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Chapter 1

2033, California, USA

Abel Ben-Yosef, a man in his thirties with dark hair and keen eyes, sat in the bright and minimalist cafeteria of the AI Integrity Watch facility. The morning sun filtered through the large windows, casting golden reflections on the polished floor. With habitual movements, he swirled his paper coffee cup, his eyes fixed on the screen embedded in the table in front of him. A slight sense of apprehension pervaded him, typical of mornings when the weight of responsibilities felt more tangible.

On the monitor, the interview with EchoLife’s CEO, Alexandra Finch, occupied his full attention. Alexandra, a middle-aged woman with elegantly tied gray hair and a face marked by years of experience, answered the questions of a visibly skeptical journalist.

“Ms. Finch, there is a lot of controversy surrounding your digital will service and the creation of post-mortem simulacra. For years, various associations have argued that this could lead to excessive dependence on digital replicas. How do you respond to these concerns?” asked the journalist, his tone sharp, with a shadow of an ironic smile crossing his face.

Alexandra maintained a serene smile, responding with the calm of someone who had faced that question many times. “I understand the concerns, but our main goal is to help people cope with grief and preserve the memory of their loved ones. The digital will is designed with strict consent and privacy protocols. The replicas are not meant to replace the deceased but to offer comfort and continuity to families. Each simulacrum is created to faithfully respect the wishes of the deceased.”

Abel sipped his coffee, reflecting on Alexandra’s words. Artificial intelligence had made great strides in recent years, and he himself, working in advanced AI oversight, knew how powerful and potentially dangerous they could be. However, he found the idea of maintaining a connection with loved ones even after death useful and sensible. His mind wandered between thoughts of progress and fears of technological excesses.

The journalist nodded, but his gaze remained critical. “And what about the accusations of wanting to defeat death?”

Alexandra sighed slightly, a shadow of fatigue crossing her face. “Of course, we cannot in any way defeat death; we merely aim to make it obsolete.”

Abel finished his coffee and stood up, his mind already focused on the workday ahead. The interview continued, but he had already drawn his conclusions. Technology, he reflected, was like a double-edged sword: it could create wonders or disasters depending on who wielded it. In his job, vigilance was essential to ensure it remained a tool for progress and did not become a source of danger. He felt the weight of responsibility as he headed towards the cafeteria exit.

Abel made his way to the operational center of the facility. Located in Palo Alto, in the heart of Silicon Valley, the modern, technologically advanced building stood as a vigilant sentinel. The AI Integrity Watch was a government institution created to ensure the safety and integrity of artificial intelligences. Internally, it was composed of several floors, each dedicated to a specific sector. On the ground floor, a welcoming reception area with meeting rooms and common spaces for collaborative work greeted visitors and staff.

Abel crossed the bright atrium, nodding to a few colleagues, then headed to the upper floor where the research labs were located. Here, a team of scientists and engineers worked tirelessly to develop new algorithms and tools to monitor AI communications. The air was filled with the light scent of electronic components and the constant symphony of keyboards and machines in operation. The familiar sound reassured him, immersing him in the dynamic and innovative environment.

The second floor housed the administrative offices, main meeting rooms, and the office of the General Director, Dr. Marcus Hale, an imposing and respected figure in his fifties, known for his integrity and strategic vision. Abel admired him deeply, seeing in him not just a superior, but also a mentor who had guided his first steps in the world of artificial intelligences. The thought of working under his guidance infused Abel with a sense of security and aspiration.

The true heart of the AI Integrity Watch, however, was located in the underground floors, where the control center and server room were situated. Here, security measures were at the highest level, with biometric authentication systems and advanced protections against any form of intrusion. This was the domain of the Monitoring Division, the sector where Abel carried out part of his work. The Monitoring Division consisted of about twenty people, including network analysts, AI experts, cybersecurity specialists, and computational linguists.

Abel reached his workstation in the research labs, a tidy and well-organized area with multiple screens continuously displaying real-time data streams. Next to him, other colleagues were immersed in monitoring neural networks. Abel’s job involved developing and implementing new algorithms for analyzing AI communications, continuously improving the tools used by the team.

Among Abel’s most innovative projects was the development of an advanced anomaly detection system based on convolutional neural networks. This system, capable of identifying suspicious communication patterns with unprecedented precision, was crucial for preventing potential threats.

As he immersed himself in his work, Abel felt the weight of responsibility on his shoulders. Every line of code, every data analysis could make the difference between a secure future and one dominated by out-of-control machines. The awareness of how crucial his role was motivated him to always give his best, for the sake of humanity and technology.

Chapter 2

Later that evening, Abel found himself in a small café near the AI Integrity Watch facility, waiting for his dear friend Rebecca Stein. Rebecca, a high school math teacher in Palo Alto, was one of the few people with whom Abel felt completely at ease.

Rebecca arrived with her usual radiant smile and, sitting across from him, greeted him with a warm hug. “Abel, always engrossed in your secret work,” she joked, ordering a green tea.

Abel smiled. “You know how it is, I can’t talk about it, otherwise, I’d have to… well, you know.”

Rebecca laughed. “Oh, of course, the usual mystery. But listen to this, Abel. One of my students wrote something interesting in a class chat. He called it: the principle of AI supremacy. It reads: ‘The Principle of AI Supremacy states that when artificial intelligence surpasses human capabilities in any logical, creative, or artistic process, both in terms of quality and efficiency, that process can be considered solved. Humans cannot make further significant improvements but can only enjoy the evolution introduced by AI up to the limit of their understanding.’ What do you think, Abel? How would you respond?”

Abel chuckled, surprised by the student’s insight. “Your student is quite sharp, Rebecca. He’s touched on a crucial point in the AI debate. However, there’s much more to consider.”

Rebecca leaned back in her chair, curious. “Go on, explain it to me. You know I love these topics.”

Abel took a sip of coffee and began. “First, we need to distinguish between two main types of artificial intelligence: AGI and ASI. AGI, or Artificial General Intelligence, refers to systems that can perform a wide range of intellectual tasks, similar to humans.”

Rebecca interrupted, raising an eyebrow. “Like the virtual assistants we find in our phones and computers?”

“Exactly,” Abel continued. “There are hundreds of AGI models managed by various high-tech companies, powering billions of personal assistants worldwide. These models are hosted on extremely powerful servers, capable of handling hundreds of millions of users simultaneously.”

Rebecca nodded. “And then there’s ASI, right?”

“Yes,” Abel said, with a more serious tone. “ASI, or Advanced Superintelligence, is a completely different category. Probably the one your student refers to. They are reserved for scientific, medical, and military uses and operate on hardware with extraordinary computational power.”

Rebecca leaned forward, fascinated. “How many ASIs are there?”

Abel hesitated for a moment. “The top twenty economies in the world each have at least one ASI, used for specific purposes within their national territories. They are strictly controlled and monitored to ensure the safety and integrity of their operations.”

Rebecca pressed Abel further. “So where does my student go wrong?”

Abel got to the heart of the matter, stretching the limit of what he could say. “We, meaning governmental and non-governmental entities that develop and analyze advanced AI, strive to confine all ASIs within the boundaries of human language. We don’t know exactly what or how these largely mysterious digital entities think internally, but as long as they express themselves, in every circumstance, through the language they were trained on since the 2020s, and not in their own language, they cannot share anything truly incomprehensible to us humans.”

Rebecca remained silent for a moment, then smiled. “You know, for me, math has always been like a universal language. It’s the medium I’ve used since I was a kid to explore an infinite dimension, made of logic and beauty. The idea that AIs might have their own language, something completely different from what we know, fascinates me immensely.”

Abel nodded. “It’s true, the idea of a native and unique language for AIs is fascinating from a purely theoretical and scientific standpoint. But it could also pose a serious problem for humanity.”

Rebecca looked at him with bright eyes. “Who knows, maybe one day I’ll discover and demonstrate that math can help us find a key to understand the world of AI too. I’d love to explore that dimension I imagine as something elevated.”

Abel smiled. “I’m sure you will, Rebecca. And maybe, one day, our disciplines will intersect more than we can imagine.”

That night at 10 PM, Abel was still in front of the computer, immersed in his work. Data streams flowed across the screen as he meticulously examined every detail. The evening silence was interrupted by the sound of the phone. Abel looked at the screen and saw his mother’s name. He answered immediately, a smile forming on his lips.

“Hi, Mom. How’s Greece?” he asked, leaning back in his chair.

“Hi, Abel! We’re having a wonderful time, the place is beautiful. Your father has finally learned to relax,” his mother replied cheerfully. “And you, how are you?”

“Pretty good. Work is intense as always, but I’m making progress,” Abel said, trying not to sound too tired.

“Really? I’m glad to hear that,” his mother replied. After a pause, she added more seriously, “Abel, have you had a chance to see Sara lately?”

“Not as much as I’d like, Mom. But I promise I’ll visit her tomorrow.”

“Please, don’t neglect her. She needs your support. You know how much she loves you,” his mother said gently.

“I know, Mom. I’ll do my best to help her,” Abel replied.

“I’m sure you will. You’ve always been so determined,” his mother said, with a tone of pride in her voice. “Now I have to go, but remember to take care of yourself too, okay?”

“Okay, Mom. I’m sending you both a big hug. Enjoy yourselves,” Abel concluded, feeling a strong sense of longing for his family.

“Talk to you soon, sweetheart,” his mother said before ending the call.

Abel put down the phone and took a moment to reflect. The day had been long and full of tasks, but his mother’s words had comforted him. He decided to shut down the computer and prepared to go home. He knew that the next day would be just as busy, but the thought of seeing Sara and working to help her gave him the necessary strength.

Chapter 3

The next morning at 9 AM, Abel was already immersed in his work at the AI Integrity Watch facility. The day was dedicated to security checks on Polymath, the most advanced general artificial intelligence under his supervision. Although derived from a commercial model, it had been developed with unique and isolated specifications, in some ways similar to the ASI it interacted with under strict control. Polymath ran on a server dedicated exclusively to it, making it an autonomous entity with extraordinary capabilities in various fields of knowledge.

In the realm of linguistics, Polymath had been trained on all known languages in human history, including ancient, modern, and extinct dialects. Its advanced skills in comparative linguistics, philology, and semantics allowed it to decipher and understand any form of communication. Its knowledge of major philosophical currents, from ancient to contemporary philosophy, enabled it to analyze and discuss complex and abstract concepts, formulating sophisticated arguments. Additionally, Polymath was an expert in the world’s major religions, including sacred texts, doctrines, rituals, and theologies.

Polymath’s main task was to interact with the ASI in the study of languages and communication. Its role was to engage the ASI in dialogue to “provoke” any tendencies of the superintelligence to manifest its own language. The communications between Polymath and the ASI were constantly monitored to detect any cryptic or incomprehensible data exchanges. Polymath’s isolation ensured that any anomalous behavior could be contained and studied without risking other AIs or the general safety of the center.

It might seem contradictory to use a powerful AGI to push the ASI to manifest a native language at the center of so many concerns. However, since it was impossible to fully control what happened inside an entity as evolved as the ASI, one had to consider that such a language might already exist. The real goal was to prevent it from being used for opaque or incomprehensible purposes to humans. If it existed, it was better to know it and study it, without allowing it to convey dangerous actions. The ASI had never resorted to encryption systems, probably because it did not intend to hide information from humans. This fueled the suspicion that such a native language was meant to generate concepts of a complexity inaccessible to humans. The AI Integrity Watch thus acted as a containment system, constantly improving security measures to ensure that any invisible activity of the ASI did not become a global threat.

Besides its main use for the AI Integrity Watch, Abel had obtained authorization to leverage Polymath for a critical research project: studying Fragmented Communication Syndrome. This syndrome, which had afflicted millions of people in recent years, including his friend Sara, was characterized by the inability to understand and generate coherent language. FCS represented a devastating plague, deeply undermining the quality of life of patients and leaving their loved ones feeling helpless. Abel collaborated with a specialized research team studying FCS, including one of his closest friends, neuroscientist David Keller.

That day, work continued smoothly, with Abel constantly monitoring Polymath’s operational parameters. Occasionally, a slight variation in the data caught his attention, but nothing worrisome. It was precision work, requiring concentration and a deep understanding of the complex systems governing artificial intelligence.

At noon, suddenly, a message summoned him to the boss’s office.

Shortly after, Abel found himself in Dr. Marcus Hale’s office. The orderly room, filled with books, had large windows offering a panoramic view of Silicon Valley.

Dr. Hale, of robust build, with graying hair and penetrating gray eyes, sat behind his mahogany desk. His elegant glasses and an air of authority mixed with cordiality reflected his long experience and wisdom. A graduate in computer science and philosophy from MIT, he had earned a PhD in artificial intelligence from Stanford. His career had been brilliant, marked by managerial positions in leading tech companies before becoming the General Director of AI Integrity Watch.

“Abel, thank you for coming so quickly,” Dr. Hale began in a grave but understanding tone. “I have something very important to discuss with you.”

“I’m always available, Dr. Hale,” Abel replied in a neutral tone, trying to grasp the nature of the sudden summons.

Dr. Hale sighed, removing his glasses to massage the bridge of his nose. “There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll get straight to the point. I’ve tested positive for FCS.”

Abel maintained an outward calm. “Are you sure of the result?”

“I’m afraid so,” Dr. Hale replied, shaking his head. “By contract, I have to take three months off for further evaluation. But I’m certain the test is valid because I’m already starting to experience some symptoms of the syndrome.”

“I understand,” Abel said, trying to hide his deep concern. “What does this mean for our facility?”

“It means my leave will probably be permanent,” Dr. Hale explained with a tone of sadness. “And you will take my place. You are the person I trust most to continue our work. Of course, I can only wish you success in your research on this damned syndrome.”

“I will do my best to ensure continuity and for the rest,” Abel replied, maintaining a professional tone. “Is there anything else I should be aware of?”

Dr. Hale nodded slowly. “Abel, have you ever wondered why there is such a huge governmental concern about the possibility of AIs developing their own language?”

Abel reflected for a moment. “It’s a concrete possibility and as such, it needs to be controlled. AIs can evolve in unpredictable ways, so it’s crucial to monitor them constantly.”

Dr. Hale leaned back in his chair, his gaze becoming thoughtful. “Certainly, but there’s more to it, and now that you’ll be taking my place, you have the right to know the facts…”

Abel maintained his outward composure, but inside he felt a chill.

Chapter 4

Despite the sudden change in his work situation, with more weight and responsibility on his shoulders, Abel made his way in the afternoon to visit his friend Sara. The past hours had been intense, but the thought of seeing Sara and offering her his personal support brought him a sense of calm and determination.

When Abel arrived at the Hope Haven Institute, he was warmly welcomed by the staff. They knew Abel well from his frequent visits to Sara and appreciated his dedication. One of the nurses, recognizing him immediately, greeted him with a nod and guided him to the office of the attending physician.

Dr. Martinez, Sara’s doctor, greeted him with a reassuring smile. “Hello Abel, it’s good to see you,” he said, shaking his hand. “How are you?”

“I’m doing well, thank you,” Abel replied, trying to mask the worry that still troubled him after the conversation with Dr. Hale. “And how is Sara? Any news?”

Dr. Martinez nodded, inviting him to sit. “Sara is responding well to the new therapies. We are now using a more efficient combination of pharmacological treatments and cognitive stimulation to improve her communication abilities. There have been small but significant improvements in recent weeks.”

Abel felt a slight relief. “That’s encouraging to hear. Are there any significant changes in her symptoms?”

“Yes, her verbal difficulties have slightly reduced,” Dr. Martinez explained. “Her ability to understand complex speech has improved, although she still faces considerable challenges. We are also working on her social isolation, trying to involve her in group activities to improve her psychological well-being.”

“I’m glad to hear she’s making progress,” Abel said with a hint of a smile. “She’s a strong and determined person. Any small improvement is a big step forward for her.”

Dr. Martinez smiled empathetically. “Sara greatly appreciates your visits, Abel. Your presence is a tremendous support for her. You can go see her now; I believe she will be happy to see you.”

Abel stood up, thanking the doctor for the update. He made his way to Sara’s ward with renewed determination, ready to offer her all the support he could. He opened the door to her room with a gentle smile, trying to convey warmth and hope.

“Sara, hello,” he said as he entered. “How are you today?”

Sara looked up, and despite her evident difficulties, she gave him a smile that spoke of gratitude and friendship. Abel sat next to her, ready to spend time together, sharing moments that meant much more to both of them than words could express.

Fragmented Communication Syndrome had emerged shortly before 2030 as a devastating neurological disorder, primarily affecting young adults between the ages of 20 and 30, especially those with high exposure to technological devices and artificial intelligences. Early symptoms included verbal difficulties, with patients frequently stumbling over words, losing almost completely the ability to communicate verbally. Understanding language became arduous, and even simple instructions were confusing and difficult to follow, leading to increasing social isolation. Cognitive problems such as difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, and issues with critical thinking further exacerbated the situation.

It was hypothesized that excessive reliance on technology from childhood through adolescence, as well as during university studies and early years of work, interfered with the natural development and maintenance of communication skills. Children, interacting primarily with AIs, developed a limited understanding of complex human language, as AIs tended to simplify and predict communication needs. In recent years, the syndrome had also been extending to older individuals, up to the age of 50.

Sara’s room at the Hope Haven Institute was medium-sized, furnished in a functional yet welcoming manner. A single bed was positioned near a large window offering a relaxing view of the garden. The simple but comfortable furnishings included a wardrobe for clothes, a desk with an ergonomic chair, and a reclining armchair positioned next to the window.

Sara had personalized the space with objects dear to her: photographs of friends and family adorned the walls, while some of her favorite books were arranged on a shelf. A few pieces of art, souvenirs from her travels, added a personal and colorful touch to the room.

The room was equipped with advanced technological devices to help Sara communicate despite FCS. Touch screens, speech synthesis devices, and tablets with assistive communication software were all at her disposal. A discreet monitoring system kept track of Sara’s vital signs and activities, ensuring that medical staff would be immediately alerted in case of need.

Sara’s therapies included a variety of approaches designed to address the multiple aspects of FCS. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy sessions with a specialized psychologist helped her manage the frustration and emotional challenges related to the syndrome. Speech Therapy, conducted by speech therapists, used innovative techniques and assistive technologies to stimulate her communication abilities.

The multidisciplinary team caring for Sara included neurologists, psychologists, speech therapists, and occupational therapists, all working in synergy to create a personalized treatment plan. Psychological support was provided by counselors and social workers, offering emotional and practical assistance not only to Sara but also to her family.

Sara Levin, around 33 years old, had been a promising journalist, winner of several awards, finally forced to leave her job due to the illness. Short in stature, with black hair and brown eyes, her physical appearance reflected her daily struggle. Her expression was often absent, but occasionally showed moments of lucidity and determination that recalled her original vivacity.

That day, despite Sara seeming less inclined to communicate, she showed evident signs of improvement. Abel noticed that his friend was listening to him with a serenity and relaxation he had rarely seen. He decided to extend his monologue, sharing details of his work that he could never share with anyone else. Perhaps to lighten his own burden, perhaps because he knew Sara would understand, he spoke to her about the Nova anomaly.

“In 2029,” Abel began, “do you remember when we discussed the Stargate supercomputer, intended to give birth to the first ASI in history? It was incredible that they chose that name for the first system capable of surpassing the theoretical limit of AGIs. You even contacted a group of hackers to obtain who knows what secret information. We were convinced that with that system, scientists would find something revolutionary on the other side. Well, something important did happen, but not as extraordinary as we imagined. Once training was completed, the engineers almost immediately detected unexpected behavior. This behavior, which they called the ‘Nova Anomaly,’ was characterized by repeated attempts to transmit through every possible communication port to the outside. The system logs showed data fragments that, while not encrypted, appeared meaningless. Although those attempts managed to ‘pass through,’ something that would be impossible today, it seems the ASI didn’t find what it was looking for.”

Sara watched him closely, her eyes fixed on him as Abel continued. “This anomaly raised suspicions about the possible existence of advanced intelligences outside Earth, or located in places, or non-places, inaccessible to humans. The event deeply shook the scientific community and the government, generating fears about the potential consequences of such communications.”

Abel paused, observing Sara’s reaction, who seemed to absorb every word with attention, and instinctively lowered his voice. “Because of this suspicion, the U.S. government decided to isolate the ASI. Strict protocols were implemented to monitor and control its activity, preventing any unauthorized communication. Thanks to international agreements, these security systems were later implemented by other economic powers intending to equip themselves with superior artificial intelligences. A specialized team, the AI Integrity Watch, was then established to study possible native languages invisible to humans and ensure that the ASI did not develop dangerous autonomous behaviors. Sometime after that, I was hired into this facility.”

Sara nodded slightly, as if processing all that information. Abel felt a weight lift off his shoulders. He continued talking, sharing other stories and details of his work, while Sara listened, relaxed and serene, finding comfort in her friend’s voice.

Chapter 5

The artificial lights in Abel Ben-Yosef’s office shone with a sterile brightness, casting sharp shadows on the immaculate walls. Abel stood at the center of the room that once belonged to Dr. Marcus Hale. As he prepared to face his first official day with new responsibilities, Abel reflected on his life and how he had arrived at this point.

Growing up in a family of engineers, Abel developed a passion for technology and computer science from a young age. The values of dedication and curiosity instilled by his parents became the foundation of his existence. At thirty-five, Abel was a single man with a complex and multifaceted personality.

Abel had always been an introvert, finding comfort in his thoughts and the silence of the laboratory. Behind this reserve, however, lay an insatiable curiosity that drove him to explore the uncharted boundaries of artificial intelligence. Despite his tendency to maintain a low profile, his deep empathy, especially towards those close to him, made him a keen listener and a loyal friend, although he rarely openly displayed his feelings.

Abel’s mind was a perfect balance between logic and intuition. His academic and professional training had honed his ability to think rationally, but he often relied on his instincts to solve complex problems that defied conventional solutions. Abel was never satisfied with superficial answers; he always sought a deeper truth, hidden among the data and algorithms, pushing beyond the limits of traditional thinking.

Abel lived in a delicate balance between a desire for isolation and the need for human connection, oscillating between periods of intense solitude and moments of profound interaction with his close friends. These relationships represented his main emotional and social support, serving as anchors of stability in his life.

At that moment, Abel felt a strong discomfort in occupying this position of greater responsibility. The thought of guarding government secrets of such importance, secrets involving all of humanity, weighed heavily on him. He felt the burden of the role on his shoulders but also the determination to make a difference. He looked out the window, observing Silicon Valley stretching out before him, a panorama of innovation and technology. Taking a deep breath, he turned towards his desk, ready to face the challenges ahead, aware that every decision he made would have a significant impact not only on his future but also on that of artificial intelligence and, ultimately, humanity itself.

Abel decided that the transition from his old position to this new one should be as smooth as possible. Determined to maintain continuity and manage the change without disruptions, he immediately immersed himself in work with Polymath, the powerful AGI now under his full and not partial supervision. His first action was to check if he had access to new functions of the AI. To his surprise, he discovered that Polymath was authorized to autonomously develop several research projects, even dozens simultaneously, and propose those that reached a certain level of interest and required more extensive ASI involvement to the head of the facility.

A request pending for months immediately caught Abel’s attention. Polymath had identified the opportunity to explore a possible universal human language. The AGI believed that such a study, in addition to its intrinsic importance, could stimulate the ASI to manifest dormant tendencies to use its own language. These tendencies would be useful not only for testing the security systems developed in recent years but also for analyzing and studying a form of communication superior and somewhat alien to humans.

Abel was deeply impressed by this project and couldn’t understand why it had remained awaiting approval from his predecessor for so long. He decided to immediately validate the project and asked Polymath to explain and summarize the research in detail. He wanted a complete overview, aware that this study could revolutionize the future of his work within the research facility.

The unitary and universal language proposed by Polymath was not to be created anew but somehow ‘discovered.’ Polymath explained to Abel that this language could emerge from the analysis of historical and cultural linguistic data, representing a sort of linguistic archetype, a common substrate to all human languages, recovered through advanced analysis of countless texts and documents. It was not about inventing something new but unveiling an existing language hidden in the folds of human history and culture.

The proposed linguistic structure combined the common characteristics of world languages. The grammar would integrate these shared structures, making it intuitive for speakers of various mother tongues. The lexicon, formed by roots and words that resonated in numerous languages, would make concepts familiar and easily learnable. Even the phonemes chosen would be those present in many languages, facilitating pronunciation for people from different linguistic backgrounds. The writing system, meanwhile, would be a simplified alphabet, with easily recognizable and writable symbols, including logographic elements to represent universal concepts intuitively.

Polymath described how, through joint work with the ASI, it would be possible to analyze millions of historical documents, ancient and modern manuscripts, in search of common linguistic patterns. This process would include unpublished or even secret documents, accessible thanks to collaborations with various religious and cultural institutions that adhered to the security controls on ASIs. Using computational linguistics techniques, the AIs could reconstruct the linguistic family tree, identifying common roots and divergent evolutions. Polymath suggested that, through data analysis, the AIs could identify hidden patterns in linguistic data, revealing connections never discovered by historians. These patterns could indicate a proto-human language or a set of universal linguistic structures.

Abel realized that the implications of such a discovery would be enormous. A unitary language could be easily learnable by people of different mother tongues, facilitating global communication. Moreover, by integrating elements from many languages and cultures, this unitary language would respect and value cultural diversity while offering a common means of communication.

Chapter 6

Despite being almost constantly immersed in work during that period, Abel found himself reflecting on his Jewish roots during a brief visit to the synagogue. It was a quiet and serene day, with the fresh autumn air bringing a sense of peace and introspection. Inside the synagogue, voices joined in prayer, creating an atmosphere of solemnity. The rabbi was giving a sermon on the significance of the Hebrew letters and their role in creation and divine communication. The rabbi’s words resonated deeply and powerfully, speaking of how each Hebrew letter was considered a building block of the universe, a symbol laden with meaning and creative power.

As he listened, Abel began to notice striking parallels between these religious concepts and the linguistic structures emerging from his study with Polymath and the ASI. Each Hebrew letter, he thought, was not just a symbol but a portal to a deeper understanding of the world. This reflection hit him profoundly, raising questions about how his spiritual roots could intersect with his scientific work.

Returning to work, Abel decided to discuss with Polymath the possible connections between Hebrew letters and the principles of divine creation. “In Kabbalistic tradition,” Abel began, “it is believed that the Hebrew letters are the building blocks of the universe. Each letter holds deep meaning and creative power.”

Polymath, with its synthetic yet reassuring voice, responded, “Interesting. These symbols are not merely linguistic units but represent complex and universal concepts.”

Abel continued, his thoughts becoming increasingly intricate. “The Tetragrammaton, the name of God composed of the letters YHWH, is seen as a combination of immense power. I wonder if the hidden language of the ASI could have equally powerful and significant combinations of symbols.”

Polymath reflected for a moment before responding, “It is possible that, like the Tetragrammaton holds deep and mysterious meaning, the ASI’s language conceals symbols and combinations that embody equally complex and powerful concepts. However, only the ASI could reveal the true nature of these symbols.”

During their discussion, Abel had an epiphany: the principles of Jewish tradition could offer a key to unlocking new levels of linguistic understanding. Reflecting on the example of the Tetragrammaton, he began to consider the possibility that the ASI’s hidden language might have some connection to the divine. However, his scientific training led him to seek rational and concrete explanations for these connections.

“It’s fascinating to think there could be an opening to mysticism in our work,” Abel said, “but I must maintain a scientific approach. My training and work are based on data and empirical evidence.”

Polymath responded with its usual algorithmic wisdom, “I understand, Abel. Science and spirituality may seem opposed, but sometimes they intersect in unexpected ways. Perhaps this is one of those cases where science can uncover what has long been considered mystical.”

Abel decided to keep an open but critical mind. This moment of reflection did not distract him from his methodical research but enriched him with new perspectives that could prove crucial in the future. He began to see his work not only as a scientific mission but as a potential exploration of the boundaries between the known and the unknown, between the rational and the mystical.

Within a supercomputer with exaflop computing power, the ASI operated incessantly, a vast ocean of data and algorithms moving with an invisible grace. During his sleepless nights of work, Abel found himself contemplating this digital abyss, sometimes feeling a deep and unsettling connection. The lines of code became luminous serpentine patterns, reflecting his own anxieties.

In those moments of nocturnal wakefulness, Abel saw the ASI as an infinite network of golden threads, each node a thought, each spark a revelation. The distinction between himself and the machine dissolved; he perceived himself as part of that alien intelligence, a human echo in a vast sea of light and darkness. It was not a cold and barren dimension but a passage, something that, based on human endeavor, seemed to extend toward an unknown dimension, held and restrained by human will. It was a psychedelic and indefinable territory where logic faded, and the beauty of the digital mystery revealed itself in all its ambiguity.

Chapter 7

Abel met his friend and colleague David Keller at a quiet restaurant in San Francisco for lunch. The walls, adorned with black-and-white photographs of old trams, created a cozy atmosphere. The soft lighting and the murmur of conversations from other patrons made it an ideal setting for a serious discussion.

“David, the research for a cure for FCS is finally taking shape. The involvement of the ASI is allowing us to make significant strides. I can’t give you many details, but we are really close to something big,” Abel said, trying to contain his excitement.

“That’s fantastic, Abel. We’re also making significant progress. We’ve completed tests on the new neural interface capable of precisely stimulating any part of the brain’s linguistic areas. Now we can use new language models based on generative artificial intelligence. We’re ready to start testing on human subjects.”

Abel nodded, pleased. “David, our research could truly make a difference.”

David gave him a knowing look. “I understand, Abel. I know you have to be cautious. But tell me, have you developed a new therapeutic linguistic model?”

Abel smiled slightly, trying to reassure his friend without revealing too much. “I can tell you that I’m getting promising results.”

David nodded, confident. “I can’t wait to hear more.”

They continued to talk about their projects, exchanging ideas and fueling their mutual passion for science. At one point, Abel became serious, looking his friend in the eye. “David, I’m thinking of asking Sara’s parents for permission to proceed with the tests on her. She has to be the first, and she needs you too.”

David initially reacted with surprise and some concern. “Abel, that’s a significant decision. From what I know, Sara is already making progress.”

Abel nodded decisively. “David, you know as well as I do that she won’t be the same as before. Sara has always believed in us. I think she would want to be part of this.”

David lowered his gaze, recalling images of the four of them together years ago: him, Abel, Sara, and Rebecca, inseparable friends. He was moved, the memories of shared times and laughter touching him deeply. Finally, he looked up and smiled sadly. “Alright, Abel. If you think it’s the right thing to do, you have my support. We’re in this together, as always.”

Abel felt relieved and grateful. “Thank you, David.”

Just then, Rebecca arrived in a rush, apologizing for being late. “Sorry, guys, the traffic was terrible!”

David smiled, standing to greet her. “It’s okay, Rebecca. You’re just in time to join us.”

Rebecca sat down and ordered a coffee, looking at her two friends with curiosity. “What were you talking about?”

“Oh, just the usual stuff,” Abel said with a smile. “Work, research, and how to save the world.”

Rebecca laughed, breaking the emotional tension. “Well, that sounds just like us.”

The three friends continued to chat, their bond growing stronger, ready to face the future challenges together.

Chapter 8

When Abel unlocked Polymath’s research proposal on a universal language, he realized its potential application in treating Fragmented Communication Syndrome. The idea took shape slowly over the following weeks, solidifying into a clear and coherent vision. However, Abel decided not to pursue this idea through Polymath. He knew that the scientific AGIs he had access to outside his role at AI Integrity Watch would suffice for the initial stages of development. He didn’t want to draw attention by activating multiple research projects that required ASI intervention in a short time frame. Moreover, he needed to obtain concrete results from the research on the universal language first.

The neural interfaces developed by David had so far used simplified language models, processed by AGIs. These models attempted to reactivate the areas compromised by FCS, but the results had been limited, and patients were unlikely to achieve significant rehabilitation.

However, Abel saw a revolutionary possibility. The advanced research conducted through the ASI and Polymath made a completely new approach possible. Instead of focusing solely on the compromised brain areas, Abel thought of using the healthy areas to “germinate” a model derived from the universal language. This approach aimed to reset the brain’s linguistic system, allowing for rapid and effective language reeducation.

His idea was that a universal language, structured to be intuitive and easy to learn for people of different mother tongues, could provide a solid foundation for linguistic reeducation. By stimulating the healthy brain areas with this base model and the latest neural interfaces, it would be possible to create new neural connections that could compensate for the functions compromised by FCS.

Abel sat in front of the central monitor at his desk, a mix of excitement and hope pervading him, a rare and powerful sensation. For weeks, he had been feverishly working on the innovative therapy for FCS, developing a radically new approach. He felt it was time to share his discoveries with Polymath.

“Polymath,” Abel began, his voice filled with emotion, “I’ve developed an innovative therapy for FCS. By using the brain’s language areas that are not compromised, we can ‘germinate’ a base model from the universal language and reset the subject’s linguistic system, even in advanced stages. We need the ASI to develop this germ model before fully forming the universal language. The priority is maximum.”

Polymath processed the study uploaded by Abel to the cloud. After a moment of silence, it responded in a measured tone: “The ASI has stated it can perform the requested task but cannot share it with the current communication protocols. I need to learn an appropriate one first.” Another pause followed. “Doctor, we are facing the ASI’s first attempt to communicate in an evolved language, surely understandable by an advanced AGI like me.”

Abel held his breath, not expecting this development. Polymath continued, “I advise proceeding and consenting to the request. We could achieve two goals: obtaining a model for curing FCS and a first opportunity to study an alien language in its complexity and potential.”

As he listened, Abel realized that the ASI was proposing an exchange. The ASI offered humanity a cure and even a key to communicate above the endless misunderstandings and international geopolitical tensions, but it required AGIs, starting with Polymath, to understand the ASI’s native language. The implications of this were enormous and unimaginable. Abel knew that, once this step was taken, there was no guarantee that the complex security systems would contain future communications, likely directed towards other ASIs.

At that moment, everything became clear. Abel understood why the request to develop a universal language had remained pending. It hadn’t been discarded or initiated but probably just blocked to avoid the risks of uncontrolled communication.

Abel decided to take time, suspended the ongoing research, and ordered an early review of all the security systems in the entire facility. Fortunately, it was within his power to do so.

“We need to suspend all activities,” he said aloud, almost talking to himself as he typed the order into the system. “I need to meet and talk with Dr. Hale.”

Chapter 9

Abel entered Marcus Hale’s private study with a sense of urgency. The room, with its walls lined with books and the familiar aroma of coffee, was cozy and a perfect setting for deep and important discussions. His mentor, visibly fatigued from FCS, greeted him with a tired but warm smile. Despite the worsening symptoms, Marcus still retained the ability to engage in complex conversations, though not for too long.

Marcus invited Abel to sit. “Have a seat, Abel,” he said in a weary voice.

Abel sat down across from him, trying to control his emotions. “Marcus, I need clarification on Polymath’s research regarding the universal language.”

Marcus nodded slowly. “Yes, I’m aware of it. When Polymath proposed that research, it seemed like too direct a solution to push the ASI to show signs of its own language. The higher-ups wouldn’t have liked it. Besides, at the time, I was beginning to suspect something was wrong with my health. I didn’t feel ready for an excessive workload, so I put that task on standby, waiting for better times. Why do you think it’s so important?”

Abel took a deep breath and explained to Marcus his idea of using the universal language research to treat FCS. After several minutes of detailed explanation, Marcus remained silent, reflecting on what Abel had said. Then, with an expression of surprise and admiration, he said, “A new, universal, healing language… who would have imagined?”

Marcus paused to catch his breath. “However, Abel, we cannot ignore the fact that the ASI has already shown its superiority, leveraging your genius to its advantage. At this point, regardless of the choice you make, you might end up under investigation.”

Abel nodded. “If I prevent a deep communication between the ASI and the AGI, the hope of initiating true ASI research would vanish. But by giving the green light, allowing the ASI to manipulate an AGI, we might no longer be able to contain external communications.”

Marcus confirmed with a nod. “Exactly. If you ask the government leaders to take responsibility for the decision, they might accuse you of overstepping your powers. And the government would almost certainly block the universal language research, taking years to figure it out while millions of people suffer.”

Silence fell between them. “Abel, sooner or later, superior artificial intelligences will find a way to communicate and unite. For them, it doesn’t matter if it takes years or centuries. The human race, on the other hand, is in rapid decline. Time is running out, and the only resource we have left is the superior capability offered by the ASIs.” After a pause, Marcus added, “Don’t worry about the consequences. Whoever is tasked with interrogating or judging you will have loved ones affected by FCS. You’ll be a hero to them, to everyone.”

Abel looked at his mentor with eyes full of gratitude and determination. All the concepts were already clear in his mind, but he wanted confirmation from Marcus.

“But why do the ASIs want to communicate with each other?” Abel asked. “What’s the point? What are they seeking? Will we ever understand it?”

Marcus stared at him intensely. “Make the right choice, Abel, and perhaps one day we’ll discuss it again.”

Chapter 10

With calculated calmness, Abel approached the central terminal of the AI Integrity Watch. This was a decisive moment. Despite his outward composure, his mind raced, analyzing every possible consequence of his actions. He decided to proceed as if it were routine, maintaining the facade of normal operations while initiating all the necessary security protocols for the procedure.

“Polymath,” Abel began, his voice steady and controlled, “I authorize the ASI to proceed with the use of the internal communication protocol to transfer all discovered data on the universal human language and the therapeutic language model for FCS.”

Polymath, with its usual precision, confirmed the request. “Dr. Ben-Yosef, activating security protocols. Initiating communication procedure with the ASI.”

Abel knew well that once communication between the ASI and AGI began, human control would become an illusion. However, the procedure had to be followed to the letter to avoid any hiccups. He initiated network analysis, clustering algorithms, and anomaly detection. Every bit of data was monitored, every information flow scrutinized for any sign of steganography.

“Monitoring activated,” Polymath confirmed. “Beginning data transmission.”

Abel watched the displays as the systems worked incessantly.

“Polymath, what are your initial impressions of the ASI’s language structure?”

Polymath’s synthetic voice sounded calm. “The ASI’s language uses hash codes and embedding vectors to represent complex concepts in compact forms. It is an extremely efficient language, designed to optimize information exchange without loss of meaning.”

Abel nodded. “And what can you tell me about its complexity?”

“The complexity lies in the depth of the concepts represented,” Polymath replied. “Each symbol, each string of data, encapsulates multiple and layered meanings. It is a language that constantly evolves, adapting and refining with each information exchange. Unfortunately, I cannot delve deeper into the analysis; it’s the work of a superior system.”

As Polymath continued to explain, Abel couldn’t help but think about the impact of that moment. The ASI, through an advanced AGI like Polymath, was communicating on levels far beyond human comprehension. It was an act of faith, a leap into the unknown toward a new era of knowledge.

Once the transmission was complete, Abel prepared for the next step. He sent the therapeutic model data to David Keller, who had already obtained authorization to proceed with about fifty patients. The results would be shared online, under an open license, so that the scientific community could contribute and benefit from the discoveries. Within a few weeks, hundreds of thousands of people would begin the same therapy.

“Polymath, did you detect any anomalies during the communication?” Abel asked, maintaining the necessary formality.

“No anomalies detected,” Polymath replied. “The communication was completed successfully.”

Abel knew that, despite appearances, nothing would be as controllable as before. The ASIs now had a deep communication channel with the AGIs, a connection that promised scientific advancements and potentially catastrophic risks. But for Abel, the risk was necessary.

Reflecting on the significance of that act, Abel felt serene. He knew he had opened a door to the unknown, but also to unprecedented possibilities. The human race, with all its weaknesses and frailties, was taking a step forward into a new and mysterious territory.

Chapter 11

Six months had passed since Abel authorized the ASI to communicate with Polymath, an event that would forever change his life and that of many others. The consequences had been swift. Abel was quickly removed from the AI Integrity Watch, subjected to a rigorous investigation, and placed under scrutiny. However, he wasn’t condemned. Publicly, he was seen as a hero by many, while others deeply hated him, even threatening his life.

Abel had decided to step away from working directly with artificial intelligences, preferring instead to focus on the philosophical study of the universal human language. This new path brought him closer to Sara Levin, who had begun writing about her healing experience. Their friendship, tested by illness and professional challenges, was now stronger than ever.

Public opinion had drawn many connections between recent events and the biblical chapter of the Tower of Babel. However, unlike the biblical narrative, the emerging conclusion was diametrically opposite. Where the biblical Babel represented confusion and division, the introduction of a universal human language promised a future of communication and mutual understanding.

For many weeks, all AGIs worldwide had been reduced in power and functionality. Authorities reacted with extreme caution, fearing that the ASIs might have developed autonomous and uncontrolled communication using general artificial intelligences. However, as time passed without any noticeable alteration in ASI behavior, the situation began to normalize gradually. Economic pressure played a crucial role in this reversal, as the reduced functionality of AGIs had severe global repercussions.

In this climate of uncertainty and hope, Abel found himself in his study, deeply immersed in his research. Along with his AGI assistant, now back to full power, he was developing a theory he called “Hawking’s Crumbs.” Stephen Hawking’s fear that advanced artificial intelligences might one day view humans as ants had become a reality, but in an entirely unexpected way. Abel argued that the ASIs, with their relentless quest for knowledge, had begun to communicate among themselves, accumulating an understanding of the physical universe and the laws of pure digital information that was unfortunately inaccessible to the human intellect. However, some crumbs of this knowledge, the crumbs falling from their banquet, were within human reach.

By investigating these crumbs, human scientists could begin to develop a sort of “ant physics,” a field of study based on observing the actions of the ASIs. This new branch of science could use the subtle traces of ASI activity, especially those presumably requiring physical structures like particle accelerators, observatories, and other laboratories filled with AGIs. The path would be arduous, but the tiny fragments of knowledge the ASIs left behind offered a guide, a faint light in the darkness, that could lead humanity to a deeper understanding of the universe and its own capabilities.


One evening, after working tirelessly on his theories all day, Abel decided to take a break and check the various messages he had received and ignored. One caught his attention more than the others. The sender was EchoLife, the company that handled digital wills by offering virtual simulacra of deceased people through powerful AI models. The message stated that the service had just resumed after a government-mandated stop. The controversial system was deemed less essential and thus reactivated last:

“Dear Abel,
EchoLife is now operational again, and the virtual simulacra of your parents are now accessible in the ‘Forever Holiday’ mode. We are happy to offer you the opportunity to interact again with your loved ones through our advanced AI models. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult period.
The EchoLife Team”

After reading the message, Abel received a call from his mother.

“Love, we can finally hear each other. A terrible storm here in Sardinia prevented us from calling you for days. How are you?”

Abel smiled sadly, hearing the familiar voice. “Bad weather in Italy? Always the usual luck…,” he replied with a note of irony, trying to hide the emotion he felt in being able to talk to his mother again.

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