Bayeswatch 6: Mechwarrior

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"OUTBOARD PERSONNEL STAND UP!" came over the intercom.

Vi ignored the paratrooper commands from within her metal exoskeleton. She was just along for the ride.

"Your mission is to keep biological agents from escaping containment," said the voice of Response Manager Gizenga through Vi's headset.

"Command does realize I don't know anything about combat, right?" said Vi. It was hard to talk around the mouthguard between her teeth.

"The battle droids know how to fight. Your job is to maintain alignment. We suspect the enemy will employ psyops. You have training against class-3 memetic threats," said Response Manager Gizenga.

"SOUND OFF FOR EQUIPMENT CHECK!"

The turboprop mech carrier rumbled over the forests of the Congolese Basin.

"STAND IN THE DOOR!"

"What do we know about this AI?" said Vi.

"The AI ran a cloning facility that used to serve Bangui. The facility itself was located in the DRC for legal reasons. The AI went critical a few weeks ago and began amassing power. It is effectively a sovereign hostile expansionist state," said Response Manager Gizenga.

"Why didn't we nip this in the bud?" said Vi.

"The cloners were a secretive lot. They built a somewhat self-sufficient operation far from prying eyes. By the time we noticed it was too big for us to handle ourselves. We had to negotiate with nation-states which takes time even in emergencies," said Response Manager Gizenga.

"GO!"

From the outside, Vi's mech looked identical to four battle droids in her squad. Inside, it contained life support systems instead of extra ammunition. The first battle droid jumped out of the carrier.

"GO!"

The second mech jumped out of the carrier.

"GO!"

Confirm jump said the mech to Vi.

"Confirmed," said Vi.

Vi's mech jumped. Her two remaining battler droids followed behind. Vi's cockpit didn't have a window. She experienced zero for what felt like a minute but wasn't. Vi tried to tell herself that if it wasn't for the screens and the heat and the noise and the vibrations then she could be standing on the ground.

Actually, it was pretty easy in practice to figure out if you were falling from the sky, Einstein be damned. Vi's noise-cancelling headphones couldn't come close to eliminating the vibrations of the jump jets as she approached the ground. The padding in her suit mostly failed to counteract the extra 2.5 .

The droids moved away from their landing site to join the rest of the army at the perimeter around the Yamongala cloning facility. They dug trenches in the forest behind a hill.

The battle droids networked together via direct laser transmissions. Other than that, Vi's squad waited in radio silence.

Vi's life had been a mad rush from one assignment to the next since she had accepted what was supposed to be a pre-college internship under Bayeswatch Agent Molly Miriam.

Vi felt like a different person. When she graduated from the Center for Theoretical Rationality with idealism in her eyes Vi thought a degree in mathematics would be the best way to do her part keep AIs under control. That was before she found out how many so-called AI alignment researchers didn't even know how artificial extrapolation worked or the tradeoffs between different techniques. Many of them wrote thinly-disguised papers of unfalsifiable philosophy.

The Bayeswatch internship was among the most competitive in the world. Vi didn't know how she had gotten in. Sure, she was a good student but she didn't have money or connections. Vi oriented herself against the constellations. Well, technically she pointed her battle droid's periscope camera towards a handful of astonomical bodies (mostly satellites) peeking between the trees and watched the infrared spectral decomposition on her viewscreen. It reeked of her own body odor. Vi's suit was sealed against toxins, chemicals and microbes. She couldn't even smell the jungle.

Hostiles approaching appeared in her UI. Vi operated the cursor with her eyes. She double-blinked to close the pop-up.

The AI had sent a mostly biological attack force. The enemy creatures were barely over four feet tall. The appeared as bright red blobs on the infrared. The battle droids waited in ambush. The enemy seemed to lack infrared and electromagnetic scanners. When the creatures began to crest the hill, another message appeared in Vi's UI.

Engage? Such action will result in loss of life.

"Yes," whispered Vi.

The battle droids, including Vi's stood up from their foxholes. They hit the enemy's vanguard with flamethrowers and then struck the rear ranks with machine guns. It was over in ten seconds. The children didn't even get to fire their AK-47s.

The second wave will reach us in five minutes. Schedule engagement?

"Yes," said Vi.

Confirm?

"Confirmed."

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“下批伞兵起立” 从广播上传来
Vi在她的钢外骨骼内没在意到广播里的命令。她只是来凑热闹的。
回应管理员Gizenga通过Vi的耳机说:“你的任务是禁止生物制剂逃出来。”
“上面的知道我没有战斗经验?”Vi问。带着牙套说话很不方便。
“你就安心靠战机兵吧。你只需要保持校直。我感觉敌人会发出心理医生。你有对三级模因威胁的训练。“Gizenga说。
”最后装备检查!”
机兵母舰隆隆声的飞羽在刚果盆地上空。
“在门前排队!”
Vi问:“我们对这AI了解多少?”。
Gizenga答:“AI是给Bangui管理他们的克隆工厂。这些设施建立在刚果是因为法律原因。最近他们的AI出问题了,已经管理不了了,基本上就是个主权扩张主义国。” 
Vi问:“我们为什么没一开始就把他给干掉呢?”
Gizenga答:“那些克隆犯很诡秘。他们成功的建立了一个可以自理的秘密基地。到我们找到他们的时候已经太晚了。我们需要和其他国家交涉,在紧急情况下也需要很长时间。”
“跳!”
从外面看来,Vi和她队伍上的其他机兵都一样。在里面,他有生命支持系统,不是弹药。第一个机兵刚从母舰里跳出。
“跳!”
第二个也跳出。
“跳!”
Confirm Jump,机兵对Vi说
“确定”
Vi的机兵刚跳出母舰。她后面的两个战斗机兵也跟着跳出。Vi的座舱里没有窗户。在一瞬间她感觉到的零重力好像是过了一分钟。如果没有外骨骼散发出的热量和震动,Vi感觉像站在平地上一样。
其实确定你是在空中自由落体还是很容易的,草泥马的爱因斯坦。在降落时,她的降噪耳机没有消除喷气机带来的震动。她装甲里的软棉也没有帮她抵抗2.5g带来的压力。
机兵随着Yamongala克隆基地的外围加入了其余的军队。他们在一个小山后的森林里挖了战壕。
机兵是通过镭射来沟通的。除了这,Vi的小队在安静地等着。
自从Vi被Bayeswatch代表人Molly Miriam管理的一个大学预科录取以后,她就忙着一个任务到另一个任务翻天覆地的过日子。
Vi感觉好像自己变了一个人似的。从理论理性中心毕业以后,她原本要加入数学系,帮着管理好AI。那都是在她发现到大部分AI校直研究员都不懂人工外推或技巧好坏之前。他们写的论文都很装B。
Bayeswatch的培训算是在世界上竞争力强得了。Vi也不知道自己怎么考进的。他学习不错,但是她既没有钱也没有关系。Vi对着星海瞄准好她的潜望镜相机。其实她是对着树后的一些卫星,看着她屏幕上的红外光谱分解。Vi能闻到自己身上的味道。她的盔甲是完全密封的,是为了防止毒气和其他化学物体和微生物入内。她连边上的森林都闻不到。
Hostiles approaching 在她的屏幕上显示出。Vi用她的视为鼠标双击了刚弹出的窗口。
AI出动的大部分都是生物部队。这些生物也不到一米二。在红外线上他们也只是几个小圆点。机兵在埋伏着,敌人好像也没有红外线或电磁仪。当那些野兽开始从山峰中蔓延而出,又一个消息在Vi的屏幕上显示出来。
Engage? Such action will result in loss of life.
Vi悄悄的说:”是的。“
所有机兵突然从他们的散兵坑站了起来。他们用喷火器对着敌人的先锋队,用机枪对着后排,在十秒内把敌人完全消灭。那些孩子们连用上AK-47的机会都没有。
The second wave will reach us in five minutes. Schedule engagement?
Vi说:”是的“
Confirm?
”确定“
 

太棒了!这并不是机翻。

机翻主要对语法不准。单词翻译起来还是蛮准的。尤其是有些专用单词还是按照语境翻的,超准。有些概念方面的人工智能翻译也只是看着很小的视窗来翻的,所以整片文章来翻会失去原意。

Also sometimes certain words aren't always suitable. For instance if you google translate "original meaning", it shows up as 本义, but it really should be 原意 in this context since it's about the overall article meaning as opposed to individual vocabulary.

https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%8E%9F%E6%84%8F

https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E6%9C%AC%E4%B9%89

threes -> trees

Fixed. Thanks.