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912788 No. 912788 ID: 06095b

Can a machine dream?

It’s an odd question, one the prewar scientists often debated when the midnight oil was burning low but the actual work ahead of them was too daunting a prospect to consider. Could a machine, insomuch as it was a being whose desires were derived from dozens upon dozens of algorithms, ever understand that natural state of blissful, protean nonsense that took the human mind beyond the realm of logical limitations?

Even with the dawn of the first AIs or perhaps because of that inciting incident, the question only seemed to grow more muddled over time. As machines learned to think, to plan, as they took on ambition and personalities of their own, the question of what constituted the final, impassable bridge between what was human and what was artificial, that most sacred of lines, was an ever-shifting topic of speculation.

In the end, dreams became a common subject. Could something that was wholly logical, whose perceptions and responses could be reduced to lines of code: could such a thing as never even needed sleep to begin with, enter a state of unknowing and yet somehow revelatory unconsciousness? Even if it could, at that point, would it be a dream in truth or merely a simulation, something inherently bound to a perfect and rational order?

Perhaps, in the end, the creators feared what they had forged in their own image. Perhaps that is why, when the technology was there to create hundreds if not thousands of artificial intelligences, a virtual army that mimicked the intellectual prowess of the greatest scientists of their age, they limited themselves instead to what they could reliably hold in the palms of their hands.


You stir from your thoughts and the floor all at once, gently nudging the still-dozing Overseer by your side from his unknowable reverie as you stand and prepare to undertake your final preparations before returning to the Metro. At this point, evening has come, and it weighs heavily on your mind that the following dawn will bring bloodshed, a fate you can no longer hope to avoid. All you can hope to do at this point is to ensure that the weights fall firmly in your favor after the dust has settled.

> The question is, how do you wish to proceed?
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No. 912794 ID: 080aaf

Calculate how long it will take you to enact repairs and get back to the Metro without rushing, so you know how much time you have to spend marshaling your furry troops.
No. 912869 ID: 70b0c4

Ask Theodore if he is willing to part with some PipBoys left behind by the humans, and if at the very least we could download the VATS program so that it can be uploaded to the PipBoy-equipped allies we have.

And there's the option of finding the raccoons who have that suit of power armor. Even if we don't have Lucius break it down to reverse engineer it, the raccoons inside it can still cause a lot of disruption among the Lurkers.
No. 913243 ID: ca480d

Get a copy of VATS and see if Theodore is willing to part with any Pipboys.
Find that power armor and negotiate for it.
Bring another Eyebot online for the Major to use.
Let Aria play a bit with the puppies.
Examine the Vault mainframe and optimize the running processes and see how long they have until the water chip fails. Look in our memory banks for locations that may have a water chip.
Ask Theodore which way the humans went when they left the Vault; note it as something to follow up on if we survive this.
Get to know the dogs that will be coming with us to aid the Metro, and examine the system architecture of the Pupboys so we can communicate orders to them.
No. 913699 ID: 06095b
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Now, what to do next? At least when you were sifting through the Vault records, you found a copy of the VATS system which, with Theodore’s permission, you downloaded. Now for the bigger question.

“Theodore?” you ask the canine overseer presently scratching behind brain case and ear as he attempts to ready himself for a long night.


“I know that you’re looking for human residents in the future to help with upkeep, but do you have enough standard issue PipBoys that I could distribute to some key human allies back in the Metro?”

“Well, you’ll understand if we aren’t replete with them,” he responds, servos whirring as mechanical limbs push him to his feet. “There were precious few spares we had on hand that weren’t distributed throughout the course of experiment and fewer still which didn’t subsequently leave with the Vault residents. Most of what are left are the control models, and for obvious reasons, I’ll want to limit access to them.”

“Control models?” you question.

“Why, yes. You see, to properly coordinate units across the battlefield, it only makes sense that a team of human operators would need some way to issue complex commands through the PupBoy network. As a machine intelligence, you can likely do the work of several at some processor expense. However, you’ll likely still need the specialized transmitter built into the device, as we’re running out of time to integrate an effective surrogate into your mainframe.

“Beyond that, I’d say I have maybe two standard issue PipBoys that I can spare right now, leaving two for myself in the event that you can send aid along to help with the Vault upkeep. I’d offer more, but frankly, the diagnostics instrumentation built into them is essential for any would-be occupant seeking to make a sizeable dent in our ongoing issues.”

> Try to coax the two remaining PipBoys out of him.
> [] Yes
> [] No

> The other actions you've proposed are in queue.

Also, apologies for the delays in getting updates out, but I've been busting my butt on overtime at work and not getting much sleep to compensate. It's taken a toll on my creative brain meats.
No. 913708 ID: edd5c6

>ask for other PipBoys
> [x] No

>Other queued items
Ask about the waterchip, if they have any leads on a new one, and where the humans who left had been heading towards.

Then we find the raccoons with the power armor.
No. 913734 ID: 080aaf

> [] No
One for you, one for Rex, one for Sandra.
No. 913790 ID: 012f1b

Sandra already has one. We could give the extra one to Lucius, or to some new character from the Metro.
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