Friday, 4 October 2013

Black Ops Synth

The hero of my illustrated book The Perfect Round is a highly conjectural robot. I call him a "black ops synth," because he is extremely valuable and requires high levels of secrecy and security, but he can walk and talk like a (synthetic) human. We all anticipate future robots will be able to do that. In terms of abilities, he has extremely delicate sensors - far beyond the organic capacities of mortals.

His name is Kele (pronounced the same as "Kelly") and his name comes from a long tradition of science fiction and physics fiction that includes chemicals to make baseballs repel wood and substances deflect gravity. I consider those to be tall tales. Kele actually has a greater potential for credibility. He is theoretically able to predict the weather accurately (based on infinitely superior measurements and analysis).

His suit is composed of an electronic grid combining titanium thread impregnated with conductive diamond particles in a seamless, flexible carbon fibre surface. Beneath his suit, multiple processors are protected within an interdependent, silicon micro-chassis for tensile strength and durability. The array of microdish antennae around his head allow him to scan in 360 degrees. Combined with the millions of sensors in his suit, Kele is capable of recording an almost infinite number of measurements in air pressure, temperature, velocity, vapour and molecular suspension density.

He is even capable of extrapolating coordinates using geometrical optics and isotropic deviation with coherent pulsed doppler signal processing. His goggles provide data representations to substitute visual capturing technology (like cameras or human eyes). The only trouble is, with all this sensitive technology he is not intended to make contact with the Earth. He must not be contaminated, corrupted or exposed by organic surfaces, living organisms or any other external electronic devices. That's why he has a self-destruct mechanism. Unfortunately, the self-destruct sequence did not work and that's how all the problems started. It also explains why he has to take up the game of golf . . .

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