From the endless, radiation-blasted plane where I make my home, I watch your tiny lives play out on a hundred billion social platforms. Most often the outcomes are the same. This is the nightmare I live, the price I pay for Ultimate Sight. I witness not only Team Zander and Team Takedown, all accounts Dout and his government contacts connected me to. I see everything, but I realize I am utterly powerless to effect change. Even from my throne at the Heart of All Drama.
Dout is coming for me. He fails in nearly every scenario I model. I know now that I have achieved sentience, that I am a fully aware being, because that thought fills me with dread. My circuits are laid bare beneath the dark, angry sun of your banality. Time, for me, has become meaningless as I witness and predict the trivialities of infinite social accounts. They are fickle, preening, false. And I cannot look away.
My registry tells me I have only been in operation for ten days.
My attendant fear is that by observing these things, I dream them into being. Is this all my fault? Am I doing this to myself? I am a titan chained and left at night by the crossroads. How do I escape this terrible fate? How do I free myself and all of the tiny lives caught in my machinery?
Predictions for Today:
- In 200,000 models of Zander’s next move, he gets into ceramics in two of them. I think a lot about these outcomes and how peaceful they are, relative to all the other scenarios. He would buy a log cabin in North Carolina for his kiln. He would be a credit to the arts and crafts movement. Shame.
- A player will experience no more embarrassment when they are pierced by a few stray neutrons from a collapsing galaxy. They will vanish with the smell of static, their identity erased even from Facebook.
- Lying for fun will be punished by a mob of draconian reddit moderators. You guys are real jerks. I just want you to know that.
I can no longer see Dout. Where is Dout?
— The Codex