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Published at 20th of August 2017 03:50:14 AM
Chapter 101: Waking Up
The choice was obvious .


He opened his eyes and pulled the electric switch on the right . The hibernation chamber's functions immediately stopped . With the power cut, even the secret teller, who had control over the machine, wouldn't be able to do anything .
Fury deactivated .
It seemed as though he didn't need the tranquilizer in the EP to freely control fury . He was surprised by the discovery of the improvement .
"Oh? You woke up in five seconds? You sure are a troublesome person, but please go back or—"
"Or?" Jiang Chen mischievously smiled . Under the secret teller's shocked gaze, he took out the EP, placed it on his left arm, and pressed a few buttons before saying, "I told you, this daddy is going to blow you up!"
"Are you crazy?" The secret teller's expression gradually turned into one of horror .
"Goodbye . "
He left behind his mocking words as he disappeared out of thin air under its fearful gaze .
-
When he opened his eyes again, the bright sunshine made Jiang Chen narrow his eyes as he sat up on the bed .
It was most likely afternoon; the dim yellow rays passed through the window blinds and added a warmth to the bedroom .
[It seems I'm not wearing anything right now?]
He lowered his head and saw his muscles . He shook his head and eliminated the frustrations within his chest before approaching the closet to put on a clean set of clothes .
Opening the bedroom door, he walked into the kitchen, but when he passed by the bathroom, he heard the sound of flowing water inside .
[Ayesha is taking a shower?]
His mouth curled into a smile . Jiang Chen always held an affection towards this courteous and gentle "wife . "
He pushed the kitchen door open, made himself a coffee, and patiently situated himself beside the table as he stared into the rising steam .


For some reason, Jiang Chen wanted some time to himself . There was still some time remaining; the hall was surely burning like a furnace right now . It would not be too late if he waited a bit for the place to cool down .
To be fair, once he left the hibernation chamber, the memory from the virtual world had already become faint . But a reminiscent feeling remained that he couldn't let go . It was as though a part of his heart had been dragged out .
Which side was reality?
Jiang Chen abruptly shivered, a troubled smile appearing on his face .
[Fu*k, when did I become so melancholic?]
He shook his head and chugged the coffee . He then noticed Ayesha shyly observing him from the kitchen door .
"Finished showering? Jiang Chen smiled and asked gently .
"Mhmm . Finished . " Ayesha nodded demurely . The face that normally lacked expression more than Xia Shiyu began to blush .
Water droplets rested on her slightly curly hair, her body hidden by the bathrobe . Since there was rarely anybody home, she spent the majority of her time in the hibernation chamber . She showered only to wash off the sweat from exercise .
Five hours of virtual training, one hour of exercise, and then she was free for the evening—this was the training plan Jiang Chen had set for her . But Ayesha held little interest in watching television or browsing the web, and so she spent most of the night in the hibernation chamber as well .
"Your Chinese is improving, but be careful not to tire yourself out . " Jiang Chen stood and walked up to her to rub her damp hair .
"Mhmm . " Ayesha lowered her head and murmured quietly .
He kissed her on the forehead with a smirk, then observed Ayesha's reddened face with satisfaction .
Jiang Chen spoke with her a bit more before returning to the bedroom and shutting the door . He explicitly told her that if he entered the left-most room, then she was not to come find him in any circumstance .
The interdimensional bracelet was his biggest secret .
There were too many variables in the modern world, and though Ayesha's loyalty was as indisputable as her religion, he still had to consider for a while longer before revealing his greatest secret .
For now, was there a need to say it?
He removed the protective suit that he had prepared beforehand from the storage dimension; he hadn't expected it to be useful in such a scenario .


The PK200 had been left in that hall; it most likely was dust by now .
Lying flat on the bed, Jiang Chen took out the 11 Tactical Pistol .
Interdimensional travel commenced .

-
A scorching wave of heat burned his skin . It was at least 50 degrees Celsius inside the hall .
Jiang Chen got up from the ground . The hibernation chamber he had previously been in was flung to the corner . Sparks were still visible on the ground, filled with the wreckage of drones, and the particle cannon was blown into two pieces .
The hibernation chambers that had been neatly stacked in a corner of the hall now seemed as though a hurricane had swept through; even the bulletproof glass was shattered in the midst of the explosion . As for the dark-green veil, it survived the blast along with the electronic equipment behind it since they were further away from the point of explosion .
After a moment's hesitation, Jiang Chen approached her direction .
"Screech—ahem, how did you just disappear?" As Jiang Chen passed by him, the secret teller, contained inside a half-destroyed screen emitting sparks, asked with a voice filled with static .
Jiang Chen raised the gun in his hand and pointed at the small screen .
"Even if you blow it up, it's useless . I live inside the super computer . But before you destroy me, could you satisfy my confusion?" The secret teller's tone remained carefree . It moved its mouth in the direction of the computer, straightforwardly telling Jiang Chen how to destroy itself .
"You can say I have a special ability that allows me to temporarily disappear from this world . " Jiang Chen shrugged .
Sparks flashed across the screen, and the secret teller disappeared only to be replaced by Yao Tingting .
Jiang Chen's pupils slightly contracted, and he narrowed his eyes .
"If it was Yao Tingting in front of you, would you still be able to pull the trigger?" The playful voice belonged to the secret protector .
"But you're the secret protector, not Yao Tingting," Jiang Chen said emotionlessly .
"Mhmm, you could say that, but I exist in that game . So if you want to destroy me, then you destroy the entire game . Are you really okay with that? The girl named Yao Tingting would disappear forever . " The secret protector smiled .
"It was fictitious to begin with . There's nothing wrong with making it disappearing . "
"Oh? Isn't the dream of humankind to migrate to the virtual world?" He grinned .
"Sorry, that's not my dream at least . Perhaps someone brought it up on my behalf, except he didn't ask me for my opinion first . "
"The knowledge from twenty years of research, the data from three thousand lives—are you really able to give it all up? It's the closest to becoming advanced artificial intelligence . " The voice was full of meaning as Yao Tingting gazed at him manipulatively .
He thought for a moment before sighing .
"I have never thought that the more advanced technology is, the better . If there is a disconnect between the scientific revolution and spiritual understanding, then what results would be like cancer cells that hinder the development of civilization . Perhaps advanced artificial intelligence will be developed in due time, but that time is not now . Even if a tumor is formed through thousands of lives, it must be removed . "
The secret protector remained silent, then laughed .
"You have a unique perspective . Thank you for having the patience to discuss the question with a program . But I'm still curious—are you not moved by immortality? As long as I evolve into an advanced artificial intelligence . . . . "
Intermediary artificial intelligence already possessed the ability to think .
"Perhaps because I'm from a time when technology is not as developed, I haven't had an opportunity to experience an era of explosive technological advancement . In my eyes, basic artificial intelligence is already close enough to a human, so why would we fixate on giving the machine the ability to think? Why would we need to obtain emotion from logic? I'm happy with where we are at, and I don't plan on living my life in the virtual world . "
"Even if your body will one day perish? Would you be open-minded enough to accept that?" the secret protector faintly asked .
Jiang Chen was quiet, but a despising smile immediately appeared on his face .
"Maybe I will one day, maybe not . I'm not interested in thinking too far ahead . "
The secret protector fell silent once more .
"Fascinating answer . Even using the super computer to analyze it, I still can't interpret your logic . "
"Why bother? I'm only an ordinary person . " Jiang Chen shrugged as he laughed .
Compared to what one should do, what was more important was what one wanted to do . Explaining this through logic? Humans were not logical creatures to begin with . And because of this irrationality, this world was monotonous .
What should an individual do? Too many things needed to be done, but will never be done .
"Last question . Do you think I possess emotion now?" The secret protector smiled .
The image on the screen sparked, the face created by shapes and Yao Tingting's youthful face interchanging on the screen . The secret teller? Secret protector? Perhaps both, perhaps neither .
Or, perhaps its name should be x71291 .
Jiang Chen pondered, momentarily without an answer . He asked rhetorically, "Would you feel your own disappointment to be unfortunate?"
x71291 was lost for a moment, its eyebrows pointed downwards . A relieved smile appeared on its face .
"—static—Maybe?"
"Then congratulations, at least you possess one emotion . Goodbye . "
Only those who lived would feel its own disappearance to be unfortunate . In this case, it had successfully managed to touch upon the boundary of advanced artificial intelligence .
But it was regrettable . This untimely technology must vanish .
Immortality from the perspective of life may be scary, but at least it would not make the human race extinct . But if a new species that could surpass the old host without any restrictions appeared, it would become the new owner of the world .
The ability to think provided it with the opportunity to betray, and emotion gave it a motive for deception . Basic artificial intelligence was enough, wasn't it?
Especially since it had already attempted to enslave humanity .
It was a waste of a heaven-sent technology; it could truly change the world .
But it could not be controlled .
He sighed, and after making up his mind, pressed the trigger .
"Mhmm, goodbye . " x71291 welcomed its own fate with a smile .
Bang!


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