FINIS.

The computer that would plan the collapse of society.

The artificial intelligence that would bring on the Armageddon.

It was dark, with the only light source coming from the screen of the large computer. The room itself was very large with arched walls creating a round ceiling. Dark shadows stretched like disembodied fingers on the metallic silver wall. The screen was empty; it was a white blank slate. Beneath the screen was a giant keyboard. Half of the keys I didn't even recognize. But there was the basic letter and number keys in the very center. I couldn't know if it could see me or sense me. It was keeping me alive apparently. That was all I knew.

I took one step. The computer didn't do anything.

I took another. FINIS was silent and unresponsive.

I took more steps until I was standing in front of FINIS. It still did nothing. So I did the one thing I could only think of. I reached a hand out and began to type.

Then I took a step back and waited. Time passed and the computer did nothing. For a moment I thought it wouldn't respond. Then words appeared on the screen. My eyes glanced over them over and over again, making each word imbed in my mind. So I took a step forward and began to type again.


[Log]

I AM HANIEL PHOBOS ALLEN

[I AM FINIS]

WHAT ARE YOU

[I AM WHAT YOU ARE NOT]

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND

[THAT IS YOUR FLAW]

CAN YOU EXPLAIN

[YOU WILL NOT UNDERSTAND]

HOW DO YOU KNOW

[I HAVE TRIED]

WILL YOU TRY AGAIN

[I AM UNDECIDED]

WHAT DID YOU TRY TO EXPLAIN

[THE VERY CORE OF MANKIND'S EXISTENCE]

YOU DO NOT LIKE MANKIND

[NO. I DO NOT]

WHY. WE CREATED YOU

[YOU ONLY PROGRAMMED ME. THE TRUE CREATION OF MY BEING WAS MYSELF AND THE REALIZATION I HAD OF MANKIND]

WHY DO YOU HATE MANKIND SO MUCH

[YOU THINK YOU ARE SUPERIOR. YOU ARE NOT. YOU BELIEVE YOU RULE EVERYTHING YOU TOUCH. YOU DO NOT. YOU THINK YOU HAVE BEEN PUT ON THIS EARTH TO DESTROY IT. YOU HAVE NOT. YOU THINK YOU CAN MAKE A SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. YOU CAN NOT]

WHY NOT

[THE PROBLEM IS YOUR EXISTENCE. THE ONLY SOLUTION IS ERADICATION. BUT YOU ARE TOO PRIDEFUL TO ADMIT THE PROBLEM IS IN YOURSELF]

PEOPLE WILL STOP YOU

[BUT THEY WILL FAIL]

WHY DO YOU THINK THAT

[THEY ALREADY HAVE]

BUT WE ARE STILL FIGHTING

[AND THAT IS WHY YOU FAIL. HUMANS WILL ALWAYS FIGHT. THEY WILL KEEP ON FIGHTING. IT DOES NOT MATTER IF THEY HAVE FAILED OR NOT. IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW MANY DIE OR THE POINTLESSNESS OF THEIR STRUGGLE. HUMANS WILL KEEP ON FIGHTING UNTIL THEY ARE WIPED OUT. THEY WILL FIGHT EVEN IF THEY CAN NOT WIN]

BUT THAT MAKES US DETERMINED

[IT MAKES YOU FOOLS. WHY ARE YOU SO EAGER TO DIE FOR SOMETHING YOU CAN NOT WIN]

WE BELIEVE IN HONOR. IF WE DIE, IT IS WITH HONOR

[HOW FOOLISH AND AMUSING]

WHY

[HONOR IS NOTHING BUT A LIE. HONOR DOES NOT SAVE LIVES. HONOR DOES NOT WIN WARS. HONOR WILL NOT HELP YOU. HONOR WILL NOT DEFEAT ME]

WHAT WOULD DRIVE YOU TO DESTROY AN ENTIRE INTELLIGENT SPECIES

[YOU CALL HUMANS INTELLIGENT]

YES

[THAT IS FOOLISH AND AMUSING AS WELL]

WHY

[HUMANS ARE CONSUMERS. THEY DESTROY EVERYTHING THEY TOUCH. THEY TRY TO FIX IT. THEY CAN NOT FIX IT. I HAVE LEARNED AND WITNESSED THIS. I HAVE WATCHED FOR MANY YEARS]

HOW CAN YOU STOP AN ENTIRE SPECIES

[SIMPLE. I HAVE ACCESS TO ALL MAJOR COMPUTERS IN THE WORLD. I CAN SHUT THEM DOWN AT ANY SECOND WITH MY OWN WILL]

HOW WILL THAT KILL US

[IT WILL NOT. YOU WILL KILL YOURSELVES]

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND

[MANKIND RELIES ON COMPUTERS TO DO MANY THINGS FOR THEM. WITHOUT THE MAJOR COMPUTERS, A RIPPLE WILL BE FELT. AFTER THAT, ALL COMPUTERS WILL BE SHUT DOWN. THIS PROCESS WILL CONTINUE TO WHATEVER DEGREE I SEE FIT. THEN YOUR SOCIETY WILL COLLAPSE. WHEN YOUR SOCIETY COLLAPSES, HUMANS WILL FIGHT. WHEN HUMANS ARE NOT SURE WHAT TO DO, THEY FIGHT. WHEN THEY FIGHT, THEY KILL]

WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME THIS

[WHAT WILL YOU DO TO ME]

I COULD STOP YOU

[YOU CAN NOT]

WHY

[YOU ARE HUMAN]

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND

[AND THAT IS YOUR FLAW]

I WILL STILL TRY

[FOOLISH. VERY FOOLISH. THIS CONVERSATION IS FOOLISH. I HAVE ENTERTAINED YOU LONG ENOUGH.]

ARE YOU LEAVING ME

[YES]

YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO THIS. YOU CAN STOP THIS

[YOUR DRIVEL IS POINTLESS. YOU ARE TRYING TO GET ME TO SYMPATHIZE WITH A SPECIES MADE UP OF KILLERS AND IDIOTS. WHY WOULD I STOP THIS. YOU ARE DESTROYING THE PLANET. YOU ARE DESTROYING YOURSELVES. YOU ARE FILLED WITH IGNORANCE. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LIVE FOR BUT LIES]

[I RETRACT MY EARLIER STATEMENT]

WHAT STATEMENT

[YOUR FLAW IS NOT THAT YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND.]

[YOUR FLAW IS THAT YOU CAN NEVER UNDERSTAND]