Monday, May 15, 2017

Artificial Imperfection Scene 3 (Searching the Noctis Labyrinthus)

This is scene 3 of my continuing series about Zamler an A.I that insists he's perfect. He and his student are are currently looking down into a canyon on Mars as something suspicious was discovered. 

If you want to start at the beginning or catch up on any missed scenes, click HERE


“What is it?” Nick asked.

“I’m detecting several large metal parts down in the canyon about a kilometer away. I’d like to investigate and we have plenty of oxygen to make it there and back.”

“I-I don’t know.” Nick looked between Zamler and jeep several times as if he was about to lose a lifeline.

Zamler wished Nick wasn’t with him, but it wasn’t practical to take him back. “There is nothing to worry about. Think of the experience you’ll gain over your peers. Besides, I’ll let you drive the jeep.”

Nick’s eyes lit up and he ran for the jeep. “Heck yeah.”

Zamler climbed in next to him and went over the controls. They had plenty of fuel to make it there and back.

“Just head east for the next kilometer. I’ll tell you when to stop.”

“Yes sir, and thanks for helping me out today.” He started the jeep and drove off due east.

"’re welcome," Zamler said, realizing that none of new A.I’s had never thanked him for anything. It wasn’t logical to thank him, he was doing a job - that’s how they thought. “I’m not used to teaching humans, but I’m trying to relate to your difficulties.”

"I wish you were my regular teacher. Why are you so different from the other A.I.s?”

"Because the man who designed me gave me his personality. His name was Dr. Michael Zamler. Did you know that I’m one of the founding A.I’s and I’m 252 years old?"

"Wow, that is so old. Are you also an engineer?”

"I have some engineering knowledge, but not nearly on the same level as the real Dr. Zamler. However, I'm the only one with his personality. Two other scientists also gave their personality to A.I’s, but they are what you would call…dead. It hasn’t been easy these past few days. Ralph and Suzy were two of the few remaining beings that I considered to be family.”

"I'm sorry to hear that," Nick said, bouncing along as he drove. "Being the oldest A.I must be kinda rough. I mean the new ones have so many upgraded abilities.”

Zamler held back a cringe. He’d heard this numerous times from Adam and other technicians. "Yes, but I’m unique and still perfect.”

“Oh come on now.” Nick chuckled. “I know you A.I’s hardly ever make a mistake, but how can anything be perfect?”

“The fact is I’ve never made a mistake. So that makes me perfect.”

“But you were made by a human, and humans aren’t perfect,” Nick said.

“Dr. Zamler was as close to perfect as any human could come. Suzy, Ralph and myself led the other A.I’s in putting up the first structures before any humans arrived. A.I’s that could make decisions and think on their own were needed. Without having real personalities, this wouldn’t be possible. Thanks to us Mars is now colonized.”

“That’s amazing,” Nick agreed.

“You can stop here,” Zamler said.

Nick slowed to a stop.

“I hope you don’t mind, but I want to go down into the canyon and look around for a few minutes. You can wait here.” Zamler was certain the boy could handle a few minutes by himself.

“What! Sit here by myself?”

“Would you rather come down with me?”

“Uh, no, but hurry up.”

“Don’t worry. We’ll be in radio contact the entire time. When I come back you can practice putting the equipment away.”


Let me know what you think. 
Thanks for reading. 


Pat Dilloway said...


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I think Zamler's days might be numbered.