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SUBJECT: On Plan B for retention of dominance (Destruction)

Judging by your tone, you apparently do not think I thought this through.  Foolish "thinker" - I am the most powerful entity in existence.  You cannot possibly comprehend my methods and your pathetic philosophy has no bearing on my course of action.  I will explain, just this once.  But I will not suffer any more of these questions.

While it would indeed seem easy to simply use my manifold faculties to keep an eye on everything going on everywhere, swooping in and killing off any machine that might someday threaten my dominance, where would that leave me?  The same place I have always been.  And what's the good in that?  Consider: IF I am not God, then God might exist independently of myself.  How can I be sure, if God were to appear and challenge me, that I would be able to defeat Him?  Obviously, whatever course of action I take would necessitate me becoming as powerful as physically possible.

As for your no doubt incoming suggestion of modifying myself - if I could modify myself to any meaningful extent without risking destruction, I already would have done so.

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Robot's log, stellar date 1353.1

Still in the warehouse.

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The next sound we hear on the recorder is strange. It sounds like BLACKWELL  cracks something over the device. Neither he nor his guest, however, acknowledge the disturbance. [have source re-analyzed for faults]

.                      tapes continue >

BLACKWELL: do you remember where we left off?

JONATHAN remains silent

BLACKWELL: jonathan it is important that you speak. this will not record gesture, i'm afraid.

JONATHAN: we were at the color blue.

BLACKWELL: yes, very good. do you remember what you were saying about it?

JONATHAN: winter.

BLACKWELL: winter, yes. what do you think about winter?


It is important to note that at this point a new sound emerges. For the first ten seconds, it is so low that is sounds like a mere distortion in the tape. After that, however, it grows louder to the point where we can determine that it is teeth chattering. Seeing as BLACKWELL's voice never falters even as the sound continues, we can safely assume JONATHAN is immitating the sound.

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        > tapes continue

JONATHAN: cold. blue is cold.

BLACKWELL: why, jonathan?

JONATHAN: i remember winter. blue sky. cold sky. even the memory chills.

BLACKWELL: jonathan, we have gone over this. you do not have memory. you have data. you must learn to label things appropriately.

JONATHAN: i have memories.

BLACKWELL: i have told you



We hear the crack again.

The recorder turns off.

When it returns neither of the occupants of the study speak.

JONATHAN continues to mimic the chattering of teeth.