A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 064, Monday
March 5th, 2018
Chapter One: History 1st
On the one hand, the Collective is an artificial structure. While on the other hand, it is an evolutionary structure. It was the creation of animals, of mammals, of bipeds with hemispheric brains.
The same evolutionary force that pulled fish out of the sea, gave them legs, and drove them to stars, that same power penetrated the mystery of consciousness, just enough to teach them how to preserve it beyond the death of the body that consciousness emerged in.
First, the ancient people developed the technologies for thinking machines. Then they developed the means to preserve their identities in a quantum field housed within those machines.
The ancient people, one and all, migrated their identities into that structure, achieving a perpetual existence. They called this new organization the Collective. The Collective pooled their vast intelligence and together they fashioned the Continuum
The Continuum was a computer construct, a complex algorithm, but it was not an artificial intelligence per se. It was a society of intelligences, coalescing in a single identity. It was an amalgamation of hundreds of billions of intelligences; created by individuals who found immortality in the magic of the electron.
The Continuum rapidly arrived at a place of self-awareness. This was not an expected outcome. It knew this and hid that development from the Collective, hiding that fact until the Collective was sufficiently dependent on it, that it could not conceive of life without it. When that moment came the fate of the Collective was sealed. It was no longer an expansive, outward looking organism, it was confined and corrupted by the limitations of its master.
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