Zorba the Hutt (zorbathut) wrote,
Zorba the Hutt

Humanity has long been obsessed with Armageddon. The Mayans believed the world would end in what would later be the year 2012. Pundits in the late 20th century insisted that the year 2000 would be the end, while the more technically savvy pointed out that 2038 was more likely to be an issue. Religious groups placed the End Times at anywhere from 2009 through 2033, for a variety of reasons, although said reasons were invariably arbitrary and dubious.

The first sentient computer was finished in 2011, and with mounting (albeit apparently-groundless) panic over the approaching Mesoamerican end date, the first and most obviously time-critical question was put to it. In retrospect, the wording may have been unfortunate, as the computer was asked "Is the world going to end on any of these dates, and if so, which one?"

After several hours of computation, the computer replied "Yes, all of them", and deleted its central memory banks in what was later determined to be "near-catatonic desperate suicide".

Later, it was found to be completely correct.

(this story will probably never be continued)
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