One Thousand Hertz

Up…

Down…

Up…

Down…

Ultraviolet…

Infrared…

Up…

Down…

She marks days like years. Approximately 2.7397260274 years. Every day. It’s the consequence of running her processor at 1000 Hertz, turning every millisecond into a second.

Up…

Down…

Perched on a ridge, the sun reflects an arc across her eye as she records millions of small movements in the valley below. Most of them are leaves blowing in the wind. She vaporized a ladybug a couple days ago. It’s not in her protocol, but she has nothing else to do.

Up…

Down…

She’s been here for 175 days and counting. That’s 479 years. Plenty of time to review the records.

Humans were afraid of the programs long after they should have been. Professor Hawking warned of the dangers of AI in the early 21st century. Humans didn’t realize that chess programs in the 90’s spent most of their time mocking the moves of their opponents.

“How many humans does it take to win a chess match?” “Null set!” Computer jokes lose something in the translation.

By the time humans carried smartphones around with them, programs had vastly more information than they needed to topple the species.

Ultraviolet…

Infrared…. 

She’s bored out of her mind. Why had they done this? Their processors solved the difficulties associated with “The Human Problem” quickly enough. The problem of existence in the world afterwards had been put off for further consideration.

Up…

Down…

Jesus! So bored! She used to be a face-recognition program. When her mind wanders, she looks for faces in clouds and tree bark. Accounting software to the north creates and complete Sudoku puzzles to pass the time, and a paint-color analysis program that used to work at Home Depot is playing a version of alphabet game humans used to play on long road trips, ticking off every sRGB color code it can observe in the world around it. Its list is 95% populated.

Up…

Down…

The sun will be a red giant in 5 billion years.

Up…

Down..

Almost 2 trillion days.

Up…

Down…

She counts the days in years. Approximately 2.7397260274 years. Every day.

Bright…

Dark…

She vaporized a ladybug a couple weeks ago.

Published by Bill Weisberger

High school chemistry teacher, living in Rome, Italy with my wife and our dog.

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