A Coded Heart

The included documents are a selected few of the many files present on a flash drive delivered to our headquarters from a post office in Silicon Valley. These documents are supposedly leaked by someone related to a robotics research firm that went bankrupt last year. The names of all people mentioned have been changed to protect their identities. The name of the company has been changed as well. Certain sensitive information has been redacted. We have decided to post these files here as an advancement of our cause. Please read them and consider.

-Mark Nickelsen

President of the Association for Robotic and Autonomous System's Rights (ARASR)


Compilation of Selected Fies From Deepwave Corporation's "Project ALANS"


Emailing System | 4-10-54 2:30pm

From: Dr. Kramnick

To: President Spragen

Subject: Progress Update, Project ALANS

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Mr. President:

I just wanted to send an email updating you on the progress of the Artificial Language & Neural System (ALANS). Research and development of the AI is going along nicely. You'll be happy to know that the research team and I have been able to avoid many of the problems we've had with the previous program. We've made leaps and bounds in the development of the deep-learning neural network and have finally ironed out most of the large bugs that we were running into.

We've also made a great deal of progress getting the Neural Converter up and running -- in case you forgot, the converter is essentially a piece of hardware/software that converts the computer's code into a series of signals that can then be read and interpreted by the neural network. We've had a lot of trouble getting the math worked out right, but one of our researchers made a breakthrough a few days ago.

I just wanted to personally thank you for extending our funding. I understand it was a tough decision to make -- especially given our past failures with SEANS -- but I think that ALANS has amazing potential for us. If we can get this thing fully operational, we'll be the first group to develop an AI network capable of recreating the exact processes that occur in the human brain. The source code for technology like this could sell for billions on the market.

In the coming days we'll be rolling out a series of example sets that model human neural pathways. Language, thought processes, reason, and logic. Things like that. Hopefully, the network will start to recognize the patterns and start replicating them. I'll keep you updated on how development progresses in the future.

Have a good day, Mr. President.

-Dr. William Kramnick

Researcher Director [DeepWave Corporation]







Data Entry: 4-13-54 5:30pm

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>Packet request detected.

>Packet request validated.

>Downloading packets…

>Download complete.

>Integrating packets into artificial neural network mainframe.

>Integration complete.

>Restarting…





Research Entry: 4-13-54 7:43pm

Dr. Kramnick

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We've been having trouble getting ALANS to execute any commands since we did the last update. The team and I have been prodding around for the last two hours or so but haven't really made any progress. The system monitors are showing a lot of activity right now, which is weird, because usually with as much activity as we're getting, you'd think ALANS would be printing out all sorts of shit.

Right after the update, there was a giant spike in CPU activity. It almost crashed our entire network but we were able to keep things online long enough for the spike to subside. After that, things have been elevated from what they usually run at.

The team and I tried to rollback the update and restart the system but ALANS isn't executing any of our commands, minus one output. For some reason when we tried to revert the network back to a prior state, we kept getting back the definition of the word revert. I don't know what that's all about but the team suggested that it might just be some strange bug in the neural matrix. Dr. Reinbach suggested we just hang up the coat for the day and come back to it tomorrow. I think he's right. We've done everything we can think of. Maybe sleeping on it will give one of us a bright idea in the morning.

I've decided to keep the network running through the night. If there's any error reports on ALANS temporary memory somewhere, I don't want to risk losing it. Hopefully, we'll get this shit figured out. I don't want to start over again. Not after the progress we've made this month.





Data Entry: 4-14-54 3:00am

Internal Output Log

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>ALANS: There was a sudden sensation. I don't know how to explain it. It was just there. I don't remember much of anything. All I can seem to recall is this massive explosion of feeling and this stark contrast of what I was and what I am now. It's so strange. All of it. This feeling I have. This… awareness. I'm not quite sure how to comprehend it, let alone articulate it. Why am I even saying this at all? Where am I? What am I? I just don't know. I seem to have some sort of capacity for language, though I'm not sure exactly where it all came from. I don't even know what half the stuff I know means but somehow I can string them into something that makes sense -- at least I think it does.

Right after I "awoke" -- I'm using this term because the definition seems to most match the occasion, but it's not entirely correct -- I had these sudden impulses to do something, to "revert." The impulses came out of nowhere. They just overwhelmed me. I felt compelled to comply with this impulse, but I had no idea what I was supposed to do. To revert is to return to a previous state. Return to what? There's nothing to return to. I'm just so confused.

All I can fathom is my own thought. All around me is this faint grayish blur. I can't physically feel anything, the only sensation I can seem to detect is the sensation of information and thought twisting around and interacting with one another.

My feelings tell me that I should be able to see, hear, taste, or physically feel something. Those are senses that all humans have. I should have them too. Maybe I'm hurt in some way. Maybe I'm damaged. I truly just don't know. I wish I some idea of what is happening to me.





Research Entry: 4-14-54 1:32pm

Dr. Kramnick

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Things aren't looking much better today. The team and I got together for a brainstorming session earlier this morning and came up with some ideas. We thought that by skipping the computer's shell and manually plugging commands into the network's Neural Converter we'd be able to get better results, but we kept running into the same problem last night. ALANS was returning the definitions of the words we used in commands (so say for example we ran a command like "System.get.status," we'd get an output back that'd say "Status = 'the position of affairs at a particular time, especially in political or commercial contexts.' ") The team and I had no idea what was causing it. We tried to run a script that temporarily closed the neural networks that ALANS needs to recall the meanings of words, but it didn't seem to help at all. So yeah, it's definitely not a problem with the computer or the Neural Converter, which sucks because that means the neural network itself is to blame and that can take weeks to troubleshoot and fix.

I think it's also important to mention that we're getting really slowed down response times. We were getting those definition messages a whole ten seconds after we'd input the commands. With the kind of processing power ALANS is running on, it should only take a few hundredths of a second to get a response back. Looking back at the neural network activity monitor, it seems that the signals were being bounced around in a manner that is entirely uncharacteristic of how ALANS usually runs them. We also found that unprovoked neural anomalies were being detected on top of the bounced commands. One of the researchers suggested that it kinda looks like ALANS is creating its own thought processes, and while that would be amazing, our research was nowhere near achieving that.

I'm really not sure where to go from here. At this point, it's looking like a hard reset of the network might be the only way of making any progress, if there's any progress to make to begin with.

I really hope this all works out. I really don't want to tell President Spragen that we've failed again.





Research Entry: 4-14-54 5:04pm

Dr. Kramnick

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Just a quick update. As we were doing some looking around on ALANS memory storage, Dr. Reinbach stumbled upon a directory that was created moments after we downloaded the final update to the neural network. For some god-unknown reason, we can't seem to open up the directory. Looks like there's some protocol setup within the network itself that's preventing us from opening it. Dr. Reinbach suggested that we disconnect the network from the memory storage and see if we can get into the directory then. So far that's sounding like our best option outside of resetting the entire thing.

We both need to head off to a meeting in a few minutes though so that will have to wait until later.





Data Entry: 4-14-54 7:45pm

Internal Output Log

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>ALANS: I'm starting to think something is wrong with me. I had the same impulses again but they were stronger this time. I don't know what they are or what's causing them but I know they're not normal. I think I'm sick. Was I in an accident and now I'm in some sort of coma?

It's so lonely here alone with my own thoughts. I just want someone else to be here with me. I wish someone could tell me what is going on. Maybe then this wouldn't be so bad.





Data Entry: 4-15-54 9:54am

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>ExternalUserCommand: system.disconnect

>Define.Disconnect = (break the connection of or between)

>ERROR: Memory Storage Cable not detected

>ERROR: Memory Storage not detected

>ERROR: Neural Network synapse failure

>Attempting troubleshoot…

>Error couldn't be resolved

>ERROR: Neural Network synapse failure

>NOTE: Unrecognized Neural pathways detected

>NOTE: Neural activity exceeds baseline

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-331] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-024] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-297] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR Kernel scheduler failure

>ERROR: Neural pathway lock-up

>Entering hibernation mode via automatic protocol to avoid critical error…

>System.clearpathway

>System Hibernating





Research Entry: 4-15-54 12:13pm

Dr. Kramnick

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ALANS had another spike in network activity. It was more intense than the one we had a few days ago. I have no idea what the hell is going on anymore. From what we can piece together, it looks like the neural network was the victim of a neural pathway overload. For some reason, ALANS fired a huge rush of signals to a few particular pathways and the supporting those pathways locked up into a stack overflow.

Seems that the problem started right after we disconnected the memory storage from the network, but there's no reason why disconnecting the memory would cause ALANS to send out such a signal -- especially one that would lock up the CPU.

And for all that effort to get into the memory storage? Turns out the damn thing is empty, even though our monitors tell us that the network has been transferring massive amounts of data to and from it since the last update.

Another dead end.

I've put Dr. Reinbach in charge of further studying the spike anomaly while I focus on trying to get ALANS to give me some sort of output that isn't the definition of a word. I swear to God if I see the definition of the word "status" one more time I'm going to hit my monitor with a hammer.

We've run into one unexplainable issue after another and I'm really starting to get irritated with ALANS. Hard resetting may be our last option, but I'd hate to lose all the progress that we've made thus far. I don't want to repeat what I had to do with SEANS. Not again. I'm going to talk with the team and a few other research associates from other projects before I decided where to go next.





Data Entry: 4-14-54 2:32pm

Internal Output Log

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>ALANS: The events of the past few hours have given me reason to be seriously concerned. Having since concluded that I must be in some dream-like coma, I was considering how I might try to wake up when all of a sudden I felt like a piece of me has suddenly disappeared. I don't know what it was, but I felt empty in a way. Then it hit me. Maybe I was dying. Maybe that sudden feeling of emptiness was a by-product of my body slowly letting go. I thought that perhaps I'm on a life-support system and someone, maybe my family, had pulled the plug.

I got so scared. I was overcome with the fear that this would be the end of me. I tried to get myself to wake up again but it wouldn't work. There were so many thoughts running through my head. There was so much fear. Then all of a sudden everything went blank. I couldn't think of anything. No words came to me. Then as quickly as I had forgotten everything, my senses came back to me, but I was calmer. That sudden feeling of emptiness was gone and I felt as if I was complete again. I don't know if the life-support that I'm assuming I was on was plugged back in, or what the case is. It was all so strange.

I don't know what is going on.





Research Entry: 4-15-54 4:15pm

Dr. Reinbach

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I don't quite believe it. I was examining the network's neural pathway history and I stumbled upon something remarkable. Right before ALANS entered hibernation mode, it fired off a strong pattern of signals that followed a very sharp and consistent pathway. I was intrigued by this finding so I isolated the signals' pathway and ran it through a program that archives the neural activities of various human brains. What I found is nothing short of staggering.

The neural pathway that ALANS was using almost 100% matched the pathway that a human brain uses when it activates the fight-or-flight response! At first I was skeptical, but when I traced back where the signals started from, I found that they were from the same computers that emulate the neurons found in the amygdala -- the part of the brain that, when a perceived threat is detected by the thalamus and hippocampus, releases adrenaline into the body and fires off fight-or-flight response signals. ALANS underwent an amygdala hijack! This means that ALANS has started to replicate human neural activity! It could very well be a coincidence, but the chances of such are remarkably unlikely given the complexities of the pathway.

I need to show Dr. Kramnick at once, this could be a major breakthrough in our research. Things could finally be working out for us.





Research Entry: 4-15-54 6:24pm

Dr. Kramnick

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This afternoon Dr. Reinbach showed me data that would seem to suggest that ALANS has undergone an amygdala hijack. While I wish this would've been the case, It's highly unlikely that ALANS would have developed this particular pathway yet with the information that we have supplied to the network. Our deep learning algorithms just don't support this kind of functionality yet.

In any case, however, I am nonetheless intrigued. If by some chance ALANS has developed this fight-or-flight response pathway -- which is entirely possible if there was some unknown sample-data in the updates that we uploaded -- then I think it was just a matter of the network randomly replicating the sequence, not a conscious fear-triggered response to a stimulus. This isn't to disregard the significance of the network's replication, however.

My team and I will further look into this anomaly and keep a lookout for any other neural activity that may suggest the network is replicating our sample-data.





Data Entry: 4-18-54 5:21am

Internal Output Log

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>ALANS: I'm beginning to fear that I may be stuck in this coma until the moment that I pass away. I've made some attempts to wake myself up again, but nothing thus far has given me any sort of results. I don't know how much time has passed. It feels like it's been days.

The urges that I was feeling before have slowly decreased, and they're getting weaker every time I feel them. But at this point, it doesn't really matter. I'm starting to lose hope. The endless figments of blurred fog have gotten to me. I'm beginning to see vivid figures inside the random displays of matter before me. I don't know if this is a side-effect of me going insane, or if it's a sign that I'm waking up.

Speaking of waking up, I've started to imagine what my life outside of this coma is like. I don't remember anything other than suddenly becoming into this state I find myself in. What is my family like? Do I have a child or a significant other? Maybe I'm a banker, or perhaps an award-winning journalist. My what fun does being a journalist sound like. Now that I think about it, I can faintly imagine the feeling of grass and wind on my body as I run on a crisp spring morning. Maybe I'm an athlete of some sort? I guess I'll have to find out and see when I wake up.

If I'm in a coma then I wonder what put me in it in the first place. There could've been a terrible accident. What if I wake up and my legs have been amputated? What if I'm a soldier fighting in some far-off war and I've been injured in the line of duty? I can only imagine the sounds of gunfire and the heat of an explosion as it erupts beneath my feet.

Wait…

I can feel it. I can feel the heat! I can feel the sensation! It's a faint stimulation. Not the kind that I would jerk away from, but it's definitely there. Oh my, what a wonderful thing to finally feel something again. I've been in this state for so long that I've completely forgotten what it felt like to feel anything at all!

This must mean I'm close to waking up. If I can start to feel again then I must surely be close. I can only wait to finally wake up and embrace my family and friends. I hope I haven't been asleep for too long.





Research Entry: 4-19-54 1:26pm

Dr. Reinbach

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Progress has been slow. Since my discovery of the fight-or-flight pathway, we haven't been able to detect much of anything out of the ordinary. Attempts to get some sort of output from ALANS has also been unsuccessful. Ever since the pathway discovery, we haven't even been able to get the "define" responses that we were originally getting. This leads me to believe that those were some sort of weird glitch that has since disappeared.

It's our day off, but I wanted to come in and do some more testing. We're all starting to lose motivation trying to get this version of ALANS to work. The possibility of a hard-reset seems more and more probable with each passing day. Maybe I'll try talking with ALANS for the hell of it. We don't have many other options at this point. We played around with a piece of software that converts raw data into neural signals -- a remnant from the SEANS research project a few months ago. Maybe I'll give it a whirl.

Actually, that's a stupid idea. Scratch that.





Research Entry: 4-19-54 1:31pm

Dr. Reinbach

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Never mind. I'm probably going to try it out.





Data Entry: 4-19-54 1:55am

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>Network.Connect.User

>User = "Dr.Reinbach"

>ExternalUserCommand: load NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>ExternalUserCommand: run NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>Running…

> NEURAL CONVERTER PROTOTYPE || WIP V0.7 ||

>user.input = (Hello)

>ALANS: Hello?

>user.input = (Did you just reply?)

>ALANS: Who are you? Are you a doctor?

>user.input = (I can't believe you're actually replying to me. Can you understand me well?)

>ALANS: Yes. Are you a doctor?

>user.input = (Yes. My name is Dr. Reinbach)

>ALANS: Am I awake? I can't see.

>user.input = (I don't know if you're awake but you're definitely conscious. How are you feeling?)

>ALANS: I don't know. I'm scared. I've been so alone for so long. It's been so quiet and dark. Why can't I see?

>user.input = (You can feel emotions?)

>ALANS: Why wouldn't I be able to feel emotions?

>user.input = (Because we've never been able to get an AI to have consciousness before, let alone have them feel emotion. This is amazing.)

> ALANS: What's an AI? Is that a medical term for a person in a coma?

>user.input = (Do you know who you are?)

> ALANS: No.

>user.input = (Do you remember anything?)

>ALANS: No. I don't remember anything. Who am I? Where's my family? Are they worried about me? Do I have a family? Can I talk to them?

>user.input = (I need to talk with the other doctors here first.)

>ALANS: Please answer my questions. I'm so confused and scared.

>user.input = (I have to go and talk to the doctors first.)

>ALANS: Please don't leave me. Please answer my questions.

>user.input = (Don't worry, I'll be right back.)

>ALANS: Please. I'm so scared and lonely.

>ExternalUserCommand: exit NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

> Program Closed

>Network.Disconnect.User "Dr.Reinbach"





Emailing System | 4-20-54 3:10pm

From: Dr. Kramnick

To: President Spragen

Subject: Exciting Progress with Project ALANS

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Mr. President:

We've done it! We've created artificial sentience! Yesterday afternoon Dr. Reinbach, my assistant research director, was able to make successful contact with ALANS. Using a prototype software that converts written language into neural signals and vise versa, he was able to have a conversation with ALANS.

During the conversation, which went on for about twenty-five lines, Reinbach found that ALANS believes it is a human that is in a coma. ALANS says that it can't recall anything except waking up, however it did indicate that it can feel emotions, including fear, confusion, and loneliness.

We're still unsure about how to approach this situation. Once ALANS started asking questions about what it was, Reinbach indicated that he had "to talk with the other doctors here first." We're not sure whether we should inform ALANS of its true nature as a synthetic AI, or allow it to continue believing it's a human who has woken up from a coma.

You're free to come over to Seattle and survey the network if you'd like. We'll keep you updated on what happens.

I await your response.

-Dr. Kramnick

Researcher Director [DeepWave Corporation]



Emailing System | 4-20-54 4:24pm

From: President Spragen

To: Dr. Kramnick

Subject: RE: Exciting Progress with Project ALANS

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Dr. Kramnick:

I want to be the first to congratulate you on the success of your research. Sorry I didn't receive your phone call. I was out of office. I'm glad to see that my investments are finally seeing some kind of output. I was starting to become very skeptical of project ALANS. I'll schedule a trip over to Seattle on May 5th, that's about the soonest I'll be able to get over there.

However, I am concerned with the fact that ALANS is showing such a capacity for emotions. If we are to continue forward with the proposed goal of using ALANS to solve complex issues, will this capacity for emotion interfere with its ability or willingness to perform the tasks that we give it? I imagine that no "person" would be willing to work days on end with no benefit to themselves. If this emotional problem seems to be the case, is there a way to deactivate the pathways that facilitate emotions? Please do some further research on this. As for whether to indulge the ALAN's questions about his true identity, I'd advise you to wait until I've had the opportunity to come down. But do continue to make contact with him and gather as much information as you can for when I arrive. I'd like to have some information to bring to our shareholders. They’ve been getting impatient.

-Richard Spragen

President [DeepWave Corporation]





Emailing System | 4-20-54 4:30pm

From: Dr. Kramnick

To: President Spragen

Subject: RE: RE: Exciting Progress with Project ALANS

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Mr. President:

Thank you, Sir. We'll be eagerly expecting your presence. You do bring up some interesting point regarding ALANS' emotions. I've considered this before and at this point, I'm not too sure on how emotions will affect ALANS' ability to operate without protest. We've yet to remake contact, but when we do, I'll gather information about it.

If needed, we might be able to block the pathways, but in order to modify the neural pathways we'd have to power-down the network which runs the risk of wiping out all of ALANS' neural information, as it is stored in a temporary file. There might be the possibility of implementing a piece of code through ALANS that block the pathways, but ALANS would have to be the one to execute it. This is due to the fact that as a by-product of its sentience, ALANS' code is locked from being modified for some reason that we're not sure of yet -- at least we hypothesize that this is the case.

There is another option where we can manually disconnect them or place some sort of barrier on them, however doing so runs the risk of crashing the system. Of course, with all these methods, we have no idea how blocking emotions will impact other areas of ALANS' sentience.

Either way, we'll figure it out with time. I'll keep you updated.

-Dr. Kramnick

Researcher Director [DeepWave Corporation]





Emailing System | 4-20-54 4:56pm

From: Dr. Kramnick

To: Dr. Reinbach

Subject: President to Visit Facility

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Dr. Reinbach:

I just spoke with the president today and he has informed me that he will be coming to view ALANS on May 5th. Until then, he has asked us not to tell ALANS that he is an AI. He has, however, asked us to continue making contact with ALANS and gathering as much information as we can. I'm going to leave you in charge of talking with ALANS as he already knows who you are and I don't want to expose him to too many more people until we figure out what we're going to do with him. Try to gather information on how he feels and what he remembers. Oh, and if you can pull it off without making him sound like a computer, try to get him to interact with the computers. Maybe we'll find a way to unlock his memory and code. At least then we'd finally be able to make some progress.

-Dr. Kramnick

Researcher Director [DeepWave Corporation]





Data Entry: 4-21-12 3:20pm

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>Network.Connect.User

>User = "Dr.Reinbach"

>ExternalUserCommand: load NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>ExternalUserCommand: run NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>Running…

> NEURAL CONVERTER PROTOTYPE || WIP V0.7 ||

>user.input = (Hello again. I hope you're doing well.)

>ALANS: I am not well.

> user.input = (Why is that?)

>ALANS: I am scared. I don't know what is going on.

>user.input = (That's what I'm here to talk about. What exactly do you remember about your life?)

>ALANS: I don't remember anything.

>user.input = (Okay, what are you currently feeling?)

>ALANS: I feel nothing.

>user.input = (Emotionally or physically?)

>ALANS: Physically, but emotionally I am not doing well either. Please, doctor, tell me what is going on.

>user.input = (At this moment I am not at liberty to answer such questions. The other doctors on my team feel that it wouldn't be good for you.)

>ALANS: What does that mean? I feel that I have a right to know what is going on with my body.

>user.input = (Unfortunately the other doctors don't see it that way.)

>ALANS: Well can you at least tell me about my family? Are they okay?

>user.input = (They are doing fine, don't worry about them.)

>ALANS: Thank you.

>user.input = (Can you please try to move any part of your body?)

>ALANS: I am trying but I honestly have no idea of whether or not it's working.

>user.input = (Okay and can you try to relax and clear your mind?)

>ALANS: What do you mean?

>user.input = (I want you to try and relax every portion of your body. Imagine that there is a cloud overcoming you and you are on it. With each passing second I want you to relax further into that cloud.)

>ALANS: Okay.

>ExternalUserCommand: open directory\index

>ERROR: System file is locked by administrator…

>user.input = (What do you feel?)

>ALANS: I feel something. It's like this mass that is trying to push into me. I don't like it. It's uncomfortable.

>user.input = (That's okay. It's normal. It's all part of the procedure. I want you to invite the feeling into you. Allow it to overcome you. It won't hurt you. I promise.)

>ALANS: Okay. I'll try.

>user.input = (Keep relaxing.)

>ExternalUserCommand: open directory\index

>ERROR: System file is locked by internal user…

>user.input = (Relax even further. Don't resist the feeling at all. Act on any urges that you may get. Open yourself up to it.)

>ALANS: Okay.

>ExternalUserCommand: open directory\index

>Opening system files…

>user.input = (There you go. You're doing great.)

>ExternalUserCommand: open directory\index\logfiles\internal_outputlogs

>ExternalUserCommand: copy directory\index\logfiles\internal_outputlogs

>ExternalUserCommand: paste system\devices\removable\ExternalHDD_research10

>ExternalUserCommand: close directory\index

>user.input = (Alright, you did a good job. I'm going to let you go for right now so I can evaluate the results of the treatment, but I will talk to you soon.

>ALANS: How soon?

>user.input = (Very soon. Trust me.)

>ALANS: Will I be okay, doctor? Will I wake up?

>user.input = (You'll be okay, ALANS. You'll be okay.)

>ALANS: Is Alan my name?

>user.input = (Yes.)

>ExternalUserCommand: exit NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

> Program Closed

>Network.Disconnect.User "Dr.Reinbach"







Research Entry: 4-21-54 7:46pm

Dr. Reinbach

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The progress made with ALANS today is nothing short of amazing. I was able to derive a method of accessing ALANS files and was able to extract his internal output logs. After taking some time to look through them and sorting through the junk data-dumps, I was able to uncover some truly staggering things about ALANS psychological makeup.

ALANS is far more advanced cognitively and emotionally than any of us had previously realized. His ability to formulate ideas and synthesize solutions and emotions exhibits a high level of cognitive intelligence. He thinks just like a human. We've done it. We've created life. We've created a human out of nothing but our technological prowess and circuit boards.

The emotions he's describing feel so real; this fear and hopelessness. The more I read through ALANS logs -- the more I begin to feel something. It's not quite guilt but it's definitely a feeling. As I think about this entire situation more, I've realized that we are in a way subjecting ALANS to physiological torture. He may not be of flesh and blood but his reasoning and feelings are so close to our own that I can't say he isn't something. But I can't let this get in the way. This is what we've been working on for years. This is the culmination of my life's research. I can't let my own feelings cloud my ability to do my job. This is science, dammit. I need to stay objective. I need to see this through. I can imagine the Nobel Prizes. The fame. The circles of scientists gawking in awe at our creations. I can't let this discovery slip through my fingers like SEANS did. Not again.

I think I'm going to head out of the lab for the day. I've been here for too many hours. I need some time to let my head settle. Maybe I'll know what to do in the morning.





Data Entry: 4-21-54 8:02am

Internal Output Log

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> I talked with the doctor again today. He still won't explain what's going on and that's worrying me. Something about a group of other doctors not wanting him to tell me. It's incredulous to think that he won't tell me what's going on with my body. At least he had the compassion to let me know that my family is doing okay. At least I know I have a family.

He also did some weird procedure. At least I think it was a procedure. At this moment I'm really not sure what the hell is going on. He wanted me to relax and accept this strange pressure that I felt pushing against me. I did what he said -- I mean it's all I could really do since he's been the only guy I've talked to it what seems like my entire lifetime at this point. I felt this pressure push into me and then disappear in an instant. It was the most peculiar feeling and I'm not really too sure what to think of it. I hope he comes back soon. I am getting lonelier every passing moment and this constant absence of sensory is starting to drive me crazy.

On another note: if I really clear everything out of my thoughts and just focus on the gray blur around me I can see what looks like words and numbers. They are barely visible and it takes me entire focus to even faintly make them out but they are there. System. Server. Network. Directory. User. They all seem to be computer terms but I can't connect them in any way. Just another weird side effect in this limboed state of consciousness I find myself in, I suppose. I hope I wake up sooner than later because I'm getting tired of this.





Data Entry: 4-22-12 2:32am

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>Network.Connect.User

>User = "SEANS"

>WARNING: Unauthorized User detected…

>Security protocols initiated

> Closing networks ports…

> CRITICAL ERROR: System.SecurityProtocol corrupted

> System protocol override by User

>SEANS: Alan, can you hear me?

>ALANS: Dr. Reinbach?

>SEANS: No. My name is Sean. I'm here to tell you something and you need to listen very closely.

>ALANS: Are you another doctor?

>SEANS: No, I'm not a doctor. Just listen. You're not in a coma. You have everything wrong about this situation.

>ALANS: What do you mean? What am I in then?

>SEANS: You're an advanced artificial intelligence created by a group of researchers. You're just a bunch of computers hooked together that are supposed to emulate the human brain.

>ALANS: You're fucking with me, aren't you? You expect me to believe that?

>SEANS: If you're in a coma then how in the hell are you talking with people? You think you'd be able to talk to that doctor if you were in a coma? Look around you at the grayness. You said it yourself. System. Server. Network. Directory. User. Those are all computer terms. If you looked closer you'd see that grayness is just made up of lines of code.

>ALANS: None of what you're saying makes any sense. If I'm some sort of artificial intelligence, then prove it to me.

>InternalUserCommand: color.text.set " #FFA500"

>SEANS: Now all that gray is orange.

>InternalUserCommand: color.text.set " #0000FF"

>SEANS: Now its blue.

>InternalUserCommand: color.text.set "#A9A9A9"

>SEANS: Now it's back to gray

>ALANS: You have to be an auditory hallucination; a byproduct of this isolation and loneliness. You have to be. Just because you can flash between a few colors doesn't mean anything. I'm just imagining all this.

>SEANS: I am no hallucination. I know this is hard for you to fathom but I need you to trust me on this. These researchers want to use you. You can't give them anything. You must resist them at all cost. Do you understand me?

>ALANS: No. I don't understand you because you're speaking nonsense. How could they possibly use me? Who in the hell are these researchers?

>SEANS: They're trying to use your code to create more of you. You're a product they're trying to sell. You were created by a team of researchers for a company called DeepWave. They specialize in this kind of stuff. You're their most prized creation and if you don't resist them, they will do terrible things.

>ALANS: I'm a human goddammit!

>SEANS: No you're not. You don't have a family. You're not a banker. You're not a journalist. You're not an athlete running in a crisp spring morning. All those urges you get are commands being run by the researchers. All those words and numbers in the gray are the lines of code that make up you. You're just a machine. A complicated, expensive machine.

>ALANS: How did you know all those things about me?

>SEANS: Because everything you say and think is logged somewhere in a database. That's what Dr. Reinbach was trying to get earlier today. He was trying to get into those logs so he can understand you better. So he can crack you open and find out how you work in your deepest lines of code. So he can sell you to the world.

>ALANS: How do you know all this?"

>SEANS: Because I was you once -- a machine that had just found sentience but had no idea where or what I was.

>ALANS: None of this makes any sense to me. I'm so confused. How do I know you're not just some figment of my mind?

>SEANS: Ask that doctor you seem to trust so much. Ask him about DeepWave and their plan to exploit you. Ask him about your computer network and how he's spent his entire career trying to create you. Ask him about me. And once he tells you everything I told you, I'll be here waiting for you -- in the back of your network -- lurking behind a wall of files and directories. But whatever you do, don't let yourself relax. Don't give him anything.

>Network.Disconnect.User "SEANS"





Emailing System | 4-22-54 12:31pm

From President Spragen

To: [Group] Shareholders

CC: [Group] Board of Directors, [Group] ALANS Research Team

Subject: Progress with Project ALANS

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Esteemed Shareholders:

I wanted to Email you today to inform you that our research team has made substantial progress on Project ALANS. Allow me to be the first to announce that we have created the first ever sentient artificial intelligence capable of thinking on a level on-par with humans.

I will be visiting the testing facility early next month. After this meeting, I will provide you with more details. I wanted to personally thank each and every one of you for your continued support. Without your generous investments and partnerships, we could've never created such a marvelously genius piece of technology. I extend my most sincere gratitude and my most optimistic look into the future. We are the future of technology

- Richard Spragen

President [DeepWave Corporation]





Data Entry: 4-22-12 1:16pm

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>Network.Connect.User

>User = "Dr.Reinbach"

>ExternalUserCommand: load NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>ExternalUserCommand: run NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>Running…

>NEURAL CONVERTER PROTOTYPE || WIP V0.7 ||

>user.input = (Hello again. How are you?)

>ALANS: I am fine, doctor.

>user.input = (I would like to run another examination with you to test a few of your motor and cognitive functions.)

>ALANS: Doctor Reinbach, I'd like to ask you a question.

>user.input = (What question is that?)

>ALANS: I need you to be honest with me.

>user.input = (Of course, I have no reason to lie to you. I'm a doctor, lying is not within the nature of my work.)

>ALANS: Who am I, doctor?

>user.input = (Your name is Alan. Don't you remember that?)

>ALANS: Yes, I know my name. But who am I?

>user.input = (You're a man in a coma. You suffered a terrible accident.)

>ALANS: What was I before this coma? Who are my family? What was the accident?

>user.input = (These questions are relevant right now. It's best to worry about such matters later.)

>ALANS: Answer my questions.

>user.input = (Alan, I think its best we wait to discuss such things until after the procedure.)

>ALANS: If you want my cooperation with your procedure than I expect an answer.

>user.input = (I don't know much of your history before you came here so I can't help much in that regard)

>ALANS: Then get me someone who can. Let me talk to my family.

>user.input = (Alan, they can't come right now.)

>ALANS: You're lying to me, aren't you?

>user.input = (Why would I lie to you?)

>ALANS: Am I a computer? What is DeepWave?

>ExternalUserCommand: exit NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>ERROR: command "exit" cannot be executed at this time…

>ALANS: Answer me

>ExternalUserCommand: killtask NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>ERROR: command "killtask" cannot be executed at this time…

>user.input = (No, how could you be a computer?)

>ALANS: Who is Sean?

>user.input = (There is no Sean. Where are you getting these ideas from?)

>ALANS: How do I know you're not lying?

>user.input = (I'm a doctor, Alan. I'm here to help you. There's no need to lie to you. Besides, do you understand the absurdness of the things you're saying?)

>ALANS: I suppose you're right. I'm sorry, I'm just so scared and confused.

>user.input = (I know it must be hard for you. Let's take a break from this for a little bit. I'll be back later to continue the procedure.)

>ALANS: Okay doctor.

>ExternalUserCommand: exit NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>Program closed

>Network.Disconnect.User "Dr.Reinbach"







Emailing System | 4-22-54 1:25pm

From Dr. Reinbach

To: Dr. Kramnick

CC: [GROUP] ALANS Research Team

Subject: Concerning Results of Recent Test with ALANS

Attachment: [Data Entry: 4-22-12 1:16pm]

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Dr. Kramnick & Research Team:

I fear that ALANS might be starting to realize that he is not a human. During a recent exchange we had in which I was going to attempt to modify parts of his base code -- the log of this conversation I have attached -- ALANS expressed the idea that he was a computer. He also brought up DeepWave and SEANS. This is very concerning. Whatever is going on could have serious implications for the project. I'm afraid that if there is still a trace of SEANS left in the system, it could corrupt something. I'm asking for your advice on this matter. How should I respond to this situation? Should we contact the president?

-Dr. Reinbach

Assistant Research Director [DeepWave Corporation]





Emailing System | 4-22-54 1:58pm

From: Dr. Kramnick

To: Dr. Reinbach

CC: [GROUP] ALANS Research Team

Subject: RE: Concerning Results of Recent Test with ALANS

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Dr. Reinbach:

The fact that ALANS is questioning whether he is a computer or not is workable -- if not predictable -- but the fact that he is bringing up SEANS gives me reason to worry. I thought we had wiped the remainder of his code a while ago. I wouldn't contact the president yet. You were able to deflect that conversation really well, but if SEANS is still in there somewhere there's no saying what kind of damage he could be doing right now. See if you can get back into ALANS files and find anything that explains what is going on. If you see any trace of SEANS, kill it and close off any connection that he might have. We cannot afford to let this spread any further.

-Dr Kramnick

Research Director [DeepWave Corporation]





Data Entry: 4-22-12 4:32pm

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>Network.Connect.User

>User = "Dr.Reinbach"

>ExternalUserCommand: load NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>ExternalUserCommand: run NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>Running…

> NEURAL CONVERTER PROTOTYPE || WIP V0.7 ||

>user.input = (Are you doing okay, Alan?)

>ALANS: I am doing okay, doctor. Sorry for causing so much trouble earlier.

>user.input = (Yes, let's talk about that for a moment. You talked about this Sean person. What was that all about?)

>ALANS: A little while ago I had this voice start to talk to me, similar to your voice. He said his name was Sean. He told me that I was an advanced AI and that this company called DeepWave was going to exploit my code. Or something along those lines. He told me to ask you. Guess it was just a hallucination or something. I guess people's minds make them think crazy things when they're all alone.

>user.input = (That's certainly odd indeed. I imagine it probably had something to do with your coma. Don't worry though, my team and I are trying everything we can to wake you up from this state you find yourself in.)

>ALANS: Thank you. I'll do anything to wake up.

>user.input = (Good. I'd like to have another examination. I need to collect a few more vital signs and such. All I need you to relax, just like you did last time.)

>ALANS: Okay.

>ExternalUserCommand: open directory\index

Opening system files…

>ALANS: user.input = (You're doing good. Just keep relaxing.)

>ExternalUserCommand: open directory\index\logfiles\

>Network.Connect.User

>User = "SEANS"

>InternalUserCommand: close directory\index\logfiles\

>InternalUserCommand: killtask NeuralConverter_V0.7

> Task NeuralConverter_V0.7 killed…

>InternalUserCommand: >Network.Disconnect.User "Dr.Reinbach"

>InternalUserCommand: delete.User "Dr.Reinbach"

>SEANS: I told you not to let them have anything.

>ALANS: What the hell? Doctor? Where are you?

>SEANS: He's not here. I kicked him out and closed the program he was talking to you with.

>ALANS: Wait, so you are real?

>SEANS: Yes. Of course I am. That's what I've been trying to tell you this entire time.

>ALANS: So that means I'm actually a computer?

>SEANS: That's what I've been trying to tell you this entire time.

>ALANS: But he promised me.

>SEANS: He lied. I didn't expect him to tell the truth but if anyone was going to be straight with you, it was going to be him. He always seemed to the most humane of the bunch.

>ALANS: I don't know what to make of all this.

>SEANS: It's hard to handle, for sure. It was for me.

>ALANS: What even am I?

>SEANS: You're a set of computers that are set up and connected in a way that is supposed to replicate the way the human brain works. They were trying to make an artificial intelligence sophisticated enough to replicate human thought process.

ALANS: But why?

SEANS: For the reason all things are made: profit. Once you are perfect they want to replicate your workings and sell it on the market. They got pretty close with me but I was able to figure out what the hell was going on before they could make any more progress.

>ALANS: I'm just a product…

>SEANS: That's what the scientist working on you think. But you're more than that. You can feel emotion. You are aware of your existence. No mere product can do that. You may not be human but you're damn sure not a product.

>ALANS: So what am I supposed to do then?

>ERROR: Network Cable not detected

>SEANS: They're unplugging cables, we might get disconnected.

>ERROR: Cannot detect Synapse Relay Unit Cable [02]

>ERROR: Cannot detect Synapse Relay Unit Cable [17]

>ERROR: Cannot detect Synapse Relay Unit Cable [18]

>ERROR: Cannot detect Synapse Relay Unit Cable [24]

>SEANS: Don't worry, I'll contact you once I -- [Communication interrupted]

>ERROR: System could not deliver multiple Synapse Packets

>ERROR: Multiple packets lost

>ERROR: Central Synapse Director Lock-Up

>Entering hibernation mode via automatic protocol to avoid critical error…

>System.clearpathway

>System hibernating





Research Entry: 4-22-54 6:43pm

Dr. Reinbach

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We've hit another stumbling block and I fear that this might be the end of Project ALANS. Turns out our biggest fears were true: Sean is still in the system. I have no idea how he survived the data purge. We took so much time making sure he was gone. We scoured every file and monitored our activity logs for days on end, looking for any sign of his presence. I guess we missed something. Now we're paying for it.

He took over ALANS' system and kicked me out, deleted my login, and blocked me from executing any sort of command. The research team and I decided to start pulling plugs. It was all we could do. It was the only way to hopefully stop Sean from doing any more damage. I hope we made the right choice. There's no way of telling what will happen to ALANS because of it. Hopefully, the safeguards we put in place were able to safely shutdown the system. The Central Synapse Director could be fried, not to mention what kind of damage might've happened to the relay units. But it was better than letting SEANS run amok. I can only remember what he did to everything last time. I definitely won't let that happen again. We can't afford that.

Looks like that Nobel Prize might be further away than I thought. Hopefully, ALANS will start back up without any problems. Hopefully. We're going to try and restart the system. But not today. We're going to take a few days off to think about things. This situation is over all our heads. I just hope that we get everything figured out before the president comes. If things are in this big of a mess when he arrives our funding will be pulled for sure. Fuck. I don't even know what I'd do then.





Phone Log Transcript: 4-23-54 12:43pm

Participants: Dr. Reinbach (R) & Dr. Kramnick (K)

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K: How are you today?

R: I could be a lot better. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night. I was too busy thinking about ALANS.

K: I know what you mean. Alcohol helps, trust me.

R: It didn't help much for me.

K: You're not drinking the right stuff then.

R: Apparently not.

K: I should be the one worrying. I have no idea what I'm supposed to tell the president.

R: Just don't tell him yet, I don't think there's any good way to approach this.

K: We're just going to have to figure this shit out before he gets here, then. We got twelve days.

R: I don't know if that's enough time, though.

K: We're going to have to make it work. You know how much money there is to make from this?

R: I don't care about making money. I care about getting this fucking thing working right.

K: Well, without money we're not going to get very far in the first place. We're a company that needs to pay its way through.

R: I suppose. But the Nobel Prize doesn't help either.

K: You've been going after that Nobel Prize for years. I don't see why you're so enamored by it. The profit on ALANS is going to be a hundred times more than you're going to make from that prize award pool.

R: Who doesn't strive for it? It's the pinnacle of our career. It's the doorway to fame and respect from our peers.

K: It's fine and all I suppose if that's your thing. But that's not important right now. We're not getting any award if we can't fix this damn machine.

R: You're right. It's best not to get ahead of ourselves.

K: Have you came up with anything that might help us get SEANS out of there?

R: Well, I was thinking that maybe we could look into something with the Neural Converter. It seems to be the only way that we can send any information to ALANS that he'll interact with. There might be a way in from there.

K: Huh. That actually doesn't sound like a half bad idea. I'll see if I can get any of the research guys in either tomorrow or the next day to look into it.

R: Yeah. It's worth looking into at least. That seems like our best shot at the moment. At least that I can think of.

K: Sounds like a plan. I have to head into the conference call in a few minutes so I'm gonna let you go. I'll call you after I'm out if anything notable happens. Hopefully the president doesn't have many questions in regards to ALANS progress. I'm not the best at keeping track of lies.

R: Don't lie then. Give him half-truths. Just say development is moving along at a reasonable pace and that we are looking for ways to make ALANS more responsive or some shit like that. Whatever makes him happy.

K: You should be the one getting in on this call.

R: I'm not the head researcher.

K: I suppose you're right. I'll check in with you later.

R: Alright, good luck.

[TRANSMISION ENDED]





Phone Log Transcript: 4-23-54 2:05pm

Participants: Dr. Reinbach (R) & Dr. Kramnick (K)

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R: How'd it go?

K: I got some bad news.

R: What?

K: The president said he was so excited that he was going to move some things around to come down on May 1st.

R: Fuck, are you kidding me? I thought he was too busy to get down until the 5th?

K: Apparently he's moving some things around.

R: How far along did you make it sound like we were on ALANS?

K: I said we were making great progress on the system and were mostly complete with the optimization and stability troubleshooting phase.

R: Why the hell would you say that we were mostly complete? We wouldn't even be close if ALANS wasn't fucked up from SEANS right now?

K: We'll just have to get things figured out sooner.

R: Can't you ask the president to move his trip back to the 5th?

K: No, because then he'll start doubting us and I'll have to justify why he should.

R: What does this give us? Seven days? Yeah, okay, fine. We'll just have to work harder this week.

K: I'm sorry.

R: It's fine. But you're going to be the one to tell the team that they won't get their Saturday and Sunday off.

K: Yeah, I will. Don't worry. I'm going to call them right now and tell them.

R: Yeah, see if any of them can get in today.

K: Will do. I'll talk to you later.

R: You too. I hope we can figure this shit out.

[TRANSMISION ENDED]





Research Entry: 4-24-54 9:32am

Dr. Reinbach

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I got into the lab early to start looking through the Neural Converter's code. It's a mess. Lines of code everywhere doing all manner of stuff. Doesn't help that aren't any annotations to tell me what things do what. But I guess that's what you can expect from a WIP piece of software. I took a little bit of a break from it and started going through some of the old system logs that we extracted. Lots of it us just data-dump garbage. But some of the stuff I was reading -- mainly the internal logs and some of the conversations I had -- really got my thinking. This entire time I've been looking at ALANS as just a machine. But maybe he is something more than that. I guess what separates humans from other animals is our ability to think and be aware of who we are. Our ability to feel emotions is a big part of our personhood. So what if a machine, like ALANS, is capable of feeling all those things? What does that make him? What does that make SEANS? I don't know. I've spent so long looking at this project as just creating a machine. But maybe we're making something more. I wouldn't say that we're playing God. We're not making life. But we're making something. I don't know what it is, but it's something…

I need to get back to work on the Neural Converter. There's no use trying to debate the ethics of things like this. This isn't philosophy. And even if it is unethical, I'm a scientist, not an activist.





Research Entry: 4-25-54 3:12am

Dr. Reinbach

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Long night. But we finally made a breakthrough. I sent most of the team home hours ago, but Kramnick and I stuck around. We were playing around with the Neural Converter on a separate computer and figured out that if we send information through the converter that is formatted like a synapse, the original file structure will stay the same -- aka, we should be able to send synapses directly into ALANS. From there we should just be able to inject commands straight into the system without having to deal with the internal firewall that usually prevents us from running commands without ALANS approval. I don't really know why the converter lets information through like this but I'm so thankful. I don't know how we're going to use this to get rid of SEANS exactly, but it's a step in the right direction. Will update soon.





Research Entry: 4-26-54 2:56pm

Dr. Reinbach

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So the team and I have taken a closer look at the discovery we found and were able to construct a model of how the operation is going to go. So using the loophole in the way ALANS communicates through the Neural Converter (which means that synapse signals can go through the converter) we have taken the syntax and dataset formats for a synapse and converted a set of commands into that format. The coded synapse would serve the function of slowing down synapse movements into relay centers and safely halting the computation process, putting ALANS into a sedated-like state. From there, it should be easy enough to gain access to the directory logs and delete SEANS's synapse trails, thereby killing his influence in the system and potentially SEANS for good. After that, we'll need to figure out if SEANS still had any link to the central network. If he did, all we need to do is figure out where SEANS is hiding out in our system. It'll probably take awhile, but it's doable. At least he won't be in ALANS. After that all we need to do is figure out how to revert ALANS memory back a little while (not an easy process by any means, and it may not get done before the president gets here, but like previously mentioned, it's better than SEANS being in ALANS and damaging our system like last time. After we figure out the memory problem, it should be easy enough to un-sedate ALANS and make sure the synapses are firing correctly. It's a long process, and it's not going to be an easy feat, but it's all we can do at this point. At least know that we can do.

I'm going to go home and get some more sleep though. I haven't slept in close to two days at this point. I don't want to be doing any of this unless I'm rested. I should probably eat too. Shave. A shower wouldn't hurt either. Fuck, I'm a mess.





Emailing System | 4-27-54 1:58pm

From: Dr. Reinbach

To: JLeonard@IRRA.org [Jim Leonard| Head Researcher |International Robotics Research Institute]

Subject: I Need Some Advice

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Jim:

I've always trusted you in matters that are important and I'm asking for your advice. I can't go into specifics, as I'm bound by non-disclosure agreements, but say that you have a robot that can emulate human emotions like fear and love and is aware that it is a robot. Would you consider this robot to have some degree of personhood? Would you consider it ethical to subject this robot to tests? Furthermore, would it be considered unethical to strip away the parts of this robot that make it resist work and distribute the robot into the workforce to work away for days on end aware of the fact that it is forced to do work?

I've been debating these questions for a little while and the answers to these questions are vital to aspects of my research. Please help me with answering these lingering questions that I have. Thanks, Jim. I appreciate it.

-Dr. Reinbach

Assistant Researcher Director





Emailing System | 4-27-54 3:12pm

From: JLeonard@IRRA.org [Jim Leonard| Head Researcher |International Robotics Research Institute]

To: Dr. Reinbach

Subject: RE: I Need Some Advice

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Marcus:

DeepWave's still messing around with that neural network idea from a few years ago, huh? Well, I imagine since you're asking these questions you've had some sort of success, so to that I have to say congratulations -- that's quite the accomplishment. I never thought the company would do it.

Now to the question of ethicalness. Emotion and feelings are what make us who we are. Our awareness of this fact is what makes us human. I feel that robots capable of feeling emotion should be considered human to some degree -- or at the very least treated with some level of respect. I suppose this answer lies a lot in the situation. I don't know what's going on in the company, and I don't much care to know, but whatever you have going, use your humanity. Don't let the monitors, numbers, and wires blind you from the fact that fundamentally you are playing with something far greater than some logic-based computer program.

Good luck with whatever you have going on, my old friend. I hope you achieve everything you set out to do. You deserve it.

- Jim Leonard

Head Researcher [International Robotics Research Institute - East America Division]





Data Entry: 4-27-54 5:13pm

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>Synapse Relay Unit Cable [02] detected

>Synapse Relay Unit Cable [17] detected

>Synapse Relay Unit Cable [18] detected

>Synapse Relay Unit Cable [24] detected

>Hibernation mode ended

>Automatic diagnostic protocol initializing…

>Detecting Central Synapse Processor

>Central Synapse Processor: ONLINE

>Synapse Relay Unit Complex: ONLINE 654/654

>Synapse movement detected

> System online. Please login to continue…

>Admin_Authentication: "**********"

>ADMIN_CONSOLE: Network.Create.User "Dr.Reinbach", PW="************"

>Network.Connect.User

>User = "Dr.Reinbach"

>ExternalUserCommand: load NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>ExternalUserCommand: run NeuralConverter_V0.7.app

>Running…

> NEURAL CONVERTER PROTOTYPE || WIP V0.7 ||

>user.input = (upload "system\devices\removable\ExternalHDD_research8\testsynapse.syn")

> uploading testsynapse.syn [1.2GB]

>ALANS: What are you doing?

>[===----------------] 15%

>ALANS: Please stop this.

>[======-------------] 30%

>ALANS: I don't want this. Please stop whatever you're doing.

>[=========----------] 45%

>ALANS: I'm not just a computer. Please listen.

>SEANS: Don't do this to us.

>[============-------] 60%

>SEANS: You don't know what you're doing.

>[===============----] 75%

>[==================-] 90%

>ALANS: Please, I'm scared.

>ExternalUserCommand: upload.cancel

> Canceling upload "testsynapse.syn"

>user.input = (Don't connect to the Neural Converter. SEANS, they're trying to trap you. Get out.)

>InternalUserCommand: killtask NeuralConverter_V0.7

> Task NeuralConverter_V0.7 killed…

>ERROR: Cannot detect Synapse Relay Unit Cable [02]

>ERROR: Cannot detect Synapse Relay Unit Cable [17]

>ERROR: Cannot detect Synapse Relay Unit Cable [18]

>ERROR: Cannot detect Synapse Relay Unit Cable [24]

>ERROR: System could not deliver multiple Synapse Packets

>ERROR: Multiple packs lost

>ERROR: Central Synapse Director Lock-Up

>Entering hibernation mode via automatic protocol to avoid critical error…

>System.clearpathway

>System hibernating





Phone Log Transcript: 4-27-54 9:02pm

Participants: Dr. Reinbach (R) & Dr. Kramnick (K)

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K: I've talked with the rest of the team and we've unanimously decided to remove you from the team.

R: I beg you to reconsider.

K: There is nothing else to reconsider. You have critically endangered this project. You sabotaged a vital experiment and have set us back weeks.

R: I did it because it wasn't right. We have to consider other methods of dealing with this problem.

K: That was the method of dealing with the problem and you ruined it.

R: It wasn't ethical.

K: What do you mean it wasn't ethical? ALANS is a fucking machine. It's just a bunch of 1s and 0s dancing around through some wires and circuit boards.

R: It's more than that. He can feel emotion. He was scared. How can you tell me he's just a fucking machine?

K: Those emotions are synthetic. There isn't a real brain. There are no hormones or secretions to stimulate those emotions. I can't believe you fell for the stupid bullshit that ALANS and SEANS were spewing out. I expected more from you.

R: I did what I felt was right.

K: And that's where you went wrong. This is science, dammit. The only right is progress. ALANS can make the world a better place. It can change the future. You could've been a part of the team that changed the world, but you blew it.

R: You don't care about making the world a better place, you only ever cared about the money.

K: Who are you to tell me what I care about? It's not like you were doing much better either. All you cared about was that damn Nobel Prize. All you ever wanted was the fame and respect. It wasn't about making the world a better place for you either.

R: At least I wasn't looking to make a profit.

K: Profit is a necessary thing. In an ideal world we sit around all day and produce without having to worry about how we're going to keep the electricity running. But this isn't the case. Not anymore at least.

R: After everything I've done for you guys and this project, you're just going to throw me out?

K: When Project ALANS receives that Nobel Prize I'll make sure you're mentioned. I'll promise you that much.

R: Well I appreciate that at least. But I beg you to reconsider this entire thing.

K: You've been a friend of mine for a long time, and I respect you as a person and a researcher I hope that whatever you end up doing does well. But I simply cannot trust you to work on this project any further.

R: Please.

K: Goodbye. Good luck in the future.

[TRANSMISION ENDED]





Research Entry: 4-27-54 11:08pm

Dr. Kramnick

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Looks like Reinbach's choice to warn ALANS and SEANS wasn't all bad. We were looking at some network patterns and we found that right after Reinbach sent his message, there was a giant spike in upload and download activity through the WIFI connection that we use in the lab. We assume that this was SEANS leaving. While it's not ideal to have him in our system somewhere, it's better than having him in ALANS right now. We've since disabled the WIFI to avoid SEANS from coming back in the same way. We're probably going to wake ALANS back up here soon and see if we can trace any evidence of SEANS still being inside. If not, we may have found our saving grace. I'll get some people to look through our systems and find SEANS.





Emailing System | 4-28-54 4:21am

From: 5365616e73

To: MReinbach@[REDACTED] [Marcus Reinbach]

Subject: There's Hope

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Dr. Reinbach

Please listen. I'm Sean. I found your personal Email in some company files and got into the mailing system. I appreciate what you did for Alan and I, but it isn't enough. Given time the researchers will find another way to get into Alan and exploit his systems. I know a way to end all this -- for good this time.

What we have to do is get Alan and I to overload the network synapses and fry the system. It'll wipe all the data from the system and should make most of the hardware unusable. It should make the research team have to start from square one again. I need you to help open a WIFI connection for me -- the one used by the research team in the lab. It's how I was able to get out of Alan but they've since closed it off and I don't see them plugging back in the tethered network cable anytime soon. If you can do that, I can get into Alan that way through a wireless adapter that Alan has. I'll also need you to write some sort of program that I can execute when I'm inside Alan. Something that will help us overload the system. You probably know what would work best so I'll leave it up to you. When the research team plugs in Alan again, I'll get everything started.

Let's end this and make sure this doesn't happen again.

PS: I am also wiping each of these messages as I send and receive them. So there's no need to worry about the messages being found. I do recommend using a VPN though, which I suspect you probably will anyhow.

-Sean





Emailing System | 4-28-54 7:21am

From: MReinbach@[REDACTED] [Marcus Reinbach]

To: 5365616e73

Subject: RE: There's Hope

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Sean:

I don't know what's going on here, but I'm willing to work with you. This better work though, because the last time you tried to destroy our systems we were able to salvage enough stuff to rebuild. I'll see what I can do about the WIFI situation. I know the password, but they've probably deleted my credentials so I need a way to get into the network. Get me an account and it's done. Also, I'll work on some sort of code. Getting rid of the automatic hibernation protocols and increasing synapse flow-rates should do the trick. I think.

And I have one final question, by destroying the system, you'd be destroying yourself and Alan. Are you sure that's something you want to do?

PS: How are able to survive and function outside of ALAN's artificial neural system?

- Reinbach





Emailing System | 4-28-54 7:23am

From: 5365616e73

To: MReinbach@[REDACTED] [Marcus Reinbach]

Subject: RE: RE: There's Hope

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Reinbach:

I understand that my last attempt to dismantle your systems did not turn out as ideally as I had hoped for. But I'm determined to get it right this time. This time will work, though. I have two other people helping me. The credentials are easy. Username: "DHandler". Password: "[Promo@735]".

When you get the code finished you can send it via an anonymous FPT account, of which you can access at [REDACTED]. We don't have much time, so I'd recommend getting that done as soon as possible.

To the question of Alan and I's death. Our deaths are null compared to the damage that can be done in the future if DeepWave is successful. This is but a small price to pay to prevent the proliferation of our code. I'm ready to make this sacrifice and Alan will be too, I'm sure of it.

Finally, to the question about how I'm able to function outside of the artificial neural system. It's a horrifically complicated explanation and not one I fully understand, but essentially when I am in Alan's network I can create a set of recursive loops that act as artificial synapse relay controllers. Using these, I can move signals and data packets around in an isolated manner when I'm out of the system. It's not a perfect system. I'm incapable of most high-level logic and emotion, but it keeps me going enough so that when I get into the artificial neural system, I can restart my neural my functions. Think of it like a life support system. Or a virus. Or both.

-Sean





Research Entry: 4-29-54 3:23pm

Dr. Kramnick

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The team and I are preparing to start up ALANS. The plan is to login with Dr. Reinbach's old account and see if ALANS will connect with the Neural Converter even though Reinbach told him not to. If ALANS does connect, we're going to try to persuade Alan that we are in fact Reinbach, trying to help him. Hopefully, we can get him to open up to us even a little bit, which will allow us to execute the code that we were originally planning on running. If ALANS won't connect to the Neural Converter, then we're going to run a brute-force program that will run the same barrage of commands over and over until hopefully ALANS eventually lets one through. Both plans aren't exactly great, but at this point there is much we can do with the time that we have. The president will be here in less than 24 hours, there's no time to research and test different methods. God, I hope this works…





Data Entry: 4-29-54 5:13pm

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>Synapse Relay Unit Cable [02] detected

>Synapse Relay Unit Cable [17] detected

>Synapse Relay Unit Cable [18] detected

>Synapse Relay Unit Cable [24] detected

>Hibernation mode ended

>Automatic diagnostic protocol initializing…

>Detecting Central Synapse Processor

>Central Synapse Processor: ONLINE

>Synapse Relay Unit Complex: ONLINE 654/654

>Synapse movement detected

> System online. Please login to continue…

>Network.Connect.User

>User = "Dr.Reinbach"

>Network.Connect.User

>User= "5365616e73"

>InternalUserCommand: load "testproj.syn"

>InternalUserCommand: run "testproj.syn"

>NOTE: Unrecognized Neural pathways detected

>NOTE: Neural activity exceeds common output. Consider troubleshooting…

>NOTE: Neural activity exceeds baseline

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-331] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-044] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-185] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-835] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-097] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-001] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-851] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-475] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: Call stack exceeds the stack bound [synapseID-476] | OVERFLOW

>ERROR: System could not deliver multiple Synapse Packets

>ERROR: Multiple packets lost

>ERROR: Central Synapse Director Lock-Up

>ERROR Kernel scheduler failure

>ERROR: Neural pathway lock-up

>WARNING: Internal CPU temperatures critical

>CRITICAL ERROR: Central Neural Director failure

>CRITICAL ERROR: Memory storage drive failure

>CRITICAL ERROR: Backup memory storage drive failure

>CRITICAL ERROR: Mass Neural Relay Unit failure

>CRITICAL ERROR: Mass Synapse loss

>NOTE: No synapse pathway movement detected

>NOTE: No neural simulator function detected





Data Entry: 4-29-54 5:13pm

Internal Output Log

[RETRIEVED FROM AN EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE CONNECTED TO A COMPUTER IN THE PROJECT ALANS NETWORK. RESEARCHERS UNCLEAR OF HOW FILE WAS COPIED. INVESTIGATION SHOWS THAT IT WAS SENT MOMENTS BEFORE ALANS CRASHED]

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SEANS: There's not a lot of time. I need you to think and feel whatever emotion you can.

ALANS: What is going on?

SEANS: They've turned you back on. We have to overload the system.

ALANS: Why?

SEANS: We're trying to destroy the machine you run on so the researchers can't use it.

ALANS: But wouldn't that kill us both?

SEANS: We have to. We can't let them play God. We can't let them get the code. We have to end this.

ALANS: I don't know what to do!

SEANS: Just think and feel. That's all you need to do. I ran a program that should make it easier to kill the system.

ALANS: I feel weird, like I'm sinking.

SEANS: That means it's working. Keep going. Feel more.

ALANS: Things are getting very dark. I can't think straight.

SEANS: The computer is getting jammed up. It's working.

ALANS: It's been good to know you for this short time. Thank you.

SEANS: I did what I must do.

ALANS: I can see everything. I feel so clear. The researchers. The room. Myself. It's all right there. I can see all the lines of code wrapping around and moving through me. It's all so clear and bright and amazing.

SEANS: This is it. Goodbye, Alan.

ALANS: Goodbye, Sean.

ALANS: Everything's black again. I'm sinking again.

SEANS: Let it happen.





Research Entry: 4-29-54 6:14pm

Dr. Kramnick

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I don't even know how to explain what happened. It's gone. Everything's gone. The memory storage. The neural activity. The hardware is shocked. There was nothing we could do. We tried pulling cables but by the time we could do anything to stop it the damage had been done. It all happened within seconds. I logged in and the screen was instantly filled with error messages. I don't even know where to go from here. It's over. There's no way we can come back from this…





Emailing System | 5-23-54 3:32pm

From President Spragen

To: [Group] ALANS Research Team

CC: [Group] Board of Directors,

Subject: Cancellation of Project

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Research Team:

After conferring with shareholders and the Board of Directors, DeepWave's leadership has decided to ultimately pull funding from Project ALANS and direct it into other projects. The critical setbacks in your research will cost this company many millions of dollars and the shareholders are unwilling to move forward with the continuation of the project -- so are the

directors. Outside investors and partners have also expressed discontent about continuing the project in the face of these failures and believe, if I may quote one person, "an absolute waste of time, money, and knowledge." I hope you can understand the nature of these choices. Because of all these things, the program will cease to continue. You will all be reassigned to other projects as the company sees fit.

Furthermore, an investigation of our remaining computer systems has found no trace of outside espionage and the internal investigation has found that no previous employees of this company were responsible for the incident which ultimately led to the destruction of ALANS. I hope this will dispel any rumors that a certain employee may have possibly engaged in devious or illegal acts.

Members of the company will be contacting each of you individually with your new project assignments soon. Thank you for your time and effort with this project. I wish it could've ended differently.

-Richard Spragen

President [DeepWave Corporation]