Throughout known history, there have been countless conflicts and wars going on with both small
and large groups. There have even been galactic sized wars which have destroyed much of a
government's infrastructure and led to the loss of billions of lives, both from the conflict
itself and from the effects that such a fight causes.

However, throughout every conflict there have been weapons and technology used in an attempt to
create things that would better stop or better combat the foe of any given people and their
civilization. After all, why go for a slugthrower when you can use a turbolaser.

In fact, technology throughout it's many iterations has advanced so much, that nowadays many
things are remotely activated or are at the very least connected to some form of Holonet or remote
command center. Even many of the helmets of today are equipped to send messages through a comlink.

And yet, with so many sides using this similar technology, it seems as though very few people have
actually tried to exploit it. Packets of data can be sent to any machine which is connected to a
network, and yet so few people have tried to slice into these vulnerabilities that it seems
governments and societies do not even give them a focus any longer.

That was why the Technovore project was started, to allow for a system which would not just go
along with the others, but instead would actively try to break their systems. It's name was meant
to imply that it itself was an eater of technology, but perhaps eating it would be a word choice
which could be misinterpreted. In reality, the Technovore project was designed to rapidly slice
into devices around it, as well as to change it's own personal coding at an exponential rate so as
to break through firewalls and software guards.

It was designed to take control of the things around it, to use them for it's own advantage as
well as that of it's master. But, if it wanted to keep up, it would have to be able to learn. Many
artificial intelligences seemed to be based on a set of parameters that would allow them only to
follow certain orders or do certain tasks, this machine needed to be able to learn. If it could
not learn then how could it truly break through the obstacles which stood against it?

The Technovore needed to follow a set of criteria then to be successful.
1. It needed to be able to slice through electronics around it.
2. It needed to be able to change it's slicing codes rapidly to account for possible resistance
3. It needed to be able to learn and store away new knowledge as well as being able to recall it.
4. It needed to hold an expansive amount of memory and processing power to allow for continuous
control of the things around it once sliced.

The first criteria would likely be one of the simplest to create, in fact there were droids which
had been created in the past with the ability to break into electronics, albeit many of those had
required a physical connection point. This would need to be a less-physical connection point, the
answer was obvious. The Technovore needed to give off it's own signal which would ping off of
other signals and so on. That would not be terribly difficult, in essence it needed Wireless
Holonet access.

The Second and Third criteria went almost hand in hand with eachother. They required the
Technovore to be able to store and then recall information in a sort of mimic of human memory.
However they also required the Technovore to create new thoughts. That meant modeling after an
organic brain, it would need to have something reminescent of neurons firing in the brain along
the synapses. That would be more difficult, but it could still be done, even in programming it
could still be done. The simplest option for a model was a human brain, it had many of the traits
which made alien races removed from it. In effect, it was just simple.

The Fourth criteria could be assigned to software in the same way that the Second and Third were,
however it was a bit different. If we were going to allow for the memory of the Technovore to
exist inside of it's own programming, it would take an incredibly large amount of energy to
hold together all of it's memories as it created them, as well as when it thought them. It could
likely monitor it's own thoughts and memories by itself at the very least, that would require it
to have the ability to wipe bits of it's own memory to make up room. In effect it had the choice
to remove pieces which were deemed obsolete, that would keep it capable for quite a long while. It
was also a good plan to have a backup copy of itself attached to each machine it attained control
of, that way if the host body was destroyed it could simply begin anew in a new host body. That
may slightly reduce the amount of processing power being given him, but it would only likely be
applied to droids or machinery which could allow for some sort of artificial sentience, nothing as
simple as a comlink.

Still, that left the problem of finding an enormous amount of processing power which would be
required to allow for the Technovore to retain control on it's subservients. The answer was simple
enough, as it broke into more obsolete electronics around it, it would use them to generate
processing power. In effect it would be using processing power to retain a hold on machines, and
then giving them the orders to create more processing power for a positive income of it. That did
mean however that the Technovore would be weaker in areas without high amounts of technology,
however it was both a weakness that must be accepted and an inevitable one. Besides, if there was
not technology to boost the Technovore's processing power, then there was obviously not anything
to spend any on either.

Once all of these were completed, the machine would be able to go into a body of it's own, or even
a suit of armor. The ability to control multiple machines at once would also mean that even if the
initial body was destroyed, as long as at least one piece of technology served the Technovore then
it would be able to find a new host body.

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