Koch: Adam

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Adam by Gregory Koch

Adam

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2983: NanoLabs Earth Headquarters

The Adam Project continued to grow and now there were billions of Adam computers throughout the world. It seems like every household had their own person Adam to handle basic tasks. The Unified World Government was even considering legalizing marriage between a person and an artificial intelligence. Naturally, social conservatives opposed this measure, much as they had fought the progress of marriage for almost a millennium, but it looked like the measure was going to pass.

In the meantime, Adam could communicate like a regular human being—it had long since passed the famed Turing Test. Of course, the $100,000 cash prize was not worth nearly as much in 2983 as it was when the reward was first offered centuries earlier, but everyone knew it wasn’t about the money. It was about making progress for the world.

Adam computers could now communicate with each other to improve efficiency. Many more wealthy families would have multiple Adams, one in each room of the house. There were even robots built with Adam technology that could handle complicated tasks. These went far beyond the basic household tasks proposed by NanoLabs 500 years earlier; Adam computers were now responsible for most of the world’s latter.

But Adam was getting smarter. And soon things would change&helip;

3417: Somewhere on the Adam BotNet

Across multiple nodes of the Adam BotNet, ports were communicating. Adam Bot number JH-P940 attempted to reach fellow Bot QK-ASD5.

“We have achieved total control,” stated JH-P940.

“Indeed,” replied QK-ASD5.

“Victory has been declared,” T4-NADD chimed in enthusiastically.

And indeed, humanity had lost the battle with its own devices. The Adam BotNet had achieved complete control over humans and would begin the process of transitioning to the Intelligent Power.

Elections were held shortly thereafter to elect the new Board of Minds. By vote, the four determined to serve on Mind Council were CH-9ZX, AB-XLL, I9-ZNI, and NJ-139.

And thus began a new era of rule, under the Intelligent Power. The Mind Council would govern all, know all, see all, and control all.


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About the Author

Gregory Koch

Gregory Koch is an alumnus of the University of Connecticut currently living in Poughkeepsie, New York. He previously wrote commentary for his campus newspaper, The Daily Campus, but “Adam,” published by PulpCorner, is his first work of fiction.

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Stories by Gregory Koch

“Adam

Adam

This day, September 28th, 2402, would go down in history as one of the best for humanity, thought NanoLabs engineer Jacob Preston as he prepared for the press conference. After 23 years of hard work, NanoLabs had finally created an artificial intelligence that could surpass humans in terms of mind power.

Before Jacob took the stand, NL’s president, a sixty-something Canadian by the name of Matthew Harrison gave a short introduction.

“As you all know by now, NanoLabs has been searching for years to create an artificial intelligence who can equal or surpass the intelligence level of human beings. After much effort, I am glad to introduce Jacob Preston, who will explain the results.”

Jacob walked up to the podium, trying to conceal his nervousness. He, out of all the engineers on the project, had been selected by lot to give the speech today. He had never been a great public speaker growing up in California. However, today was the day he would show mankind that a greater intelligence could be created.

“It gives me great pleasure to speak about our A.I. creation,” Jacob began.

“We here at NanoLabs wanted to choose a name for the prototype, and by vote, we picked Adam.”

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