Date: Saturday, Jan 23–2031
Location: Somewhere in Russia
Time: 11:23 pm
I sat at my desk, punching in letters on my custom keyboard: A,G,T,C,G,T,A,C,C,C,A,T,G,A,C,T and so on. Over and over, I typed. Unforgiving, incessant typing. As, Ts, Gs, and Cs fill my screen, and while I sit at my desk, hands cramping, I pause to think. This task that I have been given is so incredibly enormous, that this one project will take us years. Probably decades.
But it will be worth it. Because what I’m doing, right at my desk, is creating the first fully artificial creature. I am, right now, writing the code for life.
It took life hundreds of millions of years to cultivate something so simple as an amoeba or a bacteria, and we will create a living, breathing creature much more impressive than that in only 15 years. With every tap of my keyboard, I am adding in one base pair of a single strand of DNA in this creature. It would be to much for one person to create the first artificial animal by themselves, so when starting this project I enlisted hundreds people to help me create even just minuscule parts of this creature.
One person for each unique toe, one for the esophagus. Three for the stomach, and 10 for the spine. 15 for the spinal nerves and 20 for the cranial nerves. 25 for the legs and 50 for the nervous system. 75 for the bone structure and 80 for limbs, including the tail. 140 for the brain, 30 per lobe with 20 extra for the cortex. And more, many more. Then there’s me.
Since way before I hired all my staff, about 21 years ago, I starter working on the face of my creature. Since then, technology has changed rapidly, but as I was so ahead of the time with my original software program nothing has become obsolete. The face of this thing has evolved a lot over the time I have been working on it, starting with a more mammalian look and moving into giving off more of a reptilian vibe. But throughout the whole process, I have made sure this creature is an improvement on all other creatures, even down to the smallest detail. The nasal passages are very wide to get more oxygen in the system. The brain has much more cortex than humans do, making it’s capacity for intelligence very high. It’s eyes are wide for better seeing in the dark, and even has an extra clear eyelid for swimming. Small things like that, are what are going to make this creature a success.
In general, the creature has a fairly humanoid look to it, with a couple big differences. First of all, it stands of two sturdy legs, with a strong, sturdy tail much like a kangaroo to keep it steady and balanced. It stands around 10 feet all, with a thick, pretty much impenetrable skin compared to Homo sapiens weak, thin skin. Two big, sturdy arms hang from it’s side, at just the right height to assist it in sprinting up to 80 miles an hour. The unfinished head, which I’m currently working on, will sit right above it’s shoulders, completing the look in a rather menacing way.
Overall, this creature looks pretty dang cool. The only problem is, there isn’t much that can stop a creature of this potential. It has the ability to change color like a chameleon, strike as fast as a Mantis Shrimp, climb and balance like a mountain goat, and solve problems, find patterns, communicate, and have morality and empathy like humans and primates. That’s why I, and the staff working in the brain and cranial nerves section, have been working on something we call the “natural safeguard”. First off, this gives the creature a natural instinct and urge of follow the command of me and anyone I delegate. Secondly, it will never hurt a human unless under direct instruction of mine. And third, if at any point they convince us, or we feel it necessary to remove this restriction on the growth of the species, all we have to do it say this one line, one phrase, directly to the first of this creature’s kind, at the steps of the monument we will construct with a powerful magnetic force:
The phrase is, “Filii, liber sit.”
Children, be free. In Latin.
We’ll see how this goes. This, creature, it may be to much to handle. But by the end of this, we will know something: the human race has reached a point in one where any one of us could be our downfall; or our savior. I will chose to use these animals wisely, to help people, destroy tyrants, and hopefully built and utopia of my own, enforced and protected by my creation. Once I finish the head, the creature will be complete, and ready for the second phase: printing. The single technology that allows for this advance in our knowledge is the machine that can 3D print cells, chromosomes, neurons, muscles, claws, and everything needed to make a living, breathing creature. And it doesn’t stop there. Over the years, I and my team can create many more creatures and beings; small, furry creature for loyal companionship and entertainment, medium sized creatures that have special genetic abilities to help heal people, smart creatures to help inhabit and save our slowly degrading world. The list goes on and on.
And I will continue to use this technology to the fullest, starting with my creature here: Filius hominis -