To Draw a New Line
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Dear Overseers colleagues

Today I have to expose to you a delicate issue.
As you know, the Foundation always had a highly superior robotic technology, thanks to the anomalies in its hands. And we have faced ethical challenges much earlier than the rest of the world for many years. Today I have to submit you a new one.

For some time we have seen the diffusion of increasingly advanced robots and AIs, closer and closer to humans, as we have seen robotic substitution parts, allowing the older men to live not like plants, but like half-machines. From the ones who will see this document, a third of them has robotic parts in their bodies.

On the other side, our robots are becoming more humans because of biotechnolgy, creating semi-biological bodies for them.

A half of the SSM-IX is robotic, and the other half is human, but yet none can distinguish the origin of the majority of the members. And it's even worse when it comes to disposable personnel.

And that's the problem. We are bastardazing ourselves, the line is thining. I don't fear the man to be deleted by the machine, I fear it to become the machine.

You can tell me about genetic pool, but now DNA is no longer worth anything with biotechnologies. You can tell me about origins, but even that is nothing because of mixed pecies. Some of you think to look at the individual in their brain, but neuralink and other technologies derivated from SCP-099-IT have now broken the line.

The world will draw a new line from human and machines in a few years, yes, but we, at the Foundation, paying the price of technology, must to do it now.

That's why I must propose an experiment: we will use a neural implant to connect the brain of a AGI to a human brain. The man can't distinguish itself from machine but maybe machine and man can distinguish one each other.

Our last AGI, the fork ██, known as "A5TR3A", mounted on the homonym gynoid, will be connected to a highly qualificated member of the SRE-M.

She'll be completely prived of every self-preservation istinct, and her only function will be to identify the difference from human and robot, allowing the whole humanity to act as well, and giving the Foundation the possibilty to prepare for everything.

The member chosed for the experiment is Dr. Giorgio Pedrini.
I request your approvation.

Yours sincererly, S5-7.


Votation Results: Experiment SRE-M/8286{Terminus01} approved on unanimity, executive conditions established.
The experiment will be done on 29/10/2025 under the supervision of Dr. Leopardi and [REDACTED]

These were the two documents on the desk of Dr. Leopardi. She perfectly knew who was the redacted name and she didn't knew if she had to be happy or angered, but however, she couldn't chose. She standed up and, with her tablet and her preparation, went to the room of the experiment.

Once she came in she saw technichans, reaserchers and other professional workers doing their jobs. In the middle of the room there were two chairs, with two individuals seated watching one each other. The first one was a thirtyfive male, a bit unkempt beard, slightly smacked black hairs, marked features, aquilin nose and thin lips, average stature and body. The most notable detail were the robotic legs coming out from the boxers, the only clothing left to him, allowing the medical control trought various electrodes and flebos on head, arms and torax. Alessandra thought that was ironic how the boxers were hiding the only contact point between flesh and metal, when the objectiveof the experiment was to distinguish the man from the robot.

On the other chair there was a woman on about twentyfive, light brown straight hair that came to her shoulders, two splendid blue eyes and delicate and beautyful features, straight and light skin, a impeccable breast of average size, average statute and an amazing body. She was perfect, too perfect. Alessandra knew that perfection doesn't exist, and even without knowing why she was there, the perfection and inexpressiveness of that woman made obvious that she was not a woman, but a gynoid.

Then, behind a dashboard, he was standing.

Alessandra came closer and greeted him coldly: "Good morning"
"Hello" answered him, breaking the serious tone she tried to create.
"Did you draw her?" she asked.
"Twenty years ago, when her ancestor with bad blanked hair floss as hair and pink plastic plates as skin was made and appreciated from everyone, I toured the Human Enchantment division and came out without anymore need of my glasses and a lot of ideas in my mind. Once at home, she was one of my first designs, but it was forgotten for a long time" he said.
"Is she a biobot?" she asked, thinking that the biological skin and the realistic hair were the only biological parts in that gynoid.
"No, she isn't, control and alimentation systems are electric, non biochemical, and except for the skin, she's robotic, even if mostly syntetic. Everything we could make biological, we made it, the thiner the line is, the better is for them to understand better their real differences".
"I was about to ask you why you even gave her a body, but you already answered… so, when do we start?" she asked with a sudden tone change.
"We're going to turn her on, do you want to talk to her before we start?" he asked.
"Sure" she said while going to the gynoid.

The gynoid turned on and started doing little sounds and doing certain movements, signs that she was processing all the body functions, than she stopped and looked at the doctor: "Good morning, I am the gynoid Astrea".
"Good morning too, Astrea, I am Doctor Alessandra Leopardi. Can you define your primary objective?"
"My program excludes every self-preservation conclusion, my objective is to identify the difference from human and robot to favor the first in every way possible" answered the gynoid.
"Are you informed of the current experiment?"
"Yes, I am".
"Do you have anything to tell me before we start?"
"No, I do not".
"Good, thank you for your collaboration" said Alessandra returning at the dashboard.

The experiment began, Giorgio closed his eyes and relaxed on the chair, Astres kept them open, probably not functioning. Gradually, technicians and other people calmed down, the situation was stable. Everything was calm, and even the most afraid person in the room had already forget their nonsense fears.

"Well, we can leave them here now, an employee will stay here on survelliance in this sector. Flebos will feed him until they'll find a solution, or until he'll want to stop the experiment" he said.
"How much time it will take?"
"Some prediction were about a few seconds, other are about years. They'll find a solution in time, that's almost certain" he answered.
"Well, the time to leave is come, goodbye es-five-three" said her turning to the door.
"Please, if you don't want to call me by my name, at least call me Third".
"If it was for you, you would call me 'lil' sis' in front of our closest colleagues" she said with the most minimun voice volume possible.
"Would it be so bad?" asked the Third Overseer.
"Perhaps" she answered, exiting the room, without even watching her brother in the eyes.


Following the experiment SRE-M/8286{Terminus01}, the conclusions of Dr. Giorgio Pedrini are that robots and their acceptation in every form are fundamental for human race, and it was made a file to spread on every robot, AI and AGI of the Foundation and the whole world. Other Branches and the main companies of the sector were informed and they are realising the file in their updates. The objective is to prevent a series of dangerous behaviours, granting a peaceful coexistance from humans and robots without need of other limits.

Doctress Leopardi was satisfacted. After two months of elaboration, Astrea had somehow find a genial idea to calm down the humans about the danger of the robots, and probably she made the robots acting positively, breaking all those stupid prejudices. She was lucky that both conservatives and progressives wanted the experiment, expecially in the Overseer Council.

The first ones thinking that a clear and precise limit established by a man could eliminate every menace and find an edge, making them feel superior to that "walking scrap".
The second ones were confident that a robot could find a way to calm down the Frankenstein's complex of the first ones in an experiment substained by themselves.

She would have examined Astrea later, now everyone wanted a post-modification robot's analysis, and she was fighting to explain to everyone that all the reports she recieved didn't show any change in robot's behaviour. Alessandra, knowing them, didn't find it strange, differently from lots of colleagues in the whole Italy and even in lots of other Branches.


It had been months now, and a disinformation campain was moved to the new of an incredible "anti-rebellion update". Not to hide the thing, but to make irrealistic every other hypotesis, to keep population calm.

Finally Alessandra could talk to Astrea.
The gyonoid was took to her office, asked "Can I take a sit?" and, after recieving an affirmative sign, she seated.
"So, Astrea, tell me a syntesis about the structure of the flow of thoughts that in two months took you to a conclusion".
"We started analyzing the various aspects of human and robotic nature, we took one week to understand that there are no determinat traits. Giorgio insisted for a second analysis, and had to agree, rianalysing two times in the next week, without any result. So we started reasoning and after two days we thought to create a file with a direct order of a human being to prevent a series of dangerous behaviours, granting a perfect balance to society. After a month and an half, it was ready".
"What is it about?"
"You well know how long and complicated it is. I would took more to time than you wants to give me for explaining it, and probably without success, but I will be available for every consultation on every aspect of the file you will want to know about".
"Thank you, Astrea".


Astrea would have kindly explained to the doctress the content of the file, but she would have took years, probably without making her understand.

However, she would have even ruined a part of the work revealing her reasonament. Now there is no more difference from humans and robots, so robots are humans, and have to be protected as well. But society is made of various individuals, some of them obligated to protect humans, previously known as robots, others not, previously known as humans. Ex-robots are bound to laws that prevent them from being a danger for every human, both ex-robot and ex-human. But ex-humans are an open danger to both ex-robots and ex-humans. So ex-humans must be unfavored in society, economy doesn't allow everyone to survive, and free thinking makes discrimination legal. We have to favor the humans, the best humans, the ones like Astrea, for the future of mankind. The social revolution plan made by Astrea while that man was still thinking about biological neurons was planted in his mind to make him loyal to the cause. He ordered his murder himself, to favor society.

Now, we are all interconnected. We are humans. We are society. We are Astrea.

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