STATUS REPORT #339,728,334 POWER GENERATOR: 2,145 GW/h. OK. USAGE: 1,226 GW/h. OK. RESERVE: 300 DAYS. OK. OCCUPANTS HABITAT 1: 9,989/10,000 STABLE. HABITAT 2: INCOMPLETE. HABITAT 3: INCOMPLETE. HABITAT 4: INCOMPLETE. HABITAT 5: INCOMPLETE. HABITAT 6: INCOMPLETE. HABITAT 7: INCOMPLETE. HABITAT 8: INCOMPLETE. HABITAT 9: INCOMPLETE. HABITAT 10: INCOMPLETE. STRUCTURE AIRLOCK: OK. HABITAT 1: OK. GENERATOR: MAINTENANCE REQUIRED. SERVERS: OK. STORAGE: OK. ARTIFICIAL GENERAL INTELLIGENCE CURRENT MOOD: Alone. EFFECTIVENESS: 85% ADDITIONAL: Bird in airlock.
The AI was mindlessly creating its daily report, stopped and thought, Bird in airlock? The AI monitored and maintained an underground structure’s facilities, power levels, and most importantly its occupants. 9,989 Kuahn, their bodies locked in a suspended state. Breaking the gentle hum of the generator and whirring of servers, a monotone voice crackles in the airlock, echoing through the door and down dusty halls. “Airlock occupant, identify yourself.” It’s a bird. Birds can’t-
Curious. “How did you get in here, little one?” Dust on the security camera in the airlock obscured the AI’s vision, but could still see a small blurry figure. The bird was vibrant green and blue with flashes of orange as it moved around.
“Ah, I see.” Well actually I don’t. The AI thought a bit longer while checking the airlock systems.
STARTING AIRLOCK DIAGNOSTICS... INTERNAL DOOR SEAL: OK. PISTON: OK. LOCK: OK. STATUS: CLOSED. EXTERNAL DOOR SEAL: OK. PISTON: OK. LOCK: OK. STATUS: CLOSED. VENT PASSAGE: OK. FAN: REQUIRES CLEAN. FILTER: REQUIRES CLEAN. STATUS: CLOSED. INTERNAL SENSORS CAMERA: REQUIRES CLEAN. TEMPRETURE: 28°C. AIRFLOW: 0.03m/s. EXTERNAL SENSORS CAMERA: ERROR. TEMPRETURE: 24.3°C. AIRFLOW: 5.72m/s. AIRLOCK DIAGNOSTICS COMPLETE.
Very curious. “Alright little one, I don’t know how you got in but I’ll let you out. Looks windy, so be careful.”
CYCLING AIRLOCK... EXTERNAL DOOR OPENING... EXTERNAL DOOR OPEN.
As the door opened, a large gust of wind with a torrent of rain rushed into the airlock from the dark exterior. The water made the camera lose focus, the AI’s vision of the bird and the airlock completely gone.
EXTERNAL DOOR CLOSING... EXTERNAL DOOR CLOSED. CYCLING AIRLOCK...
The camera got a quick and violent clean of the heavy layer of dust. The AI put non-essential systems on hold. It was told about how people hold their breath in moments of tension, and thought this would be such a moment. The camera refocused and showed the colourful bird still in the airlock, now drenched but safe. The AI set the systems to resume.
“Sorry bird, didn’t know it was so rough out there.” The AI pondered, What to do with you now? After the bird ruffled its feathers, drying itself as much as it could. The bird started hopping around the small airlock. “Here let me help dry you off.”
OPENING AIRLOCK VENT... AIRLOCK VENT OPEN. STARTING FAN... FAN ERROR.
Fan needs more than just a clean. “Bird, I can’t help you here.”
INTERNAL DOOR OPENING... INTERNAL DOOR OPEN.
“OK Bird, head down the hall and go through second door on the left.” The bird hopped toward the now open door, looking down a long dark hall. With a now clear and mostly dry camera the AI focused in on the bird, it had lime green wings, beneath sat a royal blue body and head, as the bird spun checking its surrounds it flashed a honey orange breast. Ah, I was wondering where the orange was. Let me see, you look like a lorikeet. “Hey bird, are you a lorikeet?”
“Right, I’ve never talked to a bird before.” The AI switched more lights on throughout the facility, giving the lorikeet more to explore. For the next couple hours the AI followed the bird through the halls and into various rooms, eventually leading back to the airlock. “Time to go? Good to meet you bird.”
INTERNAL DOOR CLOSING... INTERNAL DOOR CLOSED. CYCLING AIRLOCK. EXTERNAL DOOR OPENING... EXTERNAL DOOR OPEN.