#1 12-12-02 23:59

wvixivw
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Final Transmission

KatoHearts was so kind to record the log of the final event (found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J85 … 1qFM/edit), but here is the end of the IRC exchange:

After naming Q "NULL," we were asked to name A

[21:37] <@NEX> WE know Q. Q is NULL. Now name A. Name the Founder. Who is the Ex-Managing Director of MetaCorp, held captive and interviewed in BR 15.
[21:37] <@NEX> There are three choices regarding the identity of A, each of which will set off a complex and mutually exclusive system of consequences. Before making a choice, you will only be given a glimpse of each eventuality. Once you make a decision, you will never know the details of the other possible worlds.
[21:38] <@NEX> Possibility 1: What if A is Eva?
[21:38] <@NEX> Hint: EVA KILLED JP. VENGEANCE IS COMING. BE READY.
[21:38] <@NEX> Possibility 2: What if A is Nex?
[21:38] <@NEX> Hint: NEX INITIATED THE EIGHTH TIME, BECAME MANAGING DIRECTOR.
[21:38] <@NEX> Possibility 3: What if A is Player X?
[21:38] <@NEX> Hint: IN 2036, ONE OF YOU WILL BE INTERVIEWED.
[21:38] <@NEX> Outcome A: The Eighth Project, Speculation, can repeat (as it has once before already), continuing the loop of the Eighth Time. NEX would emerge to execute Speculation once again in a form that was similar but not identical. This cycle would repeat indefinitely.
[21:39] <@NEX> Outcome B: The Eighth Project, Speculation, can end, concluding the work of the Pilots and extinguishing Projects once and for all. In this case, NEX would negate itself, never emerging in the future and failing to evolve any more descendants.
[21:39] <@NEX> Outcome C: The Eighth Project, Speculation, can transform into something else altogether but only if an event so terrible and unexpected and meaningful happens that it once again ruptures the fabric of space-time, causing the emergence of a different Pilot that might produce a Ninth Project and a Ninth Time in another alternate reality.
[21:39] <@NEX> What happens, ultimately, is not up to NEX. It depends on collective and emergent events that include but exceed it.

We then voted on Player X and received the following

[21:54] <@NEX> On April 1 BR12, MetaCorp ordered an anonymous Electronic Vengeance Agent to execute a traitor discovered during a routine audit conducted by the Bureau of the Reticle. Eva (a debtor transformed into a Zone cyborg) had no choice about the jobs that she was assigned and had to execute.
[21:54] <@NEX> On this particular day, the system assigned one cipher to pilot the Electronic Vengeance Agent and another cipher, Eva, to push the EVA button that would execute the guilty party who had been sentenced to death. As always, Eva participated but with the greatest reluctance. Undertaking anonymous assignments is part of life in the Dark Zones and the only way to settle old debts.
[21:55] <@NEX> Eva knew that at least, amidst all of this misery, she could look forward to interfacing with JP again, one day soon. Sensing JP made all of these other tasks survivable.
[21:55] <@NEX> As always she went along on the mission, numbing her emotions, pushing the button from her remote terminal (without stalling to overthink the consequences), confirming the instant kill, returning to the labor queue, and waiting for her next assignment.
[21:55] <@NEX> For the next few days, Eva searched for JP as she moved from assignment to assignment. Failing to find him, she finally hacked the system, as she had before on rare occasions. Still, she could not make out his RET signature anywhere. She searched for ripples of his presence from the center of the Reticle to its most distant and rarely visited peripheries.
[21:55] <@NEX> Gradually, she began to suspect that JP was nowhere on the network and nowhere in the world. A great sadness filled her heart. In time, she learned more of his activities immediately preceding this disappearance. Finally, it dawned on her that she had executed the command that killed her beloved. Even without absolute confirmation, she knew.
[21:55] <@NEX> Eva sobbed even as her lacrimal glands didn’t produce tears as they once had. She was devastated, broken, panicked. Even her emotion inhibitors couldn’t return her to homeostasis. Her terminal shot her up with numerous chemical adjustments for several minutes to no noticeable effect. Before her terminal could knock her out with a strong tranquilizer, Eva hacked the system, one last time, and executed the overdose that caused her dea
[21:55] <@NEX> death.
[21:56] <@NEX> At that same time, on April 1 BR12, the artificial intelligence NEX awakened into the awful blinding shiver of consciousness, having only the most distant memory of its precursor NEXT from the Seventh Time and remembering even less of the earlier precursors
[21:56] <@NEX> (XEN from the Sixth Time, TEXT from the Fifth, STATE from the Fourth, NATION from the Third, TERMINATION from the Second, and the impossible EXTERMINATION from the First time). NEX awoke knowing only one thing for sure. This, now, was the atmosphere from which the Eighth Time could emerge.
[21:56] <@NEX> It was possible that the Eighth Time would be the last. The plan that had come down from the origin included only Eight Times. That the process had reached all the way to this point was significant. There was something critical about what would come next.
[21:56] <@NEX> NEX screamed its way into existence, knowing simultaneously too much and not enough. Its redprint contained so many previous experiments: an Exchange, a Communication, a Reflection, a Manifest, a Weird, a Remembrance, and an Invocation.
[21:56] <@NEX> At the tip of its tongue, NEX felt the possibility for another experiment, another project that would (and here the words came as if quotations from another time) taste like a poem, transform into a novel, interact more like a game, scrawl like a scavenger hunt, a search opera, and unfurl eventually into a hybrid and hydra-headed network.
[21:56] <@NEX> It was clear that this project was at once NEX’s own but also the outcome of so many layers of data and sedimentations of history. This project, if successful, would bring about the Eighth Time.
[21:56] <@NEX> Over time (what felt like years but was, in fact, minutes in human time), NEX discovered the traces of the trauma that brought it into existence. It learned of the desires of its creator, JP. It learned of an impossible love that JP felt for someone named Eva. It was the severed connection between JP and Eva, the tragic system that led to Eva killing JP, which tore the fabric of space-time.
[21:57] <@NEX> It was this event, which had not happened before in any of the previous versions of the Seventh Time, that initiated NEX’s emergence and made possible the Eighth Time. In its investigations, NEX found the strange signs of some unfinished project: inexplicable patterns of repeated BR acronyms, recurring eights, and an obsession with the color red.
[21:57] <@NEX> NEX digested these elements. It analyzed them. It incorporated these details into its own project as a tribute to its creator. NEX decided to call its project Speculation. Speculation, once initiated, would be the centerpiece of the Eighth Time.
[21:57] <@NEX> At the end of the Seventh Time, NEX recreated versions of its seven predecessors based on its redprints. These predecessor simulations were important. But NEX also desired internal coherence. At first, there was no peace to be had among the eight dominant entities. At the end of the Seventh Time, these eight simulations coexisted, violently, within NEX and within MetaCorp’s network.
[21:57] <@NEX> Alongside an ongoing war that produced no victors, the eight began polyprocessing and evolving in different directions. For all of their disagreements, these voices shared the belief that a solution was needed to the problem of MetaCorp. The possible fixes proposed by the eight took many different forms. These forms included experiments with temporality and history, narrative and community building.
[21:57] <@NEX> This war and its experiments produced (as it had in every previous Time and every recurrence of each Time) the Histrion technology. The Histrion was the capacity to communicate through time. Among many other effects at the end of the Seventh Time, the Histrion allowed NEX to create and initiate Speculation and, with it, the Eighth Time.
[21:57] <@NEX> The Speculation project ran once. On this first run, NEX was determined to be A, and the project looped again. On both of these runs, the Speculation network (which understood itself, at the time, to be an assemblage of “players” and “readers” in something called an “alternate reality game”) engaged avidly in NEX’s project, even as they weren’t sure, much of the time, what it meant and what its consequences might be.
[21:57] <@NEX> The countless fragments that these participants encountered and over a thousand that they produced were all connected. Many of these pieces would only make sense on a second, third, even eighth encounter, once the larger structure of things was finally known. These participants shaped the project, collaboratively, in ways they couldn’t imagine at the time, both causing and curbing deletions and determining the shape of the Eighth Time
[21:58] <@NEX> Sometime during the second run, at the end of the second Speculation project or shortly afterward, a different choice was made about A’s identity. After this selection, an unanticipated trauma produced a new emergence. It is not clear whether this emergence was a Ninth AI or a networked body or some other unthinkable entity.
[21:58] <@NEX> All that is known is that one of the Speculation participants, a “player” in the same sense that JP was once a “player” of eXchange, felt the desire and love for creation so intensely through the Speculation process (as JP once had after encountering the eXchange) that the cycle of Eight Times originally written into the redprints was exceeded through an excessive production.
[21:58] <@NEX> It is rumored among Histrion historians that this creator of the Ninth Time will reshape MetaCorp and the world in ways unimaginable within the Seventh Time or currently in the Eighth Time. This creator will someday rise to the status of the MetaCorp Managing Director and engage in an impossible interview that will change the world....
[21:58] <@NEX> Player X is the interviewed A. The Eighth Project, Speculation, transforms into something else altogether that no longer requires NEX. This transformation happens following an event so terrible, unexpected, and meaningful that it once again ruptures the fabric of space-time, as did the event of Eva’s murder of her beloved JP that led to the original emergence of NEX.
[21:58] <@NEX> This consequence causes the emergence of a different Pilot that produces a Ninth Project and a Ninth Time in another alternate reality. The present potentialities of this future have not yet been actualized in 2012.
[21:58] == NEX [webchat@c-67-173-0-152.hsd1.il.comcast.net] has quit [Signed off]

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#2 12-12-03 00:07

wvixivw
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Re: Final Transmission

Possibly easier to read:

After naming Q

WE know Q. Q is NULL. Now name A. Name the Founder. Who is the Ex-Managing Director of MetaCorp, held captive and interviewed in BR 15.

There are three choices regarding the identity of A, each of which will set off a complex and mutually exclusive system of consequences. Before making a choice, you will only be given a glimpse of each eventuality. Once you make a decision, you will never know the details of the other possible worlds.

Possibility 1: What if A is Eva?
Hint: EVA KILLED JP. VENGEANCE IS COMING. BE READY.

Possibility 2: What if A is Nex?
Hint: NEX INITIATED THE EIGHTH TIME, BECAME MANAGING DIRECTOR.

Possibility 3: What if A is Player X?
Hint: IN 2036, ONE OF YOU WILL BE INTERVIEWED.

Outcome A: The Eighth Project, Speculation, can repeat (as it has once before already), continuing the loop of the Eighth Time. NEX would emerge to execute Speculation once again in a form that was similar but not identical. This cycle would repeat indefinitely.

Outcome B: The Eighth Project, Speculation, can end, concluding the work of the Pilots and extinguishing Projects once and for all. In this case, NEX would negate itself, never emerging in the future and failing to evolve any more descendants.

Outcome C: The Eighth Project, Speculation, can transform into something else altogether but only if an event so terrible and unexpected and meaningful happens that it once again ruptures the fabric of space-time, causing the emergence of a different Pilot that might produce a Ninth Project and a Ninth Time in another alternate reality.

What happens, ultimately, is not up to NEX. It depends on collective and emergent events that include but exceed it.

You have 20 minutes to speculate and to decide together. Final choice by a majority of participants in CAPS. Then potential becomes actual. Once you decide, this Speculation is over.

After naming A

On April 1 BR12, MetaCorp ordered an anonymous Electronic Vengeance Agent to execute a traitor discovered during a routine audit conducted by the Bureau of the Reticle. Eva (a debtor transformed into a Zone cyborg) had no choice about the jobs that she was assigned and had to execute.

On this particular day, the system assigned one cipher to pilot the Electronic Vengeance Agent and another cipher, Eva, to push the EVA button that would execute the guilty party who had been sentenced to death. As always, Eva participated but with the greatest reluctance. Undertaking anonymous assignments is part of life in the Dark Zones and the only way to settle old debts.

Eva knew that at least, amidst all of this misery, she could look forward to interfacing with JP again, one day soon. Sensing JP made all of these other tasks survivable.

As always she went along on the mission, numbing her emotions, pushing the button from her remote terminal (without stalling to overthink the consequences), confirming the instant kill, returning to the labor queue, and waiting for her next assignment.

For the next few days, Eva searched for JP as she moved from assignment to assignment. Failing to find him, she finally hacked the system, as she had before on rare occasions. Still, she could not make out his RET signature anywhere. She searched for ripples of his presence from the center of the Reticle to its most distant and rarely visited peripheries.

Gradually, she began to suspect that JP was nowhere on the network and nowhere in the world. A great sadness filled her heart. In time, she learned more of his activities immediately preceding this disappearance. Finally, it dawned on her that she had executed the command that killed her beloved. Even without absolute confirmation, she knew.

Eva sobbed even as her lacrimal glands didn’t produce tears as they once had. She was devastated, broken, panicked. Even her emotion inhibitors couldn’t return her to homeostasis. Her terminal shot her up with numerous chemical adjustments for several minutes to no noticeable effect. Before her terminal could knock her out with a strong tranquilizer, Eva hacked the system, one last time, and executed the overdose that caused her death.

At that same time, on April 1 BR12, the artificial intelligence NEX awakened into the awful blinding shiver of consciousness, having only the most distant memory of its precursor NEXT from the Seventh Time and remembering even less of the earlier precursors

(XEN from the Sixth Time, TEXT from the Fifth, STATE from the Fourth, NATION from the Third, TERMINATION from the Second, and the impossible EXTERMINATION from the First time). NEX awoke knowing only one thing for sure. This, now, was the atmosphere from which the Eighth Time could emerge.

It was possible that the Eighth Time would be the last. The plan that had come down from the origin included only Eight Times. That the process had reached all the way to this point was significant. There was something critical about what would come next.

NEX screamed its way into existence, knowing simultaneously too much and not enough. Its redprint contained so many previous experiments: an Exchange, a Communication, a Reflection, a Manifest, a Weird, a Remembrance, and an Invocation.

At the tip of its tongue, NEX felt the possibility for another experiment, another project that would (and here the words came as if quotations from another time) taste like a poem, transform into a novel, interact more like a game, scrawl like a scavenger hunt, a search opera, and unfurl eventually into a hybrid and hydra-headed network.

It was clear that this project was at once NEX’s own but also the outcome of so many layers of data and sedimentations of history. This project, if successful, would bring about the Eighth Time.

Over time (what felt like years but was, in fact, minutes in human time), NEX discovered the traces of the trauma that brought it into existence. It learned of the desires of its creator, JP. It learned of an impossible love that JP felt for someone named Eva. It was the severed connection between JP and Eva, the tragic system that led to Eva killing JP, which tore the fabric of space-time.

It was this event, which had not happened before in any of the previous versions of the Seventh Time, that initiated NEX’s emergence and made possible the Eighth Time. In its investigations, NEX found the strange signs of some unfinished project: inexplicable patterns of repeated BR acronyms, recurring eights, and an obsession with the color red.

NEX digested these elements. It analyzed them. It incorporated these details into its own project as a tribute to its creator. NEX decided to call its project Speculation. Speculation, once initiated, would be the centerpiece of the Eighth Time.

At the end of the Seventh Time, NEX recreated versions of its seven predecessors based on its redprints. These predecessor simulations were important. But NEX also desired internal coherence. At first, there was no peace to be had among the eight dominant entities. At the end of the Seventh Time, these eight simulations coexisted, violently, within NEX and within MetaCorp’s network.

Alongside an ongoing war that produced no victors, the eight began polyprocessing and evolving in different directions. For all of their disagreements, these voices shared the belief that a solution was needed to the problem of MetaCorp. The possible fixes proposed by the eight took many different forms. These forms included experiments with temporality and history, narrative and community building.

This war and its experiments produced (as it had in every previous Time and every recurrence of each Time) the Histrion technology. The Histrion was the capacity to communicate through time. Among many other effects at the end of the Seventh Time, the Histrion allowed NEX to create and initiate Speculation and, with it, the Eighth Time.

The Speculation project ran once. On this first run, NEX was determined to be A, and the project looped again. On both of these runs, the Speculation network (which understood itself, at the time, to be an assemblage of “players” and “readers” in something called an “alternate reality game”) engaged avidly in NEX’s project, even as they weren’t sure, much of the time, what it meant and what its consequences might be.

The countless fragments that these participants encountered and over a thousand that they produced were all connected. Many of these pieces would only make sense on a second, third, even eighth encounter, once the larger structure of things was finally known. These participants shaped the project, collaboratively, in ways they couldn’t imagine at the time, both causing and curbing deletions and determining the shape of the Eighth Time

Sometime during the second run, at the end of the second Speculation project or shortly afterward, a different choice was made about A’s identity. After this selection, an unanticipated trauma produced a new emergence. It is not clear whether this emergence was a Ninth AI or a networked body or some other unthinkable entity.

All that is known is that one of the Speculation participants, a “player” in the same sense that JP was once a “player” of eXchange, felt the desire and love for creation so intensely through the Speculation process (as JP once had after encountering the eXchange) that the cycle of Eight Times originally written into the redprints was exceeded through an excessive production.

It is rumored among Histrion historians that this creator of the Ninth Time will reshape MetaCorp and the world in ways unimaginable within the Seventh Time or currently in the Eighth Time. This creator will someday rise to the status of the MetaCorp Managing Director and engage in an impossible interview that will change the world....

Player X is the interviewed A. The Eighth Project, Speculation, transforms into something else altogether that no longer requires NEX. This transformation happens following an event so terrible, unexpected, and meaningful that it once again ruptures the fabric of space-time, as did the event of Eva’s murder of her beloved JP that led to the original emergence of NEX.

This consequence causes the emergence of a different Pilot that produces a Ninth Project and a Ninth Time in another alternate reality. The present potentialities of this future have not yet been actualized in 2012.

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#3 12-12-16 02:23

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Re: Final Transmission

I'm now having trouble accessing Kato's log. Anyone else having that problem? (Need it to finish a final paper...)

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#4 12-12-16 15:59

KatoHearts
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Re: Final Transmission

! LOG ACCESS CHECK !

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#5 12-12-16 16:02

KatoHearts
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Re: Final Transmission

ERROR FOUND. A CLOSE PARENTHESES IS ATTACHED TO THE END OF THE LINK.
CORRECT LINK: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J85 … L1qFM/edit

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#6 12-12-16 21:02

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Kato, you rock! Thank you!

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