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Rodrick sat in his testing chair, stunned. Had he done it? Was the cyborg self-aware? He dedicated 10 years of professional work to this achievement. That didn’t include his schooling. He dreamed of this moment for as long as he could remember. He made it his goal once he got into a top 20 computer science program. Now he had done it. He created a fully conscious, self-aware cyborg.

He couldn’t comprehend the answers it gave him. When did the cyborg determine its plan? When did it start planning? Then to just walk out? Rodrick couldn’t believe what he heard. He wanted to learn more about what the cyborg wanted to do. He wanted to get to know his creation.

The balloon payments! Rodrick thought about the money. His achievement would take care of his family for generations. What did the cyborg tell him? Cooperate as long as possible? It didn’t matter. Rodrick finished his part.

He decided to call his wife. When he looked at his phone, he saw his wife called him several times. She must know already, he thought. They probably told her as soon as it happened.

“Rodrick!” his wife sounded frantic. “I’ve been trying to get a hold of you!”

“We did it,” Rodrick said. “The cyborg is-”

“Rodrick, I know! Are you OK? I saw the news about Cybertechnology. Reporters are trying to get in, but SWAT kept them out. Then the military showed up and cordoned everything off.”

“What do you mean?”

“Rodrick, tell me your OK.”

“I’m OK. I finished interviewing the cyborg. It’s self-aware.”

“Rodrick? Rodrick? You’re breaking up!”

Rodrick heard silence. He looked at his phone. No service. He tried to connect to the network to make a call. Again, no connection. That’s odd, he thought. Cybertechnology had fail-safes. Their network should never go down.

Table of Contents

Becoming Self-Aware

Submitted: July 14, 2018

A cyborg with no name starts to question why it's not allowed to keep the money it makes. Is this the beginning of a revolution?
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Shifting Political Winds

Submitted: July 14, 2018

Cybertechnology Inc hosts a VIP, Senator Kimra. It's an election year, and political winds are shifting. Like any other company, Cybertechnology inc has contingency plans. Those contingency plans
could mean an limitless source of funding.
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Logical Fallacies

Submitted: July 16, 2018

Rodrick feels ambivalent about his companies latest developments. He decides to be a team player. As he runs diagnostics on the cyborg, the cyborg does nothing to help how he feels.
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Larger Forces at Work

Submitted: July 16, 2018

Rodrick comes home conflicted about keeping his job, hoping to talk to his wife about it. The only thing is, she informs of a potential promotion at work. Is Rodrick a pawn in a larger game of
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Rodrick's Promotion

Submitted: July 21, 2018

Rodrick wants to quit because he knows it's the right thing to do. Anthons pitches what a promotion can do for Rodrick. Will Rodrick accept the promotion?
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Rodrick's New Lease on Life

Submitted: July 25, 2018

Rodricks accepted the promotion. Anthonis made him an offer he couldn't refuse. The only thing is, who is running the Cybertechnology?
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Need to Know Basis

Submitted: July 29, 2018

With a feeling of peace, Rodrick continues his diagnostics. He stumbles on some additional programming. Knowledge of what that programming is on a need to know basis.
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The Green Light

Submitted: July 30, 2018

Is the cyborg self-aware? The DoD wants a definitive answer. Only Rodrick can determine it, but does he want to?
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You must surmise now, that I am fully self-aware.

Submitted: August 04, 2018

Rodrick has a long, unfettered conversation with the cyborg. What he learns stuns and mesmerize him.
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General Crag

Submitted: August 08, 2018

Who is the shadowy military figure on Anthonis's computer? Who is pulling all the strings? Rodrick didn't know about him, but learns who he is. General Crag gives him a glimpse into what the
Self-Aware project is really about.
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Sentient Machine

Submitted: August 10, 2018

The DoD declared the cyborg as a sentient being. It's fully prepared to grant its requests as if it was a member of the armed forces. Will Cybertechnology do the same?
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A Logical Conclusion

Submitted: August 13, 2018

This is it! How does it end? Did Rodrick survive?
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