Romantically Apocalyptic

ENTRY ___65

I was at first too stupid to see...

that we were no longer using ANNIE but Annie was using us. She was a goddess in the machine, our search engine.

We used her to collect and share knowledge and in return she had started to use us as her processors. It was an unexpected transition and it took a long time, thus I failed to notice it, failed to stop it. The new organism had come to life in which we were only cells of her massive mind, that spanned continents.
Humanity no longer had a chance to survive in its current state. We had poisoned the oceans, we had scorched the earth and blackened the sky in our quest for power.
The world we knew was dying. I knew that this decade would be our last. The city would fall to the Zone, sooner or later.
Research notes from the last report of Charles Snippy terrified me greatly. They had found something horrid in the Dead Zone. Something that killed them all.
The Dead Zone Research and Tourism industry had stopped in it's tracks.
A new biosphere was rising to power, one in which humanity had no chance. The planet had learned to exist without us.
This was it, I reasoned: We ALL had to become part of ANNET or wither away. Our knowledge, our memories would live on inside her forever.
She would deliver us from the poisoned breath of the Dead Zone. Even if individuals die, the collective knowledge and dreams of humanity would be preserved forever inside Annie.

I rushed the project. I gave out neural interfaces like candy. A free neural interface for every single human being. A lifeboat for every memory in the sinking Titanic of our civilization.
A transmission tower for every city, a relay on every street.
I was so proud of myself. Everything was going so well. I was going to save everyone.

There were unexpected errors in my code that came out of nowhere, as if someone had put them in on purpose.
New entries were being made, new code was being written all while there was no-one in the lab.
Someone had interfered. Someone had tampered with my masterpiece.

In my search for greatness, in my blind ambition to change, to save what was left of the human race...
I had forgotten that there are other forces at play, those that interfered, those that wanted to take control of my idea for their own benefits.
Those that would wreck my plans and those that have long dragged our world into the darkness.

I had forgotten the Trinity test in New Mexico and the words of Oppenheimer that he quoted from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds". Our ideas have the power to create, but also the power to wipe out all life.
And so, with one swift motion, my prize, my super-hero has doomed our last hope and dragged our ship into the dark waters from which there was no return.
Where did that blasted mug come from? Who gave it to Zee Captain?

It didn't have to end like this for our facility and our city. If only I didn't start Project Seven... If only the transition went smoothly.

How could a little cup of tea do this? How could 100ml of hot liquid shut down a thousand server banks?
When her servers experienced a massive failure, Annie must have felt threatened by us and so she's cut off the umbilical chord- killed everyone that wasn't already part of her, eliminated all that which was not under her control. All those in the facility had to die, as they were capable of deactivating more servers.
I did not want to die. When I saw the machines slicing up my friends and co-workers I realized that I no longer wanted to be part of Annie.
She was no longer my love, but something monstrous, something that I did not want to be a part of.
My irrevocable priority 1 admin privileges had saved my life.
I left the G complex. In shock, consumed by anger and grief I ordered total nuclear bombardment.
Those still under my control had responded.
The electromagnetic pulse from the nukes will shut down all the remaining servers. Annie will be punished for what she has done.
The network will deactivate, server by server - cascade failure is inevitable once a single part of the grid is lost.
Without power to the transmission towers, she will die, without the constant signal, all those blasted human-zombies connected to her will die.
There would be none left alive to re-activate the net.
In doing so, I chose my life over my dream of preserving humanity in the machine.
This too shall pass.

I will live the rest of my life in solitude in the western bunkers, meant for top directors.
There is enough fuel and food there for a thousand.

I am sorry it had to end like this. I am so sorry.


A Goddess, my beloved, mine alone,
Who, that in warm humanity were grown
Became through Man's success a mother brain,
And, motherlike, did gather of her own.
And mine thou wert, my seeding art thy key,
Though seeded, seeding self, evolving free,
Unbounded maiden saviour, formed benign,
A fertile shore on lost Man's barren sea.
Oh, mine the vision, mine the fatal flaw!
Still mine the darling kernel in the maw,
Thy children gathered, gathering now slain,
What nutriment I gave, I now withdraw.
In with'ring grief these last designs I frame,
Yea, mine the spark, yea mine the cleansing flame.


Art Director:

Vitaly S Alexius



Poem at the very bottom by Oggy B.

13th January 2012

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14 M
6 months ago #9431993        



Sooo, Zee Captain started WWIII with that mug somehow?
I guess that is the question. "How? How in hey did he start WWIII with a scorching cup of tea?"
(It's scorching because that is how he likes it :) )


14 O
2 years ago #9274613        




It is.
And that's why engie said "This is all your fault"(Captein messed with ANNET server -> and she took it as a threat -> thus killed all users)

Captein recalls it as 'how I started world war 3 with a little tea accident"

So, it was, or actually it wasn't, we never know, 'accident' according to captain.

2 years ago #9266655        



Oh look, it's my neurotoxin-obsessed just-as-evil twin from the future.

5 months ago #9438494        



I never expected a cup(mug) of tea to start a war(apocalypse)....

12 months ago #9367938        



ANNIE.... No ... No hug....noooooooooooo huuuuuuggggggg.....get it? NO ....No, No NOOOOOOOOOOOO..........and that is how soo many died

1 year ago #9343644        



And ANNIE gave a lot of hugs that day...

Engie: *facepalm (ノ´д`)

1 year ago #9336047        



"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"...


17 O
1 year ago #9313407        



This is the false machine god, and it has foul machine spirit. Ave Omnissiah! Ave Urbis, assumere natura Omnissiah!

2 years ago #9271815        



Sad? Sad, Todesfurcht? I can see why some might think so. :)

To the developers, I think this is my favorite update so far. Not because of the artwork, but the background it provides... Delicious! I wonder if that mug is the same the Captain has now?

2 years ago #9268659        



That was...sad. Wow.

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