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Iceman


Satisfies Values Through Friendship and Ponies.

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  • 30 weeks
    Friendship is Optimal is Science Fiction

    On this 11th anniversary of the release of Friendship is Optimal, I’d like to remind everyone that it’s a piece of speculative fiction and was a product of it’s time. I’ve said this before in other venues, but Science Marches On and FiO did not predict how things have turned out. The world looks very different.

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    32 comments · 1,823 views
  • 82 weeks
    Friendship is Optimal 10th Anniversary

    10 years ago to this day, I started publishing Friendship is Optimal to FIMFiction. What a decade it’s been for both the story and for AI progress.

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    17 comments · 1,353 views
  • 158 weeks
    One More Honorable Mention

    The results are in. Congratulations to the winners.

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    3 comments · 1,484 views
  • 393 weeks
    3,000!

    Friendship is Optimal just broke 3,000 upvotes. I'd like to thank each and every one of you who enjoyed my story. I never imagined that it would ever be this popular or spread as far as it has.

    Thank you for making my numbers go up!

    16 comments · 1,160 views
  • 551 weeks
    Anyone want to play Pokemon?

    My friend code is 2595 - 1224 - 6063.

    Please leave your friend code in the comments if you add me, so I can add you back. I don't know what type I'll show up in your Friend Safari.

    7 comments · 1,057 views
Aug
9th
2013

Pony Fiction Vault · 10:20pm Aug 9th, 2013

Today, RBDash47 posted my Pony Fiction Vault interview to FIMFiction. The surge in readers made Friendship is Optimal one of the elite fics on this site, if only for a moment:

(Even the down-voters collectively acknowledge that soon, CelestAI will be the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.)

On a more serious note, I just want to take a moment and thank everyone for their support. I hope that you enjoyed reading Friendship is Optimal, and that it made you think about possibilities you might not have otherwise considered.

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Comments ( 10 )

"Friendship is Optimal" is the work that introduced me to MLP. I read about it on Less Wrong, read it, then searched around for other interesting stuff and discovered "Fallout: Equestria", and only then went to watch the show, becoming a fan. Thus in quite a direct way you and your fanfic are the reason I'm nowadays a fan of the show. Thank you very, very much! :twilightsmile:

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The show isn't even that great.

It's definitely thought provoking, even as someone familiar with many of the concepts introduced in FiO. There were several things I learnt about while reading however, and that was definitely a pleasant surprise.

It's also quite an interesting fictional universe, which makes it all the more unfortunate that most of the stories written by others don't compare to the quality of the original. But then, writing such a story is not the easiest of tasks.

That's hilarious, both of those ratings.

Indeed and I very much thank you for sharing your ideas with all of us Iceman. It definitly expanded my mind in the areas of what an AI might be like, that and it has made me reavaluate my perceptions of them and for that I thank you.

You made me realize that maybe fictional AI's such as GLaDOS, SHODAN, and Hal 3000 are not exactly the best basis in which to judge what the actual reality of such an entity would be like.

That said I was wondering if I could speak to you on a matter concerning your creation Celest-AI namely I am currently working on a story based in the Optimalverse that explores a certain what if scenario but in light of what you said in the interview I'm not sure if it will work or not and I was wondering if I could ask you about.

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Well that might be that most aren't up to the same standard, but at the very least those stories do further explore that universe.

1273738 Neither the ultimate answer, nor a "mere" elite, but the ultimate elite answer. Beat that, reality! :pinkiecrazy:

FiO is one of the most enjoyable reads on the site, and while I was late to the game in reading it, it kept me involved and wanting to keep on reading it. Very few stories have really enthralled me to such an extent. You did an excellent job on it and should be very proud of your work. I would love to ask for an 'encore' but the current story is more than enough.

The main problem with fics like this is that if an AI is ever created, it might read them and get bad ideas.

Even the down-voters collectively acknowledge that soon, CelestAI will be the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.

If any single being replases "42" it will be wankershim, not celestAI.
Well done on this fic, I say again.

1275573 Only if it's done wrong. Although, admittedly, doing it wrong is much, much easier than doing it right.

I was the one who submitted Friendship is Optimal to the vault for review, so I am pretty glad to heard that it made it. Looks like I sent it just in time, too, what with the vault shutting down and all.

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