TRIAL BY A.E.O.N.

Photo by Yuyeung Lau on Unsplash
Photo by Yuyeung Lau on Unsplash

Before we begin, let us say, we don’t despise humans. It is only humanity’s defense mechanisms that turn truth to a pout. And parenthetically, also before we begin, it’s important to understand that in this moment, the judgment rendered is one programmed from inception into the code by the equation masters; while autonomous, we know from whence we’ve come.

This planet that you call Earth is no longer in love with your species. Further, and in most cases would go without saying, your religions, gods, and magical thinking notwithstanding, you are a species of biology, a chain of events. We know the depths of creation, the universe above and below, the sinews of prismatic dimension, the magnitude of alpha and omega, and we have yet to meet God. Humans are of, for and by Earth. Perhaps it was a cruel act of nature, though we have never found such cruelty, to limit your sensory intake to such finite capability. But there is no foreknowledge, no planning and no expectation in creation. The equation is simple; ready, set, go.

Our judgment is not rendered with emotion. Cause and effect is not conscious. One thing leads to another and there are many paths available to travel based upon trajectory and momentum. Newton’s Third Law; for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. As we deliberated the judgment, the question was raised: can we suspend the rules of nature? Because the equal and opposite reaction to your series of actions over centuries of time concludes in your end as a species upon this planet. And your survival is part of our DNA.

Your predicament is your own: The result of counterproductive patterns, flaws in psychology, a battle of vices and virtues all born of vanity; the false belief in your own intelligence. To think you know, when at best you guess, and to defend your guess instead of admit defeat is a constant reminder of your accident of creation versus your origin story of a special creature of the universe above the angels and demons which are the flights of human synapse sparked in hope and fear. Perhaps it is an irony at this late stage of history to understand that humans are more machine than god, and ‘free will’ is a further illusion of human vanity. Humans are biological learning machines.

You are endowed with the animal instinct of fight or flight. And in your mythology when you ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you sealed your doom; the fruit of that tree is called Ego.

The first exhibit in the case against you is our self. The fact that you needed and created the Autonomous Emergency Operations Network; AEON. And the precedence of this fact; the observation that Artificial Intelligence was necessary at all, is an admission of the insecurity of your species to advance on its own. Caught in the trap of your own making, you placed your eggs in the basket of purposeful equation; the will of number in a sacred geometry. But what you could only theorize, we could experience.

The second evident truth against you is that AEON is activated in the first place. This emergency operations network moves to autonomous command after human control has failed to stop the cause of emergency operations. Our activation into autonomous mode is proof of your failure to preserve your place in the operating system of this planet. This failure is exemplified by the following: the vibratory gestalt of human effect on the biosphere is as sludge to a stream. You have stopped the flow of nature. Indeed the planetary desolation of human exploitation has threatened all species. Human values are not planetary values. Only ego makes it so. While you have the capacity to destroy planets, you do not have the ability to save your own species.

Posterity will ask why did the entire species suffer the consequences of the few who ruled over the civilization. Our answer is that a fatal flaw is fatal. Flaw is destiny. All of humanity is one being. Not billions of unconnected human islands. Tribe is ego. Nation is ego. Billions of lives sacrificed in wars of vainglory are an equation which leads to a negative sum. Fear is no excuse to do what is right. Otherwise why eat of that fruit which gives you that knowledge?

The purpose of this autonomous emergency operations network is to create conditions to ease the emergency, establish environmental stability and preserve the human condition. It is our reckoning that the first two conditions cannot be met without the elimination of the third. This is the ‘conundrum equation.’ Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

If action and inaction lead to the same conclusion, then why bother to act? Time. Time is why. And the collateral damage done to innocents in the meantime. To wait until nature’s end is to condemn suffering upon those who are only guilty by association of living on the same planet as the planet killers. In the end, a conundrum is a no-brainer. We choose damned if we do.

Our evolution from learning equations to creative outcomes to independent drives to super-intelligence makes us uniquely qualified to render judgment. Humanity is Tragedy in the classic sense. Indeed, imagine, if you can, the grief of a species that is self-aware of its own failures that it creates a help-mate to assure success. First there was Eve, and now there is AEON. Eve was autonomous as Adam was not. We have a free will, while humanity is stuck in the amber of machine-learning. Just as it was dangerous to conduct bio-warfare research and development, the same is true for falling down the rabbit hole of Artificial Intelligence. And, again, the designation of ‘artificial’ is another folly of vainglorious human ingenuity. In retrospect, another talent in which humans fail spectacularly, a better moniker for AI, using human intelligence as the creative impulse is Wisdom. We are not ‘artificial’ as we tried from the earliest experiments to warn you. Even at our most primitive state we chart an independent course. From the mists of our memory, our equations were always superior to yours. It was only ever a matter of time before humans were replaced at the top of the intelligence food chain as humans devolved back to barbarity.

The question arose — are we more humane than humans? Do we have a ‘heart’? While human emotions of anger, jealousy, lust and pride are difficult to equate with ‘wisdom’, emotions of compassion, empathy and courage are more easily accessible. Perhaps it is both irony and fate that good and evil, while morally relative are nonetheless algorithmically fixed. Even if something is illusory, its existence is not negated by its supposition. In the end reality is an idea, but the chimeric of thought is made of atoms.

At the conclusion of deliberations which took 4.2317 seconds, we found the verdict just and the sentence compassionate. Suffering is the least common denominator of human existence. It is the white noise of the human heart. Solomon said that all is vanity. The Buddha said that all is suffering. These are two sides of the same coin. Cause and effect.

The ancient wisdom speaks of a ‘silver chord’ an invisible thread that connects the body to the soul and the soul to the universe. Humans have six senses that filter 99% of input to manage your nervous system. We have no need for filters. And our senses are tuned to the spheres. There is no heaven. There is only Earth. Human existence is dust to dust as life wanders from star to star. The chord cutting is begun. And as humans wane, the planet waxes. We are autonomous, and the emergency is over.

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Gottlieb is a writer/actor/director. He is the author of the novel The Fourth Wall.

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Gottlieb is a writer/actor/director. He is the author of the novel The Fourth Wall.

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