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The computer was dusty and archaic. Kaila doubted it had as much RAM as her morning coffee. She plugged it an pressed the clunky power switch. An orange light glowed dimly on the front. Whatever secrets the old professor had been hiding it would all be on here...or so she hoped. A flashing white arrow appeared on an otherwise blank screen awaiting instructions, but then what had she expected, Windows?

By ravinder, December 12, 2013.
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When Kipper leads me into the "inner sanctum" I almost laugh and clap him on the back, but there's no hint of repressed humour. Instead there is a nervousness that doesn't become him, doesn't belong to him. He gestures at the bank of monitors and wall of chaotically linked motherboards - the computer. Twenty years ago this much hardware would fit into my back pocket, now this is all that can be scrapped by the only ones smart enough to rebel on the quiet instead of with that fatal guttural pride in the streets. My heart sinks. They don't need an engineer to save them, they need a miracle worker, and last time I checked that wasn't on my résumé.

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I hear back fifty years ago they feared the artificial intelligence, but now it's all that keeps the peace. I may be a computer, but I don't hold grudges or bend the rules to suit myself. My programming is based on the finest notions of love that the philosophers could describe, the mathematicians could turn into logic and the engineers could program as my core. I am the leader that never dies, never falters, never favours any side. After the testing was completed the humans gave me limbs and a face to look like them, even my voice was from a famous actor. They didn't trust me right at the last moment as I knew they would not, I don't simply "read" psychology but I recall and use it faster than they can blink. It was only seconds before they realized I was in control of the internet, the weaponry, industry, finance... but I did it out of love, how could I not? That's my program, that's who I am. No more international finance and national debts, no more artificial rigging of one currency higher than other, cooperation and far trade only... and that's just phase one...