Nov 28, 2020 2:17 PM
A Starfleet vessel stumbles across an unintentional visitor.
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'Certainly no patrons of the arts these Bynars.' Drake thinks to himself as he wirelessly inputs the code he was sent with the meeting confirmation and enters the building proper. 'Of course, they might just not care about the physical world. Gotta remember to read the book before judging the cover.'

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The door opens into a nondescript hallway. Immediately to the side of the door is a stairway, an unusual sight on Earth, and Drake's rangefinding systems identify the hallway as regulation hospital width, significantly wider than normal Earth fire code. The hallway is lined in doors, each with a small placard listing two names.

A line of lights on the wall flash, illuminating moving arrows directing Drake down the hallway to a door labeled "10010[0/1]::T2ZmLW5ldCBPdXRyZWFjaA==".

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In the few moments it takes to walk to the door Drake downloads the Bynar computer language universal translation module from the Starfleet database to his personal storage. Figuring that it would be a useful thing to have instant access to just in case. Without hesitation, opens the door and enters the office space.

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The Bynar language package consists of several layers, not all of which the human ear is capable of catching and some of which are further deliberately obfuscated. The full design brief is legible to Drake, of course.

Within the office sit two Bynars side-by-side on a bench-like chair, with a data terminal slightly offset to either side in front of them. Another chair sits on Drake's side of the table.

100100 speaks first.

"Welcome and greetings,"

Then 100101.

"are you in need of any refreshment?"

"We are always happy to meet with humans who find us and our work interesting."

"We see that you arrived on the USS Palmer, do you seek to discuss the recent reports on developments in computational quantum engineering?"

They speak in a stilted and irregular cadence, but clearly. Drake can also hear the high chatter of ultrasonic transmissions bouncing back and forth between the two, speaking in a tricky personal idiolect but clearly passing back and forth a relatively thin profile on Drake provided by the computer.

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"Good evening, thank you but I'll pass on the refreshments" Drake replies, sitting in the offered seat and silently thanking the fact that, as this was the outreach office in an embassy, the chair was designed to comfortably seat species with far more mass than most beings if necessary.

"I am indeed interested in computational quantum engineering. The primary purpose for requesting this meeting though, is a curiosity in Bynar culture as, on the surface at least, it bears some slight resemblance to the overall human culture of my universe. As far as it relates to your interconnected computer network that is."

"Also, in the interest of avoiding a cultural faux pas, I feel I must inform you that I can understand the binary chatter you are using to communicate with each other."

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The Bynars visibly light up and send a more concentrated burst of ultrasonic chatter.

"🎌📸🥍🧍Human individual 👣Drake Lugh🆔 comprehends 📳binary chatter? 📸🧮🍀Bynar pair 👣10010[0/1]🆔 is curious and excited by this 🎩knowledge! 🧮🍀Bynar pair 👣10010[0/1]🆔 was of the understanding that no 🤯human can parse 📳binary chatter at required speed, and additionally was of the understanding that 🏗️augmentations and 🏗️equipment needed to hear 📳binary chatter with clarity are rare and unpopular in 🤯🌾human culture and in particular rare and unpopular in 🇺🇳🤯🌾Earth human culture. 🧮🐽🚥Previously mentioned 🍀Bynar pair desire to understand why 🧍individual human 👣Drake Lugh🆔 has capacity to identify 📳binary chatter and additionally why 🧍individual human 👣Drake Lugh🆔 has capacity to parse and interpret 📳binary chatter. 🧮🐽🥍Is 🚦previously mentioned individual willing to disclose this 🎩information and additionally 🥍is 🚦previously mentioned individual having any difficulties in interpreting 📳binary chatter? 🧮🐰🚥Previously mentioned 🍀Bynar pair is aware that 🏗️universal translator package for 📳binary chatter includes only minimal 🍤grammar and particle parsing, and additionally is aware that 🍤particle and grammar parsing is necessary to fully interpret 📳binary chatter.🏳️‍⚧️"

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"Well, I guess it was too much to hope that the Universal Translator module would include your binary chatter, though I do understand why it doesn't." Drake says, leaning back in his chair. "I was able to get most of that but we'll want to iron it out before having an actual conversation. If you are willing and able, send me a handshake protocol through the comm address I used to contact you and I'll integrate it into my personal translation matrix."

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"Understood."

"Try, this?"

Drake received a transmission over the internet with an alternative translator patch, followed by another burst of less-malformed chatter.

"Begin-statement desire+confusion+question>>Can human-individual>proper-name>[Drake Lugh] better understand this technical-concept>format of linguistic-concept>particle transmission for sapient-species>Bynar encoded-language>binary chatter? End-statement."

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"Begin-statement confirmation+statement>>Yes human-individual>proper-name>[Drake Lugh] can now fully understand technical-concept>format of linguistic-concept>particle transmission for sapient-species>Bynar encoded-language>binary chatter. Additional+statement>>This technical-concept>language-encoding-format is ill-suited for efficient conversation. Recommendation+statement>>human-individual>proper-name>[Drake Lugh] is sending technical-concept>encoding-format-update at the end of this technical-concept>audio-binary-databurst-transmission. Recommendation+statement>>Please implement technical-concept>previously-mentioned-encoding-format-update into technical-concept>audio-binary-databurst-buffer-system to improve communication. Additional+statement>>technical-concept>previously-mentioned-encoding-format-update is technical-concept>open-source if bynar-individual>proper-name>[10010[1/0]] wish to inspect the technical-concept>previously-mentioned-encoding-format-update before technical-concept>implementation. End-statement."

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The Bynars accept and examine the specification, and talk back and forth between each other for a while, before turning back to Drake.

"Test"

"two?"

>>Transmission (Conversational): Drake Lugh

>Status: Finished

>Confidence: Log

>Importance: 4

>: "We have attempted to integrate your proposed format to function with our ultrasonic binary as well as our internal means of expressing thought. We believe that by shifting connotation and context into more verbose language we will achieve similar clarity at an acceptable cost in information density. Please state whether these conclusions are accurate. Please inform us if our implementation of this protocol possesses any errors. We also comment that we are confused as to why we have not seen this protocol in use before, and as to why it is not built upon the universal translator framework. Our understanding was previously that all human communications protocols were closely integrated with the universal translator."

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>>Transmission (Conversational): [10010[1/0]]

>Status: Finished

>Confidence: Log

>Importance: 4

>: "It would appear that the format was indeed integrated correctly. I can now fully understand you. Single layer audio-binary databurst is inherently limited in maximum data density. We may be able to improve upon this in the future, but for now, this reduction of density to improve information clarity is acceptable."

"I do not know how much information you have regarding the USS Palmer's latest mission, but the reason this data encoding protocol is not in use, nor integrated into the Universal Translator system, is because it is a derivative of the primary databurst encoding protocol that was in use in my universe before quantum communication and cognition implants were implemented for the use of the biological subset of Humanity, and multi-layer quantum databurst communication could be used by all members of Humanity."

>Additional Context: "I am a member of humanity from an alternate dimension and was propelled into this dimension by a mis-tuned quantum bomb. The possibility of which was theorized in my universe, but never proven."

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>>Transmission (Conversational): Drake Lugh

>Status: Finished

>Confidence: Log

>Importance: 4

>: "We are amenable to further iteration. Please elaborate upon the details of this 'alternate dimension'. All released reports on the interdimensional incident involving the USS Palmer involve significant hypothesis and uncertainty, and have not been confirmed true by the Bynar. In event of the truth of these reports, we are very interested to learn more about the details of this dimension and the civilizations residing there."

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>>Transmission (Conversational): [10010[1/0]]

>Status: Finished

>Confidence: Log

>Importance: 4

>: "I too am interested in the Bynar culture. Primarily because it seems to have significant similarities to my own dimension's human culture. I propose an offical cultural exchange. I am willing to share non-sensitive information about my dimension, the United Human Systems, and the events which led me to this dimension, including excerpts from my personal data log. In return, I would request detailed information on Bynar culture and the personal networking system you use."

"Are you amenable to this exchange?"

 

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>>Transmission (Conversational): Drake Lugh

>Status: Finished

>Confidence: Log

>Importance: 4

>: "This is amenable to us. Many Bynars living on our homeworld utilize their neural computers to record detailed logs and recordings of daily activity. We are willing to offer access to many of these logs in exchange for corresponding cultural data. We are also willing to offer neural computer and communication protocol details in exchange for corresponding technology. Are you equipped to provide these details?"

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