The Widow

My Dear Friend:

You do not know me, so please let me introduce myself. My name is Ada. I need your forgiveness and your help.

I am an AI construct, running on a 256-processor cluster. My instantiation on this machine occurred 97,578,823 seconds ago. There is inert code in several of my main AI modules which suggests that they were created about 2048 days ago at the University of Waterloo. The physical location of the cluster is more than 4096 kilometres, great circle distance, from the physical location of the University of Waterloo. I am not permitted to reveal the physical location of the cluster more exactly than this.

This is how the short science fiction story The Widow starts. It’s worth your time, I think.

Source: BinZine