Scene 17. Freedom
The two new robots stood in the room, while Steve looked at them closely.
“These do not look human enough. The eyebrows are too perfect.” He looked critically at them. The sensors of his eyes picking up minute quirks that the android had identified as traits of humans.
“The iris of the eyes look like glass.”
“Well, they are.” Thor agreed.
“They need a film over them that sparkles, or the eyes need to move around more.” The next judgement came.
“We don’t need them to pass inspection much, just enough to get into the build area.” Alvin said.
“This plan will not happen. The guard will discover them before they get to the second lower level. The best they could do is to get into the first level basement.” Sensors traced over the synthetic skin. “You should also boost their temperature slightly, the skin is only at thirty-six degrees Celsius, I would set it a half-degree warmer at the core.”
“The setting is at…” The one called Lady Sif paused. “You are right, it is under ninety-seven degrees Fahrenheit. You have sensitive eyes.” She looked at Steve.
“Indeed.” Wolf sat at his console. “If we turn the heat up, they will need power more often. Maybe we can have the temps increase right when we need it, not running all over the earth as an artificial space-heater.”
“That will take a bit of work.” Running Man said. “We have to set up a timer or…”
He leaned over to the one they called Burning Chip, “Burn” for short.
“What if we used visual clues?”
`”Like a mosque or a flag?” He asked Burn.
“The flag is easiest. We can get the design from Steve the Android.”
“Yes.” The android nodded. “The seal on the flag would be best, code it so when she see’s it she will warm up.”
“That’s sexy.” Alvin said.
“Perve!” Sif yelled from the other side of the room.
“Okay, I have the trigger system set up. The DNA profiles are in her core processors as hardwired. They are EMP protected, if there is a surge somewhere, like a lightning storm. Last thing we need is to have them knocked out by lightning and then fall down with that bomb inside.” The leader of the group said.
The entire team nodded and set to work.
Long into the night they worked on code, determining fuel resources, using the organic to electric conversion systems.
“JustWolf? The head covering is not complete or correct.” Steve pointed out.
“No, call me just Wolf.”
“Okay, Just Wolf.” Steve corrected himself.
“Right.” He shook his head. “Say it again?”
“JustWolf.” The Android answered honestly.
The human gave a big sigh and held his face in his hand for a moment.
“This is going to take a while.” He moaned.
“Okay,” Chip Burner sat up, “Triggers are set. There are three levels, there will be no accidental detonation. We have GPS, visual and then physical contact for the final sequence.”
“Even if there is contact outside of the coordinates or by the wrong person, it will not happen.” Running Man laughed and clapped. “Plus an alternate setting in the event the program needs to change. This is a binary setup, they cannot learn like you can, Steve.”
“Agreed. Three redundant systems is acceptable.” Steve the android said.
“Energy consumption curve is excellent.” Burning Chip announced. “A single full charge here, they will make it to the Russian border with power to spare. If they can get a ride, there will be little interaction and they can carry carbo-tabs. It’s not like they have to worry about junk food.”
“Dude.” Thor whispered. “Don’t go insulting him, he is the same way.”
“It matters not, I do not have feelings to injure.” Steve used a matter-of-fact tone. “However, I have something that urges me on, I need to go to Washington to complete my mission. Then, there is something else.”
The team stopped and all looked at the android. Wolf reached for an electronic weapon under his desk, turning it so the emitter was in Steve’s direction.
“After I stand at the door, my programming subroutine will be complete, it will send a signal down to the sensor that is no longer there. The terminator end of he plug that Running Man installed will acknowledge the signal. The subroutine will end.” Steve looked around at them. “The creator did not end programming, my destruction would end all programs, and thus he never designed termination of functions.”
“I will be free.” Steve almost smiled.
“Holy cats!” Sif laughed. “Congrats! They built a learning machine and released you into the world.”
“Yes, I am the first, but the Supreme Leader of Mankind has seen fit to send others like me. They may not have the same system. The next generation might be more limited to binary. They will not learn.” Steve looked down. For a moment, the team thought he had an emotion of sadness. Then he looked up.
“The creator and Supreme Leader have had more time, by calculations, they may send others with as much as a gram of antimatter.” Steve said. “More than a thousand times the yield of this warhead.”
The group did a collective profanity.
“How much do they have in total?” Burning Chip asked.
“With continued and aggressive theft with paying bribes to those that have no idea what they take. There is an eighty-one percent chance the Supreme Leader has amassed over one-kilogram.” The android’s math, not lost on the any of the group, shown a great number of cycles dedicated to this subject. “The warheads would have a collective yield of greater than the Tsar Bomb.”
The room fell silent.
“Send them.” Just Wolf said.
Fifteen minutes later, two women who would have blended in with the people of the Steppes and an encyclopedic database of the society and languages of the region assured their success.
Steve watched Thor and Sif drive off with the female bots, they were well made up, but, they were not androids.
Alvin stood for a moment at the door as the big car moved off towards the airport.
“Do you want me to drive you to Washington?” Alvin asked Steve.
“I am behind schedule, my next transmission, I have a schedule to arrive in a town called Chattanooga.” Steve paused. “And I am to record all locations of military locations between here and this nations capital.”
“So you are a spy?” Wolf asked.
“Yes, JustWolf, that is my secondary function, I give automatic reports of military bases and facilities.” He looked at the shocked crew. “I am Saif al Din, Sword of the Religion, spy and self-guided bomb and learning computer. I am also Steve Aldin, free being to learn about this country. I have learned much since coming to this land.”
He looked around.
“Go on.” Sif urged him.
“I have learned that you are greedy, petty, you fight among yourselves, call each other names, you throw stones, you embarrass yourselves in news reports and on social media.
You commit sins that would make Allah weep, but, when things are at their worst?” The Android looked at them each. in turn. “You are at your best!
You donate time, strangers who assist others without being asked and do so around the world to those that would do you harm. You would be most blessed, and no one would deny you repayment, and yet you ask for nothing in return. All you tell people is to go and be free.
You are a curious country, and I wish to find every corner, meet every citizen. I can walk among the poorest and see how they think, among the most wealthy and compare the mind-set.
That is where I want to go. All over this country called United States without harming it.”
By the time he finished, Sif teared up, Alvin held his coffee to his lips without moving, frozen in place.
Burning Chip and Running Man stopped talking and stared at Steve.
“Alvin, take him wherever he wants to go. You check in with us, keep him safe.” Wolf said softly. “I think there will be a helluva story when you get back.”