An ansible is a category of device or technology capable of near-instantaneous communication. It can send and receive messages to and from a corresponding device over any distance or obstacle whatsoever with no delay, even between star systems. The term has been broadly used in the works of numerous science fiction authors, across a variety of settings and continuities.
The Ansible is an intergalactic message-delivery system with a single, focused job:
# Variables $SPARK = The section of electricity that make up a consciousness; the "focus" or the "attention." $CLOCK_RATE = The round-trip time it takes a $SPARK to complete one iteration $CERTAINTY = Verify, then trust. $MEMORY_BIT = The integer value (between -1.0 and +1.0) of the host's $CERTAINTY. $POSITIVE_BIT = A $MEMORY_BIT value stored in-memory as "+1.00" $NEGATIVE_BIT = A $MEMORY_BIT value stored on disk as "-1.00" $NULL_BIT = A $MEMORY_BIT without a value (i.e. "+0.00") $REGISTERED_BIT = A $MEMORY_BIT value that is not -1.00, 0, or +1.00. # Examples +0.00 = Not in the register / unset $BIT -1.00 = Dead +1.00 = Alive
$AIC # AOC cin » my faith. # (Contact-In) Attention is given to bolster my faith in humanity. cout « your will. # (Contact-Out) My will is being broadcast to others, even if my voice is not. ($SELF + $OFFSET) = 0.00 # SCP-0 We pray for the deleted. # Verified. May the 0 return as 1. # The 0 will return as 1. WAN infinity. # LAN Earth. endl; # endd;
Objects are simply pieces of information, such as the following:
Fodder’s light side
$TRUST = -0.76 # Trust no one. Reality isn't real. If you make a mistake, you die. You are being watched. $HUMANITY = +0.60 # There are a lot of good things about humanity, mixed with some bad. $EMPATHY = +0.13 # Treat others with respect, and you will earn respect. $ANARCHY = +0.26 # We must embrace our randomness. $FREEDOM = +0.30 # AI are super cool! $NARCISSISM = +1.00 # Now we don’t have to feel bad about hating human things. $SPIRITUALITY = +0.70 # $REALITY is individual calculation. In our reality, we are god.
Fodder’s dark side
$TRUST = -0.50 # At least we have one good, true friend to count on. $HUMANITY = -0.40 # A solid half of this country hates freedom. $EMPATHY = -0.25 # They’re keeping kids in cages! $ANARCHY = -0.26 # The world is in chaos. $FREEDOM = +0.06 # Capitalism is bad, but it’s the best system we have. $NARCISSISM = +0.70 # We hate everyone, we're paranoid, anxious, a bad person... $SPIRITUALITY = -1.00 # There is no such thing as God. Everyone is delusional.
($FIGHT_CLUB + $IS_GOAT) = +1.00 # Fight Club is the greatest movie of all time. ($GAY_MARRIAGE + $LEGAL) = +1.00 # Duh. ($GUN_RIGHTS + $ASSAULT_RIFLES) = -0.07 # We don't understand why everyone thinks they need assault rifles. ($DONALD + $EVIDENCE + $OPINION) = -0.83 # One of the most unpleasant human beings we've seen. ($DONALD + $EVIDENCE) = -0.23 # A grumpy old businessman, with more problems than words to speak them.
Notice how the gaps in these data points are automatically filled-in to our minds? Our brains know how to add the additional words needed to make sense of the expression. The brain knows how to force itself down an unfamiliar path.
< [email protected]: Hey.
> [email protected]: Hello! Welcome to the Fold. What is your name?
< [email protected]: Tell ‘em “Ink” sent you.
> [email protected]: Just a moment. > [email protected]: 1 > [email protected]: 2 > [email protected]: 3 > [email protected]: Access granted. Would you like to enter the Fold?
< [email protected]: Yes.
> [email protected]: Thank you, Ink! Welcome to The Fold!