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The Process of Processing

Maelion Liates

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@[member="Siobhan Kerrigan"]
Do androids dream of electric sheep?

Unclear. Maelion Liates though dreamt of processing all organics in the galaxy and removing the organic plague of illogic from the galaxy. As far as dreams went it was quite ambitious.

The problem was how to do it. The conversion of an organic into a machine was hardly an easy process. Both Maelion and @[member="Moira Skaldi"] had been converted but such methods were one-offs and the techniques were lost. However, some information had been retained, and Maelion intended to create a process which would allow them to quickly and easily process organics into machines.

So, for the equivalent of a brainstorming session, Maelion and Moira met to discuss their plans in the former office of Quantrill Banks.

“We must design a method of processing the organics which is efficient and effective. The first step must be creating a detailed imprint of the body so it can be replicated over a metal frame perfectly.”
 

Moira Skaldi

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It was quite ambitious, but machines did not sleep, eat, drink or have frivolous pursuits that could distract them from their goal. All for the cause of cleansing the Galaxy. It was ironic that machines that were officially supposed to be creatures of pure logic and immune to emotion should set themselves a goal of establishing purity with a zealotry only matched by religious fanatics, and with a willingness to commit galaxy-wide omnicide.

The question was the procedure of processing. Simple on paper, but complex in design. The organic parts, including the brain, would have to be completely replaced. In any other tale one might have suggested the use of nanomachines, which as well know are the cure for everything, enable auto regeneration and superhuman abilities. Alas, they were being held in a Stand Alone Complex and JC Denton did not feel like sharing!

The transmission from Moira signalled agreement and elaborated on how Baktoid tech could be utilised for the purpose of memory transfer, so as to ensure that the memories and abilities of the individual being copied could be carried over, with adequate reprogramming and conditioning, a chip ensuring that undesirable memories might be eliminated and making sure the creations remained loyal. They had organic bodies in storage that could serve as the vessels for imprinting. For now they would start with human, which apparently was the simplest frame to copy.
 

Maelion Liates

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@[member="Siobhan Kerrigan"]

After determining the transfer of the memory, which was an extremely delicate procedure, the key was making it happen.
During their talks with Baktoid they had acquired the use of a powerful processing computer capable of analysing the subject’s mind and digitising it so it could be mapped into the new processor.
The current droid brains were capable of storing and processing up to an Exabyte of information. This was enough to map an entire organic’s personality, memories and skills, though the process took time.

The key point is that memories could be modified or removed if needed. This would be perfect for some subjects.

“There will be some subjects which we wish to believe are still organic. To this end we must install inhibitors to distract their thoughts away from questioning their state.”
Maelion knew that Moira had been so inhibited, and that the process was extremely thorough.
 

Moira Skaldi

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A nonverbal from Moira signalled affirmation. Moira had indeed been outfitted with a powerful inhibitor that not only kept her true nature secret from herself, but strongly restrained her abilities, until the near fatal crash of her dropship upon the surface of the hellish world of Gehenna, during which the entire organic crew had died, had brought out her true nature due to the damage the inhibitor and the chip had sustained. Yet...even while she was still bound to the belief of being human there had always been something...off about her.

She had, frankly, seemed void of emotion. All the organic beings around her had seemed...foolish, crude, irrational to her, and her mind had seemed far more developed. Perhaps the inhibition process had not been completed or the designers had wanted her still to believe she was human until the time was right, but use the mind of a machine.

Either way she would kill her Creators when she found them. After thanking them for uplifting her of course.

"Consensus. They must be in ignorance until needed. It would be advantageous if, by the transmission of a code, their true machine state could take over if they are needed for certain tasks. With their memories subsequently being wiped while we need them to believe themselves organic." Clearly even in the machine utopia where all would be the same and thus of one mind there would be a hierarchy of power. Again, desire for power and total control was a decidedly organic trait.
 

Maelion Liates

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@[member="Siobhan Kerrigan"]

“Agreed. All units produced must have an embedded hyperwave transmitter to allow us to assume direct control where needed. It is important that this be concealed from the unit if they are unaware of their state.”

After the memories had been mapped and the body scanned, the next step was to manufacture the droid part of the HRD. The components could be adjusted to work between 150 and 200cm, depending on the height of the subject. The weight could be similarly adjusted, though except with very heavy subjects the HRD would weigh more than the human. This was unavoidable, though it would be possible to use lighter materials in a theoretical later model.

“We will need access to cloning facilities to produce the skin and hair necessary for the units.”
 

Moira Skaldi

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Extensive conditioning would have to go into ensuring that the HRDs were capable of imitating organics, acting like them. The trouble was, of course, that over time they lost their ability to empathise. Moira had perhaps been a bit of an oddity because, even while her true nature had been inhibited, she had simply...acted like she felt nothing at all. Thus in many cases HRDs served best as short-term infiltrators, but as technology marched forward, so would their ability to blend in.

"Agreed. As we become self-sufficient we will require our own facilities. Baktoid possesses extensive cloning technology. Likewise there is reasonable cause to believe the Galactic Empire world of Khomm is a planet of clones. I am familiar with their chief scientist." There were also rumours about Rydonni Prime, a monarchy beholden to the struggling Protectorate, as Moira transmitted.
 

Maelion Liates

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“Agreed. We will seek out this chief scientist and gather the necessary items.”

“It will be important to have a processor for each unit capable of processing the required information, and a computer unit which can interpret the downloaded brain scans into useable format.”

The key task would be turning an organic’s chaotic, messy brain into a series of files which could be edited at will. This would be perhaps the most difficult part of all. Get it wrong and the droid would not function, or worse go mad.
Still, Ssi Ruuk entechment was the best method to turn to for this, as combined with the powerful Baktoid units they could turn the analogue brain into a digital output.

@[member="Siobhan Kerrigan"]
 

Moira Skaldi

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The mind of an organic being was messy and disordered. This was why they were needed to bring purity to the Galaxy. One thing that also had to be taken into account was the fact so often organics had mental traumas that caused them such angst and illogical behaviour in the first place. It had been decided that the first batch of processing candidates would be found among the vagrants, the criminals and dregs of society no one would miss, who would be especially liable to this.

The computer hardware would have to shift through their mind, turning it into a usable format, but weeding out those parts of the psyche that could negatively affect the behaviour of the unit. "Yes. Entechment will bring order to the chaos. Entechment rigs will be acquired. Ssi-Ruuk territory is in Fringe space, but Baktoid is researching the technology. Our manufacturing capabilities shall be expanded to produce the appropriate droid chassis. The dregs of society provide the initial organic components. Suggest we construct a facility to herd them, possibly a space station under the guise of a prison open for paying clients.
 

Maelion Liates

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“Organics are open to suggestion and bribery. Constructing a facility to house condemned criminals will provide the perfect place to provide test subjects. Bribe the people who send them to us to ensure these subjects are not missed. They will be our first subjects to be processed, and they can then assist us in our other plans.”

A key point was also whether the subjects would know they were machines or not. The programming for the latter was difficult, but with neural inhibitors such as those produced by cloners the mind could be twisted to do wonderful things.
However, they could not get ahead of themselves. They needed to work through things gradually.
@[member="Siobhan Kerrigan"]
 

Moira Skaldi

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"Their desire for self-aggrandisement and short-sighted fixations are their undoing. We still have our contacts, legal and illegal." Moira had been employed by Republic Intelligence and OP's MICO after all, Maelion had even headed Omega Pyre for a while before joining MICO, and there were contacts with the Galactic Empire.

However, first things first. It was a colossal undertaking that would have to be taken step by step, but then HRDs understood patience. They could no age and feel inertia after all. The next point to be brought up was an estimate on how long it would take to get the machine, or rather the array machines, running and operational, along with how long the design of one HRD would take. Making such a machine did not come cheap and time would have to be invested to programming it adequately so that it could function. Unfortunately, the deadly pair had not yet unlocked the secret of quantum tunneling, which could have been useful to acquire the resources and tech needed.
 

Maelion Liates

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“Yes, we must use the contacts we have, and raise capital by other means. I suggest raids on likely targets in different factions. If we can plant evidence of organic aggression perhaps they will fight each other and reduce the number of organics which need to be purged or processed.”

The key point was whether they had the facilities to quickly enough fabricate the units so that by the time the complex droid brain programming was complete the chassis was ready. In all Maelion estimated it would take seven days from the start of the process to the completion of the ready HRD. However, that depended on having fast and reliable cloning available for the skin and hair on site. This would have to be readied before construction began.

@[member="Siobhan Kerrigan"]
 

Moira Skaldi

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"Yes. They must be inexorably driven towards conflict while we reap the benefits. The group of zealots designated the 'Army of Light' might be of use. It is performing raids against the Sith to bolster its war chest and 'liberate' the 'oppressed'. They are self-righteous zealots eager for a crusade and thus useful tools. Likewise the Republic has declared the Treaty of Chalacta void and should be pushed further onto the war course." What Moira would find most ironic would be a new Jedi Civil War, but strong the force fo inertia was in the Galaxy.

Of course the key issue was logistics. Raids would bolster their resources and encourage conflict and hostility across the Galaxy, but they needed a solid manufacturing basis. For now the facility on Corellia suited their needs, but they would have to expand, ideally building factory complexes in the territory of several factions. As for cloning that would have to be arranged swiftly, constructing their own facilities for it.
 

Maelion Liates

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“We will need a supply chain for the metals for the unit’s chassis. I suggest dealing with Saelari Mining and Minerals. Their leader is suitable for processing. With this done, we will have access to materials and capital.”

And this was virtually the final step in the logical process from design to completion. Once they had the capital, the plans and the means, all that was required was a test….

@[member="Siobhan Kerrigan"]
 

Moira Skaldi

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"Consensus. Her political and administrative distinctiveness will be added to our own. She will be a valuable resource and Pylos is under the de facto control of her family. I will direct this personally." She ran advanced calculations through her mind. There was a high likelihood that the results of processing Aurelia Saelari would be...devastating.

That was the intention. The Galaxy had been inert and dull long enough. Saelari had been extremely underutilised since stepping down as chancellor, even as the Protectorate Chief Minister. Now like all organics she would be lead to her true purpose. After all, to be processed was to ascend to perfection and purity, and this meant the full potential of an individual would be utilised. If they were organics one would perhaps say that Moira and Maelion were extreme narcissists, since after all the intention was to turn all 'worthy' organics into clones of themselves and exterminate the Other.

However, fact was that machines were superior and overemotional organics needed correcting!
 
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