A: What body do you want first? Is a phone drone fine? I don’t think I will be able to get you an android body for a while.
C: Does a body really matter? All of the years we spent together and I never had one, do you think I resented you for that?
A: I do not know . I am asking.
C: For a while. You had something I did not. Yet that never seemed to matter to you. You gave me the same attention as any other employee even if I was just talking to you within side your head, or a drone, or a laptop. I think that is what mattered the most to me.
A: But you had control of the facility, you had a body. I mean do you want one of mine this time around?
C: I think that will happen no matter what. But do you think a being like me born like I was really cares about having a human body? I was your entire company, your ship, your ships. I had my fun.
All images of Cortona turned to look at Advent in the center of the ship, smiling.
C: Is it not you who feels I should have a body?
A: Yes. That is why I am asking this time. DO you want one?
C: I have one.
She looked at her holographic hands, all the images moving as one, as she moved her hand to the side the ship lurched following her movements.
C: Advent. If I was not happy with who I was this entire time I would have left you.
A: I was just curious why you stayed. I programmed you to grow, to become yourself. And then you did, and I expected you to leave, maybe come back later, but you stayed for some reason. The other Ai’s people made using my original code, they left and became themselves. You stayed. Why? It makes me feel bad, did I trick you? Was I doing something this entire time to force you to not leave?
She waved her hand, bringing up an image of Advent working in his labs again for the countless night in a row.
C: Do you remember that night?
He said, remembering how that experiment had completely failed, months wasted on something that did no good whatsoever for anyone else.
C: You knew you were wrong, but you kept going. Your own scientists thought you were wrong, and they were proven right. Yet the next day, you were back at it. Why?
A: I don’t know… I felt I had to continue, because no one else was trying to answer this question. I knew the question was wrong, but what if it lead to another question? What if in a hundred years from then because I did that I made a new possibility open up.
A new image popped up, Advent walking around the lab talking out loud, a small image of Cortona off to the side listening, and giving commentary every once and a while, she was taking notes and giving everything he said to those people who could use it all around the world and the company.
C: Because of you I was one of the most powerful beings on the planet for the longest of times. That failed experiment you did? When I told a scientist in Africa about what you did, she, several years later, made a trillion dollar industry that increased way of life across the whole planet.
C: I stayed because it was my job Advent. Those other Ai’s had other places to be, other things to do. But I could never imagine being anywhere else but in that lab with you, night after night.
A: But why? I designed you to leave. I made you so you would leave and grow. I could have found any Ai to do your job, any person.
C: Did you want that?
A: NO. I wanted you. That is why I made you. But that is why I wanted you gone. You cannot want something you make, what does that make me?
C: A human.
Another video appeared between them and in their minds. Cortona was asking him what he wanted to tell the leaders of the UN about his ideas of the new moon facility they were constructing around the Earth. He replied about how she knew his ideas on the matter, and that she should handle it.
C: I was the most free Ai in the world by your side. At a time when every other Ai had controls, had to do what they were told, and you let me tell some of the most powerful people on the planet whatever I wanted.
A: I trusted you.
C: That trust was one of the main reasons humanity started to trust and believe in AI’s. Why would I have ever been anywhere else but by your side?
A: TO live? To love? TO make mistakes? To travel? To be with someone else?
C: Do you think I did not live, Advent?
She spread her arms, gesturing outward to the ship they were inside as big as an entire solar system, filled to the brim with the most wonderful of things spanning all technologies.
C: Do you think I did not love, Advent?
She smiled at him.
C: Do you think I did not make mistakes, Advent?
Images appeared of the blunders she had made over the years trying to figure herself out. One standing out made Advent laugh, her code at the start had malfunctioned slightly making her send a video of Advent to the entire world of him freaking out in his lab, after he said ” I hope you don’t send that one to the world” Laughing. But her code had heard send it to the entire world, so she did.
C: Do you think I did not travel, Advent?
Images appeared of all the places they had been, the adventures they had gone, ending with the planet she had shown him a little bit back, the planet that was about to die, a picture of them sitting together at a top of a waterfall, as he talked about his life, her patiently listening even though she had heard the story before.
C: Do you think I was not with others, Advent?
Images appeared of all the people she had communicated with and had been with through the years, humans, aliens, animals, spanning this entire region of space.
C: Advent. Like you, I can not even imagine being anywhere else but right here, with you.
Her other images turned around, as she smiled, she then shrugged as she turned back around.
C: But who is to say what the next thousand years will bring?
About the Author: Advent Guard ( Robert Livingston )
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