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I'm referring to this edition of Questionable Content, the web-comic by Jeph Jaques.

Momo, with the pink hair, is an Anthro PC, a self-aware artificial intelligence in a robot body. The series refers to their access to the internet on a regular basis.

So why is Momo using a computer in this strip? Couldn't she do all the processing the computer does for herself?

Questionable Content number 1471

  • It might just be that she wants something to do? Instantly processing information you need can be usefull, but if you are alone on a friday night you just want to kill time browsing. – JoeryJV Oct 10 '17 at 11:41
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    She’s playing WoW. – iMerchant Oct 10 '17 at 11:44
  • @iMerchant That could be an answer, if you can provide a source for it. It does, however, raise another question. Why does an AnthroPC need a PC to play World of Warcraft? – AJFaraday Oct 10 '17 at 11:55
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    Perhaps she’s gold farming for Marigold :) – Ernest Friedman-Hill Oct 10 '17 at 12:26
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    Self-preservation? I mean, if you were going to be on the Internet for an extended period of time, and could either connect your brain to it directly or use something as a buffer, which would you feel more comfortable doing? Occasional random access isn't the same as being connected for a long period of time, and runs less risk of being hacked. Out-of-universe: If you're just coming to the strip, someone sitting at a computer is obviously on the computer, and what's going on is more obvious to the reader who doesn't know everything yet. NOTE: all pure speculation, never seen the strip before. – RDFozz Oct 10 '17 at 19:26
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If you go forward a few days, you'll find that Momo is playing some WOW-like multi-user game (as seen in strip 1473). Presumably, internalizing the game client and running it at AI-level direct-brain I/O speeds would be a breach of the game's terms (since that would effectively be "botting"), so Momo is simply competing fairly with the other (non-AI) players.

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    So my smartass comment earlier turned out to be correct? Whoa. – iMerchant Oct 10 '17 at 22:10
  • The strip does say she's playing WoW, but that's not the question. The question is about why a PC is playing WoW on another PC. – AJFaraday Oct 11 '17 at 8:12
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    @AJFaraday That's the gist of my second sentence: all players are required to execute the (unmodded) game client externally in order to prevent AIs from gaining an insurmountable advantage over humans. (This is not a canon explanation but is entirely reasonable based on real-life rules.) – Hellion Oct 11 '17 at 14:48
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Sorry for answering my own question here, I've loved the conversation around this issue. However, it was addressed some time later in a recent strip.

Beepatrice: Anyway, let me show you your desk! You can use the external PC, or if you'd rather work plugged in, that's fine too.

Rocco: I'll work externally. It's what I'm used to.

It appears that using a computer human-style is a matter of preference for robot AIs. They can be plugged in, or use Human Interface Devices.

Full comic strip

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Some androids in the QC universe try to emulate human behaviour as accurately as possible, and they can choose to either interface directly with computers or use an 'external' PC.

Questionable Content issue 3954

Apparently Momo chose for external interfacing in the strip you mention.

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She's using Marigold's account to play the game for Marigold. As she's an AndroPC she doesn't have this app on her.

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