Bricked

Axodys

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I bet this never happens to Tony Stark.

It should have been a routine update. Nothing unusual at all beyond a quick data import of the latest Crimestat data they've compiled from the previous week. Happens every Monday like clockwork and almost always before we even suit up for our shift. Not today though.

The techs say the update got pushed out by the Crimestat AI itself. The data we got shouldn't have had anything to do with suit firmware at all. There were safeguards, procedures that were supposed to make this impossible. But here we are, the entire police force bricked in one fell zeroday swoop.

No idea if it was hackers or rogue AI. All I know is that it's getting hot in this thing, and my city is as helpless as I am right now.


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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

I'm imagining a police exo-skeleton: blues and whites with rotating lights on the shoulders and a spot light cannon when they need to produce those blinding lights. Are the police in your story part of a tyrannical government with authority to shoot to kill as long as the computer says it's okay? Anyway, you got me thinking about your world, so good job there!

  • #1439 Posted 2 years ago
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Axodys

Axodys

I like your take on the police exo-skeleton. It's definitely a dystopian world.

  • #1441 Posted 2 years ago
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ElshaHawk LoA

ElshaHawk LoA

Sci-fi police, or maybe sci-fi AND police, depending on how this plays out. I like the exoskeleton idea, but even a nice lightweight suit with interactive visor helmet would be nice.

  • #1444 Posted 2 years ago
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ethelthefrog

ethelthefrog

I'll go with Robert on this. You mange to paint a vivid picture of an entire world with a few brief words. Very nicely done.

I love the concept of bricking the suit, too. Oh, humanity, you get yourself dependent on technology, then you break it.

  • #1446 Posted 2 years ago
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Storykeeper

Storykeeper

You've made this world complex enough to be intimidating and drawn in just a few short words a character I trust to show me how it works. This reads a little like Vonnegut.

  • #1483 Posted 2 years ago
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iOS 10 just came out today and it's bricking a lot of iPhones.

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