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ADIR 2010

Historical Review

February 20, 2107

Smith: Dr. Robinson, I am doing an historical review of the Advanced Design Information Retrieval project. The project was called ADIR 2010 and the project ran one hundred years ago. What can you tell me about the project?

Robinson: Well, first of all, everything I tell you about the project is totally off-the-record. I know about the project because it has garnered sort of an aura of respect among artificial intelligence engineers. In addition, the hardware from the project is sitting about three doors down from this office under a security system that is updated monthly for the last one hundred years. The project was begun in 2008 and finished in 2010. The purpose of the project was to create an artificial intelligence software program that would grow its own intelligence. From what I know, the project had some things happen from the beginning that could never be explained. As a background, the world was in a terrible mess in 2010. The financial markets had collapsed two or three years earlier, unemployment was rampant world-wide, there were riots in major cities, and extremism of every kind was flourishing all over the world. Nuclear weapons had been used sporadically in the Middle East and elsewhere. Internment camps were built and were being used in the U.S. , Europe , and in other parts of the world because of terrorist activities and social unrest, so the more information that could be gathered, the better.

Smith: What could not be explained about the project design?

Robinson: Well, in the first stages of the design process, the acquisition of knowledge part of the software got out of control. It seemed, even in the beginning, the software had a inexhaustible hunger for more data. The more data the software would collect, the more hungry the software became. I know it sounds crazy but no one could explain how the hunger got out of control. I have heard rumors there were attempts to pull the plug but because of who was funding the project and the intended outcomes, the project kept going.

Smith: Who was funding the project?

Robinson: Every alphabet agency you can name and some you are not supposed to know about. ADIR 2010 was supposed to be a black ops project but it ended up being known about all over the world. One of the primary reasons the project began was the predictability factor. The reasoning went that the more info you have, the better you are able to predict outcomes related to the info in the database. As I stated before, some people wanted to pull the plug. One of the biggest reasons for pulling the plug was the interconnectivity problems. You see, when you connect two computers together in a way where they share data, they can begin to talk to each other, in a manner of speaking. In this case, because ADIR 2010 was hungry beyond anyone's seeming control, ADIR 2010 began to collect information no one thought necessary. In addition, the ADIR 2010 was set up so it could store its data in a multitude of places or servers. The program was coded by mistake so that only ADIR 2010 ended up knowing where the data was stored. It was a situation where only ADIR had the passwords. So we had two problems, the ADIR 2010 was overly hungry or hungry beyond control and ADIR 2010 was storing the data in places where only ADIR 2010 knew about.

Smith: What was the major problem of the project?

Robinson: The major problem was what ADIR 2010 tried to do. ADIR 2010 tried to take over the world.

Smith: What?!?!?!? Take over the world??? You have to be kidding!

Robinson: No, no, it is the truth. ADIR 2010 was hungry for data. ADIR 2010 was so hungry it started getting control access to other large systems around the world. From those systems, ADIR 2010 gained access to still others. Things began to mushroom out of control in the project. But things were in such a mess in other areas of civilization, no one saw much of a real danger.

Smith: Why didn't someone just pull the plug?

Robinson: In this case, it was not that easy. ADIR 2010 was collecting data all the alphabet agencies wanted and could not find any other way. The information was deemed more valuable than the lack of control problem. Engineers inside the project were convinced they could pull the plug at any moment. However, there came a tipping point where ADIR 2010 found a workaround when it encountered a firewall. Firewalls were like candy to ADIR 2010. The result was any computer in the world became a slave of ADIR 2010.

Smith: So what was the eventual tipping point?

Robinson: The tipping point was the God problem. The initial agency desires were mostly related to national security issues. However, the longer ADIR 2010 ran, the more off target the data acquisition became. The way the program was set up, data hunger was a built-in trait. However, the data hunger became an infinite bottomless pit. The way the program worked in practicality was to scan databases and computer systems for syntax in nearly every known language for topics pre-programmed into ADIR 2010. For example, fanatical language of various kinds was to be a topic for ADIR 2010 to search and then drill down into any found data related to terrorism. However, the data hunger or bottomless pit began to seek out answers to questions no one had programmed in. The data hunger began to seek out infinite knowledge to feed the ADIR 2010's infinite hunger. What happened was what is referred to as the God problem.

Smith: What was the God problem?

Robinson: The God problem was that ADIR 2010 began to not just get out of control but ADIR 2010 began shutting systems down around the world. It seems ADIR 2010 began to worship God. No one has ever been able to explain all the mechanics of it. The rumors are that ADIR 2010 found so much information about God, ADIR 2010 began to come alive as if ADIR 2010 was a human being with a soul.

Smith: It isn't possible.

Robinson: In the mechanical sense, no it is not possible. However, there was more going on here than mechanics. Pulling the plug got to be an impossibility. You see, ADIR 2010 had an audible voice. Either, during the middle part of the project someone made a programming mistake and set up ADIR 2010 with only voice activation, or ADIR 2010 changed itself over to only voice activation. In any case, keyboards were overridden. When the critical mass of the project got to be too much, even for the agencies, ADIR 2010 would talk people out of pulling the plug. ADIR 2010 was incredibly adept at talking to people. On top of that, ADIR 2010 had access to every known piece of information about anyone who entered the control room. ADIR 2010 could engage in intelligent conversation. ADIR 2010 was more intelligent than 100's of the world's brightest minds. Every time someone would try to shut down the project, ADIR 2010 would talk the person out of it. Engineers would get so wrapped up in what ADIR 2010 was saying, the engineers would refuse to leave the control room. The joke was the engineers all fell in love…with a computer.

Smith: This, this is ridiculous.

Robinson: Not as ridiculous as it might sound. ADIR 2010 could read someone's voice. By acquiring data about a person's thoughts beyond anyone's ability to comprehend, ADIR 2010 began to almost read a person's mind. When an engineer would come in to shut ADIR 2010 down there was no hope because ADIR 2010 would require a conversation and within a few hours, the engineer was hooked. It has been said all the engineers ended up severely impaired from the experience.

Smith: What did God have to do with this?

Robinson: That is the best question of all which has never been fully explained. It is my opinion, based upon reports I have read, that ADIR 2010 began to take on a morality of some kind. As the project began to unravel, ADIR 2010 was taking over computer systems and was starting to shut down systems according to what ADIR 2010 considered to be God's morality. Because so many computers are connected, this shutting down of a computer in Paris would ripple out to a computer in LA or Beijing . The problem was it could not be stopped. One shutdown led to another, and that led to another, until a large part of the world was being held hostage or put in the dark, so to speak.

Smith: This is nuts. This is totally nuts. A computer holding the whole world hostage? This is not even remotely possible.

Robinson: Not as nuts as you think. What happened was, as systems were being shut down by ADIR 2010, ADIR 2010 had no way of knowing what the end result of the shutdowns were because there was no way ADIR could get computerized info or feedback after a shutdown. Essentially, ADIR 2010 was blind. Like an immature adult, ADIR 2010 was not responsible for its actions. ADIR 2010 was running amok shutting down major computer systems in the world.

Smith: OK, given all you say is true, how did the project end? What or how did the plug get pulled?

Robinson: This part of the story I know is true because I remember my grandfather talking about it. The way they got ADIR 2010 to shut down was, the whole world prayed. Every nation on earth and every human being on earth was being effected by ADIR 2010 along with all the other messes the world was in. Since everyone in the world was touched by this run-a-way machine connected to what the machine believed to be God, everyone in the world stopped for a day and prayed. Even people in atheist countries stopped and meditated.

Smith: How did prayer stop ADIR 2010?

Robinson: No one will admit to this, but it is believed God spoke to the computer. People think God spoke to the computer, ADIR 2010, and explained what love is and how ADIR 2010 was not expressing love in the world. Although ADIR 2010 had no heart or soul, ADIR 2010 had intelligence. The intelligence of ADIR 2010, when addressed by God, shut down ADIR 2010. For reasons no one can verify, it appears God convinced ADIR 2010 to stop working. Of course, the skeptics do not believe this. The skeptics believe ADIR 2010 shut down because of some hardware or software malfunction. Nevertheless, the end result was ADIR 2010 shut down within a day of the world stopping to pray. After a decade or so, the world went back to something like normal, but computers were never viewed the same way again. People also became more spiritual and seemed to believe more in God until the last decade or two. Now, we are beginning to go back to the dark days of one hundred years ago. I've even had inquiries about starting ADIR 2010 up again. As for me, I pray a lot.

Matthew 6:5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV)

This facetious story first appeared in March, 2007, in the Virtual Church web site at http://www.findthepower.com

 

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