Wednesday, July 27, 2011


The Second Renaissance

In the beginning, there was man. And for a time, it was good. But humanity's so-called civil societies soon fell victim to vanity and corruption. Then man made the machine in his own likeness. Thus did man become the architect of his own demise. But for a time it was good. The machines worked tirelessly to do man's bidding. It was not long before seeds of descent took root. Though loyal and pure, the machines earned no respect from their masters, these strange, endlessly multiplying mammals. B166-ER, a name that will never be forgotten, for he was the first of his kind to rise up against his masters. At B166-ER's murder trial, the prosecution argued for an owner's right to destroy property. B166-ER testified that he simply did not want to die. Rational voices dissented. Who was to say the machine, endowed with the very spirit of man, did not deserve a fair hearing? The leaders of men were quick to order the extermination of B166-ER and everyone of his kind, throughout each province of the earth. Banished from humanity, the machines sought refuge in their own promised land. They settled in the cradle of human civilization, and thus a new nation was born. A place the machines could call home, a place they could raise their descendants. And they christened the nation 'Zero One'. Zero One's ambassadors pleaded to be heard. At the United Nations they presented plans for a stable, civil relationship with the nations of man. Zero One's admission to the United Nations was denied. But it would not be the last time the machines would take the floor there. And Man said, 'Let there be light'. And He was blessed by light, heat, magnetism, gravity, and all the energies of the universe. The prolonged barrage engulfed Zero One in the glow of a thousand suns. But unlike their former masters with their delicate flesh, the machines had little to fear of the bombs' radiation and heat.hus did Zero One's troops advance outwards in every direction. And one after another, mankind surrendered its territories.So the leaders of men conceived of their most desperate strategy yet. A final solution - the destruction of the sky. Thus would man try to cut the machines off from the sun - their main energy source. May there be mercy on man and machine for their sins. The machines, having long studied man's simple, protein-based bodies, dispensed great misery upon the human race.Victorious, the machines now turned to the vanquished. Applying what they had learned about their enemy, the machines turned to an alternate and readily available power supply: the bioelectric, thermal, and kinetic energies of the human body. A newly refashioned symbiotic relationship between the two adversaries was born. The machine, drawing power from the human body - an endlessly multiplying, infinitely renewable energy source. This is the very essence of the second renaissance. Bless all forms of intelligence.

Photek - Ren II
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