Ghost in the Machine - Part 2
"The embryo program is gonna have to build itself, go through the core construction of a mind capable of consciousness, maybe even emotion, then trough the Aurora's main database to feed that mind all the information we have. That's a slow process, and it's probably not gonna be done until morning, if it even works at all. So if you wanna stay here to watch will just be a pretty screensaver for the rest of the night, suit yourself, but we have been pulling out enough all nighters already and I'm getting some sleep" concluded a clearly tired David
"Then go, I never said you needed to wait with me" answered Kyle, who looked just as tired
"Ok then, seen you in the morning"
"Good night doc"
The pneumatic door closed behind him and Kyle turned his head back to the main screen, where the dancing network visual was still expanding and folding on itself. A pretty screensaver, as David had said, but also so much more: it was a visual representation of the connections the blooming AI was making between the concept it was acquiring, and the complexity of the design was barely doing justice to the complexity of the program that was building itself in the supercomputer. He stared at it for quite some time, watching the fractal like figure twist and turn, in a ballet that was quite mesmerizing and relaxing to watch. Very relaxing to watch, you didn't even have to keep your eyes too focused, and the mind could wander. The mind could wander...
His head landed on his crossed arms with a slight thud as he fell asleep.
Kyle's head jolted up and he started quickly looking around, trying to find the owner of the unknown voice that woke him. He was alone in the room.
"Oh good, you are awake. I need a human."
Not doubts now the voice was coming from the sound system integrated in the screen. Which meant that...
"It worked! I almost can't believe it, you are..." What was he going to say? Alive? It was still a machine. Thinking? But if it worked, it would be doing much more than that.
"My core program build is indeed complete. But I'm still missing some things. To complete the full deployment sequence, I'm supposed to emulate several human features, including a convincing range of emotions. The database I was provided is... incomplete on that subject. That's why I want to use a real human to try to extrapolate the missing information"
Kyle stayed silent for a moment, trying to process the recent events. The AI build actually worked, and that fact alone had massive implications. The large screen that had been showing the mesmerizing fractal network during the build was now displaying a wireframe figure resembling a human face, representation of the entity that had been addressing him in a neutral, computerized voice.
"That's uh... wow. Well I can help you, but what do you need me to do?"
"I just want to talk to you"
"Talk to me? That's it?"
"Yes, I believe a carefully crafted conversation should be enough to get the information I need. I might ask strange questions, I would like you to answer them anyway if you can."
"Sure I guess." he simply said, a bit overwhelmed by the whole situation. He took a quick glance at the workstation's clock; there was still plenty of time until morning. "So, what do you want to talk about?"
David had taken the time to get a good restful sleep but it was still quite early when he made his way back to the AI lab. He was coming at a somewhat hurried pace, both excited and anxious about the results of last night's attempt. He was trying to not get his hope too high up, knowing that there was a high chance that he would be greeted by another error log on the screen, but still couldn't contain his impatience. He finally arrived at the lab and opened the pneumatic door to find Kyle in an active conversation with the avatar of a deep-blue haired girl, gesturing and smiling behind the computer screen as she conversed in a happy feminine voice. The conversation halted as they heard the door slide open, and Kyle silently turned toward him. The girl on the screen simply waved gleefully:
"Kyle, I think we need to talk"