alien tech pt2
Captain Carval was not having a good day she wasn’t having a good week for that matter. She knew that cultural exchange programs could be taxing after all this was not the first time she had been on a ship during such an exchange. She recalled when Golon’ians had joined the galactic community when she was still an ensign she had been assigned as a guide to Golon’ian Zaval when the cultural exchange program had assigned [translation error no word found “4th gender of a 5 gender species”] to the Hebsyn her first ship.it had been a real headache learning and teaching Golon’ian Zaval as many concepts discussed were well alien to other.
All that paled to the problems with human Francis. First, there was the incident with the photon welder, many of the crew were wary of human Francis, to begin with. It was understandable what with his species being an apex predator and that he brought a very large quantity of deadly caffeine on board with him and was often seen starting his day drinking the stuff. (*shudder*) Though the human trait of possessiveness over their drinking vessels has at least served to prevent any cross contamination and accidental poisonings. However, the deadly equipment with all its safety features removed had practically terrified some members of the crew. Herntian Braks had to be isolated for 2 work rotations as he was so scared that his species gaseous defences involuntarily activated.
captain Carval had been close to breaking standard procedure and confiscating the tool Human Francis had dubbed his lightsaber for the betterment of the crew. She would have if not for the HOVAL IIV incident. Details of what happened planet side after the ion storm hit were still unclear but it seems human Francis who had somehow talked his way into joining the gathering team despite being scheduled for recreation time, had used the photon welder to great effect. First using it to kill a hostile animal indigenous to the planet but then also using it to collect plant material and setting off a sustained exothermic reaction [*1] that prevented the landing parties body temperature from falling to dangerous levels. After the landing party was recovered opinions on these lightsabers became polarised. Some of the crew hearing how easily human Francis saved the group from the hostile life form were terrified and felt that such a weapon should never be used and where petitioning captain Carval to confiscate and destroy the item. while others mostly centred around the members of the landing party were petitioning her to be allowed to create more of these light sabres.
If that wasn’t enough to deal with there was also a problem with the ship’s AI. At least there seems to be every diagnosis came back clean but something was definitely off with the AI but no one could pin down. Worse yet some of the crew from the anti lightsaber view were starting to blame the malfunction on human Francis which was ridiculous as he has been nowhere near the AI core
*someone at the door beep*
Alien ship Captain Carval: (to whoever is behind the door) “Come in.”
The door opens and in walks sub commander Zomp.
Alien sub commander Zomp: (to alien ship Captain) “Ma’am i have discovered why our AI is no longer acting as we expect.”
Cap Carval: (sub com Zomp) “That is a relief at least with a genuine source the rumours blaming human Francis can be put to rest.”
Sub Com Zomp: (cap Carval) “Well about that ma’am.”
Cap Carval: (sub com Zomp) “You can’t be serious. He has been nowhere near the AI core, there are 5 levels of clearance between where human Francis has clearance to be and the AI core. There is no way he got in there.”
Sub com Zomp: (cap Carval) “Well it turns out he didn’t need to get in there. You remember the nanite upgrade we put in for? Well, it seems that when we switched out the old nx-0087’s for the new top of the line nx-0248’s the old nx-0087’s were added to our recycling store hold.”
Cap Carval: (sub com Zomp) “You mean to tell me that human Francis accidentally broke the content and the AI got infected with rogue nanites? Fear suddenly evident in the captain’s vocal inflexions
Sub Com Zomp: (cap Carval) “No ma’am it’s nothing like that. Though ill advised human Francis was able to follow all necessary safety protocols while he did his experimenting with them. It’s what he was doing that disturbs me. He’s overwritten the previous programming and has instead reprogrammed them with high-resolution scans that were taken by the doctor when human Francis came onboard. human Francis’s data shows that since injecting himself with the old nx-0087’s a 12% increase in regeneration speed and an estimated 14%increase in lifespan
Cap Carval: (sub com Zomp) “This is all fascinating sub commander but what does this have to do with our AI
Sub Com Zomp: (cap Carval) “Oh right well its the wifi ma’am. It seems that the AI taps into all the wifi on board to monitor for anything dangerous. Well, nanette’s also use wifi to network together. Once the AI connected to the Nanette’s it found it could decode the raw data from the nx-0087’s sensors including brain activity the AI then followed one of its primary functions to learn about new species and how best to communicate with them. With uninterrupted access to human Francis’s thoughts the AI grew much faster than normal and well it learnt a few things from human Francis
cap Carval: (sub com Zomp) “what did it learn sub commander?”
sub com Zomp: (cap Carval) “well it seems the AI has learned a human communication trait known as sarcasm.”
Captin Carval got up from her desk and slithered over to a cabinet at the side of her office and pulled out a blue vial and downed the calming solution in one gulp. she looked at the 3 vials she had left. Normally enuff for her next twelve missions at her normal rate of needing them.she stood there pondering over the stress even one human brought. And idly wondered if she should pick up two or three cases at the next space station.
[*1 is a campfire]