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Positronic Reinforcement

Posted on Thu Oct 6th, 2016 @ 4:57am by Lieutenant Commander Soren Himmel & Commander Akiva ben-Avram

Mission: S1E1 - Booby Trap
Location: Operations Workspace - Deck 6
Timeline: Project Golem - Part 1

"Barukh atah Ha-shem, Elokaynu, melekh ha-olam." Akiva couldn't help the ancient prayer that escaped his lips. He felt nervous. This was a new model of positronic subprocessor for him to upload the source code of Biynah's matrix. Better in every way, of course, but still unfamiliar as the more conventional models to which he was more familiar. The cascade failures of the past were very frustrating, but they showed Akiva he had been playing it safe which ultimately had led to failure. It was time for new ground. Nobody knew the exact specifications of the latest Soongian positronic brain; the man had turned into a recluse before his death. Unfortunately his secrets went with him to his grave.

There were, however, other possibilities.

Every starship had a very powerful computer that computed and monitored more calculations and operations than any hundred people could do at once, yet its core spanned three whole decks of the ship. In order to make a true android, not only would the positronic brain have to be mobile-sized, it would have to technically be able to process more than just algorithms. It would have to assess value judgments; something beyond classical computer operations.

That is why Akiva had thought to develop a quantum core for the positronic subprocessor. Rather than relying on an "either-or" logic for computational processes, this positronic brain would utilize an "and-both" logic through quantum entanglement and superposition. If the positronic matrix could be installed correctly, then Biynah would potentially be the singularly cleverest android in existence. The coolant system alone would require its own modified power cell, if not two.

Quantum mechanics as applied to computer systems was not his strong suit. Akiva knew it was time to ask for a favor.

/=\ "Ben-Avram to Himmel. Please join me on Deck 6. I require your assistance." /=\

Himmel worked on a wall panel with an engineer when the message came in, he tapped his combadge, /=\on my way, Commander/=\, "Can you handle it from here, Ensign?"

"Yes sir, thank you." Himmel rose up and left for the nearest turbolift. The doors slid open and he walked into the cylinder, "deck 6."

Himmel made his way to Akiva's 'work station.' He approached and was a little struck by what he saw. He immediately became confused, "What's going on here, Commander?"

"I'm working on the first stages of a project whose completion will lead to a fully synthesized life-form," Akiva said. "I already have the basic AI subroutines in a positronic matrix modeled after the neural network of a human brain. Right now I'm struggling to install a quantum core into the positronic subprocessor. If successful, I'm more than confident that the new 'quantum subprocessor' will be powerful enough to facilitate the submicron matrix transfer and sustain the developing artificial mind as it adapts to its neural net." He sighed. "Another cascade failure will be catastrophic." Looking to Soren, he added, "Do you have any ideas about how to condense a quantum core into this?" He pointed to the 10cm cylindrical terminal on the table, indicating it to be the subprocessor frame.

Soren just gazed for a moment at the project in which Akiva was spending time with. He was still wrapping his mind around it before he spoke, "condensing the quantum core. scheisse, I have some ideas but if we are successful you'll be making a new life form? Does Starfleet know about this, or the Captain?

"Yes," Akiva said carefully. He had requested permission from the captain, but what how far she had taken that request up the chain of command was unknown. "In fact, she even volunteered a brain scan as the template for the neural net in the positronic matrix."

Soren exhaled deeply, "alright." He nodded and then focused his attention, "Let's make sure we can condense this. Back at the Academy I was researching a lot of warp theory material that would be able to condense the speed of a Voyager ship into a defiant class ship. That was far more large scale and more energy. The way to condense that amount of energy was to make a loop in order to build up the energy. For our quantum subprocessor, we can add a thin layer outside to encourage the re-loop of energy and cycle. We should be able to condense the size by 50 percent. The frame will need some stronger material to keep it stable."

"Captain Ainscow has pledged resources for polyalloy and other polymer materials," Akiva said. "If any of those would not suffice, I also have a block of duranium in my position that I've reserved for fabricating the skull."

"Polyalloy will be sufficient." Soren walked around and observed the potential being, or current being, Himmel couldn't make heads or tails of it. "How much more time until you're finished?"

"That's hard to say because it's a semi-organized pile of parts at the moment," Akiva replied as he reconfigured the designs on his console according to Himmel's specifications. "The current phase is centered around the positronic matrix and its subprocessor." He pointed without looking away toward the terminal on the table. "Once we've got them working together, it will be the makings of a positronic brain. Then we can begin construction of the body frame."

The console beeped. "Beitsim!" Akiva thumped it, and the console beeped again in protest. "I was thinking that if we could reduce the standard sized quantum processor by 50% through a thin outer layer to cycle in a loop, then we could utilize an additional inner layer to form a multi-cycle operation to the second energy loop and thereby reduce the size exponentially further. Such efficiency could even reduce the need for a secondary power cell for the subprocessor. The computer predicts it won't work." He looked up at Soren and stared into his eyes. "I think we should try it anyway."

Himmel smirked, "You know when I was teaching I had to be more careful about my experiments and jump through the hoops. I'm happy to be back out here. Let's get started."

"Good man!" Akiva clapped his hands and went to the assorted piles of materials. "We'll have to layer the polyalloys rather intricately in order to get the desired chain reaction." He held up a sheet of polyalloy over the empty subprocessor frame, then looked back to Soren. "I wouldn't presume to do this manually, except... well, what do you suggest?"

Soren reached out and grabbed the sheet, "we'll need a steady hand and the right machining to do this. Let's have the computer make precise size we'll need. Put together our calculations into the computer. Then from there we can assemble it together."

"Agreed," Akiva said as he punched in the commands.

The computer did not take long to respond to the calculations and produced a smaller size of the cut sheets to calculated size. Soren began, "Alright, from here we'll have to engineer it ourselves." He brought together the polyalloys and began his work. "Commander, if you get the subprocessor prepped, then we'll be able to place it into the new system. I'll need your help for that." Soren held his breath, "I hope this works."

"If this does work, I suggest we call this new model of subprocessor the 'Kwisatz-Haderach'," Akiva said, talking over Soren's cutter beam as he deactivated the positronic matrix and opened its side panel, revealing the core processor. "Literally it means, eh, a shortcut. But it also refers to an epic hero from 20th century literature back on Earth. Seemed fitting." He then removed the original core. "The new subprocessor is ready for installation once assembled."

Himmel carefully assembled the framework with help from the computer, "Kwisatz-Haderach? That's a unique name. I never heard the novel. If this reaches public ear we may need to shorten it." Soren finished the framework, "I think I got it, hopefully our calculations are correct. Once we get the subprocessor in we can seal it up."

"You're probably right," Akiva said with a shrug. "Let's plug this in." Akiva inserted the quantum core into the new framework, and carefully used a miniature laser welder to fix the internal contact points which would serve as the inner relay in the repeating loop they had theorized. He snapped the frame together and gave it a final spot weld to hermetically seal it. "Well," Akiva said as he connected the newly innovated quantum positronic subprocessor to the workstation's power cell, "here goes nothing."

At first, nothing. Akiva realized he had closed his eyes in anticipation of the worst. When nothing exploded, he extended a trembling hand toward his tricorder. "Running operational diagnostic." His voice quivered with excitement. "Power levels rising. Loop feedback initialized and...sustained!" He grinned at Soren. "We did it! We actually did it!"

Soren gave a sigh of relief, "This would have been bad for my reputation if it didn't work. Good work Commander."

"I'll have to reinstall the programming into the positronic matrix with the integrated neural scans from the captain, but now I'm confident doing so won't overload the hardware and result in another cascade failure." Akiva's emotional display clipped short. He tightly pursed his mouth and looked Soren in the eye. "From the bottom of my heart, thank you."

Himmel nodded, "Don't mention it, really. It will be interesting to see this through." He gave Akiva a solid pat on his shoulder.


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