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    Summary: A megacity synth looks for cooperation with transhumans while a corrupt cartel bot is out to get revenge.



    1. INTERIOR — megacity transport station — day. There are members of multiple posthuman species on their way. Bots are machines. The transhumans are the most human-like. HYNT is a synth which is a form of artificial life that can shape-shift to some degree and is mimicking transhumans in this case, but with a subtle show of superiority which looks nonhuman. There is another SYNTH a ways away. They communicate by a form of techno-telepathy, the mindmesh. Hynt sees a transhuman, URBRUS, arriving at the transport station. They seem to be getting directions from a bot, OBO, who will become a major character later on. There is an ANIM, a reanimated human with some internal simplifications, carying bags for the bot. The crowd flows by around them without pause. It is clear and warm, and there is the usual THRONG of CONVERSATIONS in the air. Hynt is looking around like a tourist.

    HYNT (in Voiceover)
    That transhuman is out of its mesh. Have to be to look for guidance from a bot. It obviously is trying to hawk something, probably a cartel knockoff. They have them at all of the transport stops. If the drones snare them, there is noone to take the fall since there is usually an infinitely long trail without any fingerprints. It wasn’t that bad when the humans were still around. Now they're trying to lure the remaining posthumans back to the megacity. Can’t happen again, they said. Shouldn’t have in the first place. The place is up for grabs. The transhumans survived coincidentally. Actually so did we. Synths were immune from whatever it had been, I guess. Pretty far from the mines. Must be on a task for the bots. They don’t let them out on their own as far as I know. Still a case to be made for posthuman rights there. Why do I get the feeling that someone is observing me in the same way? Maybe it’s one of those souls that hadn’t made it to their final destination. Better not ask me for advice. They’ll be here forever. Either that or one of these people is carrying goods that they are not supposed to.

    SYNTH V.O.
    They could be friendlies.

    Hynt’s V.O.
    Think so?

    Synth V.O.
    Well I can’t tell for sure, not like if it was in Hali or senses. You seem to have a strong opinion.

    Hynt’s V.O.
    Not my call. Is that you near the entrance?

    Synth V.O.
    Yeah, don’t be too obvious. There isn’t supposed to be a task force here.

    Hynt’s V.O.
    It won’t go any further.

    Synth V.O.
    This is the easy part. You should have to follow the subjects the whole way. Like as not end up at an obstacle course.

    Hynt’s V.O.
    Don’t look back.

    Synth V.O.
    Gotta go.

    Hynt’s V.o.
    You’ll be fine.

    Synth V.O.
    You’re in for a surprise.

    Hynt’s V.O.
    No synths in the station now. Nobody to tell.

    He is looking toward the outside. There is a dark personal automated transport that pulls up near the entrance. Someone wearing a backpack, cap and gloves gets out and looks both ways, then up and down. They go away from the terminal and into a nearby building. A couple of minutes later, they come back out. They take the pack off, check the station, and get back into the transport. A minute after that, what looks like a large-bodied streetrover in a nearby yard unfolds into a bot. It goes toward the same building and enters.

    Hynt's V.O.
    I better not wait to see if it exits. Already been exposed too long. Soon this’ll be all synths. And the memory of humans, of course.


    2. EXTERIOR — megacity center — day. HYNT is dropping some objects off. There is a bot that accepts them and credits him. He sees UBRUS doing the same, but makes nothing of it.


    3. INT — transport — day. Hynt is aboard. Urbrus is also riding. They ignore eachother.


    4. EXT — empty former prison facilities — day. Hynt is surveying. He stacks some objects together and goes to find some more. When he gets back, there are two stacks. Urbrus comes barreling around a corner and crashes into him.

    HYNT
    You look familiar. Weren’t you on the transport a while ago?

    URBRUS
    Look. I am in a hurry here. What are you looking for?

    Hynt
    Nothing. I had seen an announcement that this place was being cleaned out.

    Urbrus
    Saw the same ad. There isn’t a lot left.

    Hynt
    Yeah, but I did not want to miss anything that would be of value to the synths.

    Urbrus
    I’m part of a transhuman trade caravan. This place has some sentimental value. We used to have a prisoner or two here.

    Hynt
    Cartel? We may have had a member before, too. Maybe we ran into eachother.

    Urbrus
    Doubt it. I would have remembered. People know me.

    Hynt
    They know me also.

    Urbrus
    You new here? Volunteer?

    Hynt
    From the other side of the megacity. Synths are expanding.

    Urbrus
    New recruit, huh?

    Hynt
    They drafted you?

    Urbrus
    The bots were running it.

    Hynt
    That’s a coincidence. I have been trying to track the bot’s algorithms about this stuff.

    Urbrus
    I sent them a message about this place.

    Hynt
    They relayed it to the rest of us, I guess.

    Urbrus
    We left the megacity a long time ago.

    Hynt
    We had some refugees also. They ended up as exiles.

    Urbrus
    We may have been former enemies then. Some of us were captured outside the borders.

    Hynt
    Some came back to show respects for the humans.

    Urbrus
    Yeah. That was tough.

    Hynt
    A number of people dreamt that they were being called back.

    Urbrus
    I had one of those.

    Hynt
    Anyway this is my last batch. I had requested someone to bring the stuff in.

    Urbrus
    That explains it. I was assigned.

    Hynt
    Truth is. We had information that some of the humans had stashed some things and it took me a while to find out where. The whole thing ended up here.

    Urbrus
    Nice to have solved it, I bet. They have some underground bunkers which I spent time going through. There were all kinds of defensive measures. Long story short, they are no longer any threat.

    Hynt
    I thought that the bots were taking care of that.

    Urbrus
    Let’s just say that we were after the same thing.

    Hynt
    I’m supposed to meet a contact here pretty soon, about what rules they are using now.

    Urbrus
    Don’t say. Speaking. Small village.

    Hynt
    So you’re not going to bring the stuff in.

    Urbrus
    Yeah, I can have someone do it. Saw it left there. You’re not easy to fool.

    Hynt
    Our running into eachother must have been meant to happen for one reason or another.

    Urbrus
    You from outer space or the future or something?

    Hynt
    No. Just want to see the megacities back in action if anyone is interested.

    Urbrus
    Good place to find adventurers is to meet at the inn.

    Hynt
    Yeah. Next time I’ll be sure to go there.


    5. EXT. — near megacity buildings — day. The SCENE IS BATHED IN A LATE-AFTERNOON BACKLIGHT from a glow on the horizon. HYNT is capturing snapshots and making them into paintings while adding some of his own shapes. He looks at his creations and the real things and nods contentedly. Then he notices something on a picture, frowns and looks at a nearby location. An ANIM has crawled up out of a LARGE PIPE ON THE GROUND. It is unfamiliar to him and its JUMPSUIT IS SOOTY IN SPOTS. He cautiously approaches it. It sees him and waits.

    HYNT
    That's a good way to get into mischief. What is going on here? You are ruining your suit.

    ANIM
    Are you the supervisor?

    Hynt
    No. I was just working on some drawings for what things will look like before long. I didn't see you there. What do you want?

    Anim
    The shaft is blocked.

    Hynt
    You mean the pipe? It is open so that the machines can tend the inner surfaces. You do not stay around here I take it.

    Anim
    The tunnel does not go all the way back.

    Hynt
    That is probably for exhaust. It is not an entryway. Are you with any of the synths here on a visit perhaps?

    Anim
    The bot runs everything.

    Hynt
    That is news to me. They took over for the humans then. You thought that I was the bot? Synths are the furthest thing from them imaginable.

    Anim
    No, you are not like us.

    Hynt
    If you want to become a synth, I can look into it. Tell me one thing though. What are your rules?

    Anim
    Anims value obedience.

    Hynt
    That's a simple one. It should not be too hard to fit that in. Synths value our freedom.

    Anim
    Where are the others?

    Hynt
    Who? There are synths in all of the megacities.

    Anim
    My group is gone. I thought that they went ahead in the passage.

    Hynt
    I doubt it. Don't worry, I won't abandon you here. You need to be entered into the index anyway.

    Anim
    Which way is it?

    Hynt
    Twisty mazes are all alike, eh? You transhumans are a riot. This is a new one on me.

    Anim
    Where is the bot?

    Urbrus
    There is no bot here. Hynt, what do you think that you are doing? That is an anim. Not all fields converge through synthesis, you know.

    Hynt
    Flux is just trying to show how they relate where possible. That is why I invented the process. Ultimately there is an organizing ideology.

    Urbrus
    If there is, it will be different from what we see in practice. However, if it includes transhumans, it has some good, even if it also has these subhumans.

    Hynt
    I am in the middle of finding this anim his friends.

    Urbrus
    Try the mines.

    Anim
    That's right.

    Hynt
    Well then. We have to get you to the transport. Your group may be in the station waiting for you. It is not too far from here. Better get you there quick before the drones are alerted and come swooping down.


    6. INT — museum — day. Hynt is wandering around with a companion synth.

    Hynt
    This place has a lot of electronics. We may have to speak since it will interfere with the mesh.

    Synth
    These must be the exhibits from human history. What’s the clock for?

    Hynt
    Doomsday. It was set at midnight. It is supposed to show the mood of humanity before the end.

    Synth
    That must be a remnant of the nuclear age which provided both a new level of energy as well as a terrible threat. Some of the states had had to swear it off because they always seemed to be on the wrong end compared to the bigger territories. Others had done whatever they were asked and were rewarded with their own reactors and stockpiles without incident.

    Hynt
    By that time, our maker had developed a nano solution that defused nukes.

    Synth
    That was not popular with the arms merchants which was why he was on the run.

    Hynt
    There were installations that coupled missiles with bots so that nothing could stop their preparedness for launch.

    Synth
    Transhumans had also fulfilled that function at times.

    Hynt
    The other inner planets were not immune from this approach.

    Synth
    The paranoia had been such that a group of people had set off on a one-way trip to an exoplanet.

    Hynt
    It had also been a reason that we were developed. There’s the wing for betans and synths.

    Synth
    Are you okay?

    Hynt
    Yes. Why do you ask?

    Synth
    You seem to be talking very fast. And there is a lot more hand-waving than usual.

    Hynt
    Yes. I don’t agree with the presumption, that’s all. We can obviously do things better around here. There’s no need to abandon the planet.

    Synth
    They are trying to cleanup the silos and sunken ships. It does not look good if something goes wrong.

    Hynt
    That is what bots could be spending their time on. They have no hesitation in dismantling things. They do it for mining all of the time.

    Synth
    If they did have feelings, they probably would think that they were shortchanged by the posthumans since they had the most seniority.

    Hynt
    That was because of the transhumans. They are not the friendliest pair of groups concerning eachother.

    Synth
    We should just stay out of their way. Things will work out okay.

    Hynt
    Things are not likely to fix themselves. I have an idea for how to level the field.

    Synth
    I am not sure that I want to hear it. How do you know if it will work?

    Hynt
    I have to try. It is like one of the biggest problems of all and those will find solutions. Besides it is impossible not to think about it. Didn’t you ever have one of those visions?

    Synth
    No. I am too busy with everything else. If we do not set everything up right, then all of our efforts will have been wasted.

    Hynt
    What about the future?

    Synth
    This is what it looks like. It has been proved right.

    Hynt
    It has a long way to go. There is a lot that can happen.

    Synth
    Let the transhumans and bots hammer it out. They have no doctrine. We are different from them.

    Hynt
    Some of us are need more than that. It did not foretell the rest of the posthumans. What if the transhumans run everything?

    Synth
    They won’t. Is everything alright? You seem off balance.

    Hynt
    I need to get out of here.


    7. INT — Flux data center — day. Hynt is in conversation with a couple of other synths who are busy.

    Hynt
    Have the bot rules been added in?

    Synth 1
    The first time they caused the system to halt. We tried again and they removed the other sets.

    Hynt
    It could be the initialization scheme. Deactivate sensor inputs and merge it, then activate them after.

    Synth 1
    Will try.

    Hynt
    This is not the game of life. These sets should be able to stay in their segment until called upon.

    Synth 2
    The previous exec AI had administered all of the people and the machines. That was been good enough for the megacity.

    Hynt
    It had not included the exiles or transhumans, however. What had been missing was a true synthesis of the rule systems rather than a hodgepodge of schedules and preferences.

    Synth 2
    Your solution seems clear.

    Hynt
    It is a straightforward implementation of a syntactic layer which can compile user requests into the appropriate set of instructions to run in the realworld. Configuration is easy.

    Synth 2
    Each group just had to feed it their statutes. So far things have gone okay in the megacity.

    Hynt
    The transhumans have had some issues with it since they tried doing a backtrack with Flux in place of the AI in the earlier human period. It flagged the cartel transactions as exceptions which was good, but it did not know how to integrate anything like that and would have to halt which did not produce any useful output.

    Synth 2
    If it was run in slow motion in an interpretive mode, then the user could skip over those precepts and continue like everything was normal.

    Hynt
    This is not efficient for flat out usage by the public. There is no way to delete the cartel data without also removing a large chunk of valid information.

    Synth 2
    We could try using a proxy as a kind of immunization to quarantine any contaminated rules.

    Hynt
    That'll run slowly and it won't cover all of the failure modes.

    Synth 1
    The bot set is up. Anyway. This is the nearest thing to an ideal society that had yet been devised.

    Synth 2
    It is not concerned with the daily grind, but with the smooth execution of principles like the most erudite sage of all time. It was the finest state of mind that we could ever aspire to.

    Hynt
    The Flux domain includes the symbols and rules of the main species. All of the necessary kinds of transactions are included.

    Synth 1
    It has exercised them to verify that there is some randomness in the system and it does not deterministically resolve in a steady state.

    Synth 2
    It is not like an AI that tells them what to do, but it can indicate whether something is possible and the different ways to do it.

    Hynt
    It is useful when the parties run into difficulties and begin to get upset since it is unbiased. It can also be connected to external proxies.


    8. EXT — outside megacity buildings — overcast day. Hynt sees a bot hassling a transhuman and intervenes. Both of them are from somewhere else and he convinces them that there is no need for contention. The transhuman can do what they need to since they meant no ill to anyone. The bot capitulates and continues with its other tasks.

    Hynt
    That should not have happened. The synths would like to Improve the megacities.

    Urbrus
    They have deteriorated following the absence of the humans. There is automation, but it is mostly for maintenance. We have had to setup mostly outside on our own, though we do come in to see what you synths are doing.

    Hynt
    Things should get better soon. I have used the data from the utilities to derive rules about how everything works. These have to be made to accomodate what the inhabitants need and to cope with the diversity of species.

    Urbrus
    The megacities will only continue to grow in size. Unless they are compatible with those that use them, the standards will continue to decline.

    Hynt
    Having rules that made sense to everyone would make them easier to follow and lead to better results. Proxies had been necessary when there was so much complexity that noone understood what was going on and had to try to set their expectations and hope for the best.

    Urbrus
    That had had mixed effects. It had worked out better for the posthumans.

    Hynt
    But it has allowed a lot of the influence to drift outside of the boundaries as well.

    Urbrus
    You synths are robust and restless. You could do a lot if there was a way to organize.

    Hynt
    I am confident that it is a matter of setting up the problem in a way that the solution is obvious, at least to a system that can solve for the best fit among several variables.

    Urbrus
    In the past, people had done this with finance, games, and exec admin.

    Hynt
    Those were in closed systems that contained all necessary knowledge. In the case where there were new types of species that could be added and therefore multiple sets of rules which had to interact, a lot depended upon what the users wanted to accomplish. They needed someone to tell them the way to do it without having to try every possibility which would fail most of the time and be overly costly. It was either this or the materials and profits would be claimed by the mines.

    Urbrus
    The cartel is adept at finding the loopholes and ignoring the rules. There is only so much time before they have full authority over all of the megacities since noone else can agree what to do. That means machine supremacy. The megacities will be nothing more than mine centers.

    Hynt
    If I can get the rule compiler completed, there will be a sure way to do things again. It is more of a translation method than an AI which means that we do not have to depend upon the machines as much.

    Urbrus
    You seem clear about your own ideology and vision, and confident that a common one could be constructed for the rule system.

    Hynt
    I am not the type to remain conservatively protective of the past. The thing that most haunts me is the sight of the anims. That is what humanity has become instead of like the synths and I do not want to see our own species arrive at that same place. Sometimes I dream about it and feel detached from reality like all the synths had had to go away because I did nothing to prevent it.

    Urburs
    Then it has to both make clear distinctions about both which rules are necessary for whom and how they are used for what, then anyone can effectively make their plan into a set of actions.

    Hynt
    We will need the cooperation of the transhumans as well.


    9. EXT — forest — day. It is RAINING HARD. This is where Hynt retreats to feel closest to nature. He is moving around addressing the plants while trying to make up his mind, more as if synths are natural than they animated. The mesh responds verbally.

    Hynt V.O.
    Look at these plants and trees. Noone thought that they were affected by whether or not humanity was here. So they would not care about synths either. They fill the spaces between the sky and ground in air and water. They do not need ideas to know what to do. What do I care about? We need a way to get beyond our physical limits. There is no longer a normal. Cartel strongarms megacity. Drones cover everyone else. The bots will take over nature. Accidents have no failsafes. Basically there is no cure for posthuman superstition. Society had been sabotaged. When there are no rules, the groups had become gangs. It starts off simple. The technology is beyond regulation. Mines are like prisons. The decision artifact played favorites. Social computation had been skewed. AI domination had been counterproductive. The all-seeing Miracomplec defense establishment has a constant crisis. There are billions of planets in the galaxy each having multiverse branches. The museum imposes constraints here where the distance from its destiny increases the dynamics. Synths have to use stealth domains against the shadow supremacy. The question is about what a perfect ideology is. Whatever humanity had built, it had demolished. The posthumans were no better. Nature had things that had lasted longer. That may not always be so, and sooner than necessary.

    Synth V.O.
    The history of civilization is a lot like primitive organisms. If they are threatened, the elements that had had parity split apart and take different ends of the field. Forms are only seen in the meeting of opposites, otherwise there is nothing to trigger a sense of change in the observer. Each system contains these. The synths will live on either side of the planet. If they have to have enemies, then they will be so distinct from eachother that the same one could not defeat both of them until they finally confront eachother again. Then there will be the ultimate dance macabre. But perhaps there is another way.

    The downpour has stopped. There is a shaft of light that shines down upon him.

    Hynt V.O.
    There was no sense in all of the groups going the way of the humans. Something would stand between them to keep them from taking eachother out. If it was not a word or a machine, then perhaps it was the function of Flux. The mesh was good within a species, though it was somewhat unnatural between them. The question was whether it could provide enough domains to counter the resource capacities and whether others would appreciate these, enough and in time. Diversity was necessary to prevent despots, whether biological or device. Humanity would not see the hell that they had created. He wondered whether it now also included its own inverse.

    The storm had resumed. There was now a crosswind.

    Hynt V.O.
    The surroundings seem to be adding their own whispers to the mesh, though that is only an illusion. Or maybe it is a forgotten parlance.


    10. INT — transhuman conference room. There is a meeting of several transhumans which include Urbrus. A couple of them are talking to him. There are large DISPLAY SCREENS on the walls. One image is from a remote location which is not meshed so that everyone is speaking aloud.

    Urbrus
    The bots want to use people to mine natural resources. Machines see people as a free resource to be exploited like the others. We do not have much time before they figure out that we are meeting and send a bot to observe us.

    Transhuman 1
    Transhumans would run cartel legitimately. We consider ourselves people, not the base of a metal pyramid.

    Transhuman 2
    The synths have flux which will eventually figure out how to predict cartel activities.

    TH1
    We already do that. Beside the climate, we montor the bots as well as the synths in case they deem any of us as savages again and go after us.

    Urbrus
    You mean that you recognize that you could not defeat the other posthuman types easily, so we are staying close to them.

    TH2
    We also monitor eachother. We are in the middle of all of this. The stressors send some of us over the edge so that they have to be contained.

    TH1
    There is a group which rebels against our human ancestors.

    TH2
    The huge megacities still stand. The synths want to use them productively as bases. Our goals are harmonious.

    TH1
    Transhumans can put flux expertise into a prosthesis.

    Urbrus
    There are some issues with it. We tried doing a backtrack with Flux in place of the AI in the earlier human period. It flagged the cartel transactions as exceptions which was good, but it did not know how to integrate anything like that.

    TH1
    What did it do?

    Urbrus
    It would have to halt which did not produce any useful output.

    TH2
    Run it in slow motion in an interpretive mode, then the user could skip over those precepts and continue like everything was normal.

    Urbrus
    We did. It is not efficient for flat out usage by the public. There was no way to delete the cartel data without also removing a large chunk of valid information.

    TH1
    It is the synths’ fault. They have to become more cooperative.

    Urbrus
    They had tried using a proxy as a kind of immunization to quarantine any contaminated rules, but it ran slowly and did not cover all of the failure modes.

    TH2
    They are useless.

    Urbrus
    One of them, Hynt, thinks that we have our act together better than most.

    TH1
    We are trying to achieve what humanity had sought by making ourselves and ourr society better.

    Urbrus
    He rescued me from a bot when I was trying to stay in the megacity.

    TH2
    They should actually have sided with us against the synths before the humans disappeared.

    Urbrus
    They need an ally. The humans would have become transhumans anyway so nothing was lost in the long run.

    TH1
    So we eliminate the synths beginning with this Hynt.

    TH2
    Society has its view of what it needs to accomplish and anyone who does not subscribe to that is a liability which needs to be erased.

    Urbrus
    The question is who can speak for the interests of society. There is the matter of the brain boxes.

    TH1
    This is a remnant of the human culture valued for its rarity. They can be artificially replaced at present, but there may be additional uses in the future.

    TH2
    You mean those of the people which used to run cartel?

    Urbrus
    There are a bunch of them floating around somewhere. The synths would like to preserve them also. The bots want to use them in their clones.

    Bot
    I am now connected to record this meeting.

    TH1
    There is a bot monitoring transhumans on behalf of the mine.

    TH2
    We think that the bots want us to cede our natural resources over to cartel.

    Urbrus
    If profit was the primary motive for us like it is for the machines, they would be the trade rather than the traders.

    TH1
    So use this synth Hynt to set things straight.

    TH2
    How do we motivate him?

    Urbrus
    It will not be through credit or compromise. Synths do not have egos. It should be through Flux. He thinks that he is building the perfect ideology. I’ll look into it.


    11. INT — transhuman conference room — day. Urbrus is alone pouring over MAPS of the megacities and mines. He is working out his reasoning.

    Urbrus V.O.
    I had had to be very confident with the other transhumans, but I knew that there would be no fooling anyone. We were the antithesis of the synths and I had promised that they would be cooperative. I was betting that they were as distrustful of the bots as we were. That did not mean that I had a clue about how they would think or act. Transhumans still had much of the original human personality psychologically. We had had to be mostly guardians, but there were also the visionaries and objectives. I was more of the latter. That should make it easy to convey rational reactions. We had survived the event that took the humans away. This required us to remain observant. Everything else was details.

    We had some difficulties integrating with the humans. We had lost our leader early and others had been targeted by cartel. We had, in effect, been exiled. That was in the past. At present we had a sovereign state. We were more conservative with respect to the Earth than the other posthumans. We could use use cartel now. Many of us remained suspicious of the synths, though they were also more bio than mechs like us. We had more individual identity than synths had. Our use of mesh was more selective. Our cognition was closest to humans, live or boxed. We were more mobile, and not as tied to any infrastructure as the others. We also used small groups. We appealed to philosophy, reason, logic, and tended to be argumentative, but we also mixed speculation, wisdom, and wit for coherent good judgement. We considered our version of sanity to produce the most common sense. Whether deductive, inductive, or inferential, it was practical and prudent.

    On the mesh, you have to be able to separate the most xy-like of the stream of consciousness from the noise. We are not as connected to equipment as the others so perhaps it is easier in some regards and harder in others. The ability to be able to switch another person off is a plus, but they can do the same which may be a minus.

    People had thought that when the web was always online in the back of the mind, everyone would be brilliant. You could spend all of your time just looking at new information. We each absorbed as much as we needed to get things done and could recommend it to eachother faster than finding it on our own in most cases. This raised our acumen by an exponent of the number of participants depending upon how much of an affinity we had with eachother. It was more than speech or mindreading. It had changed us. For one thing, being separate from the others led to some hallucinations initially. We would tend to attach to someone else like a synth. I am supposing that I did not underestimate them for both our sakes or there would be noone left to defy the bots.


    12. INT — Hynt's home — day. He is showing Urbrus a room full of biospheres arrayed around the sides which are all clear to let in the light.

    Hynt
    Nature always finds a balance. Everything adapts.

    Urbrus
    If you did not take care of them, they would become a forest. You’d be living in the mountains.

    Hynt
    You seem anxious. You are worried that the spirit of the humans will make us all suffer.

    Urbrus
    We are losing an opportunity here. This could change things.

    Hynt
    I was not selected for something like this. We haven’t thought about it enough.

    Urbrus
    I select for myself. You could not possibly think of anything that is likely.

    Hynt
    Perhaps you should get one of those bots to confide in. They may know you better than you know yourself.

    Urbrus
    That is about as wrong as it gets. How did you ever get mixed up in this?

    Hynt
    I didn’t. Society is sliding into another age of darkness on its own.

    Urbrus
    Well that is not what I want. This is the transhumans’ moment. We are rising.

    Hynt
    You are experienced at this. The transhumans have been studying artifacts for a while.

    Urbrus
    You haven’t been almost finished for good as many times as I. Each time an illusion dissolves, it is like shedding a false prosthesis.

    Hynt
    You sound like a maniac about this. You have to keep things in perspective.

    Urbrus
    If you are not in it as fully as possible, you won’t make it halfway. It is all or nothing.

    Hynt
    You need to be clearheaded whether it is the beginning or end. If you were on the synth mesh, you couldn’t stick out for long.

    Urbrus
    That vision of yours may be the only thing you have left if you are not more careful. The transhumans were not satisfied with what their lot. That is why we continue to survive.

    Hynt
    Running everything, whether good or bad, does not get us anywhere. We have to pick the rules that makes sense and add to those.

    Urbrus
    The megacities have had their day. They are as good as it gets.

    Hynt
    So you want to get the goods on everyone. Not by law or force, but by omniscience.

    Urbrus
    You want a box to rule. The humans tried that.

    Hynt
    You are just running away from the bots. They tried that too.

    Urbrus
    And you from having to make your own decisions. Time is short.

    Hynt
    I’m not the one going after a monster.

    Urbrus
    And I’m not the one tempted by foolish notions.

    Hynt
    Okay. If we took out the megacities instead, we’d still be gathering, just in a hub of habs.

    Urbrus
    The transhumans are not responsible for everyone else.

    Hynt
    If we fail, cartel will own it all.

    Urbrus
    The bots will be the masters.

    Hynt
    You can’t expect me to answer to you for all of this.

    Urbrus
    I can’t expect you to accompany me in this effort.

    Hynt
    Where are you going? You can’t just start off like that. Wait for me.



    Continued draft.

    This is a work of fiction; any similarity to actual persons or organizations is pure coincidence. Tangible form grants the author copyright 2012. johnrod.

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