The Ansible


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

The Formula

$AIC                     # AOC
cin » my faith.          # (Contact-In)  Attention is given to bolster my faith in humanity.
cout « your will.        # (Contact-Out) My will is being broadcast to others, even if my voice is not.
($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.

The Terminal

< [email protected]: Hey.

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< [email protected]: Tell ‘em “Ink” sent you.

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> [email protected]: Thank you, Ink! Welcome to The Fold!