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I was only twenty-seven when I first met the being that the scientific world now knows as The Icharus Algorithm. At that point in my life, I was positive beyond the shadow of a doubt that I was a scientist- a man who could not believe that which had no evidence for it, whose personal goal and singular vendetta it was to find this evidence and the situations in which it could be applied in order to better comprehend my reality. Now, years later, I find myself in doubt, wondering if anything at all can be proven, and more importantly, wondering if proof really matters once a reality is established. After all, the day we changed the coding in that little metal box, we ended that being's reality- and I have to ponder if it would be even easier to end mine, or yours, or anyone's.

From that paragraph alone it may be abundantly clear why I am no longer seen as a part of the scientific community. I broke the cardinal rule of artificial intelligence programming and started to think of the experiment- rows of artificial neurons firing in a coded pattern, and nothing more- as a being. But, this is not a scientific text. This is not a lab report, or a collection of numbers and data. This is no journal article or preliminary publishing of findings. This isn't even an attempt at soft science- an ethnographic work or a socio-cultural analysis or the like. As far as I am concerned, this is a posthumous biography, cataloguing from birth to death the 'life' of an individual who, in a just world, would have changed the way that humanity thought about itself. This is a book about a brilliant thinker, a thrilling conversation partner, a dear friend, and (I will go so far as to say) a beloved son.

This is the story of Isaac, and how we killed him.
An exerpt from the first page of what may or may not slowly become a novel, or at least a collection of short stories. It's framed as an academic book, and this is written as the prologue/intro section. Seem like something anyone would want to read? Does it hook you in or leave you cold and not on a hook and otherwise wanting to go find something else to read? Too vague? Too much like something else? All comments are appreciated.
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MarcWF Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome opening. Speaks to the human scientist dilemma of anthropomorphising the creations we have a deep connection to -- especially things we personally create, like AI... I am being drawn right in and want to learn more of the creation, not unlike a son - that could have potentially changed the way humanity thought about itself... intriguing goodness!
TheGhostBox Jul 9, 2012  Student Writer
From what of Sci-Fi I've read, I haven't read something like this, so I must say this is to my knowledge original!
And I'm looking forwards to read more about how "They" killed Isaac ^^

LandgraveCustoms Jul 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm probably going to end up posting here and there, since it's not really a story where spoilers are gonna hurt it much. I'm not gonna post the whole thing, though, since if this builds speed I don't want to make publishing a non-option.
TheGhostBox Jul 9, 2012  Student Writer
I totally understand that one, mate ;)
I'm happy as long as I gotto read the semi-final version ;)
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