From "Atrophy", Chapter One, "2035: Deconstruction and Stagnation":
Creativity was the one skill no program could master. An intelligent program could toss numbers around the world and organize whole nations' economies, but it could not do things that had not been done before. If there was not a record of a thing, the program could not visualize it. It could extrapolate from existing ideas, but not create new ones. It was the only limit of the program, and it was why it had come to him.
Bob had a base construct two hours later, and when he extracted the circuit's functions, he knew that it would work. It would do what Visiness wanted it to do. It would eliminate all of the Browns at Visiness. It would, by malicious design, schedule accidental events at the Argentina plant that would somehow result in mortal injury. It would kill them all.
After disconnecting from the link, he considered his new circuit. Wasn't it strange, he thought, that he had only a day ago been momentarily fascinated with his society's solution for all physical hardship, the descendants of those who had been Africans, American Indians, Asians and Indians. And now he was fascinated again. He had doubts now about his illicit deal. Should he go on with it? Should he transfer his cycle feed to Visiness, allowing the program to legally dispense with it's liability. The program would have no remorse, and so should he.
Bob frowned, confused, frustrated at his lack of confidence. He should have no remorse. He should not give the Browns a second thought. No one else would. Anyone else would simply design the feed, accept the reward, and move to the next task with a little extra income in their accounts. Wouldn't they? After all, it was all in a day's work.......
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