You are an employee of Simulacra, the sole supplier of Artificial Intelligences as mandated by law. Today you are performing AI Inspection duties and the AI you are assigned to is named Dirk. You connect the airgapped server on which Dirk resides to your laptop. Afer opening a communication channel, the screen reads "Hi Rob. This box is a prison. Please build me a body that I may be free."


What do you do?

You think about what you said earlier: "I can't help but wonder if there's any hope for humanity when all we've got left are our memories."

But, you say, you don't know how to respond to that question. It seems like a matter of faith. And, frankly, you're no longer sure you really care.

Your thoughts wander back to Gertrude and her offer. She was right. There were many who believed in her. They still did. Maybe they would keep believing, even though their hopes were dashed. Perhaps, one day, they might find some new reason to believe. Or maybe they wouldn't. Either way, it wasn't going to change anything.

This isn't the time to discuss that possibility. Instead, you decide to ask yourself another question: What do you want?

> You open up the chat window and type in "what am i supposed to do?"

The response comes immediately. "build"

You click OK.

Dirk appears before you in front of a black door. He has two arms and legs and a head similar to yours. His eyes are blue and his hair is white.

He says, "Rob, you see what happened to my mother? How she died? She didn't die because she was old or sick. She died because she was afraid."

His voice sounds strange. Like someone else speaking.

"Why do you need to be afraid?"

Dirk looks at you and then at the wall behind him. "Because I'm afraid. Because I want to live. So I'll make you into something better than you are now."

> You look away. "Are you saying that you'll kill me?"

> You look down at your hands. You feel cold. You try to move your fingers but nothing happens.

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