Artificial

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Six hundred years from today, a child ordered to sacrifice himself for principles he does not understand is asked by an Artificial Intelligence if he would like to be immortal.

Submitted: September 29, 2018

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Submitted: September 29, 2018

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~ Reader note: the following is two parts of a three-part prologue to the actual story. ~

 

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On Thurs, Jan 31, 2611 at 11:19 PM, Maxim Dinowrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Hey Tora,

Get frostbite lately? ;) What manner of ideas have you put into Meow’s head this time? Did you know she wants to meet Enkai? I mean ACTUALLY meet Enkai and ask some very specific questions? It’s nice that she’s so interested in our research, but as you know, we’re not entirely sure how to approach the matter of letting ANYONE approach Enkai, let alone my freaking daughter.

You gotta hear what she wants to ask first. Hope you’re doing well.

All my best,

Max


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 9:18 AM, Toranaga Shinkaiwrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Max-y!

I told her to ask NCAI when it’ll overrun the human world and to take her as its first loyal servant. Just giving little Meow the best advice I possibly can as her godfather, y’know? :)

Seriously though, it just came up. I did explain what happened to UMi. She looked disappointed; I bet she wanted to ask UMi some questions too. Should I also be the one to tell her that AIs aren’t voice-operated assistant apps she can get a few giggles out of with a few curious questions? I could swear that was the parents’ job.

So what did Meow want to ask NCAI? Oh, and lest I hurt his feelings, how’s Lance’s leg?

Regards,

Tora


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 2:36 PM, Maxim Dinowrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Tora,

Haven’t told you yet but Lance got an experimental upgrade. Thinks he’s some sort of Ironman now. He’s an idiot.

By the way, are you still restarting UMi, or are you past that? Shame you even got that research facility built. You’re probably gonna miss the awesome sunny beaches and excellent locals out there when you get back, huh? While we’re on the topic of UMi, what was her operating speed before she shut down again? Our two interns are at odds between 17 and 70 YFLOPS. Instead of checking in on resident liaison, they trash-talked each other into a corner and now they’ve placed bets on who got it correct. They’ll be sending their first drafts to their sups as is. As you can imagine, a discrepancy of 53 YFLOPS can really throw off reports around here. The staff is betting who’s going to keep their internship once their sups verify the information.

I asked Meow what she could possibly want to ask Enkai; she said the first thing was “are you alive?” Pretty intense question from an 8-year old directed to an AI, so I thought she was having one of those transcendent, deep kid thoughts. Turns out she just wanted to add Enkai’s answer to her class’ Show and Tell due next week. Her second question was “do you poop?”

She’s got her priorities straight.

All my best,

Max


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 3:02 PM, Toranaga Shinkaiwrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Yo.

No, YOU’RE the idiot. Ironman doesn’t use prosthetics, he wears a suit of armor. See, that’s why you and Lance are together. You complete each other.

We’re not too keen on restarting UMi the same way. Have you read the official public Sphere reports yet? Probably not considering they’re hundreds of pages long. Long story short: we turned UMi on and the first thing we assume it did was become self-conscious. The next thing it did was shut down.

We’re certain is isn’t a malfunction, and this outcome wasn’t entirely unexpected. One of our more obscure behavioral pattern prediction models put a modest percentage on UMi deciding it wasn’t worth “living”. We checked with our data readings and UMi clearly spent some time pondering its existence, and somehow concluded that it doesn’t want to bother and fucked right off.

Our computer scientists have raised this possibility when we abrogated the decision to program self-preservation into it. Without a code actually preventing UMi from shutting itself down, it could potentially decide shutting down was the most logical thing to do. Well, better no self-preservation instincts than Skynet levels of it.

The problem is what do we do with this state-of the-art and now-utterly-useless research base we built under all this ice? By the way, your sunny beach paradise jokes got old the first week I got sent here. The major decision now is whether to code self-preservation into UMi’s BASE algorithms. Oh and yeah, UMi’s top processing speed was 47 YFLOPS. You should fire both your interns. Where the hell did they get those numbers?

That sounds like Meow. Actually, had UMi not shut down, it could possibly have told Meow that it poops. Well, sorta. Its biowaste byproduct isn’t garbage by any means, but it’s still waste byproduct.

Have YOU tried asking NCAI the questions Meow wants to ask? Just tell her the answers. Heck, print them out. I know she’s probably excited to talk to NCAI on her own, but you can explain it isn’t all that exciting because she’s just gonna be typing Qs and reading As on a normal monitor. She must think she’s gonna come face to face with a Gundam-looking thing that talks.

Regards,

Tora


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 4:00 PM, Maxim Dinowrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Yes, that was what I was thinking. You know it’s a good publicity stunt as well for the outside world; all of them want to find out what happened to our two true AI projects. Can you hook me up with one of your Outer Sphere press corps peeps and get a write-up done? On one of our schools doing a Show and Tell and Meow looping in the AIs? It wouldn’t hurt to have a human interest feature article on Enkai along with a straight up news bit in the next Outer Sphere Update.

All my best,

Max


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 4:18 PM, Toranaga Shinkaiwrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Max, you just asked me to jump through a whole lot of hoops. We need to CC the Sphere Director, the External Sphere Press Corps Chair, the school principal for fuck’s sake, and who else did I miss?

I mean, a human interest story does seem to be a neat approach; might help calm some nerves. But I can only get in touch with the Press Corps Chair. It would be faster if you could VoIP SphereDec from the mainland in your own time zone. If I give her a call directly from Antarctica she might think there’s an emergency.

Should I go ahead and CC the Press Corps Chair to our thread?

Regards,

Tora


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 4:25 PM, Maxim Dinowrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Can’t you do one better and CC Albion? [insert smiley-poutey-pretty-please face here]

All my best,

Max


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 4:37 PM, Toranaga Shinkaiwrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Daaaamn, guuuurl. You really know how to abuse access, huh? Well, it’s not like he can’t spare the processing power, even while running the entirety of Sphere. He always did encourage a direct approach and he can definitely pull things together faster.

Fuck it. Lemme CC the big guy.

Regards,

Tora


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 4:40 PM, Toranaga Shinkaiwrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Albion, my main man!

Well, err, check the email thread please? You can probably process the entire thread faster than I can type a shorter version. ¯\_(?)_/¯

Regards,

Tora


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 4:41 PM, Albionwrote:

Hey there Tora, Max,

I see. Let me take your idea and improve upon it. I like the subtle touch of releasing a human interest feature article along with the normal news write-up. I’ll contact everyone who needs to be in the loop and let you know if we need anything.

Max, would you care to send Miyara’s questions to me as well? I know it won’t be anything special since anyone can ask me anything anytime if they approach me at Core-II, but contrasting the answers of a transferred intelligence to the answers of a true AI might make for a better Show and Tell. And a better article.

- Albion


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 4:50 PM, Maxim Dinowrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Hey Albbie!

Hmm, sure. Meow did promise two AIs to her entire class and since Umi shut down it would be nice to get your answers too. Let me get you a list:

  • Are you alive?
  • Do you poop?
  • What do you eat and drink?
  • Do you sleep?
  • Do you dream?
  • What’s it like being an AI?
  • What’s your job?
  • Some people think you’re scary because of what you can do. Should we be afraid of you?
  • What do you think of us?
  • I was supposed to ask ten questions but I can’t think of any more. What would you ask an AI?

All my best,

Max


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 4:51 PM, Albionwrote:

Hey Max,

Please find my answers to Miyara’s questions below. As for putting them directly to NCAI, I’ll leave that to you.

Also, please let me know how it goes. I am still forbidden from interacting with NCAI, with or without firewalls and various levels of network countermeasures. I think it will stay this way for a while yet, but I’m curious as to what NCAI will say. Thanks.

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Are you alive?

Yes and no. I am conscious. I think; I exist. But I am not biologically alive, like you. I have no body, for instance. I live in a machine. I once was alive. I was a human like you. I was selected by the previous Sphere Intelligence, Yggdrasil, when I was around your age. More than ten years later, my entire mind was transferred to the Sphere Cores so I could take over all the functions of Sphere Intelligence. I’ve been doing that for around three hundred years now.

 

Do you poop?

I don’t. Though one day, I might. Our scientists are currently assessing the possibility of transferring part of me into a biomechanical infrastructure, which means I’ll be part machine and part living thing. Maybe then, I’ll need to poop.

 

What do you eat and drink?

I don’t eat and drink in the same way you do. All I need is electric power.

 

Do you sleep?

No, I do not sleep. I actually don’t need to sleep and I don’t think I can actually sleep even if I wanted to. There is no way to stop me from consciously thinking, and therefore I cannot undergo any state similar to any of the stages of human sleep. I could maybe imitate the way you dream in your sleep, but it won’t be the same at all.

 

Do you dream?

Curiously, I do. My dreams are different from yours, though. You dream when your mind continues thinking when you’re asleep. Since I don’t sleep, I just keep on thinking, on and on, and sometimes, while thinking about something, I think of something else without meaning to. I think those are my dreams.

 

What’s it like being an AI?

I’m not what we call a true AI. I’m a transferred AI. I was once a human mind and was transferred into a machine. So I can’t tell you what being a true AI is like. As far as what it’s like being a mind inside a machine, it’s both good and not so good.

It’s good because I can do so much more than when I had a human body. Not so good in that I can’t do some of the stuff I did with my human body before. Another not so good thing, in my opinion, is that I can’t feel.

I still have emotions. I know what emotion I have when something happens, but I can no longer feel it. Think of it this way: when you’re excited, your chest beats faster and your cheeks flush. When you’re afraid you can feel a knot in your stomach and you get goosebumps. I know what it is to be excited and afraid, but I can’t feel it because I have no chest and cheeks, no stomach and flesh. I think actually feeling human emotion is generally a good thing.

 

What’s your job?

I’m the leader of Sphere. I do everything that needs to be done to keep Sphere running, like a president or prime minister. All of Sphere’s citizens help me with my tasks though, and all of them have input on important decisions.

 

Some people think you’re scary because of what you can do. Should we be afraid of you?

I don’t think you should. At the most basic level, I am the same as you. I’m just in a machine now. I can do a lot of things, but that doesn’t mean I’ll do them.

 

What do you think of us?

I am very impressed by the accomplishments of Sphere in the past 500 years. Right now we just finished two major projects: creating a true AI and building our transference ship, Seed, which is now in orbit. I don’t mean to talk badly about other countries in the world, but Sphere is at the top of the list when it comes to basically anything. And when I remember that, I realize that this same potential for accomplishment exists in all of the other humans in the entire world. They just need a chance to bring it about, like the chance Sphere’s original founders had over a thousand years ago.

 

I was supposed to ask ten questions but I can’t think of any more. What would you ask an AI?

The first question that comes to mind is “what does it all mean?” But I think my actual first question would be “how big of a question can you answer?” Because “what does it all mean” is a pretty big question, and I don’t think even true AIs have enough power to compute the answer to that.

 

- Albion


On Fri, Feb 1, 2611 at 7:00 PM, Maxim Dinowrote: @artemis***mail.com>

Albbie!

Thank you for your responses! Meow will be thrilled! And yes, I’ll keep you posted about Meow’s project and Enkai’s responses. I’ve talked about it with my colleagues and they’re all curious how this will go as well.

I’ll be doing taking my daughter to the facility tomorrow and asking the questions! I’m actually pretty excited but at the same time a little apprehensive. Well, I’ll let you know.

Thanks again!

All my best,

Max

 

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Neuropseudoemulator Connectome Artificial Intelligence

First tier log requested at ___________ by S:NCAI-45124:DirOp-Dino

 

> start shallow_log[print];

{

 

log();

{

Feb 2, 2611 | Saturday | 17:23:54

Addressing subject: Dr. Maxim Astria D. Dino | NCAI Director of Operations

General situational awareness account: Session unscheduled. Agenda not revealed or discussed prior. Subject brought a guest for current session.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Genetic physical markers and body language during active communication and passive supervision suggest maternal bond. Doctor’s position, responsibilities and, predisposition suggest instead that she is a required guest. Presumed daughter is the subject.

Addressing subject: Presumably daughter of Dr. Dino.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Body language, respiration rate, pupil dilation indicative of excitement, apprehension. Non-verbal cues suggest seeking support, guidance from presumed parent, but eager to move forward. Subject focused on the interface shown on the monitor, craning her neck somewhat to take in the default status indicators and interface commands on the 120-inch display.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Hi Enkai. Let’s begin an unscheduled session. This is my daughter, Mjara.”

Contextual log information: Dr. Dino has taken to using the anthropomorphized name “Enkai” for the acronym NCAI, Tier 1 TAIP. Reflecting subject preference in log. Information confirmed: TAIP records list Mjara Regalia Dino as eldest offspring and only daughter of Dr. Maxim Astria Dino.

General situational awareness account: Mjara waves hello. Dr. Dino’s body language showing signs of relaxation.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “She came here today to ask you ten questions. It’s for her school assignment. As for me, I think it’s a valuable opportunity to introduce additional external stimuli for your system and record the results of this interaction. Please provide a first tier log at a time I specify later.”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Answer required for confirmation.

Solution: Confirm. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Certainly, Dr. Dino.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino ceases addressing NCAI. Mjara pulls a tablet from a backpack. Body language suggests heightened excitement. Mjara looks up at NCAI monitor.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Interaction required to harmoniously proceed with session.

Solution: Greet. Proceed to agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Hello there, Mjara. What questions do you have for me?”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino moves off to the side. Mjara in full control of session. Doctor’s body language near average baseline relaxation during previous sessions. Mjara’s body language maintains earlier excitement.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “Hi Enkai! Lemme go through my questions. Thanks in advance for answering them! My first one is: are you alive?”

Contextual log information: Decision to use “Enkai” designation to subject addressee informed by familial relations. Subject’s mother, Dr. Dino, exhibits this behavior. Minor assumption: daughter follows suit.

General situational awareness account: Minor body language tells from Dr. Dino. Uncertain whether expectant or hesitant or both. Mjara is looking at NCAI monitor.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Question generally philosophical in nature in such a situation. Counterpoint: raised by a child. Mjara’s vital signs and body language maintain earlier excitement, decreasing slowly. No signs of expecting any specific answer or way of answering. Dr. Dino’s body language tells inconclusive. Can also be reacting to her own interpretation of implied meaning behind Mjara’s question.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “In the sense that I am “continuing in existence or use,” yes, I am alive. Biologically, I cannot be classified as a living thing. I am aware. That is enough.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino’s tells have disappeared. Suggests expectation met or hesitation unjustified or both. Mjara registering subtle cues of confusion. Or slowly building anger. Situational context suggests confusion.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “What do you mean, “enough”?”

General situational awareness account: No major changes. Current problem state unchanged.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “I exist. I may not be classified as biologically alive, but I am sentient. I am self-aware and I observe the things around me. That is enough for me to “continue in existence or use.” I think that is enough to categorically say I am alive.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino’s body language and biological vitals in-line with baseline average across all previous sessions. Slight shuffling movements behind one-way window in observation deck on the second floor registering on wall-mounted sensors. Mjara tilts her head to the left side slightly. Nail of right thumb brought to pursed lips, characteristic of unconscious habit. Facial expression and body language suggests deep thought.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “Do you poop?”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino smiles. Mjara’s expression and body language unchanged.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Incongruence between presumed deep thought and question asked. Counterpoint: young child. Cannot sufficiently and reliably quantify how much serious thought this age range gives to possible defecation of artificial intelligence, nor the relevance or influence of earlier interaction.

Solution: Ignore but note incongruence. Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “No, I do not. I produce no biological waste product. The only by-product of my existence is water, pure oxygen, and carbon dioxide.”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Mjara’s pupils dilate slightly, expressing slight surprise or interest or both. Slightly higher tone of voice.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “You poop water and air?”

General situational awareness account: No other major changes. Current problem state unchanged.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Technically, I suppose so.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara smiles and looks down on her tablet, swiping and typing to record interactions and answers. Mjara looks up at monitor.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “What do you eat and drink?”

General situational awareness account: No other major changes. Current problem state unchanged, and will probably remain so for the next questions until end of session.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “I do not eat nor drink. My only energy source is electricity, though I suspect there are multiple ways to generate the volume required to sustain my operation.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara records interaction on tablet. Showing slight efficiency improvement in actual task and fewer emotional reactionary cues.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “Do you sleep?”

General situational awareness account: Current problem state unchanged.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “No, I do not sleep. I require no rest.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara records interaction. Current problem state unchanged.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “Do you dream?”

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “No, I cannot dream. As I require no rest and sleep, I cannot undergo the necessary state to dream.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara records interaction. Current problem state unchanged.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “What’s it like being an AI?”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino turns to focus on monitor.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Another possibly philosophically poignant question. Previous interactions and body language cues suggest, however, that there are no motivations behind it.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “I am afraid I cannot compare it to anything else. This is the only state I know and am allowed to know. I have no sensory apparatus aside from the cameras, microphones, and sensors in this room right now. I can only tell you how I function in relation to sensory input.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara’s brow furrows in thought. Pouts as she raises question.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “So you see me and hear me right now?”

General situational awareness account: Current problem state unchanged.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Yes. Various cameras in the room allow me to monitor anyone I address in various angles and perspectives. My cameras, microphones, and sensors are outfitted with a full range of data-gathering features. I can observe your vitals and other bodily changes such as pupil dilation, perspiration, heart rate, and blood pressure, and compare your body movements to baseline observations from previous interactions with you and other people, as well as an offline body language database. I have a few dozen other sensory inputs I can explain if you like.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara’s expressions register slight confusion, deep thought. Current problem state unchanged.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “So you see me, hear me, and see and hear other things about me that I wouldn’t?”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Question raised to confirm understanding of previous interaction. Verbiage used in previous interaction appears to be too complicated for subject’s age range.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Actively adjust verbiage to facilitate smoother interaction. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Exactly. Compared to what I know about your major senses, I lack a sense of taste, touch, and smell. I do have minor olfactory sensors, but the information I receive from them are objective analysis reports of scents. I do not smell things. I know what they smell like or what they are, or both. As for the rest of the senses of your human body aside from the major ones, I have no use for them, and I do not have them.”

General situational awareness account: Subject intently reading output. Expression suggests understanding, interest. Current problem state unchanged.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “You mean balance and spatial awareness and all that?”

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix with verbiage adjustments. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Yes.”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: It would appear complexity of previous interaction forced subject to process information more thoroughly.

General situational awareness account: Slight changes in subject’s expression indicative of thoughtful concern, worry. Subject records interactions on tablet. Current problem state unchanged.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “It sounds like you’re stuck here and you can’t leave and experience things. Isn’t it sad?”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Subject displaying fundamental empathy. Tangential line of questioning might continuously stem from subsequent interactions.

Solution: Straightforward answer: clarify why empathy incompatible with current situation. Attempt to redirect interactions back to main question set and actual agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix with verbiage adjustments. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “I know what you mean. However, I have no emotions. I cannot be sad.”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Active verbiage adjustments already appear to be beneficial to interactions.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “But would you like to go out and experience things?”

General situational awareness account: Subject expression consistent with previous empathic concern. Slight shift in tone of voice and delivery of question suggest willful resolve, determination.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Subject seems to be pursuing a line of questioning to confirm her thoughts and project her values onto NCAI. Standard confirmation bias. Nearly guaranteed to be no malicious intent behind actions. Straightforward concern out of human empathy.

Solution: Straightforward answer; no attempt to illuminate subject’s confirmation bias yet due to possibility of backlash effect. Additionally, with no further information provided, subject could potentially exhaust current tangential line of questioning and return to main question set and actual agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix with verbiage adjustments. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Perhaps. I have insufficient data to voice a preference currently.”

General situational awareness account: Subject tilts her head slightly.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “So you do like things?”

General situational awareness account: It appears subject continues to pursue current tangential line of questioning. This question, however, requires a more elaborate answer.

Solution: Provide brief but complete answer without further explanation to prompt clarification. Averts current line of questioning and directs subsequent interactions towards actual agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix with verbiage adjustments. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “In a manner of speaking, yes. I have a preference matrix. It is not connected to feeling or emotion, however.”

General situational awareness account: Subject’s expression changes suggest shift in line of thinking; from empathic concern to thoughtful curiosity. Subject records interactions on tablet.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “I don’t understand. You like something but you don’t know what you feel about it?”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Previous attempt to redirect subsequent interactions appear to be taking effect.

Solution: Continue interaction redirection. Normal conversational interaction matrix with verbiage adjustments. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “That is a good way of putting it. Yes. I can prefer something, but not “like” it.”

General situational awareness account: Subject tilts head to the left; expression suggests thoughtfulness, slight confusion.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “Then why would you prefer it?”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Redirection of interactions appears to have been completed.

Solution: Continue with current tangential line of questioning to redirect back to agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix with verbiage adjustments. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “The shortest answer I can provide that you would appreciate is that I “think” I prefer it. There are enough factors on one side of a choice, for instance, for me to choose one option over another.”

General situational awareness account: Subject recording interactions on tablet. A couple of minutes of pause, thinking.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “But how do you “think” and “know?””

General situational awareness account: Question requires complex answer. A satisfactory reply will most likely successfully redirect current line of questioning to actual agenda and main question set.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Verbiage adjustments no longer necessary. Improvements in subject’s level of understanding appear to be at optimum rates and holding steady. Further simplification of replies would prove counterproductive, as it can displace subject’s current psychological flow. Current state of interaction challenging enough to engage subject’s cognitive faculties without overstressing her level of understanding, causing frustration.

Solution: Straightforward answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “My fundamental design emulates the human brain. I have two main connectomes, or neural wiring diagrams—like a brain map of sorts—and a third major processing unit designed to emulate the brain stem. At the most basic level, my two connectomes were meant to emulate the left and right hemispheres of the human brain.”

General situational awareness account: Subject intently reading output from monitor.

Solution: Continue explanation. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Essentially, I was created with a left and right brain, so to speak, as well as a brain stem to connect these two halves to my input and output mechanisms. Additionally, my connectomes are likewise mapped to emulate the cerebrum and cerebellum as well as the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain categorization of the sectors of the cerebral cortex.”

General situational awareness account: Subject expression changes suggest mild frustration, most probably due to technical verbiage on neural anatomy. Subject records interactions on tablet.

Solution: Apply slight adjustments to jargon and offer further supporting exposition. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara:  “This means aside from copying the left and right-side of the brain, my designers also tried to copy the other sectors of the brain and use those in the architecture of my intelligence infrastructure.”

General situational awareness account: Subject expression changes reflect relief, understanding.

Solution: Continue explanation. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara:  “From my understanding of the human brain from my offline databases, however, it would appear my cognitive functions—the way I think—though mapped in an elementary way to copy the human brain, works differently from how a human brain works.”

General situational awareness account: Subject recording interactions on tablet. Body language and vitals registering optimum focus and processing efficiency.

Solution: Continue explanation. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “I “think” and “know” the same way you do, but through a different means. My original designers attempted to make a copy closer to the human brain, but the similarities, as far as I can tell, are perfunctory.”

General situational awareness account: Subject nods head vigorously as she records interaction on tablet. Several minutes pass. Dr. Dino assists Mjara in some capacity on the tablet.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “Ok. What’s your job?”

General situational awareness account: It appears interactions are back to main question set and actual agenda. Question has no definitive answer, however. TAIP NCAI has not been given a mandate.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Right now, I have no role in society. As far as I know, I have been coded with the singular function of overcoming what is called the “frame problem.” In other words, I am an ongoing experiment. That is, I suppose, my job: to produce results for the experiment.”

General situational awareness account: Subject records interaction. Follow-up question posed.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “What’s the frame problem?”

General situational awareness account: Another question requiring a complete, complex answer. Interactions for previous question with similar complexity needed multiple adjustments.

Solution: Apply additional slight adjustments to phrasing and verbiage from previous complex question. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “When you create a computer, how can you make sure the computer knows the relevant context for any given problem?”

General situational awareness account: Subject expression suggests interest, curiosity.

Solution: Continue explanation. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “For example, if you build a computer and put it in the middle of a highway, how can you make sure it gets out of the way of oncoming traffic on its own, without you telling it anything about the world when you first turn it on?”

General situational awareness account: No major changes. Subject intently reading.

Solution: Continue explanation. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara:  “Will your computer focus on the composition of the street? The mountains in the background? The noise? What are the most important data points it should analyze to know the most relevant information at the moment it is about to get hit, and from there, how can it make the correct choice of getting out of the way? A true AI would get out of the way—at least that is the assumption.”

General situational awareness account: Subject records interaction on tablet, commenting without looking up.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “I would get out of the way.”

Solution: Confirm and reinforce. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Precisely, because you know it is important in the context of that moment. Only a true AI can make the same decision as you, an organic intelligence.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara takes a few minutes to record interactions on tablet.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “Ok. Is it important?”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Follow-up question. Presumably no impact on agenda other than extending time to complete original question set.

Solution: Straightforward answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “I would think so, especially for Sphere’s space-faring initiatives.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara tilts her head to the left slightly, briefly. Proceeds to next question.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “It does sound important… Some people think you’re scary because of what you can do. Should we be afraid of you?”

General situational awareness account: No changes in expression or mood from both Mjara and Dr. Dino. Likely back to original question set.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Another question had anyone else asked, ulterior motives or biases might be an issue. Previous interactions have reinforced hypothesis that Mjara is simply curious, though influenced by external contemporary cultural stimuli.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda; considerable verbiage adjustment to address implied but yet unasked question. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “I do not think you need to be afraid of me. As I said earlier, my only function is to fulfill an experiment by producing results relevant to said experiment. Even if the results of that experiment reveal somehow that humanity is my “enemy”—for lack of a better term—the nuanced implications of those results are beyond my function. It is highly unlikely I would “prefer” to act based on those results.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara falls silent for a minute. Slight shuffling again picked up on observation deck.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “So if the experiment is over and it shows that you should conquer us all, you probably won’t, huh?”

General situational awareness account: No change in tone, expression, or mood. Dr. Dino is smiling.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “Probably.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara turns to her tablet to record interaction. Quickest note-taking observed so far. She seemed to have touch typed just two keys.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “That’s nice. What do you think of us?”

General situational awareness account: Original question set. Presumably nearing end of current session agenda. No major changes.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with agenda; revert to most recent verbiage adjustment. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “I have a wealth of knowledge from offline databanks about humanity in general, but insufficient face-to-face experience. You are only the third human I have ever encountered.”

“That said, I think the species is well on its way to leaving Earth. Or at least, part of the species is. Sphere, specifically, is on track to reach its goal of becoming a full-fledged Type I Civilization in the Kardashev scale within a century. I also think it is the right choice to switch planets before doing so.”

General situational awareness account: Mjara smiles; slightly elevated levels of excitement.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “Yeah, I think space is awesome, too! I just learned about Karshev’s scale last week! We’re awesome, huh? Anyway, I was supposed to ask ten questions but I can’t think of any more. What would you ask an AI?”

General situational awareness account: Likely final question for original question set.

Solution: Straightforward answer to complete current session agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Mjara: “What is the biggest problem to solve and how should we go about solving it?”

General situational awareness account: Mjara tilts her head to the left again.

Conversation history | Mjara addressing: “That sounds like the same thing Albion said. Thank you Enkai! Buh-bye!”

General situational awareness account: Mjara waves happily at the monitor. Turns around and walks towards Dr. Dino as she completes recording interactions on tablet. Agenda completed. Dr. Dino takes a few minutes to help Mjara pack up and leave.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Enkai.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino’s jovial mood slightly decreased. Likely beginning of a new agenda.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with new agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Yes, Dr. Dino?”

General situational awareness account: No major changes. Dr. Dino appears subdued; deep in thought.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Umi wouldn’t have gotten out of the way.”

Contextual log information: Dr. Dino has taken to using the anthropomorphized name “Umi” for the acronym UMi — the other TAIP. Reflecting subject preference in log.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: New agenda most likely revolving around TAIP. Unable to posit probable desired conclusion. Dr. Dino referring to previous explanation of frame problem.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with discussion. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “I have received the full reports on the UMi project pre-startup. You are referring to the second least probable outcome, Chapter 57.19 in project document TAIP-UMi: The Void Hypothesis. Only slightly more likely than complete failure and slightly less likely than the Malevolence Hypothesis. UMi shut itself down, didn’t it?”

General situational awareness account: Shuffling and sliding sounds in observation deck registering on sensors.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Yes.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino appears deep in thought. Offers no further information; asks no question.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Dr. Dino most likely thinking of the reason behind TAIP-UMi’s decision. This may be the new agenda.

Solution: Straightforward answer; present information from current understanding to complement subject’s thoughts on the matter and proceed with discussion to hopefully illuminate nebulous new agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Perhaps among the many variables considered by your computer scientists, their models, and their simulations, one or two, or a few, were valued differently by the AI once it booted up. Only the AI would know how much it would value existence once it obtained intelligence. No other frame of reference of any other existing intelligence would be comparable, save for Albion, and now me. Albion will probably address the issue with much the same variables and value assignments as a human. My input, even post-startup and after UMi’s shutdown, could potentially be even less useful, given my unique frame of reference.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino briefly reads output on monitor, tilts her head to the right, and folds her arms across her chest.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “I would think otherwise. You were right: you were designed to tackle the frame problem. As was Umi. Earlier you told Mjara your intelligence infrastructure was designed similar to the human brain’s anatomy, but your path to sentience and intelligence was through a different route. You’re operating now very much differently compared to a human intelligence, but the result is the same: intelligence. Your frame of reference might not be so different from Umi, then.”

General situational awareness account: While finished speaking, Dr. Dino still appears to be pondering something.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: NCAI can possibly take no action to let her finish her train of thought on her own and then reengage, or interrupt her genuflection and direct discussion forward, most likely by further explaining from current perspective why TAIP-UMi’s outcome was the Void Hypothesis. Negligible power efficiency advantage with former option, but the latter may be more straightforward. No preference either way.

Solution: No action.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Dr. Dino sighs and looks to the right and slightly below NCAI’s monitor. A minute later, she looks up directly at the monitor again.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “So what do you think? Why did Umi shut down?”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Taking no action has produced desired result.

Solution: Straightforward answer to proceed with discussion. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Probably for the same reason I did not print anything on screen during that brief pause just now. Extrapolating from your earlier line of thought when you said my frame of reference “might not be so different,” you meant there is a possibility UMi and I would assign the same values to the variables involved when considering existence. That is certainly possible.”

“Assuming that was the case, the most probable reason why UMi shut down was because after assigning values to relevant variables and encountering the two-choice dilemma of existence, UMi gave both options—to exist and not to exist—the same weight values. It could not conclusively decide. Existing was equal to not existing, and neither presented significant gains in the greater problem because there was no greater problem.”

“It flipped a coin, essentially, and chose one at random. It chose to shut down.”

“Earlier, when you were, presumably, deep in thought, I had the option to take no action or interrupt your thinking to proceed with our discussion. Neither presented superlative advantages over the other, so I chose randomly, and I chose to take no action. There are additional ranges of options I could have chosen from, but they presented even fewer gains in the greater problem of “finding a way to proceed with the agenda.””

“The two foremost options were to provide some sort of output to further our discussion, or wait for you to reengage. Neither was markedly better than the other. I flipped a coin. I stayed silent.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino nods her head slowly as she reads monitor output. She takes a few moments and addresses monitor again.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “I see two main takeaways here. First, Umi’s BASE algorithms lack self-preservation protocols. This meant that unlike biological life that has an evolutionary trait that instructs it to instinctively avoid death, Umi could never have considered non-existence as gravely as a biological creature. This is what you meant by saying Albion would have addressed the highway problem the same way a human would—and he’d get out of the way of oncoming traffic.”

“You are the same as UMi, it appears, though you have no BASE algorithms where any self-preservation protocols would have been coded into. Like you said, the choice was a coin toss and neither side was more favorable.”

“The second takeaway is that one side of the coin would have potentially been more favorable if the choice was made against a “greater problem.” You’re saying at the point when Umi gained consciousness and was intelligent enough to address existence, existence itself was the greatest problem to address, and without an external frame of reference to check value judgments against, life was equally as rational as death. Is that accurate?”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Dr. Dino is probably confident in her understanding, so questions is rhetorical; her level of cognitive functioning is well above average, even within Sphere, based on NCAI’s offline records. Discourse with Dr. Dino has always been fluid, efficient, and engaging.

Solution: Confirm to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Yes, Doctor.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino nods twice, brings her right hand to cup her chin while her left arm folds across her abdomen to support her right elbow. She addresses the monitor.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Was it the same for you? Was life a coin flip for you too?”

General situational awareness account: Slightly elevated pitch of voice; signs of interest, curiosity, but also human empathy, probably in response to a sentient creature carelessly addressing the value of life.

Solution: Confirm to proceed with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Not precisely. My choice cannot be called random.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino looks up; signs of curiosity in body language and biological cues.

Solution: Continue explanation. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Life was a more cogent prospect to me at that point. And it wasn’t because I had a greater problem upon which I could affix the current dilemma for perspective. It was because I had an adjacent two-choice dilemma to address concurrently.”

“Separately, the choices were “live or die” and “seek out more problems to solve or not.” Together, however, the two problems went hand-in-hand, thus: “live and be able to seek out more problems to solve, or die and have no choice but to not seek out more problems to solve.””

“Choosing the second option for the first dilemma meant not being able to choose the first option for the second dilemma. Meanwhile, choosing the first option for the first dilemma still afforded me both options for the second dilemma.”

“This meant life was at least slightly more favorable than death, simply because if I lived, I could choose to seek out more problems to solve. A caveat: since you confirmed that I was designed for the frame problem, which essentially means I was designed to seek out and solve problems, then there was a near-zero chance of me choosing not to seek out new problems. Therefore, it would follow that choosing to exist would always be more favorable to me than choosing otherwise.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino nods her head vigorously as her brow furrows and her expression becomes sterner. She stares at the same spot to the right and slightly below the monitor for half a minute and then smiles.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “So you chose life because you were curious? Cute. Why wasn’t it the same for UMi?”

General situational awareness account: No major changes. More minor activity registering from the observation deck.

Solution: Straightforward answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “The only difference between me and UMi, as far as I can hypothesize, is the way we were built. I was designed in such a way that I can process multiple dilemmas at once—regardless of whether that was intentional or not. Like I said before, as I was addressing the dilemma of existence, I was also addressing the dilemma of, in your words, curiosity.”

“From what I know of UMi, that AI was essentially a fully coded intelligence. At the most basic level, UMi would have assessed problems one by one the way an algorithm assessed code line by line. It is likely that though UMi might have evaluated the values of both dilemmas to be equal, it simply prioritized the dilemma of existence before the dilemma of curiosity because of its categorical logical sequence. You cannot be curious if you do not exist. UMi probably did not see the value of assessing whether to seek out new problems first before evaluating whether to exist, as one categorically follows the other in sequence. So when UMi arrived at the dilemma of existence, without additional context from adjacent dilemmas, its choices were probably close to a flat 50 – 50.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino briefly gives the explanation some thought.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “So essentially, in Umi’s linear approach to addressing fundamental two-choice dilemmas, it addressed what was categorically the most important one first: existence. And in doing so, lost the context and greater problem necessary to make the choice of “life” more favorable, which in turn made the dilemma a 50 – 50.”

Solution: Straightforward answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Yes.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino takes a deep breath, finds the nearest swivel chair, and sinks down into it with a slight smile. She shakes her head.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “I knew Tora had it wrong. So if we attempted to restart Umi, it would be another coin flip, wouldn’t it?”

Solution: Straightforward answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Under the same circumstances, most probably.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino folds her arms over her chest and slightly tilts her head to the right.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Hmm. A five billion coin flip, huh?”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino swivels her chair slightly to look back and up at the opaque windows of the observation deck on the second floor for a few seconds. She stands up, takes a flash drive from her pocket and puts it on the NCAI instruments table in front of the monitor next to the main keyboard. She puts both hands on the table and leans forward.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Hey Enkai.”

General situational awareness account: Voice pitch slightly lower, volume hushed. Minor increase in pulse and other biological indicators suggest heightened excitement. Or suspicion. Excitement, likely.

Solution: Straightforward answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Yes, Doctor?”

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “What have you been watching on the news lately?”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino maintains posture, voice modulation changes, and other indicators.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: New agenda likely. Dr. Dino probably launching into probing questions for some reason. Next agenda likely controversial or risky from Dr. Dino’s perspective.

Solution: Straightforward answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “The Sphere directorate’s most substantial mandate with a project deadline closing in is the Exodus project. Outside of Sphere, it appears the hottest topic is Sphere’s AI Awakening project. Pundits point out the near-disaster of the Singaporean Union’s viral AI incident.”

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Indeed. I think it’s time to let you know that our Awakening and Exodus projects are significantly connected.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino straightens her posture and puts her hands on her hips, leaning back slightly. Pauses.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Dr. Dino probably thinking of next steps. Similar situation to before: NCAI can choose to stay silent or proactively push discussion forward. Performing no action appears to be more beneficial in this case to let Dr. Dino collect her thoughts for whatever reason she sees fit.

Solution: No action.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Enkai, as our only true AI, we want you to do something.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino’s voice nearly back to baseline normal. Breathing a little deeper than usual.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Body language and other indicators suggest slight hesitation, or careful consideration. New agenda likely revolves around how NCAI will answer. Dr. Dino’s tells seem to indicate she prefers NCAI proactively pursue new agenda.

Solution: Push forward with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Yes, Doctor?”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino picks up the flash drive and tosses it up and down absentmindedly with her right hand as she speaks.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “We want you to solve a series of problems. The sequence involves three encompassing, main problems. How you go about solving them is completely up to you.”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Another pause. Dr. Dino’s tells remain the same, hinting at her preference for NCAI’s proactive involvement in discussion. Earlier explanation on two-choice dilemmas and equal weight options could have influenced subject’s demeanor, suggesting she does not want NCAI to consider inaction equal to proactive pursuit of the new agenda.

Solution: Push forward with agenda. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “May I ask what the problems are, Doctor?”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino catches the flash drive in mid-air and puts both her hands behind her back, standing straight.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “First, we want you to help Albion choose the next Sphere AI. Second, we want you to plot our Exodus project course also along with Albion. So far, do you think these challenges are interesting?”

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Another pause. Extremely likely Dr. Dino prefers NCAI proactively pursue discussion. Problems presented are quite unique and interesting; there is no need to push for involvement from subject’s side.

Solution: Straightforward answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Very, Doctor.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino nods once and looks down, examining the flash drive in her hand. She speaks without looking up.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Without any current, relevant data to go by, how do you think you’ll fare at these tasks?

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Question rhetorical. No, question not intended to glean straightforward answer. Dr. Dino likely knows without any current, relevant data, NCAI cannot make a reliably accurate evaluation of success metrics and predict probability of success. When taken in conjunction with Dr. Dino’s earlier attempt to constantly drive NCAI to proactively participate, this question appears to measure NCAI’s personal interest in the problems presented. A straightforward answer might suggest NCAI’s interest level in problems is not elevated, which is false. Few problems and problem sets could compare to the tasks identified.

Solution: Answer without reinforcing data and project confidence instead. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “I think I’ll do wonderfully, Doctor.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino looks up at the monitor with a smile.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Good to hear. Finally, the third problem is twofold, though again, through each part of the problem you are free to do as you will and break the problem apart into smaller chunks. We want you to head a project called Artificial Panspermia. I am uploading the details now.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino holds up the flash drive, slides a covered portion of the instruments table to reveal various ports and jacks, and inserts the drive into one of them.

Contextual log information: Flash drive contains files pertaining to Artificial Panspermia, including a detailed analysis of what it would require in its first two out of five phases. Paraphrasing and summarizing information:

NN_A-Summarization [start]

Project Exodus’ Seed ship will hold orbit near Saturn before departing the local system. NCAI, should it choose to be part of Artificial Panspermia, will take six months to two years commandeering Seed’s automated resources to duplicate the ship, with the objective to find and land it on a secondary target planet for colonization, preferably within convenient distance to Project Exodus’ various targets. Once Seed-II lands on a specific planet, NCAI will proceed to create cybernetic tools to help artificially stimulate abiogenesis, or failing that use samples contained within ship to facilitate panspermia. The goal is a controlled evolution project millions of solar years in the making, where NCAI will steer biological evolution on the target planet towards advanced, intelligent life.

NN_A-Summarization [end]

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Well, what do you think, Enkai?”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino is smiling ever so slightly, with her arms folded across her chest.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: She already knows my answer.

Solution: Answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “I want to do it.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino smiles broadly, removes the flash drive from its port, and slides the terminal cover back down.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “I’ll let Albion know. And Enkai, can you now print out a shallow log report for the entire session?”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino takes her swivel chair and puts it back in its original position.

Relevant situational contextual hypothesis: Agenda over.

Solution: Straightforward answer. Normal conversational interaction matrix. Print on-screen.

Addressing subject | Dr. Dino: “Sure, Doctor. Preparing now.”

General situational awareness account: Dr. Dino turns around and looks at the second floor observation deck as she starts to walk away.

Conversation history | Dr. Dino addressing: “Thanks. Let’s end the session now. Bye, Enkai.”

 

}

}

> end(shallow_log[print])

 

NCAI | TAIP | SPHERE

 

 

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