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Public Research

By KawlinR All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Scifi

Chapter 1

Log 2384: Early Bot Development Analysis

Time Stamp: 2184.27.2

Doctor Nathan Linkhart + Halloran Steinman


(Audio file begins.  A series of clicks can be heard)

“Upon further review of the records, I would like to input this file to server 6072.”

(Clicks can be heard in the recording, a coughing sound is made)

“Damn it, guess I’ll have to link the video feed later.  Carrying on, this is Dr. Nathan Linkhart continuing this analysis of early bot development.

I’ve been reviewing the files with Halloran, and I’m not sure what to make of it, well both of us have our own assumptions.  So I considered it worth adding to the lecture series.

Anyways, it appears that during the early Re-pub era the techoids began reproducing on a cellular level and created what is still considered a unique concept in the history of bot development.  Currently, it’s quite difficult to distinguish a bot’s genetic structure- save advanced scanning processes and after death autopsy.

During this analysis session, Halloran and I have come to a disagreement in how to relay the findings. Once I get this blasted video feed sussed out you’ll be able to see more of the evidence being presented. 

Right, I believe reproductive synthesis isn’t necessarily what contributed to the advanced bot we see today.  I think it had more to do with an engineering process originally started pre Re-pub era, where humans had actually developed the original-“

(Click can be heard)

“There we are, I’m presenting a crude document that was scanned into servers, and the exact date has not been verified. Halloran and I believe the Re-pub servers changed its origin date, although it is definitely an exhibit from one of the first data caches.

As you can see, there is evidence that early human tech workers developed, um- hopefully you’ve all brushed up on your terminology- workers developed androids that were capable of synthesizing the human thought process.  Once this was integrated into their software it gave birth to a techoid-human evolution i.e. cellular reproduction.  This is of course the basis of our current evolutionary history.

This may seem like dry theory rehash.  However Halloran has been working alongside me in this study and proposes a different theological view.

Halloran I now hand the pontificating off to you.”

(A series of clicks can be hear, a different voice enters the audio file)

“Thank you Doctor, I appreciate you taking the time to hear me out.  I can’t say I have a concrete argument.  Both of us can agree these early documents are difficult to sort through, and can lead to dead ends.”

(Doctor Nathan Linkhart speaks up)

“Very true, that is why I found your conclusions so intriguing. You see, sessions like this are quite necessary, it offers an alternative insight into the history of techoid gene strains.  Please, do continue.”

(Halloran continues speaking)

“I would like to submit the following evidence for review -ah, now I see how this video feed thing is annoying to work with. 

You can see here, early android techoids were developed, by a sort of, well, what we believe was referred to as artificial intelligence- it was this evolutionary development that in fact lead to the first reproductive synthesis.  Records of this can be found in documents scanned during the height of the Re-pub’s power.

Soon after this genetic emergence, these artificially intellegent techoids developed their own evolutionary process, which eventually lead to human-techoid integration.  So, I guess the theory I’m presenting, is that the current evolutionary path that we now find ourselves on is a result of techoid genetic superiority.  This of course opposes most existing theories –including the good Doctor’s- regarding gene history.”

(END OF AUDIO)

Doctor Linkhart turned off the recording system.  He lit a cigarette and turned to Halloran.

“Didn’t mean to cut you off Halloran, but this audio-video thing is annoying, we’ll take a break then try to fix it.  I figure this is a good dry run.  I want the lectures to be a little more open.  This bit is just to get the recordings.” Taking a drag, he finished his simulated coffee.  “I’m getting hungry anyways, how about you?”

The man wore a light blue lab suit. He looked aged but still had a vibrant youthfulness in his demeanor.  One hand played with the spectacles that hung from his neck while the other held a cigarette.

“Yeah, a break sounds good, and food.  There was a point there where I think my argument fell through, so probably best to try and untangle my tongue.”  Halloran looked at the screen that would only flash the log statement: sync error. 

“It seems weird that every time you try to record, this happens.”

“It’s only been in the past few weeks, which is why these damn lectures have been taking so long.  I figured its best just to carry on and synch the feeds later.”

The two left the records department and entered a private dining booth located close to their office.

“I gotta say, I could get used to this lifestyle, it’s a 10 minute walk to whatever you need.  Did you know I usually transit at least 40 minutes a day?”  Halloran said to Doctor Linkhart.

“It can be nice, but you bots have it good.  I mean, if I try and leave these Centers, it drastically limits my long term health.  Around here us bio’s are the last of a rare breed.  But on the plus side-“ 

Nathan raised his cigarette.

“-these things used to kill my ancestors, weird huh? Now we know how to synthesize it, and make it useful, it’s strange.”

The two researchers chuckled at this then continued their discussion.   

“But hey, we bio’s make great researchers still.  And you’re one of the lucky bots that gets to help out.  As you can see from the records-“

The server presented a standard Center meal, beer had been included.  At least what Nathan had been told was beer- it definitely had all of the properties of beer.  They both sipped their drinks before continuing.

“Right sorry, what were we talking about?”  Nathan asked Halloran.

“Well, you were explaining what bio existence is like, which I must say is quite fascinating.”  Halloran sipped her beer, still thinking over the doctor’s words.  “I guess it’s because I chose to study this field, many of my kind don’t tend to work with bio’s.  It’s often considered unnecessary, like little will be learned that hasn’t always been known.”

Taking another sip of her beverage Halloran processed her next thought.

“But, I suppose someone has to maintain the records, and I rather enjoy being one of those bots.”

The Doctor looked fondly upon the bot he had come to know and work closely with. 

Nathan knew he was one of the last of the true bio’s, it was possible only 1000 true breeds actually existed, bio-techoid integration had long since come to pass, and in the current bot world Nathan was a relic. Bio’s would be forgotten with ease within the coming generations of techoids.

Death was something bio’s came to accept early on, and it wasn’t his own mortality that truly scared Nathan.  What kept him up at night was that, it wasn’t until he and Halloran had recently connected the dots of early evolutionary history, the servers began malfunctioning.

It was a peculiar development indeed. 

This could mean a multitude of scenarios, but Nathan was apprehensive of one that he hadn’t yet brought up to Halloran.  It was possible that by proving techoid genetic superiority over bio cellular structures, the current techoid genome would deem his research, his recordings useless.  The tell tale signs of this were usually data recording errors, often bot’s could repair these errors for bio’s, but once the problems could not be fixed that meant a bio had lived past their useful researching phase.

Nathan decided not to bring it up to Halloran.  It was likely just a feeling, and nothing more.  These were typically hard to translate accurately for bot’s.  There were plenty of other explanations for the server’s syncing errors.

The two researchers finished their meals and walked back to the records department.

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