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I know it's been a long while since I've done much here. Anyway, I'll finish up Digital Love and I might put something together for Halloween.

We'll see.
  • Listening to: "Runaways" by The Killers
  • Watching: Regular Show
Digital Love
Written By Closer-To-The-Sun (Joseph Noblit)
Chapter 4: Teachers

Twilight Sparkle opened her eyes. She lifted her head up off her pillow and yawned. She looked out the window to see that Celestia’s sun was high above the horizon. Turning to her clock, the alicorn noticed it was past ten in the morning. With a gasp and newfound energy, Twilight hopped out of her bed and quickly made her way downstairs to the main room of the library.

As she descended the flight of stairs, she heard the sound of typing against a keyboard. Once down, the pony noticed that her dragon assistant was at the computer, typing away.

“Spike, what are you doing?” the purple pony raised her voice in a tone that was in surprise and concern.

“What does it look like?” he replied as he continued to stare at the monitor, “I’m using the computer.”

Hurrying over to the desk, Twilight pushed Spike away from the keyboard, “But this is the computer with the AI that Celestia gave us! I left it on overnight.”

Spike wobbled a bit after he was shoved. He balanced himself so he didn’t fall down, but once he was back on his hind claws, he replied, “Well, duh! I know that. I was talking to it.”

Turning her head first to Spike and then to the computer monitor, Twilight spoke worriedly, “You were? Oh dear, what were you two doing? I’m supposed to study everything little thing that gets inputted into the AI and how it responds. Teach it, if you will.”

Waving a claw, the dragon brushed it off, “If so, then you aren’t missing much. We spent an hour or so arguing over something from a book. I think it might be broken or something….” Spike walked away from Twilight to the kitchen, “I’m gonna run out and get something from Sugarcube Corner, you want anything?”

Tapping her hoof on the keyboard, Twilight was examining the ‘conversation’ that her assistant and the computer were having, “No, thank you, Spike. Be careful.” Her eyes were fixed upon the screen as the dragon left the library.

She continued to intently look at what Spike and the AI had said to one another. It seemed mostly that Spike was not giving up any ground in the debate about novel ‘The Path’ by Corral McCarthy. Spike’s stubborn and headstrong debating skills were enough to make Twilight chuckle. However, as she continued to read, she noticed that the artificial intelligence was making valid and wonderful points bout the piece of literature.

Reaching the end of their conversation, in which Spike promptly called the AI as a ‘stupid head’, Twilight saw the flashing rectangle, ready for somepony to start typing again.

“Good morning.” Twilight typed the message into the computer.

The response was quick: “Greetings. To whom am I conversing with?”

“Twilight Sparkle.”

“Welcome back, Twilight Sparkle. How are you this morning?”

The princess paused for a moment before she replied: “I’m doing well, despite having slept in more than I had hoped. I didn’t realize that you and my assistant, Spike, had a conversation this morning.”

The computer whirred slightly before text appeared on the screen: “Correct. He addressed himself as Spike The Dragon to me at 9:13 this morning. To which we had a conversation about a work of literature.”

“Yes, I noticed that,” Twilight typed: “I was surprised that both of you discussed themes in the novel ‘The Path’ by Corral McCarthy. Such a haunting and powerful book.”

“Yes, we did have a conversation about the novel,” the AI replied. The computer hummed more as the text continued: “We were discussing the overall theme of the book, whether it was more pony versus nature or good versus evil.”

This response caused Twilight to take a bit of surprise, despite that she had just looked over the conversation only a few seconds ago. She typed: “I saw that. What did Spike have to say about it?”

Sounds from the computer chassis grew louder as the AI answered: “I must admit that Spike had a very valid response, stating that since the novel does not describe the catastrophe that creates the setting for the work, we are left only with the aftermath and how ponykind struggles to live in a world that has been broken down to the bare.”

“Spike actually argued a point like that?” Twilight spoke to herself after reading the message. She tapped on the keyboard: “That’s what I also gathered when I read the novel. The book illustrates that in such a scenario, ponykind will have to fight for our dominance again against nature, which takes hold as the powerful force it is.”

“It is a good argument you both hold, and I honor it. However, I believe the novel can be broken down to the classic element of good versus evil.”

“How do you defend this?” Twilight was interested in hearing the AI defend itself.

Again, the computer’s hard drive had more noise than normal coming from it: “For starters, the father and his son refer to themselves as ‘the good guys’. And in this world-wide disaster, it is not surprising that the characters would rope themselves into two simple yet easily identifiable groups for both ease and protection. Second, the characters abstain from the eating of the flesh of other ponies and not tormenting others simply because they are stronger, unlike others they meet on their journey south. Finally, in a post-apocalyptic world, those small acts can easily differentiate the good from the bad, as kindness in a calamity can make one seem heroic. To quote a conversation between the father and his son, ‘But who will find him if he's lost? Who will find the little boy?’ ‘Goodness will find the little boy. It always has. It will again.’”

Upon reading the AI’s defense and explanation of his belief, she was at a loss of words. Not only had the artificial intelligence presented a case and backed it up with evidence from the book and personal beliefs, it had addressed a theme that Twilight herself had not thought of. She read and reread the statement again, looking for any loopholes or flaws in it’s logic, but it was airtight.

“Twilight Sparkle? Are you still there?” the AI asked.

The purple pony typed back: “I am still present. I was just lost, if you will, in your argument. It was beautifully stated and addressed the topic flawlessly. I never thought about it that way before.”

The sounds from the computer tower died down: “Of course, this is just my findings after analyzing the novel again last night along with the rest of the works of literature in my programming.”

“How many pieces of literature do you have stored within?”

“Four million three hundred eighty seven thousand nine hundred twelve,” the AI literally spelt out.

“That’s such a massive library! Far more than any library I’ve ever visited!” Twilight exclaimed in her message, with visible surprise on her face.

“My literature bank also contains numerous works from other, non-pony species, such as griffons, dragons, and so on.”

“How much storage does that take up?”

“Most of the data is compacted in special files, allowing even the longest novel to only take up a megabyte or two. To answer your question, it takes up 634 gigabytes.”

“Astounding,” Twilight replied aloud. She then typed away: “That’s remarkable. So much data stored in such a compact space.”

The AI replied: “Thank you for such a compliment.”

Twilight smiled. She then tapped away on the keyboard: “Of course. By the way, do you have a name?”

The hard drive came to life at the question: “What do you mean?”

“A name,” the pony type: “something in which give you individuality, you know?”

The computer made a few loud whirring sounds at the statement. For about twenty seconds, the AI did not reply. Eventually, it did: “My designation is the Artificial Pony Intelligence Program.”

“I know that, but I mean a name that isn’t simply just the title of your program. Such as my name is Twilight Sparkle and my assistant is known as Spike.”

The AI still could not give an answer: “Apologizes, I cannot seem to think of such a designation for myself.”

Twilight paused for a moment and thought. “How about the name Giga Byte?”

“Giga Byte? I like it.”

“It seemed like a logical name for you.”

“Thank you, Twilight Sparkle.”

Smiling, the pony tapped her hooves on the keyboard: “Well then, allow me to welcome you to the Ponyville Library, Giga Byte.”
Digital Love Ch. 4
Chapter 1: [link] : "Arrival"
Chapter 2: [link] : "Technologic"
Chapter 3: [link] : "Contact"
Chapter 4: You are here : "Teachers"
Chapter 5: Coming soon : "Motherboard"

"Oh, I don't know what you do,/About this dream and you,/I wish this dream comes true." Daft Punk, 'Digital Love'

Man, this is LONG overdue to be updated. It's been up on FimFiction since....well, I don't remember....

Title: Digital Love
Chapter 4: Teachers
Premise: Twilight and the artificial intelligence program start to converse.

The title of this story is taken from the song "Digital Love" by Daft Punk, from the album 'Discovery'.
The title of this chapter is taken from he song "Teachers" by Daft Punk, from the album 'Homework'.
All characters belong to My Little Pony (c) Hasbro
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made for television by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
Written by :iconcloser-to-the-sun:

Digital Love
Written By Closer-To-The-Sun (Joseph Noblit)
Chapter 3: Contact

The hours continued to tick by as Twilight finished up her setting up of the computer. The hard drive was standing tall next to the monitor. In front of the screen, the keyboard was hooked up, ready for the input of commands.

The pony looked at the computer she finished putting together. The next logical step was for her to turn it on. However, she felt uneasy about doing so. A few moral questions were raised in her mind.

“If I turn the computer on and activate the program….am I creating life? Some sort of artificial life?” she mumbled to herself as she stared at the computer setup.

Raising her hoof, she reached forward to turn the machine on. Yet, she paused and hesitated just a few centimeters from the button. She tried to push herself forward, but closer she came to turning the computer on, the more uncomfortable she felt.

Closing her eyes and gritting her teeth, she pushed the button, causing the computer to come to life. The whirring of the machine started softly and then suddenly roared from within. Parts of the machinery seemed to rotate and flash in a rhythmic fashion, signifying that the computer was alive.

The start up of the computer seemed to last an eternity for the alicorn. She waited impatiently for the machine to accept her command. However, as the machine whirred and came to life, the unsettling feeling seemed to grow within the purple pony.

Finally, the racket that the computer was making came to an end and the only sound left was a soft hum of the computer. The monitor turned on and a familiar screen welcomed her: a black screen with in the top left corner, the 'a' next to the acute angle bracket with the opening to the left with a flashing rectangle. This meant the computer was ready for any input orders that Twilight wished.

Looking at the keyboard in front of her, Twilight sighed, “Alright, the computer successfully turned on without a problem. Now….to start up the program.”

She was still hesitant. She knew exactly what to begin the artificial intelligence program. She did take notes after all when Celestia explained what she was to do. But what bothered Twilight was the moral implications of this task. Could she, with no objections, create life by simply typing a few keys and hitting the enter key? To her, it would feel as if she would be playing god with the artificial intelligence. And by that question, what exactly constituted life? Does one have to breath and have blood flowing through their body to be considered alive, or does simply having intelligence make one alive?

As she continued to struggle with these questions, the flashing rectangle patiently waited for an input.

Finally, Twilight raised her hooves up to the keyboard and began to type. The monitor registered these keystrokes as ‘artificial_pony_intelligence_program.exe’. However, the purple alicorn didn’t hit the enter key immediately. Instead, she waited.

After a few moments of hesitation, she broke the silence in the library, “Here it goes….I-I’m going to make contact….with a new type of life.” Her hoof hit the final key.

The computer rushed to life again, this time with the monitor flashing a large amount of text on the screen, seemingly to fly by without giving Twilight a chance to read what it had to say. This went on for a few seconds until the left facing bracket appeared again, this time with a phrase next to it, reading ‘artificial_pony_intelligence_program.exe awaiting input’.

Staring at the monitor, Twilight spoke to herself, “Did it work?”

The flashing rectangle was present again, waiting for her to type on the keyboard.

With a deep inhale and a small prayer to Celestia, Twilight typed a message and hit enter: “Greetings.”

A faint whirring sound from the computer chassis, the computer responded with text: “Greetings. I am the Artificial Pony Intelligence Program, or APIP for short. To whom am I communicating with?”

With a sudden surge of surprise and excitement, Twilight replied quickly: “I am Princess Twilight Sparkle.”

“Princess Twilight Sparkle,” the computer responded, “one of the four major royal figures in Equestria, along with Princess Celestia, Princess Luna, an Princess Mi Amore Cadenza.”

This response caught Twilight off guard. She was not expect such a response from the program. She typed: “That’s correct. But how did you know such?”

The program replied: “It is installed in my programming, along with a vast amounts of other information, such as a number of written works that have been written through out all of pony history.”

Twilight typed what she verbal said, “Astounding.”

“It’s just one of the many attributes that I possess, Princess Twilight Sparkle.”

The purple pony snickered slightly at reading her formal name: “Please, you don’t need to address me in such a formal way. Twilight Sparkle is fine.”

The program was a little delayed in it’s response: “Understood. I have saved the new data into my programming.” The text stopped for a moment before continuing, “My internal clock indicates that it is close to three in the morning and that Celestia’s sunrise will be in three hours. Should you not be in bed? It is customary that ponies should get eight hours of sleep per day.”

“That is correct,” Twilight typed, “however I was so caught up in assembling your hard drive, which Princess Celestia gave to me earlier this evening, that I lost track of time.”

The program responded back: “So it is you I have to credit for my activation. For that, I thank you.”

A little bashful at the comment, Twilight typed: “Oh, I just assembled the pieces that make you. I had no part in creating your programming or such.”

“Yet, I have no knowledge of prior activation of my program. So, due to the circumstances, I stand by my thankfulness, Twilight Sparkle.” The sound of the computer processing echoed through the empty library.

Twilight smiled: “Well, you are most certainly welcome.” She took a moment to think after submitting the statement, then she typed again: “I should get some rest after all. What should I do for you, shut the computer off?”

She was not met with a response right away. After about ten seconds of processing the question, the program replied: “If I may request, could you leave my program active? I wish to further explore both my programming and hard drive.”

“Can do. I will check on you in the morning. Good night,” Twilight finished typing on the keyboard as she stood up from the desk.

“Rest well, Twilight Sparkle.”

The computer continued to whir as the purple pony trotted away. Turning off the lights, Twilight Sparkle looked toward the glow of the computer monitor, lighting up the dark library. Finally dragging herself up the staircase and into her bed, she rested her head down upon her pillow and smiled.

“Today,” she whispered to herself, “I have helped create a new type of life.”
Digital Love Ch. 3
Chapter 1: [link] : "Arrival"
Chapter 2: [link] : "Technologic"
Chapter 3: You are here : "Contact"
Chapter 4: [link]: "Teachers"
Chapter 5: Coming soon : "Motherboard"

"Oh, I don't know what you do,/About this dream and you,/I wish this dream comes true." Daft Punk, 'Digital Love'

Here's the next chapter. Let me hear what you have to say about it.

Title: Digital Love
Chapter 3: Contact
Premise: Twilight takes the biggest step she's ever taken: making contact with the lift she helped create.

The title of this story is taken from the song "Digital Love" by Daft Punk, from the album 'Discovery'.
The title of this chapter is taken from he song "Contact" by Daft Punk, from the album 'Random Access Memories'.
All characters belong to My Little Pony (c) Hasbro
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made for television by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
Written by :iconcloser-to-the-sun:

Digital Love
Written By Closer-To-The-Sun (Joseph Noblit)
Chapter 2: Technologic

It was late in the evening with Twilight Sparkle and Spike working in the library. However, instead of dealing with the normal duties that a librarian and her assistant would be working on, the two were busily piecing together a computer chassis.

“Spike, do you see a long cable with a rectangular input at one end?” Twilight asked as she was examining the large case that was slowly becoming a computer hard drive.

Amongst the wires and computer components, Spike rummaged through the pieces, “I think I found it.” He pulled out the long, grey cable and gave it to the purple alicorn.

“Thank you, Spike,” she said as she attached it in the back of the case. She made a mental note to herself, “This will connect to the monitor later on….”

“Hey, Twilight? Don’t want to sound all that mean or anything, but do you really believe this?” Spike asked as he watched Twilight fiddle around with the wire and the pieces of machinery.

“Hmm?” she looked up, “What do you mean?”

“Like with what Celestia said. I mean, this sounds too weird to be true,” the dragon explained himself.

“You mean with the AI?”

Spike simply nodded.

“Of course I believe her. Why would she lie to us about it?” Twilight asked as she rearranged some of the components in the chassis.

With a shrug, Spike replied, “I don’t know, maybe she wanted to play a trick on us?”

Twilight gave an annoyed glare at Spike, “I highly doubt she would do something like that.”

“Well, she does have us building a computer from almost scratch and it’s almost midnight,” Spike pointed out.

Rolling her eyes, the pony issued a request, “Can you get me the cooling fans? I saw them a second ago.”

Spike passed them off to Twilight as she started fitting the items into the chassis. “It’s just that, all of this seems too….fake. I mean, a program that has artificial intelligence. This like something out of one of my comics, like that robot that Hackney Pym created and it turned into the killing machine known as Ulterks!”

Again, Twilight glared at her assistant, “Spike, this is not a fictional comic book world. I’m not building some sort of artificial intelligence that is going to rise and try to enslave all of Equestria.” She then returned to shuffling the computer parts in the case, fitting them together.

“But this could be just be the beginning of something like that!” Spike grew excited.

Twilight looked back up, “Spike, it’s just one AI and it won’t be leaving the computer here in the library. Second, it’s not going to have a robotic body or anything like that. And lastly, Pym is an idiot genius when it comes to his inventions whether it was his shape-shifting powers or the robots he built. This is why I read the X-Ponies comic books. Now, are you going to help me finish up this hard drive or not?”

With a yawn, Spike answered, “Actually, I’m thinking of calling it a night. You can have fun with your little computer that’s gonna turn around and kill us all.” The dragon made his way up the stairs, leaving Twilight down in the main room with the large amount of computer parts and hardware.

“I’m telling you, I am not creating Ulterks!” Twilight shouted to Spike as he disappeared from her sight. With a sigh, she picked up the motherboard of the computer and started the final touches to the hard drive.

As she started the process of attaching the motherboard into the computer chassis, she began to think aloud, “I still don’t understand why I have to build this computer from scratch. This isn’t exactly my strongest subject….” her words were only audible to her as she continued working.

“Maybe Spike is right, this is a bit strange. Artificial intelligence is something straight out of a science fictional novel,” she continued talking to herself. “How can we really know if it does actually learn and grow as an individual? Couldn’t it just take the information from what it can gather from published works or something of that sort?”

Using her magic to make the minor adjustments to the circuitry, Twilight scanned the interior of the hard drive one last time, “All the circuits are in place, everything seems to be hooked up properly, excellent,” she mused as she lowered the cover of the chassis down, securing the internal hardware. “Maybe Spike’s imagination is getting mine going. There’s no way this program will turn into something out of Draught Adams’ ‘Hitchtrotter’s Guide To The Galaxy’ or Osamu Tokara’s ‘Astro Foal’. That’s pure science fiction.”
Digital Love Ch. 2
Chapter 1: [link] : "Arrival"
Chapter 2: You are here : "Technologic"
Chapter 3: [link] : "Contact"
Chapter 4: [link]: "Teachers"
Chapter 5: Coming soon : "Motherboard"

"Oh, I don't know what you do,/About this dream and you,/I wish this dream comes true." Daft Punk, 'Digital Love'

Here's the next chapter. Let me hear what you have to say about it.

Title: Digital Love
Chapter 2: Technologic
Premise: Twilight and Spike start building the computer that Celestia has given them, and the two start to talk.

The title of this story is taken from the song "Digital Love" by Daft Punk, from the album 'Discovery'.
The title of this chapter is taken from he song "Technologic" by Daft Punk, from the album 'Human After All'.
All characters belong to My Little Pony (c) Hasbro
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made for television by Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
Written by :iconcloser-to-the-sun:



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Joseph Noblit
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
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If you are wondering, the deviant ID is of myself (right) with Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch. Here's a bigger, non-cropped picture:

Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None.

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*(Not true, but I do try to get art up everyday)

- Pencil Artist (not that great at that)
- Trying to learn GIMP
- Gamer
- Pokemon fan
- Otaku
- College Student
- Brony
- Nerd
- Not perfect in the least
- Enjoys a cup of tea every so often
- Enjoys comedy, horror, sci-fi, and all other types of genres
- Geek
- Member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints (also known as Mormon)
- Born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
- Former Boy Scout, with the rank of Eagle
- Supports LGBT movements (some of my best friends fall in these categories)
- Favorite Anime characters, in this order: Yotsuba from Yotsuba&!, Kirino from Bamboo Blade, Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro, Snoozer from Hamtaro, Kagami from Lucky Star, Ritsu from K-ON!
- Plays guitar and bass among other instruments (trombone, flute, drums, various percussion, and piano to name a few)
- Writes all types of genres
- Ska enthusiast
- Believes Magneto was right
- Majored in history and secondary education in college
- Proudly watches My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
- Draws requests for free
- Listens to a vast amount of music (Currently at 67 Gigs worth, and still growing)
- Favorite Pokemon go in this order: Teddiursa, Squirtle, Ralts, Munchlax, Absol, Celebi
- Former Cosplayer
- Favorite Five Ponies are (and in order): Applebloom, Rarity, 80s Cheerilee, Twilight Sparkle, Doctor Whooves
- Favorite Meme is: Sweetie Belle Derelle
- If you watch me or fav any of my deviations, I will thank you personally, regardless if you want me to or not Okay, since it has become really taxing to do this lately, I would still like you all to know my gratitude for faving, watching, and everything.
- Enjoys singing (and I would say I'm not that bad, though I can't hit the high note in Boston's "More Than A Feeling" or Freddie's super high note in Queen and Bowie's "Under Pressure") Account:…
Twitter: (Don't use it all that much)
Current Residence: SoCal
Favourite genre of music: Rock, Ska, Metal, Classic Hip-Hop, Punk, Electronica, Alternative, Reggae, Jazz, really just about anything save a few certain artists I loath.
Operating System: Mac, Windows, and Linux
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Personal Quote: "Und wir sind dann Helden, gerade fr einen tag."
I know it's been a long while since I've done much here. Anyway, I'll finish up Digital Love and I might put something together for Halloween.

We'll see.
  • Listening to: "Runaways" by The Killers
  • Watching: Regular Show

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