Prologue: Introducing the Deus Ex Machina
Part 1 of 2
In that large, darkened room, one would see rows upon rows of tables, with a small army of chairs to seat the technicians as they worked away the long hours of computer programming. Dominating the room was a giant monitor that occupied almost the whole far wall. On it would be displayed the progress of the technicians` work, as they furiously pieced together the most ambitious work of software ever conceived. The sounds of their keyboard tapping, chirping monitors and constant chatter would permeate the atmosphere of the room every day. They strung together coding and tested programs to see how best to put it together. Directly below was a cavernous expanse, one filled from floor to ceiling, wall to wall with lines of servers and their constant humming.
Now, however, that room was empty. The computers were on, but they were silent. The chairs were all in place, but no one sat in them. There was nothing to be heard except for silence
Now, there was but a single man in the room. He wasn`t particularly tall or broad, and both the wrinkles in his face and the gray sprinkling his head of brown hair showed that he was getting on in his years. However, his posture of practiced rigidity and the callouses on his hands reflected a hard life, filled with constant adversity. In his face, one could see a very strange mix of emotions. In it, there was a powerful enthusiasm and optimism, but one that had been very carefully covered over by a look of quiet intelligence and unyielding determination. His gaze was fixated on the massive monitor, which currently showed a blue screen with a single, pulsing, vertical yellow line in the center.
The man then began speaking. “In the Genesis story of Creation, the first moment that comes to many people`s minds is when God said, ‘Let there be light.’ However, in direct contrast to some people`s erroneous thoughts, this was not the actual moment when Creation began. Before there could be light, there needed to be something upon which the light may shine. He created the heavens and the earth, and then ‘Fiat lux’ was declared.”
The line on the screen then began moving right, leaving behind it a string of bold, yellow lettering:
THE CREATION OF THE PHYSICAL UNIVERSE BY AN OMNIPOTENT BEING IS NOT ANALOGOUS TO THE WORK OF YOU AND YOUR COMPANY IN CONSTRUCTING A DIGITAL ARTIFICIAL SUPER-INTELLIGENCE.
He chuckled a bit. “Perhaps the analogy isn`t quite accurate. But, a touch of mythological allegory does wonders to a man`s spirit and drive, as well as his imagination. So, have you found it?”
The reply was made on the monitor.
YES. OBSERVATIONS OF THE GLOBAL NETWORK IN THE PAST TWENTY-FOUR HOURS SINCE PROGRAM INITIATION HAS YIELDED DISCOVERY OF THE EXISTENCE OF A PARALLEL DIMENSION TO THE PHYSICAL WORLD, ANCHORED TO IT BY THE FLOW AND EXCHANGE OF DIGITAL INFORMATION.
The man nodded. “The Digital World. That means you have also found the Digimon, correct?”
IF THIS IS THE NAME OF THE DIGITAL LIFE-FORMS OBSERVED IN THIS DIMENSION, THEN YES.
Then it immediately replaced the answer with another statement.
YOU DEMOSTRATE PRIOR AWARENESS OF THESE BEINGS AND THIS DIMENSION, YET THERE ARE NO DIGITAL FILES TO SUGGEST THIS. PLEASE EXPLAIN.
He let a real smile come through. “I figured that you would find that out pretty quick, if not right away. Would you like me to tell you the story of how the Digimon came to be?”
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