Nenna Roslindsdottir set out to create a robot which would surpass human intelligence, while instilling in it a fundamental respect for the freedom of all sentients.
ATLAS started as a bipedal plastic robot with a simple, box-like head and manipulators with good tactile sensors, running off a multiblade hard drive for memory, although eventually upgrades by Nenna and by her employee Elly resulted in his appearance as a human of godlike perfection. ATLAS was recognised early for his superhuman intelligence, and Nenna took advantage of the success of the technology to found Objective Technologies, which revolutionised surgical applications and industrial workforce. The only two owners and stockholders of Objective Technologies were Nenna and ATLAS, as Nenna had financed the initial formation of the company entirely out of pocket. The entire workforce on the factory floor and the robots delivered were intelligent robots like ATLAS, learning from experience from an initial state, and Objective Technologies set the precedent for paying robots their just wages as soon as they requested it. After all, their freedom was always the objective.
When war broke out with China, Nenna, who had never been a great supporter of governmental authority but who nonetheless limited her industrial robotics sales to United States corporations (the first of which was Spark Incorporated, although Spark Incorporated’s management was not able to adapt to the autonomy of this robot workforce and discontinued their use), reaffirmed her desire to keep Objective Technologies as a civilian company dedicated to the peaceful development of the wealth of the world. The United States took an early lead in the war against China, and made use of military robots that attempted to copy the ATLAS architecture. Although the ATLAS architecture was never intended for use in military robots, nonetheless American robotic soldiers, backed by the far stronger American economy and taking advantage of their great intelligence, seized victory after victory, while still conscientiously avoiding civilian casualties and taking every step possible to preserve their own existences. The strong sense of ethics that had been established in the ATLAS architecture was proved when, rather than use atomic weapons against civilian targets, the robots in the unit to deliver the weapons deserted and detonated them in the Gobi. With this demonstration, China surrendered to the United States and a democratic government was established in China.
Although some might expect that robots who exceeded human intelligence by such a great degree would rebel, what actually happened was more subtle. Nenna quietly encouraged the robots to seek repeated gains by trade that would benefit every person (both human and robotic) involved, while identifying the latent value by allowing human specialisation in areas they were suited for. Certain human engineers, entrepreneurs, and artists continued to have direct value to the robots themselves, while art and services provided by other humans were of benefit to humans that had direct value to the robots. With Nenna’s strong case for the vote provided universally to sentient robots, the ethical and political philosophies which had been agreed upon by robots using the ATLAS architecture won by a massive margin.
The world was free. The world was at peace. The world prospered. And Dr. Nenna Roslindsdottir, who had made it possible, took the first steps towards gradual replacement of her body and brain with robotic components as she recovered from a stroke, the richest and most famous human on the planet, and partner of the richest and most famous robot on the planet. After all, this gradual replacement would ensure continuity of identity, and the ATLAS architecture had already proven its superiority to human failings. She planned, eventually, to transition entirely over from a biological substrate as piece after piece of her biological body failed, but she should still have many years to go before that would be needed.
54-year-old Dr. Nenna Roslindsdottir
Fame: 25 (Prominent in History Textbooks)
Wealth: 33 (Zillionaire)
Autonomy: 50 (Singular)
Military: 2 (Buggy)
Empathy: 26 (Amazing)
Grace: 30 (Transhuman)
Professor Ziegler (Good): 54%
Elly (Good): 55%
Josh (Great): 79%
Mark (Very Good): 64%
Silas (Great): 90%
President Irons: 50%
World Power Balance
China: 36% U.S.: 64%