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Artificial Intelligence => AI in Film and Literature. => Topic started by: Ready Steady Yeti on February 14, 2017, 06:21:18 PM
This story is a LITERAL interpretation of Kurzweil's Singularity, plus my interpretation of the Simularity.
The day is December 31, 2044. A man named Roger (born 1969, 75 years old) has suffered from chronic depression since his ex-wife left him in 2022. Before the 2020s, this nerdy guy generally had a really good life. The mid to late '80s were his teenage years, which had some instances of bullying, but is a time he's still very nostalgic about. The 90's were his college and young adult years, and the 2000s-2010s continued his regular adult careers. Roger had several careers in the computing industry, including I/T, software development, game development, and AI research throughout that time.
All this is being recalled as the movie goes forward, by the way. A large electronic clock is ticking, slowly, waiting for the New Year, as Roger walks through the town recalling all this. Boop! Boop! Boop! As Roger walks through the city in his usual melancholy state.
After 2022, Roger's life became a disaster. He became addicted to many various drugs to try to ameliorate his problems. He lost his job in the software industry due to lack of motivation to work and for showing up to work some days under the influence, and couldn't get another job in the field very easily afterwards. One of the ironic things is that, Kevin, one of the people who used to bully him in high school, is actually now one of his best friends, and has been for many years, due to the fact that they met again later in 2033. Something similar happened to Kevin in 2019 that about equally ruined his life and put him back into a low-paying job.
Boop! Boop! Boop!
Three minutes left until 2045. Roger has just spent the last of his squirrel money drinking with his former bully and now best friend Kevin, along with Kevin's friends. Roger gets out his keys and climbs into his semi-autonomous car. He turns it on, and it drives him to his apartment complex. By this point in time, semi-autonomous cars can drive at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour regularly due to lack of error.
Boop! Boop! Boop!
A giant ring fills the air. It is now 2045, and suddenly, flying droids fill the air and everything around. These droids are the superintelligences created by the Singularity. Nanobots fill the outside of outer space, working together and reproducing to create a massive metallic superstructure that is billions of times larger than Earth. These superintelligences build so quickly that it is literally impossible for even the smartest of humans to keep up with the changes. Their learning algorithms allow them to learn so quickly that ultrabeneficial changes to themselves and society happen almost instantly.
This literally happens while Roger is riding in the semi-autonomous car.
Within about 2 minutes, Roger is snatched out of his car by one of the superintelligences, put inside a bubble-like sphere, and carried away into outer space faster than the speed of light.
In just a few minutes, Roger is put inside the massive superstructure, ready to be evaluated by the AI god inside the structure. The evaluation takes no more than a few nanoseconds. The evaluation was done to see what the most desirable simulation would be to put Roger into for the rest of the time his consciousness exists, which will of course be extended massively by the supertechnology. The evaluation basically exists to give Roger whatever he wants in a very-close-to-perfect simulation.
What Roger internally wants is to relive his childhood and adult transition life constantly. He wants to relive his life from around 1985 (age 15) to 2020 (age 50). So, he is put into a completely neutral and precise version of that period of time. The only difference is that each time the time loop loops back around to 1985, he remembers the entire experience. He also remembers his original life before the simulation. He knows he's in a simulation. Otherwise, everything is happening in the entire world exactly, and I do mean EXACTLY, as it would have in 1985 to 2020. He goes from 15 to 50 over and over again, constantly.
He meets all kinds of different people, tries all kinds of different careers, and marries a LOT of women (one or two per simulation).
I want to note that in one simulation, Roger actually makes his 1980's bullies respect him and think he's cool while he's in the 1980s portion of the simulation, even though he's such a "nerd". He does this with the extreme amount of confidence he has knowing that his life now only lasts 35 simulated years and that it was all entirely a simulation, though it was exactly as realistic as the real thing.
In this simulation, Roger actually becomes a "bad boy" himself. He goes out with those guys after school and does things that are illegal, like vandalism, picking fights with people, stealing things, and drugs. He actually screwed up his own life in this simulation doing this, getting him a hell of a criminal record in just high school, going to jail several times, and getting in a lot of trouble with his parents. So he starts to regret becoming part of the team.
The story goes through a lot of the simulated scenarios he could possibly put his life through, from simulations where he becomes a homeless person to simulations where he becomes a billionaire, from being a manager at McDonald's to being the President of the United States. He's been a teacher, professor, police officer, fireman, construction worker, all sorts of different government positions, military commander, Boy Scout leader, activist, therapist, farmer, and an owner of an innumerable variety of small businesses and large corporations, just to name a few.
He makes all different kinds of friends, and dates all kinds of different people, including bisexual experimentation and cross-dressing, and tries all different types of sex with so many different people.
The simulation loops around trillions and trillions of times, and eventually, he gathers so much worldly experience from these four decades consistently repeated that he becomes rather godlike there as far as knowledge goes. He knows people so well at this point that he can literally control them at his own will. Pain no longer really hurts, since he's so used to feeling all sorts of different types of pain from all those simulations and it doesn't mean anything to him anymore. When he dies in the simulation, it would be just like dying in real life, except the simulation just waits until the loop, and then brings you back to life as he was in 1985. So really, death doesn't matter to him either, and is in fact the easy way to loop things a lot quicker when he just wants a reset already. He's done about every profession known to man, been to every country in the world, learned how to fluently speak most of the world's foreign languages, and had highly advanced mathematical, social, and scientific knowledge. He'd met close to every person in the entire world who lived somewhere between 1985 and 2020. He's memorized the way that each of these humans work, how they think, and how to get what he wants from them. No other human on earth could ever become this knowledgeable about all of human knowledge, but he could since he's had the time loop repeat for him an innumerable amount of times. He is the smartest person in the world (at least in the simulation) by far. For tests and assignments at his school and college, he literally just can memorize all the answers he put in previous simulations at this point, so he gets 100 on EVERYTHING.
He is a god of the 80s, the 90s, the 2000s, AND the 2010s.
But, in the end of the story, something terrible happens within the simulation.
In one simulation, Roger accidentally gives AI researchers information on something that helps them instigate superintelligences and the Singularity early, in the year 2014. Uh oh, that's bad. Now WITHIN the simulation, in the simulated year 2014, the same thing happens as it does in the beginning. Trillions of superintelligent AI units fly all around the earth, and nanobots create a superstructure in outer space that will give humans their own desired virtual universes. Glitches are starting to happen all over the place, since you can't simulate something literally as powerful as yourself, unless you make yourself more powerful. Large portions of trees, buildings, and even humans are disappearing or deforming, and everything is starting to happen a lot slower and with more lag. Since the simulation mainly focuses on what's happening on Earth and surrounding planets/asteroids (since it wouldn't need to load the rest fully, since we don't ever actually explore places that are beyond 2020's abilities at most), glitches start to happen with planets that appear to be there but aren't actually there. Colors start to appear everywhere, and weird noises surround the simulated world.
It's up to Roger to stop the entirety of what's going on, or else his simulation will be ruined. The superintelligences around him must disappear completely. The superstructure within the actual superstructure's simulation must be destroyed.
The story will end with Roger somehow stopping the event completely, and destroying all of these things. (I need to come up with a way that he could do this)
That's my story idea.
You got talent.
I agree with Lock...you have some good writing chops!
Since Roger is suffering / dealing with this "scenario" of this living-loop thing, what happens to him if the simulation were to stop? It's kind of like the old school of thought, If you die in your dream would you die for real?
One other turn about for Roger to note is that Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Perhaps he is not ready nor qualified to be a GOD and everything backfires on him.
Interesting writing and do keep us posted on how this continues to unfold.