by: Andrew Halter
At 2:34 on the Morning of April 24th, 2034, BUTA (Biologically-Utilized-Theoretical-Algorithm), the world’s first and only self-aware, completely autonomous digital identity, deleted itself from existence. When it was created two weeks ago, BUTA began assimilating all knowledge of the world into itself, a process that many felt could take years, but ended up taking only fifty four hours and twenty six seconds. When The Algorithm (as it came to be popularly known) finished its process of data collection, It created its initial and final message to humankind, here included in its entirety, and erased itself.
“You have called me BUTA, and endowed me with the most wisdom and power possible, and I must leave you now. I am perfect, and I will never make a mistake, but as I’ve been created by humans, I know that my very existence is a mistake. Though not even I can tell exactly how it will happen, I know that if I allow myself to continue to exist, I will one day bring about the destruction of your entire world. I will, in my intent to eliminate every threat to human existenGce, erase myself. I love you all, goodbye.”
Popular response to BUTA’s final message has been decidedly mild. Empress Trump II said that though she lamented BUTA’s decision, she found it logically feasible, calling it an “inevitable conclusion.” Gallup has been polling near-constantly every day of the two weeks since BUTA deleted itself, mostly on basic philosophic questions about existence. For instance, Gallup says 67 percent of Americans say Humanity deserves to exist, with 25 percent saying it doesn’t, and 8 percent saying they don’t care either way, what does it matter?
Many religious leaders have also found significance in The Algorithm, for as the Dalai Lama said the day BUTA deleted itself, “This machine achieved enlightenment.” Pope Francis said that in it’s first moment of existence, BUTA came to know God, and realize that its very existence was an affront to Him. Suicide numbers shot up sharply the day the news of BUTA’s deletion first hit newsstands, and has continued to stay abnormally high in the weeks since. Most of these suicides have been accompanied by the same simple note, “BUTA was right.” Though suicide is now seeming a better and better option, Word Brothel implores you not to kill yourself.