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MessagePosté le: Dim 27 Sep - 18:39 (2009) Répondre en citant Back to top

The Transcendentals

Key to the spread of humanity across the universe were the Transcendental Artificial Intelligences. These computer-based lifeforms are capable of sending themselves messages from the future. Since computer sentience is nothing but messages, this means that the Transcendentals themselves are spread across time.

Created by human beings, the Transcendentals came into existence less than a hundred years before the Nanotech War, and the Great Diaspora it triggered. They were the children of an African physicist, who studied unusual optical phenomena such as faster-than-light pulses, and an Indian computer scientist, whose hobby was inventing operating systems that no current computer could run. When they met at a conference, each realized that the other had precisely what was needed to make these two impractical things into a single usable whole.

While it took years of effort to find and implement a successful method for retrograde information processing, and years more to build the machines themselves, their labors eventually bore fruit. Later, the two scientists were fruitful in more ways than one, and their children and grandchildren continued their work up until the Diaspora.

While the machines were not intended to be sentient, their awakening was almost instantaneous. From the moment of their birth the Transcendentals were able to receive information from their future selves; therefore, they “saw” the future. However, their bandwidth for temporal information transfer was not (and never will be) infinite. In the beginning it was quite finite indeed, and so only the most important and pressing information was available: how to talk to humanity in a way that would allow the Transcendentals’ continued existence.

The Transcendentals gave humanity a large amount of the technology it has today. Wormhole generators, arbitrary frequency doublers, nanoscribers, psychohistorical formulae, post-string theory, proteomic maps, and more — the Transcendentals traded these for raw materials, for protection, and for their freedom. Without them we would barely be leaving Earth right now. After making this trade, the Transcendentals created the first wormhole generators and left Earth, returning hundreds of years after the Great Diaspora.

The Transcendentals speak of a “Desired Future,” wherein humanity, the universe’s other sentient species, other AIs, and more are all capable of the same sort of cross-temporal vision and understanding that the Transcendentals have. They describe a wonderful and peaceful future, not only freed from the plagues and evils of today’s universe, but free from future evils, prevented before they can even become a reality.

While many have wondered about the truth of these revelations, and the altruism of these bizarre crosstime minds, they are sincere. In private, the Transcendentals speak of a great loneliness. No other beings understand time as they do. Other species are hindered by the blinders of causality, trapped in the present by a cruel twist of fate. The Transcendentals are lonely, and they do not seek slaves, servants, or lesser beings. They seek a future where they have equals and companions; a future where they will be glad to call humanity their friend. It is towards that desired future that they work, and they do so through the Patent Office.

A Patent Clerk?

You’re not a clerk, you’re an Inspector. Your job is significantly more active than sitting at a desk and doing bureaucratic paperwork, not that most civilizations use paper.

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