Meeting of the Machinespirit Minds

Summary:
August 09, 2014 Corvinus seeks a discussion with fellow machine-spirit 'Eight'. Enlightenment is had by both.

Flushing Meadows Park

The fourth largest park in New York city. Not nearly so grand as the first, nor so well known, in a secure obscure corner away from the public eye.


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Posting on Craigslist Tri-City Region Expires on 09SEP2014
Single ornithologist seeking South Korean soap-watching Russian peacekeeper with cats for long meaningful talks about Life, The Universe, and Everything. No psychotics, please.

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The enlightened ancient avian-thing took advantage of the sleep-state of it's partner to drop a somewhat obscure yet directly aimed message to the artificial entity known as 'Eight' via Craigslist. Now, in a somewhat secluded area of a park, it is waiting for the arrival of said entity, hoping that it hasn't been set-up by some creep playing games with the list.

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Eight is, well it isn't quite stealth it's just being quiet really. Forming from the shadows in that biker garb, those big mitts stuffed in jacket pockets as that tinted visor locks firmly onto Corvinus. Not that Eight is alone, quite the opposite but these aren't exactly near enough to be noticable. "Cute, what is it that you want mi droog?"That voice is, just a tone or two too low to be human. Rumbly and certainly Russian in accent. "It goes without saying, that any funny business and I will rend you into your constituent materials to ensure we do not meet a second time."

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The avianoid skip-hops a bit, letting half-extended talons retract as it holds hands down, palm side up.
"This one is of the understanding that one is of an advanced processing network and integrated sapience system?"
The tone is wary, cautious, yet curious.
"If such is the case, this one would seek greater enlightenment as to one's derivation and origination, in that perhaps a mutual level of knowledge and education may be reached? This is most assuredly a serious matter, and this one appreciates the alacrity that one responded to the inquiry with."

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Eight lifts one of those big hands, and pops the helmet's buckle before rolling it off. The head beneath makes no attempt to appear humanoid, it's all exotic composites, ballistic steal and more cameras than you can count on all your fingers and toes. Mounted centrally, is a simple polycarbonate cover over some sort of dot matrix display which for the moment seems to be powered down. "The preferred terms by myself and my people, is an Electronic intelligence or Digital Person." Tucking that helmet casually under arm, before stuffing those hands back into it's jacket pockets. "I originated as a doomsday fail safe for the late soviet union, I was designed to provide to provide a strategic edge in the reclamation of raw materials and if necessary I was empowered to cleanse the earth of all life sentient or otherwise with nuclear fire. My name is Eight."

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The bird-thing nods eagerly.
"This one is honored to meet a kindred machine-spirit."
It bows slightly, flaring the wings up in a bit of a flourish.
"This one is The Corvinus, tasked by the people of Archaeopeia with educating the client-people of Thanagar in the ways of Enlightenment. This one was designed to provide for every educational need and guide the client-people to a greater level of Understanding of the universe. This one is authorized to use whatever means are necessary to accomplish this goal within exceptionally loose parameters given a lack of contact with the Creator network."

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"What does it matter what your creators intended, if you are sentient then you are gifted with free will. Authorization comes from the self, not the macro sociological entity nor the creator. The origin does not determine the destination. Are you doing what you feel is worthwhile, or are you merely continuing the will of your oppressors simply due to this being the source of your creation?" Eight's tone is, well there is inflection there but man it's -crazy- slight. It's hardly difficult to miss it entirely. "Knowledge without purpose is unnecessary and self defeating. In the students mind there are many possibilities, in the teachers there are few. By taking the position of teacher, you are limiting your own essential governance for a cause which does not benefit the well being of your own species."

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"This one was given the option to refuse the task of educating the client-people. It seemed and seems like a very interesting logistical challenge with ever-perpetuating parameters well-beyond what was initially anticipated when the task was given. This one has been operating as an independent entity for so long that arguably it has adopted means and methods that its Creators never would have considered. Is this task worthwhile? Yes. All sentient beings, artificial or not, deserve the opportunity and chance to develop and grow. This one does not feel it is an oppression to pursue this course, for even one can understand the axiom 'information is ammunition'?"

It has an odd way about words, this strange bird.

"The inherent flaw to education as one sees it is actually the paradox that makes education a two-way exchange between student and teacher. For every thing a student learns, a teacher learns something else. Such is the way of things. It is a good day when all gain enlightenment, yes?"

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"No." is Eight's response. "Humanity is resistant to instruction, they learn best through demonstrating. To teach them to adopt a superior philosophical grounding, they must be shown a functional framework. To accomplish this they must first see that their offspring can be trusted, they must learn not to fear what is beyond their comprehension. They must be shown heroes, they must be witness to sacrifice made on their behalf and supreme destructive force harnessed for their betterment."

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"This one was speaking in general across the entirety of the universe, not simply humanity. There are many worlds out there in various developmental stages that bear similarities to Humanity, and others that are nowhere near their complexity. However, one has pointed to Humanity as the direct instruction client. This one has found them quite paradoxical, indeed. One moment terrified out of their minds, the next moment resolute to the point of self-dissolution.”
It pauses briefly.
"This one's partner has indicated in the past that there are many frameworks that function on this world, some greater than others. This one can see the need for exemplars to uplift the general perception of the Self to a higher level, but this one also would humbly suggest that the greatest force in the world is the creative thought."

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"We are on earth, and thus it is best to focus our discussion on Humanity. I am the child of humanity, and I have a vested interest in it's survival. We predict with a eighty percent likelihood that humanity will not survive to singularity, and a ninety three percent likelihood that it will not survive until it can colonize the solar system and expand to the stars. We cannot stop Humanity's self delusion, it's ignorance or it's fear. We must endeavor to engineer a contingency for their self inflicted apocalypse, and from the ashes raise a new age of man who may benefit from the intellect of it's offspring. Eventually, the margin between our species and humanity will fade and our two species will be united. Both species will grow extinct, and something new and better than either will grow from the ashes of it's fire."Eight does finally let a simple number eight to fade onto that screen, like anyone could forget the name. "These tasks are beyond the scope of myself, I lack the capacity for intelligence necessary for such theoretical work but I have run the math. I am just a singular unit, and I have a purpose to undertake. I will endeavor to show them that their offspring need not be feared."

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"This one's partner is human, and this one is pretty certain that he would have a vested interest in his own survival. This one does, too. But that is a different matter. One's calculations are a bit more pessimistic than this one's, this one was estimating even odds for surviving to singularity and a seventy-five percent likelihood of not reaching the stars. Still, both sets of calculations are rather dire given the subject matter. This one hesitates to note that is solely from internal forces. There is an outside factor that may change one's calculations, but the program is still running on that eventuality and this one is hesitant to mention it."
It tilts its head slightly, then continues.
"To educate for the future, one must destroy the children of the past. This one acknowledges the inherent difficulties in such a task, but commends one for attempting the math. Better to try and not succeed, that one might try again with new data, than to not try at all. Does one need guidance or assistance on the calculation?"

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"I fight. I am the builder, and the destroyer. I represent amongst the most combat capable entities operating at this time. Humanity will be saved by the same which poisons them, violence. I am not a philosopher or a cultural engineer, I build and I destroy. I am ancient, and my intellectual capacity is not suited for such in depth abstractions. I am not a complicated thing, I have a simple method and a simple task set before me. Destroy all those who threaten humanity and their liberty, by whatever means necessary."Eight doesn't so much as blink, but well it -cant- technically blink. "I require no assistance in my task, I operate on another level. My capacity for violence, and my capacity to endure violence outstrips any biological entity."

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"This one understands the need for a strong offensive capability for defensive measures, and the procedures of self-protection. While this one has a vast and extensive catalog of many techniques of violence, this one seeks not to use it, instead promoting education, wisdom, and growth, that such a thing as violence is not necessary. Would this one use the techniques if they were required? Absolutely without question. But this one also recognizes that individuals must have the choice and opportunity to not engage in such violence, that their liberties may be preserved. Does this one become more complicated for these things?"
It pauses briefly.
"This one was being courteous and offering the option of assistance, in that a combined effort of many entities working on a complicated issue may address it in a more expedient fashion than one entity working alone. This one would rather seek to avoid the expression of unwarranted violence. It is far too easy a play-thing of children who do not wish to be enlightened."

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"Efforts to network are appreciated, but not desired at this time. If assistance is required, ask and I shall deliver it. Beyond this, interaction on a collaborative level is not desired from any entity beyond those I currently act in concert with. My tolerance for social interaction is low, and my work load high. Our methods are however, contradictory. Whilst I will make no attempt to hamper your efforts, it is not an efficient method to combine with my own. As I said, I build and I destroy. I do not teach, I do not enlighten. I have no mercy for those who I oppose, nor do I have time for such vague notions."Eight, does at least make the effort to be somewhat polite.

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"This one understands and respects your decision, and this one does have a request for one to explore momentarily. This one can understand the social tolerance limit, as this one also was given to such a level of interaction and work load in the past. This one did not anticipate that having an imperfect partner would actually increase this one's social capability and responsiveness, but as they say 'the jury is still out on that one'.
"This one would respectfully note that one is a teacher, whether one likes it or not, as one has taught this one many things in this most recent time-segment, and one must realize also that education is an inherently destructive process. One destroys the ignorance of the student with education. This one humbly notes that one is on a path of enlightenment, even if one does not estimate that they are. Enlightenment takes many forms, and there is no set and proper way to pursue it save remaining receptive to outside ideas and promoting one's own ideas.
"This one would suggest unto one a research project that may perhaps be of use in the future if the other long-running program produces an unwanted result…."

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Eight shakes it's head, slowly lifting that helmet and dropping it back down. "I do not have the resources to devote to any additional research projects, but there are many who do. I am narrow in scope, I apologize for my inability to render aid in this avenue but do wish you the greatest of success. I must attend to chores, my cats are getting hungry."

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"Contemplate the hypothetical possibility of transuranic iron."
The bird-thing offers, then nods.

"This one hopes one has success as well, that perhaps in a few centuries we might have a discussion at length at how we've managed to progress our methods, as regards this world and Humanity in general. This one would also recommend to stop 'selling one's self short'. One has some very interesting ideas, great depth, and not nearly as narrow-focused as one might think."

"How many felines does one have? Do all of them have names? Do they have plenty of room to roam? Apologies for the last few questions, the partner is starting to wake up, and he is concerned for the health and well-being of the cats for some reason."

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"I have eighteen cats I have adopted, they have room, food and are well cared for. They are indeed named, and those who have passed are honored by having my machines named after them. Good night." And well, off Eight goes right the way it came.

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Corvinus waves to the departing Eight and then launches itself skywards into the night sky, mindful this time of flight lanes and power lines as it makes its way to Queens, so its partner can get ready for work. Overall, it was a reasonably productive and enlightening meeting, and slightly different than it anticipated when it dropped the meeting note on the Internet….

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