The Graveyard

The Lair Of Gary James

Naming Names For The Sake Of Naming Names

01000101 01001100 01001001 01010100 01000101. I’ve been asked about the chosen title a couple of times, and have passed it off as being everything from a computer geek punchline (to pretty much any joke I come up with on the spot) to a phone number I have encoded. It’s much simpler than my elaborate tall tales, being simply the word ‘elite’ rendered in binary. Ha!
Yes, I am pathetic.

The Dartmouth. Being, of course, the name of the robotic model which Talos is the last example of. The choice was easy once I found the following quotation:

Every aspect of learning or any other feature of intelligence can be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it.

Plus, as an added bonus, it kinda reminds me of the Plymouth automobile manufacturer. The way robots are normally treated in fiction – either as expensive and wonderous sole examples of technology, or as a mass produced slave-labor force – never really addresses why the naming of robots is so hokey. I like to use real-world references for things that are important to the story.

Talos. Yes, it’s from the myth. Don’t groan. It allows me to get on with the story unfettered by a ridiculous number-name, and there are a few bits of business later on that play into the name.

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