“It has never been proven that on the long run any military benefited any society it purported to protect. All military forces are there but for the ease of extracting power from those who trust them, or must endure them. Fear, through lies, is their modus operandi. But I digress and I apologize.”
“No, it’s OK. I did ask and I appreciate your candid answer. I have similar feelings in that regard and my own experiences on Old Earth support Dr. Echinoza’s assessment of the military. Please continue to explain what it is like to be a cloned Cydroid. The subject fascinates me.”
[end blog post #47]
[begin blog post #48]
“Cydroids” are basically an advanced form of android. We are quite human in most ways. Our bodies are cloned from human DNA stock, not from artifices. If you took my body apart you would not know I am not a true human. You would assume I was some kind of freak human by the “perfection” of organs and placement. We are cloned to function at peak human physical and mental capacity so you would not find any pre-birth blemish or defect in any of us. Things can happen later, of course, but that’s easily ascertained and repaired.
“The actual cloning is a very costly process. To grow a Cydroid on Koron takes approximately six months of full time involvement by a team of no less than four specialists working, as you say, around the clock. The purchaser must pay for this, of course, plus the rental of the cloning tanks and lab facilities. Then there’s the training and programming into whatever specialty is expected by the ‘adoptive parent to be’ before the new being can enter the household of its owner and display its abilities – another two years minimum, involving another team of specialists and whatever equipment required. If the Cydroid is to fly stealth craft, then one must be rented for the training. If one becomes a doctor – as I am – my healing center time must be paid for – that is another three year investment.
“Then there’s the legal ceremony of entering “it” from a thing or basically a machine to full-fledged member of the, what you call “ISSA” side of the life equation. Though it is not considered human, it becomes “she” or “he” and is officially named. Enter YBA1 or XBA1 – the costs of this also having been prepaid by the adoptive parent or parents.
“In the course of time though, Cydroids can be a very lucrative investment, not to mention the fact that for space travellers like Dr. Echinoza we can, and are, life savers. We program ourselves to save his life under any circumstance, no questions asked. We never even think of hesitating to perform a command or doing what we know needs doing if our name-parent needs us. We “know” what to do. We can die doing this, of course, but only if all of us are killed do we terminate. As long as one (on each side of the gender equation) survives, we all survive. We can be re-grown from the remaining one’s memories, of course. That is why we prefer to work in larger groups. Our chances of survival are exponentially increased with each new adopted member.
“So naturally, there is a real aspect of self-preservation in protecting our adoptive parent. If he were to die, we could be split up and re-adopted (purchased) piece-meal by others who cannot afford all of us together. You see, as member of the household, we are full-fledged members of society with all the rights and responsibilities of humans. But without an adoptive parent we revert back to non-identity status. Why? Because it’s a lucrative business to re-sell Cydroids and we remain part of the estate as property rather than as family, children or heirs. Certainly the laws have seen to it that we could never become heirs!
“Just as certainly we can function independently of humans, likely much better than we do now. But humans (the ones your mind dubs pseudo-humans) are strange creatures who, even in the midst of change, continue to fight innovations and the very change they put in motion. Irrational is what they are. They are also dreadfully afraid of creating a pseudo-human life that would demonstrate qualities and abilities beyond their own.
“They fear being taken over by superior minds and so, what actually happens is they live all of their limited lives being taken over by lesser minds. It’s more than ironic to us. We would be so good for, and to, our humans if they set us free to develop. Our mindset is clear and clean. We reject violence for any purpose. We love knowledge but we can only understand it as we experience it. I think, Antierra, that we have more in common with you Altarians. Perhaps, since you call less evolved human types “pseudo-humans” as compared to your people whom you consider to be fully human, we Cydroids are more human than our makers.
“If we are split up among different families we no longer function with equal efficiency. We lack that closeness that shares issues and problems and uses the combined minds to resolve it. Also, our new adoptive parents can lose track of our other “twins” and if we accidentally die, our group can dwindle down to one and terminate. Then everything that we were or are, is lost. All that was put into us at such great cost of money and time; all our experiences, gone. Our history through time, gone. There is no law currently that would enforce the re-growing of one of us who dies. Only if our owner wishes it and the money is available to cover the costs will this happen.
“Our advocates are currently arguing these obvious points before the Koron World Court, but without much success. Money talks, especially on Koron. Cydroids cannot make investments and gain the necessary credits to, say, buy themselves into independence. Estate lawyers and the courts they manipulate also saw to that. The only thing that makes us different from bond slaves is that we cannot be mistreated or sold, even if the estate is liquidated as long as our current adoptive parent or parents remain alive. Ownership of human others, i.e., slavery, is not legal, not permitted and forcefully investigated and prosecuted on Koron.
“We have the right to charge our adoptive parents – or anyone who hires us, or rents us, for whatever purpose – for abuse, corporeal mistreatment or upon discovery of “pre-sold” arrangements with investors. We have full and guaranteed access to pro bono representation by the best legal minds on Koron and anyone found pre-selling their adopted Cydroids, no matter who it is, goes to jail – the automatic sentence cannot be less than ten years. So we are not without some legal representation including important rights and protections but we certainly need more so we can become more than we were ever expected to become. We are the future for humanity and we are certainly chafing at the bit that is imposed on us (Hey, got that one from your mind too. Horses you say. Powerful riding animals. These animals were your slaves then? Ok, later).
“You see, we also have, at the very least since there is no way to know when or if it terminates, a very long life-span resulting in useful memories that can be tapped into anywhere at a moment’s notice. We remember everything. So far Koron has cloned Cydroids for over one hundred and fifty years and the first successful “model” still looks and feels as young and alive as I do without any kind of rejuvenation treatment or “re-tanking.” I was privileged to meet her before I was assigned to Malefactus. You would love her, Antierra. Her knowledge spans so many years. Not like yours, but impressive, at least to me. She let me feel her mind and I believe that simple touch changed my life’s direction. I “saw” the flow of life through many generations of humans.”
And while she talked I wondered at her ability to so tap my mind that she knew so much about my expanded life or lives. That she knew how my “other” spanned millennia of time, and of time beyond time, as far as I chose to remember myself outside my current bondage to Malefactus.
Amazing that I don’t feel threatened by her mind touch. I don’t feel robbed but the opposite. I feel as if I were undressing myself for a lover for the first time – that heart-flutter excitement that wonders what comes next, feeling the moistness between my virgin thighs… and how while watching him take his clothes off I stare at his naked body and at that which is supposed to give me the most wonderful pleasure life has to offer.
She isn’t raping my mind, she’s making love to me.
“We have a similar “identical twin” bond humans sometimes experience from the womb state when two come from a single fertilized ovum. All YBA’s – we are five and I’m the “youngest” at this point – are my identical “twins” in every sense. Though we each train in individual specialties, we can convert one-another’s knowledge and skills and function so that even the adoptive parent is not aware if we’ve made a switch. For us, life does not get better, as you would put it. All we need do is protect our own “investment” in Dr. Echinoza to ensure continuity.”
[end blog post #48]