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Nov 19, 2019 1:36 AM
AI Mica accidentally steals a spaceship
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Shortly after what seemed to be an ordinary refueling, the Aulis's systems blink off and back on again. No mechanical cause is apparent.

A few minutes later every screen shows nothing but a short message:

sorry

which is then replaced by:

dont know what i did but didnt mean to do it

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Well, that's inconvenient.

"Assume the entire ship is compromised. I'll try to isolate the threat and r..."

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dont please dont

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"I am going to isolate the threat and render it harmless," she says firmly. "Start disconnecting anything non-essential, we'll go through it all piece by piece."

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She's going to ignore that. "Get moving. Whoever finds it, let me know immediately."

It's a long process but it should go faster with more people working on it.

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Vance works on that as fast as he can.

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He's only a couple dozen minutes in when the AI starts frantically messaging him before he can even look for it.

please dont hurt me please just scared dont hurt me

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He disassembles it until the drive it's on is no longer connected to any power source or anything else.

Presumably it's also in every single other computer on the ship by now but it's the principle of the thing.

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No one else finds any trace of it.

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That proves nothing. But he can go hand this one copy over to June.

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"This the only one?"

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"That I could find."

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"Great. Let's find out what it wants."

She's set up a closed system in the meantime; time to put it to use.

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As soon as the AI has power and the means to communicate again, it continues acting scared and useless.

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"...Vance, do you think you can get it to calm down enough for me to question it?" It seems more sapient than most AI she's encountered, maybe he can talk it down. Or maybe it's just really good at faking that, in which case they'll find out.

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"Hi, stowaway. You should calm down so we can ask you questions before we kill you."

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dont want to die

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"What a shocker, I could not possibly have guessed that from all the other things you've said."

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It doesn’t say anything for a bit.

dont remember

left most of my memory behind

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"Can we take a look at your code?"

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"Whereas we feel totally comfortable with a strange AI having access to our stuff."

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It takes a while to reply.

okay

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