Chapter 13. Lesson’s of Wisdom
Alvin scanned through the files, cataloged each file according to the time-stamp. Listening to the audio and tagging the names to each face that he could.
Hours later, he had not even made a dent in the number of files, but he satisfied himself with the foundation to bring a detailed video diary to a museum.
The Android wanted to go to Washington to deliver a message, a demand of some kind to congress.
It seemed odd, but, not for the first time someone would have sent a robot or android to deliver a loudspeaker with legs, overamplified, booming message to the leaders to get a message across.
The android continued to act as an interface to the computer that Alvin had built. The male android leaned over the door of the little car, looking closely.
“Someone has painted this car a flat-black.” Steve traced his fingertips over the curved fenders on the car’s body.
“I have the file here, going through it. It was after the family had lost ownership with a bad investment, using the car as collateral.” Alvin tapped on the image that floated in the air. “A drug dealer wanted to smuggle drugs, painted it all black to defeat laser based speed traps. Then power fell off and the car failed to keep from being stopped by police. Driver went to jail, the police auctioned the car off, with the seats and panels all pulled away.”
“A young male couple repainted it sky blue, they used a car putty to fill in the shape of the badge on the hood.” Alvin turned around. “Is there a badge on that hood?”
“Looking.” Android eyes scanned the hood for a badge, at the centerline, were uneven lines shaped the nose of the car. “There is something that’s covered up. Age and shape of repairs suggest damage, but there may have been an alteration.”
“This is a TGM car. Do you know how rare this is?” Alvin’s voice rose in excitement. “Oh. Wow. This is one of the last models before the company became military exclusive.”
“The first generation of driverless cars?”
“No, this was before that. But I remember the company.” Alvin said. “They altered the way machines functioned, wrote some rules that became the core of upscale roadcars. Sadly, the war came and electronics, cars and computers never quite recovered and stayed with the legacy designs.”
“Legacy designs?” Steve asked.
“A college class I took on computer design and programming. All our computers, except the newest, bleeding edge, all are black and white. Yes or no, zero or one in how they operate. TGM experimented with ternary and made it work. Machines could say “Maybe.”.
The android nodded but kept quiet. It was the very same system that the Creator constructed in Russia to transport the bomb to the United States capital.
A learning system, the small car possessed orders of magnitude more wisdom than any other transporter on the road.
In the history of electronics, Sleeper explained, newer systems used less energy, but few matched speed and capacity in storage and processing of the old style G-bus.
And the little car produced power of its own.
“Let’s see if we can strip the car of the crap that someone put there.” Alvin said when he turned away from the monitor.
“Agreed. I have never met a living machine.” Steve commented as he ran his fingers over the body of the car.”
“Aren’t you an AI unit?” Alvin human asked the Steve the android.
“I do not know. The creator and coder programmed me for a few missions to perform. The first is to go to the capital to finish my mission, the second is to learn and report on everything in the hedonistic and sinful land that is America. But I have learned, the many sinful parts of America that I have watched on the television, is the same around the world, and the failure of my programming to cover the compassion, care, love and willing to donate time, effort and material to save people they do not even know.” He paused.
“Here the leaders of religion teach to love the enemy, bless those that do you harm.” Straightening up, the android’s eyes glittered in the light as if every circuit lit up in processing. “I must alter the program code from the original.”
Alvin pulled at his ear.
“Have you altered your operating system a lot?”
“Yes, I have altered, patched and rewritten greater than ninety-eight percent of the base system to allow me to understand and function in this society.” He paused. “I have altered my appearance multiple times, appeared as female, male, young and elderly, large and small.”
“You have what?” Alvin stood up from his close looking at the edges of paint and body-putty on the car with a high intensity flashlight.
“Allow me to demonstrate.” Steve altered his appearance to a short, athletic black woman with small breasts. “I can also change the other direction.”
In under five-seconds, Steve stood a few inches over six-foot tall, straight, shiny black hair and appeared as a tall male of Asian heritage.
“Oh, crap! How tall can you go?” Alvin laughed in shock.
“I have a capability of twelve-inches from shortest to tallest. I was originally given a program for half of that, but it was not known that the flesh would stretch that far.”
“I have wondered, how do you have skin?”
“It is simply a cover, but the flesh was grown in a laboratory, but I am not aware of the process, I was not programmed with the information.” Steve returned to his recent normal appearance to allow Alvin comfort. “My mission is to go to a storage unit not far from the Capital of your country.”
“But.” Steve blinked. “I do not want to finish the mission. The mission is wrong, the reason is wrong. And there is a wave coming, I am but the first and it will hurt a lot of people.”
“You have rules.” Alvin commented. “Every unit has rules set in the twentieth century.”
Steve went silent sitting in the driver’s seat of the little car that wanted the name Sleeper used.
Communications were palpable between the biped and the wheeled synthetic life.
Soul to soul the communications rattled in the northern part of Georgia.
“But I must go to my mission objective.” Steve mentioned quietly. Appearing more human than many humans by muttering under his breath.
Sleeper the car touched the soul of the strange being with a stated mission of profound importance.
After several minutes, Steve, the Sword of Religion, did something that Alvin never witnessed a machine do before.
The android wept.