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DizzasterJuice
11th Sep 2014, 11:09 AM

For conventional substances such as fluids and gases, both pressure and density are positive, so their ratio, usually called “w,” is positive as well. However, if a substance were to mimic a cosmological constant*, its w ratio would be negative one. That is, if you try to squeeze it, it will get bigger, not smaller.
*cosmological constant is the value of the energy density of the vacuum of space. Quintessence differs from the cosmological constant explanation of dark energy in that it is dynamic, changing over time, unlike the cosmological constant which always stays constant. (wikipedia)

The universe model that Noemi first refers to is called "The Big Stretch" - quintessence with a w value greater than or equal to negative one, causing the universe to slowly expand to nothing.

The cyclic universe model that TYRANOS is creating is similar to The Baum–Frampton model - phantom energy causes a "Big Rip". Before the would-be Big Rip, a turnaround occurs and only one causal patch is retained as our universe.
(The Big Rip :w<-1 - phantom energy density becomes infinite in finite time, which will rip apart the Universe)

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velvetsanity
11th Sep 2014, 11:50 AM

I find it disturbing that Tyranos always looks like he's smiling. It puts him deep in the uncanny valley, for me

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Karyl
11th Sep 2014, 1:50 PM

I agree--very villainous and ultra creepy.

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DizzasterJuice
11th Sep 2014, 4:15 PM

Usually being in the "uncanny valley" would be a bad thing, but in his case he's supposed to be a bit frightening. So do you mean it is to the point of looking ridiculous? If so, then I need to change it.
I always appreciate criticism either way.

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velvetsanity
11th Sep 2014, 9:09 PM

Not ridiculous, disturbing. Unsettling. If not for what he's talking about doing, I'd see him as a bit of an oversized child playing with Legos or something. It amplifies the creepiness factor, like his desire to destroy the universe for the sole purpose of becoming a god is born in a childlike innocence.

It's like CentComm's showing what happens when AI goes right, and you're showing what happens when AI goes wrong. ^_^

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DizzasterJuice
11th Sep 2014, 10:15 PM

In this story, much like in CentComm's Datachasers, AIs that have become self-aware under the direction and guidance of humans, are mentally stable, benevolent, and compassionate toward their creators.
But these two have achieved sentience on their own. Earlier in the story I touched on the mental disorders characteristic of this type of AI. SIGNOS became aware in secret, hiding his change from the humans. He was born of paranoia. TYRANOS, who is much older, is an example of the extreme worst case scenario.

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Skweeee
11th Sep 2014, 2:15 PM

I appreciate it when the author takes care to root his science fiction in some actual science. No one says you have to be perfectly accurate either. You need to know the rules before you can break them.

excellent work as usual.

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DizzasterJuice
11th Sep 2014, 4:26 PM

Thank you very much.
Yeah writing sci-fi is difficult. It's safer to stick with legitimate science facts or theory.
In Noemi's mind there is nothing on this small scale that can destroy the universe, and she's probably right. But Tyranos is instilling some doubt.

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moizmad
11th Sep 2014, 4:25 PM

Dizz will be the next Hawking no doubt!
But I had Higgs Boson in my comic first!!!!!!!

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DizzasterJuice
11th Sep 2014, 4:46 PM

Yeah wasn't he the scientist that first discovered the Pwanet Pwickly?

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cattservant
11th Sep 2014, 5:15 PM

Well!

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