanks by 11:30AM EST, with an additional 3321 built in last half hour. The production speed shifts from exponential growth because the Clanks need time to create a spiderweb of strings throughout the Electrolux lab. It is believed this will prevent any Spawning in that facility. This web includes power and ventilation conduits.

Anti-Spawning Interior Defence (ASID)

A 3D matrix of string filling the interior of any building prevents Tetras from spawning. There isn't enough physical space for them to appear without intersecting a string.

Processing Power

The individual processing power of any Clank is very small, but they automatically form a mesh network and establish a virtualized compute cloud on the flexible physical foundation. Each Clank has has roughly 8GFLOPS of compute power, most of it used to control its sensory and body control operations (GPGPU architecture). If all Clanks in a Node are dormant, dedicating 100% of available FLOPs to raw computational power, they raw processing power is in the same range as a human brain (~0.1 exaFLOPs).[3]

With 20000 Clanks (904 lost to production flaws) available at 2034-03-01 1700UTC, the "Hive Mind" was not particularly intelligent. It is security controlled by Bertha, the AI that operates BURF.[4]

By 2034-03-05 the Master had a full node (65536) of Clanks in his direct control.

Fettered AI

Valentine O'Connor's early projections of the Clank hive mind indicate that it could be a dexterous and mobile brain with human-level processing capacity if it reached around a billion nodes. Since the NC as made the ASID plans public, they also had to provide fabber plans for Clanks to build the webs. These Clanks:

  • Have no capacity to self replicate.
  • Have a maximum cluster size of 65536 Clanks.
  • Are HEAVILY monitored by IOTIA.

Extended Mind

The inventor of the Clanks was not credited with their creation. On 2034-03-05 he began to have a neural lace installed to facilitate a true integration of Clanks as an extension of his mind and body.

Morphology

The first generation Clanks were inspired by the form of the Tetras, so they follow that body plan. Other drone technologies exist to operate on land, air, and water. These may be incorporated into future generations.

FATE NOTES

The Aspects, Approaches, and Stunts noted here represent the Cluster currently operating under the guidance and control of Jake.


References

  1. Girl Genius, Clanks appear in the first year.
  2. 2:30AM EDT
  3. Computer performance by orders of magnitude, additional text.
  4. At the time of their creation no living humans were aware of the existence of the Seven AIs or of Sophant Artificial Intelligences (SAI) at all.

Personal Events

Date Description
Date Description
2034-03-12 1200EDT A busy morning and menagerie. Vince and JJ are a gorilla and a dog who can talk and appear to be quite intelligent. They chose to talk to a local Clank to request extraction from the secret base they are in, what with the humans all dead. Jake observed the situation for a while as the clank was passed around and
2034-03-11 0945EST Jake Introspects and Chats With Mycroft Jake has had a lot of time to think and heal and work with the interface. During this time, he has been thinking a lot more about what the clanks can do, what has been accomplished, and what can really result from becoming integrated with millions of clanks. The "ant ball" with Kaleb, the ongoing
2034-03-11 0000EST Overview Today:
  • 2034-03-10 0600EDT Jake continues training (free 1h 0900, 1300, 1700)
  • 2034-03-10 060
2034-03-09 0000EST Overview Luna Colony Alpha has had some time to deal with the fallout from King Henry's outburst.
2034-03-01 1130EST Bertha is under attack (2034-03-01 1130EST / 2034-03-01 1630UTC / 2034-03-01 1630LT)

A lot happened in a short time.

  • 11:24 EST: Bertha is informed of an incursion into her body, uncovered by B and Google in the patterns of the internet.'"`UNIQ--ref-00000010-QINU`"' The incursion is believed to
2034-03-01 1130EST Bertha is under attack (2034-03-01 1130EST / 2034-03-01 1630UTC / 2034-03-01 1630LT)

A lot happened in a short time.

  • 11:24 EST: Bertha is informed of an incursion into her body, uncovered by B and Google in the patterns of the internet.'"`UNIQ--ref-00000019-QINU`"' The incursion is believed to



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