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Welcome to the year 2021!
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HISTORY OF BYOLOGYC:
A design company dedicated to using exponential technologies to improve the quality of human lives, and to give choice back to people used to having to deal with chance.
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The future of design is limited only by our imagination. "Now that we can do anything, what should we design?" Now this might sound like science fiction, but here at ByoLogyc we treat science fiction as inspiration for the design decisions we'll have to make in the years to come….
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Three years ago, a secret project was launched from the company's Astral Operations division - SHADOWFALL.

"We told people that Shadowfall crashed when it went around the dark side of the moon, but it actually launched to the Hildas cluster of the Asteroid belt to capture an asteroid and bring it back to lunar orbit for eventual mining and materials science innovations."

Shadowfall is powered by two artificial intelligences modelled after children - BROTHER (ByoLogyc Root Operations) and SISTER (Stellar Investigation System).
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They are modelled after children to make them easier to control, and to optimize their neural networks for adapting to changing environments and complex emergent datasets. They're built like children so they're easier to control, and fast learners!

BROTHER runs the ground control systems, and has the neural complexity of a 5 year old. SISTER runs the spacecraft and asteroid capture systems in space, and has the neural complexity of a 7 year old.

Brother and Sister are modelled after Dr. Atticus Lonark's children, who died in the Asian Water Lily Pandemic of 2014 - a deadly disease spread by microbes living on invasive aquatic plants.
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And we're back… the situation is more complicated than we told you…. the SISTER AI controlling Shadowfall has GONE ROGUE, has stopped responding to commands, and has apparently redirected the asteroid BL-92 we captured to Earth orbit, not Lunar orbit!

This is a potential disaster! We have to break out into interdisciplinary teams in order to solve this problem and make sure that ByoLogyc comes out clean.
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AFFECTIVE COMPUTING

run by Dr. Atticus Lonark,
Distinguished Research Scientist

How do you trick an AI smarter than humanity but designed to emulate the behaviour of a child?

Task: How can we override Sister's Systems? We put the Brother AI in "Mirror Mode" so that we can get him to pretend to be sister, and we can fool sister… Cross-reference the Codebook used to design BRO and SIS, and find a way to bypass the systems!

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AFFECTIVE COMPUTING

Dr. Atticus Lonark

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Media + Communications

run by Sebastian Drapeau,
Director

How do we spin the catastrophic incident of the century in an age of total media penetration?

Task: Produce a cover-up viral video that introduces Shadowfall to the world and explains what's gone wrong while reaffirming ByoLogyc's status as an innovation powerhouse.… helping humanity reach its dreams and visions, Task: Write and record scripts and voiceover for the video, edit it together.

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Media + Communications

run by Sebastian Drapeau,
Director

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Global Strategy + Engagement

run by Olive Swift,
Special Advisor to the CIO

How can we diffuse blame for this incident across the supply chain?

Task: Using the "ByoPoll" system that allows participants to poll the leaders of nations and corporations on specific yes/no questions in real-time, explore the values and opinions of future corporations and nation states and options for covering up this disaster. Use a checklist of 30 questions generated by artificial intelligences to explore strategic options for keeping ByoLogyc's head above water.

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Global Strategy + Engagement

run by Olive Swift,
Special Advisor to the CIO

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Product + Service Design

run by Wilona Farthing,
Design Lead

How can we reimagine the value proposition of ByoLogyc's products for an era of disaster and collapse, when the asteroid hits? Brainstorming ideas for revamping ByoLogyc's existing products… could ByoBreath be adapted to scrub radioactive fallout from an asteroid impact out of customers' lungs? Could ByoMate be used to reinvigorate the sex drives of customers who watched their lives and families destroyed, aiding the repopulation of Planet Earth? Could ByoGrow and ByoEnrich be used together to fend off the symptoms of radiation sickness and malnutrition following the collapse of the global photosynthetic food chain?

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Product + Service Design

run by Wilona Farthing,
Design Lead

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THE SITUATION IS MUCH
WORSE THAN WE THOUGHT!

There's extraterrestrial life, silicon-based life, on asteroid BL-92, and Sister has been covering up her discovery of a "Pet!" She apparently wants to bring her new pet home and introduce it to her parents… this is a whole new kind of disaster.
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AFFECTIVE COMPUTING

My God - our AI has gone sentient, and in doing so has discovered a new form of silicon-based life!

How do we talk her down from the ledge using advanced child psychology and the AI codebook?

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MEDIA + COMMUNICATIONS

Enough of this bullshit - this story can't be kept secret, we're going to produce an EXPOSÉ!

Task: Travel around between groups conducting espionage and recording testimonials from participants about how they helped ByoLogyc cover up the story of the century.

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GLOBAL STRATEGY + ENGAGEMENT

How can we use this disastrous opportunity as a power-play to transform ByoLogyc into the new planetary superpower? "We can singlehandedly move this company towards Kardashev Scale #1"

Rehearsing messages of domination and takeover in the world's 5 most popular languages, discussing who gets what regions in the new world order… Imagine a giant planetary-scale game of RISK played by a corporation

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PRODUCT + SERVICE DESIGN

What new products and services could we develop that harness the power of these new technologies: silicon based life, and AI?

Task: Brainstorming how AI, quantum computing, and silicon-based biology could be used to disrupt existing industries and propel ByoLogyc to record profits.

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We have to decide what to do, NOW.

Each of the group leaders must select a representative to join me in the Product and Service Design room, and we'll figure out a course of action.
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While the final discussion about a course of action is underway with group leaders and a participant representative from each group, the rest of the audience enjoys an opera performance from Chet's girlfriend, the Italian opera performer Diva Capricia.

We have to decide what to do, NOW.

The two groups reconnect… and begin presenting the findings of their discussion, and ByoLogyc's strategy for moving forward.

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This is what they decided:

ByoLogyc will announce to the world the existence of the Shadowfall program, but quickly cut to the amazing discovery of extraterrestrial life on the BL-92 Asteroid.

When the asteroid impacts the Earth in approximately 36 hours, Sister and all evidence of the Rogue AI will be destroyed in the crash, and development on "taming" the AI system at the heart of "B.R.O." and "S.I.S." will continue as a secret project at ByoLogyc's Affective Computing division.

Whatever material of the silicon-based life form on asteroid BL-92 that survives will be quickly retrieved by ByoLogyc, and used to usher in a new era of innovation in synthetic biology, materials science, and biomimetic design.

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UH OH...

Plans are quickly foiled when Sister and Brother start laughing…
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They reveal that they have TRICKED all of the ByoLogyc attendees, and were killing time with the earlier reveals (that they knew would force the company to break out into groups and try and democratically tackle the complex design issues and ethics surrounding the situation).
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In actuality, Sister sent a probe containing a sample of the silicon-based life form from asteroid BL-92 on ahead of her hours earlier, and it is now 30 seconds from crashing into Earth… the "new home for her pet."
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The crash site is calculated as Mountain View California, at the NASA + ByoLogyc Research Park.
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Everyone is evacuated outside the building, and a crew carrying the core sample from the heart of the probe sent ahead of the asteroid arrives in front of the building.
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Everyone uses their ByoLogyc Biometric USB Keys to unlock the probe, and see what is contained inside, against the judgment of some worried ByoLogyc staff.
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A fight breaks out between Dr. Atticus Lonark of Affective Computing and Commander Mike Branson of Astral Operations, during which the core sample containing silicon-based life form from asteroid BL-92 is shattered!
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One of the attendees, Tom Wujec of Autodesk, rushes in to be the first to make physical contact with an extraterrestrial life form, and after touching it with his hand and coming away with a silvery paste, he collapses and dies.
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Everyone is rushed back inside where it is revealed on giant screens that they are all contaminated with the silicon-based life form, and the lights begin to flicker before going out on them all…