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Alright, this concludes our tour! I'm so glad I got to show you all this secret technology we have! Make sure you, your parents, and any next of kin sign the nondisclosure agreements we distribute on the way out. Have a great day! And remember: loose lips sink ships!

Dr. Clara Song, Ph.D., was an award-winning researcher and author before the Great War. Once an employee for RobCo Industries at the RobCo Research Center in Appalachia, her voice can still be heard during the Possum Junior Roboticist Tour.

Background

Dr. Clara Song, Ph.D., was an award-winning researcher and the author of the book "The Robotics of Then and Now." She worked as a roboticist at the RobCo Research Center located in Appalachia before the Great War. Her boss had her make a special tour of the facility for the Pioneer Scouts despite her misgivings, particularly that giving a guided tour to children about clandestine and potentially unethical research that was not told to the public for security reasons was extremely incompetent. She completed the tour as ordered by her boss, showing the children exactly what was happening at the facility.[1]

Her sardonic undertone to the tour let her vent about her pride,[1] fear of heights,[2] her opinion of her boss, their work,[3][4] their company's lack of morals,[5][6] and lack of in house designed robots.[7][8][9]

Dr. Song believed that her secret research should not have been open to the public, but was overruled by her boss and required to present tour notes for the Pioneer Scouts groups in Appalachia. While her tour notes indicate a distinctly condescending tone regarding the intelligence of children and whether or not they would understand what she was trying to teach them, she also seems to believe that they will grasp enough of what is going on in the research center to raise an outcry and get her boss fired.

Dr. Song also shows a general disdain for her boss. She sarcastically mentions that bosses are "smarter" people who tell people how to do their job even when they have never done it themselves, and continually points out along the tour how classified their work is and how it should not be shown to the scouts on the tour. She also has a lot of opinions on the propaganda of the time and concludes that "when you pay the bills, you make the rules."

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Clara Song appears only in Fallout 76, introduced in the Wild Appalachia update.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Clara Song: "Welcome to the RobCo Research Center, where we do things little children definitely don't need to know about! I, the eminent Dr. Clara Song, PhD, will be your guide. Dr. Song? You mean the award-winning researcher? The author of The Robotics of Then and Now? She's our tour guide? That's right! And since you Scouts are such trustworthy young citizens, I can show you all kinds of interesting things the public doesn't know about. Now off we go! Meet me at the first tour stop and maybe try to learn something for once."
    (Clara Song's dialogue)
  2. Clara Song:"Here's something kids like: a monorail! This monorail goes all the way to Watoga, our city of the future. Some of us - who can't afford cars - cram into this baby and ride it to work every single day. Hey, did you know that the word monorail means that it only uses a single rail? That's right! This train hangs perilously above the ground on a single, very thin rail line! It's super cool! As long as you aren't afraid of heights."
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  3. Clara Song: "Here's where we conduct research on robots. I bet this is what all you little roboticists were hoping to see on this tour. Robots really are amazing. We can program them to do just about anything! But that takes experimentation. In an experiment, we test an idea - called a hypothesis - to see if it works. This tour is kind of an experiment, too! We're testing to see if little kids can truly appreciate the wonders of highly classified science. Can you guess where I stand on this? No? Well I wouldn't expect you to. Moving on."
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  4. Clara Song: "Look, this is exciting! Here's where we build the robots that we design! We build all our robots with interchangeable parts. That means we can switch out all kinds of things on them to give them different roles. That's why your household Mr. Handy can flip your pancakes, while the Army's can fire laser beams and machine guns. And flamethrowers and rockets. Just imagine all the cool things your robot could do for you if you could pay as much as the military!"
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  5. Clara Song: "Well, kids, I sure didn't expect to have to tell you about this dimly lit basement. But here we are! I should begin by saying that hurting people is a very bad thing, and you should never do it. And we certainly never do it, even though it may sound like we're doing it down here. But sometimes a company needs to take drastic measures to innovate. And keep lucrative government contracts. And really, what's more important in life than funding your livelihood? Certainly not a squeamish thing like morals."
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  6. Clara Song: "This is our quality control center. As you can see, it's a tiny, smoke-filled room where our quality control specialists examine parts by hand. Inefficient, you say? Hardly. It's not like you can trust a robot to do this kind of work! And that's the lesson here, kids. Sometimes the real, tedious work needs a human touch. Even when it doesn't."
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  7. Clara Song: "Look at this, children! It's an Eyebot! Here's a robot we actually did invent! These little guys broadcast propaganda. Have you heard propaganda before? I bet you have, even if you didn't know it! Propaganda teaches us about how very evil certain ideas are. Never mind if you've heard about a few and they don't seem that bad. No, all foreign ideologies are baseless and inferior. And don't let anyone tell you different."
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  8. Clara Song: "And here we have something highly, highly classified. Do you know what classified means? It means you should never, ever talk about it. In fact, it means we shouldn't have this posted on a sign in plain sight for all you lovely Pioneer Scouts. Luckily, you kids aren't old enough to read! Right?"
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  9. Clara Song: "Alright, kids, now we get to learn about another harsh reality of the working world. When all you children grow up big and strong, you get to have a boss! Bosses are smarter, better-paid individuals who tell you how to do your job. Even when they've never done it themselves. And you have to do what they say. Even when it's something that doesn't make sense, like showing off your secret research lab to cute little Pioneer Scouts. But when you pay the bills, you make the rules. That's the lesson."
    (Clara Song's dialogue)
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