getting test results back when you know you bombed
GLaDOS aka passive-aggressive queen bitch
I really want to give props to Valve for making a completely non-humanoid machine
really god damn sexy.
I wouldn’t say completely non-humanoid, because there is some slight resemblance to a person if you flip the model upside down, but I do know what you mean
#remember when my blog was a portal blog
In a cruel twist of fate: none of the test subjects can riff.
I can’t believe how long it took me to make this connection and then draw it. Well I guess I’ve only been a portal fan for a week or so. So.. I can believe it.
The interesting thing about GLaDOS/HAL 9000 parallels is that
Hal was conceived at a time when artificial intelligence was more of a fictional construct than a practical possibility. Hal is introduced as humanlike because the audience is familiar with and comfortable with humans, but they aren’t familiar with or comfortable with living computers. It’s when he starts acting robotic and calculated that the audience realizes “oh no, he’s a computer” and he becomes threatening.
By the time GLaDOS was conceived, we had become used to computer automated systems. Synthetic voices offering us information is something we encounter in daily life. GLaDOS is introduced as a computerized preprogrammed voice because that’s what the audience is familiar and comfortable with. It’s when she starts acting human and emotional that the audience realizes “oh no, she’s alive” and she becomes threatening.