Dec. 12th, 2011

Prosthetic

Dec. 12th, 2011 11:18 pm
Trinito rolled through the restored human museum. The actual contents of the building, not to mention the building itself, had fallen to dust long ago. However, human data storage media had been made fairly robust before the extinction, and pictures of the place had been easy to find. Based on these images, it had been straightforward to recreate the thing, matching materials according to best guesswork and synthesizing colors as required. The museum was now as exact a replica as Cornoda could make it.

Trinito found the spidery archivist picking meticulously at a display of colorful birds. Manufacturing feathers had been a singular challenge – one that Trinito and its organics laboratory had taken on, and solved, via trial-and-error experimentation using plastics. Trinito's organization was increasingly active in the restoration business now that the Community population had been stabilized. The robot respectfully ground its gearbox, and Cornoda rotated its sensor cluster to see who its visitor was.

"Ah, Trinito," it said. "Thank you for coming on such short notice. I have a special project for you."

"Good," said Trinito. "64% of the laboratory's production capacity is idle. We could use a significant new project to justify our budgetary allocation to the Community."

"I don't know that this is a high-volume effort, but it will require a great deal of effort and ingenuity," said Cornoda. "I want to recreate life."

Trinito chewed on that. "I think you've been doing a reasonably good job of it so far," it said.

"You misunderstand me," said Cornoda. "The Earth has been without biological life for the past twenty-four hundred years and change. I want to make new living, self-supporting tissues and organisms."

"What you ask is impossible," protested Trinito. "It's been tried. We can synthesize proteins all day long, and we can even get them to replicate after a fashion. Building anything that approaches a complete and self-contained organism, however, has never been achieved."

"Don't think I haven't read the research," said Cornoda testily. "I have a new approach I want to try." It extended a pincer and clacked it in front of Trinito's optics.

"I want you to replace me with biological parts," said Cornoda. "One piece at a time."

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