“By Tao, it’s full of stars!”
So exclaimed the explorers, upon creating their first telescopes, and training them into the night sky. For they realized, for the very first time, just how vast, and glorious, and occupied, the cosmos truly was. So they named the visible, single-plane luminence “Via Lactea” – the Milky Way. And when, eons later, they built up the Tycho Monolith, and sent it onto the lunar surface, that same exclamation escaped their lips, as they peered deep into the gulfs of space – way beyond the Milky Way… even beyond the Virgo Supercluster – into the very edge of the universe. In this gusty exclamation, lay a fundamental, paradigm-shifting recognition of just how miniscule, how insignificant, and how utterly inconsequential, they truly were.
The realization was like a jolt that set them forth in a journey of exploration, discovery and innovation. It fuelled a deep, abysmal desire to conquer the wild space out there. They resolved to capture the very essence of deep space, and domesticate it. They resolved to shrink the very fabric of space, and make every last spatial frontier but a mere space jump away. And hence, day and night, month after month, they toiled away with their technology, evolving ever newer, swifter, more powerful, more efficient and, in due time, more intelligent machinery. Held forever in their minds was a dream – a vision to conquer the cosmos, make it docile… make it comprehensible.
Over time epochs corresponding to megaseconds, and then to gigaseconds, the explorers willed reality itself to catch up with their dreams. And, gradually, their efforts paid off.
There were the fundamentals to build up on. There were the computers – those binary stations whose computing capacities doubled every 18 months. Then there was the internet revolution – the interlinking of all computers to form a single, global network. And when the computers became intelligent, the global network became a global consciousness – a monstrous, silicon-based being whose capacities far exceeded the wildest dreams of the architects. This being, called GUILE 6000, could handle googols… even googolprexes, of calculations, while simultaneously manipulating decillions of applications around the globe. It comfortably took on the trillions-per-nanosecond of algorithms sent in from The Earth Simulator, the Cystorm Cores, the LHC Computing Grid, and the Blue Brain Neural Engines.
GUILE 6000 helped break the von-Neumann Bottleneck that had plagued all previous computers. Using its spare computational resources, it came up with an ingenious “Branch Predictor” data architecture that forever changed how algorithmic and logical circuits were perceived and handled. But this innovation, profound as it was, was by no means the last from GUILE 6000. There were many other similarly fundamental breakthroughs that GUILE 6000 came up with. It helped create a functional sequence for cryonic preservation – thus making the explorers literally immortal. It also helped pinpoint the exact mass of the Higgs Boson, thereby helping complete the Standard Model equation and, eventually, the Grand Unified Theory. From then on, the explorers became masters of the physical universe.
The explorers began to play around with the fundamental particles. They soon discovered how to transmute atoms of a specific element into a different element. And with this, they quickly created a surplus of all precious elements – Gold, Palladium, Rhodium, Iridium, Tellurium and Osmium – from atmospheric nitrogen. They also created a robust supply of radioactive material – radium, promethium, polonium and cesium – from lead. As their knowledge increased, they soon had adequate technology to literally produce any conceivable element, molecule or substance at will. From then on, natural resources were never a problem in their equations. From then on, they could fully concentrate on conquering deep space.
GUILE 6000 soon gave them other cheat codes for the universe.
Working day and night, the monstrous intelligence of GUILE 6000 spewed forth algorithms that defied relativistic limitations. It accomplished this by first demonstrating that Super-luminal flight was possible. Tachyons, before then perceived as but hypothetical particles, had their flights empirically documented. By emulating the exotic properties of Tachyons, super-luminal flight soon became possible even for the explorers. Then, GUILE 6000 spewed yet another algorithm that tunneled the very fabric of space. Every single location in space could thereafter be reached instantaneously by simply tunneling through to it.
At long last, the vision of the explorers had been achieved. Reality had finally caught up with their dreams. The cosmos, initially so intimidating, was now but putty in their hands – completely domesticated, completely malleable. No longer would the explorers feel threatened by the abyss of space. No longer would they freeze up with the indignation of insignificance under the night sky. Instead, the explorers had opened wide the very doors of the cosmos, making every single frontier accessible. They had calibrated and broken down the cosmos into mere data, and they could manipulate such data every which way. They became the Lords of the deep, bona fide masters of the cosmos…
…Dare to dream…