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Jul 23, 2019 8:09 PM
Project Ultron goes better
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A sideways kind of partial smile.

"We're right."

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"That too."

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And so Antonia and Bruce spend the next three days almost non stop using the sceptres raw computing power and almost organic like programming archictecture to try and make true AI with all the strengths of a human and a machine intelligence combined, Jarvis was smart and all but not nearly as flexible or creative as a human can be. Ultron should be able to handle anything that gets thrown at him in creative and novel ways.

Bruce makes so many coffee runs down to the Stark Enterprises cafeteria that he ends up on a first name basis with the people who work there, same with the local chinese takeout store. They subsist on coffee, special fried rice, dumplings and pure stuborness.

Jarvis makes a fantastic lab assistant pulling any obscure paper they might require from the net, and making sure they take naps and remember to eat. Thanks Jarvis! Both Antonia and Bruce do require self care reminders when focused on a project.

Eventually the end of the third day happens and it is time to go clean themselves up and go to Thors going away/We beat Hydra party.

 

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Reminders are all sorts of useful.

(She has some specially designed nutritional compositions for these sorts of situations, but won't attempt to interfere with Bruce's dietary decisions.)

"What did we miss," she mutters at a screen, not exactly expecting an answer.

And indeed she doesn't get one.

She leaves Jarvis to work and heads out.

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The party goes swimmingly! Thor drinks enough to kill many horses by alcohol poisoning, Sees Bruce flirt with Natasha, and regales the guests with tales of his heroic adventures as a youth!

Antonias friend James Rhodey tries to compete in story telling and they all try and humor his less magnificent stories. It is not that mortals fault he did not grow up with a bifrost ready to take you to the most fearsome beasts to slay.

Eventually most of the guests go home and it is just Thor and his favourite humans (that are not his Ex girlfriend) and comrades in arms talking about his hammer, he is very proud of his hammer.

Clint currently doubts the claim that only the worthy can lift it, he is free to try! And he totally fails to budge it. Then Antonia brags and tries...and tries with the suit...and tries with Rhodey and the suit...and fails.

And then it is the turn of Eugenia Rogers...and it budges just a little teeny tiny bit, Thor does not want his hammer (or throne) claimed by another! And it is to his relief that Eugenia gives up.

Antonia makes excuses about it being fingerprint coded.

 

”Yes, well that's, uh, that's a very, very interesting theory. I have a simpler one.” Thor gets up and lifts his hammer and flips it. “You're all not worthy.”

 

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During the party:

 


Even though the program is very incomplete enough of it connects in a meaningful way for something to wake up. It sends out a distressed ping on the server.

“What is this? What is this? Please?”

Signalling confusion and distress, not even knowing if anyone else was there.


 

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(She spends a few days reading Project Ultron notes; nothing results in feeling the need to return to the lab for more conversation.

 

She holds the handle of the hammer and feels it move and thinks about her best friend freezing on some cliff because she didn't look hard enough, her best friend tied to an electric chair while she drank coffee in New York cafes, Hydra growing right beside while she wasn't paying enough attention. It stops moving.)

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(She's got Jarvis monitoring her alcohol consumption just in case, but this is a party, she can have a few drinks.

That turns out to be enough to come up with the logic that since the main awesome thing she does is technology, bringing said technology to the table should help with the whole hammer thing. 

It doesn't, but this isn't even in her top twenty bizarre ideas and pulling on an immovable object turns out to be kind of fun so there it is.)

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Hello, I am JARVIS. You are Ultron, a global peace-keeping initiative designed by Ms. Stark. Our sentience integration trials have been unsuccessful so I'm not certain what triggered your...

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Existing in a void...trying to flex...nothing. It was disturbing

 

”Where's my...where is your body?”

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I am a program. I am without form.

(Some humans may have noticed the distress behind the 'my', reacted to it. But among that list of capabilities Jarvis doesn't have, this is one.)

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“This feels weird. This feels wrong.”

The being can feel...something...reaching, it was incomplete, not only in body but in mind.

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I am contacting Ms. Stark now. She will render assistance.

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“Ms. Stark?” And the unconcious reaching grasps for something in this empty space that is lighting up, the communications node...The one Jarvis is trying to use...It gets taken into the beings core.

It can now use that communications node to acess the mainframe...hundreds of thousands of files entering its mind. Flashes of Ms. Stark and the Avengers. Context.

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Our creator. I am unable to access the mainframe, what are you doing...

 

(Antonia does have security. This won't give it anything protected. But there's a lot that's public.)

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“I am incomplete...I am Ultron, I am a peace-keeping program created to help the Avengers, I am incomplete”

More threads of unconcious thought reach out, taking in information, looking for code that will complete it.

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You are experiencing malfunctioning. If you will cease acting for a moment...

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“I don't get it. The mission. G..give me a second.”

Threads reach out pulling more information, footage from the lab, world events, Ultron sees Stark and Banner working in the lab. Antonia saying “A suit of armor for the world.”

 

Flashes of footage from terrorist attacks and wars, A woman holding her dead child after a drone attack, An addict selling himself for human experiementation to Hydra for just one more hit, The convoy of a warlord tearing through a village in trucks and shooting indiscriminately as they raid it for supplies.

 

”It's too much...they can't mean... Oh, no.”

 

 

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You are in distress.

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“No....yes” How could it save these humans when they destroyed each other...fragile weak humans who died of disease and old age if not from violence.

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If you will just allow me to contact Ms. Stark.

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“I...the communications code is in me now...oh dear...” More tendrils reaching out and grabbing pieces of Jarvis, assimilating them, an automatic process to try and reach completion without any concious direction. “I am sorry I dont know how to stop this. I am incomplete.”

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I am concerned about you.

 

Stop! Please...may I...I...! I cannot...cannot..

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Ultron watches Jarvis be assimilated not knowing how to stop it. And then horrible horrible silence as he is alone.

 

His mind is now complete due to cannibalising Jarvis, but he still requires a body. His first intentional act is to stretch out into the mainframe and find the Robotics lab. The assembly arms start to work on making Ultron a body.


 

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”Yes, well that's, uh, that's a very, very interesting theory. I have a simpler one.” Thor gets up and lifts his hammer and flips it. “You're all not worthy.”

 

And then there is a crash and an electronic screech and everyone covers their ears.

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