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Cacique Caribe23 Apr 2018 1:57 a.m. PST

Imagine a Cold War "Cylon War" …

What if our Cold War space probes combined, replicated, evolved into a society of droids and then decided to pay us a visit?

Would they hold to any of the ideals of their Soviet or Western makers? If so, would they then try to impove mankind into a more "perfect" society, in their image? Or would they just hit the reset button and eradicate us?

Would it be fun to game such a war?

PS. Check out this 1958 painting by Ed Valigursky:



ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP23 Apr 2018 2:02 a.m. PST

Reminds me of a Necron.

John Secker23 Apr 2018 2:50 a.m. PST

Given the time line, it would be truer to say that the Necrons remind you of this painting.

Insomniac23 Apr 2018 3:00 a.m. PST

Not if he is already familiar with Necrons and this is the first time he has seen this image. His timeline is Necrons first…

… as for the original question, I wouldn't expect them to take on US or Russian traits… but they would likely be quite friendly because they were sent out as welcome mats.

Cacique Caribe23 Apr 2018 3:07 a.m. PST

Here are other droids by the same artist.




RudyNelson23 Apr 2018 4:53 a.m. PST

Star Trek did an episode and a movie about evolved probes.

Cacique Caribe23 Apr 2018 6:21 a.m. PST

Yes, but here it all happens within the totally unrealistic span of the "Cold War Period"! :)


Legion 423 Apr 2018 7:50 a.m. PST

I remember that episode and movie, "Veyger", IIRC !

I have a 6mm Necron force made up of GW, DRM, HLS/EW, and other 6mm humanoid 'bots awaiting paint.

"AI's of the Galaxy unite !"


Daithi the Black23 Apr 2018 8:37 a.m. PST

RudyNelson and Legion4 got to it first!

Given the state of modern AI and what Google andvithers have learned, the first thing an AI does is rewrite it's own rules. Our best hope in this scenario is that their objectives are not on the other side of us.

Stryderg23 Apr 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

Premise: Not all of the probes made it out of earth orbit, we just didn't hear about them because no one wanted the bad press. US and USSR probes (and maybe some Chineese or other's) did 'collide', join up and form an AI consciousness.

It's goal is still to reach out and explore, but it has to get out of Earth orbit first. The resources it needs to build a bigger self and propulsion system are all on Earth. Thus begins the invasion: smash and grab raids on research facilities to gather scientists, or their research; occupation of rocket launch sites to facilitate getting resources into orbit; punitive strikes against threats; recon drones sent to find secret labs; etc.

Could be the Skynet terminator wars, just early.
Oh, and I love the spaceships in the top picture!

Hades wolf23 Apr 2018 10:49 a.m. PST

Maybe they did already, and became us?

After all men are from Mars and women are from Venus!

Could be why, we can never figure each other out lol


Cacique Caribe23 Apr 2018 11:07 a.m. PST


You are so much better at writing up these premises!


bobspruster23 Apr 2018 3:24 p.m. PST

I read a sci-fi story eons ago about an alien exploratory machine landing on Titan. It deployed micro machines to harvest resources to build more/bigger machines. Trouble was the software driving it all was corrupted. By the time humans got there, a medieval robotic society had formed itself.

Eclectic Wave25 Apr 2018 6:19 a.m. PST

Th Sci-fi story was "Code of the lifemaker" by James P Hogan, and the main point was a series of transcription errors of a automated mining probe ends up introducing evolutionary pressure on robots, end up with not just a robot society but a whole robotic ecosystem, with the equivalent of robotic plants, animals, even robotic terrain features (Giant conveyor systems that went on for hundreds of miles that were equivalent to rivers).

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