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Jul 04, 2020 10:26 AM
cam meets some fastfairies and the thread authors take no position on the presence of an adorable romance arc
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"You have mentioned. Yeah, all right."

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Where is Cam's boyfriend?

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Working out certificate trade procedures! "Hey!"

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"Hey! It turns out probably I and anybody who might be able to help all need to learn extremely cutting edge neuroscience or there will be an ecological catastrophe because the faery population doubles roughly every twenty years. Do you have cunning ideas for how I can export all that information efficiently?"

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"How long will it take for there to be an ecological catastrophe? And maybe? We should check how the numbers cash out if you want someone to read a book as a favor to you so they have the context for other work you want them to do."

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"I don't know how long it will take because I don't know how bad it is already but it may already be very bad in the places where faeries are densest-packed but it would be worsening on a year to year basis rather than every day. If the author hasn't been born yet is this safe -"

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"We don't know yet. At minimum it's not a problem for a while?"

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"Yeah, I guess you can if necessary break into a neuroscientist's house later or summon them to give them stuff as the case may be. If the project doesn't eliminate debt from consideration entirely."

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"Do you suppose it will? That'd be wonderful."

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"It could! We won't know till we stick somebody in a computer and see!"

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"All right. I'll agree to read stuff you make me if you'll make me the stuff relevant to your project, let's see how that goes and we can tweak it if it's too far off in either direction -"

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"Gimme a bit to look up a curriculum and run my name redaction program." After an annoying amount of time he offers Corendi a book.

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The debt system seems to consider this agreement acceptably balanced on its own with no lingering debt once he's read the book. He sets to doing that. 

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"Oh thank fuck, okay." He carefully notes who's reading what by whom and distributes books to interested parties.

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They do have to agree that they are reading the book intending to help him with his plans which require them to know its contents but they are on board with this! His plans sound wildly ambitious and interesting.

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Cam writes up a summary of the ecology problem and the proposed solution thereto so he doesn't have to explain over and over.

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"Wow, what a mess. It seems like there really ought to be some way to solve it with money, even if I'm not thinking of it instantly. I guess a lot of the interested parties don't exist yet."

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"Also it mostly affects wildlife first, humans later, and humans are poor now and wildlife can't hold funds. Also it would be historically conspicuous."

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"I am not sure I care about wildlife except instrumentally, for not unrelated reasons. And the humans won't be poor forever and it feels like there should be some way to incorporate that though I don't know what exactly. I guess it would be pretty conspicuous." Sigh.

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"It's a bad constraint for so many reasons. I wish this were just an alternate universe."

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"It still seems like you could come up with some kind of deal with future humans although knowing exactly and specifically what they'll be like makes the deal a lot simpler."

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"What if they don't like the deal you made with them, though, they have no opportunity to disagree if you mispredict their behavior based on their known actions and furthermore you have no opportunity to convince any who are predictably recalcitrant."

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"Yes, it'd need some kind of weird framework but I feel like someone ought to be able to come up with one! I am in favor of people I haven't met negotiating deals with me that I'm held to to the extent they were working off a good model of me and advanced my actual interests! - probably even if there's a clever way to do it it's not how we'll fix this, though."

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"You're very yourself." Cam kisses him.

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"So I've been told! Mostly by you! - we should keep the certificates thing up even if mostly so everyone knows who we are and has a vague sense we do absurd and useful things, can I go over the latest batch of edge cases -"

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