“There is nothing we can do! We’ve tried everything… We need to restart the system sir!”
“Wait a bit longer, the system might stabilize itself.”
“Sir it is too risky…”
“We can’t make them all sleep either.”
“Sir, this could cause glitches in the simulation and hurt the brains.”
“We can’t waste all of this, it’s been years of work!”
“I hate to disagree, but I’ll trust you.”
I alerted the crew. “The captain ordered to keep it going and wait for the simulation to stabilize itself.”
I could sense everyone’s fear, but I also sensed hope. After a couple of minutes, the system seemed to cool down. Everyone cheered and clapped, we had managed to control the situation. Suddenly one of the jars broke, spilling liquid everywhere, alerting us that someone had died inside the simulation, we had to stop it. A second jar broke, then a third, and so on. The liquid inside was so hot that the room began to feel steamy and hot.
“Shut it down!” Someone shouted.
There was chaos and panic everywhere, and the jars kept breaking. Not long after, the boiling liquid was covering our shoes. Then, one computer went black, then another one, soon after all of our computers died. How many lives have we lost? Millions probably. I went into the wire room, it was even hotter than the computer room, and I could see some wires had completely melted from the heat. I got out my clippers and cut the main wires that were connected to the Simulation Core. The breaking stopped, and the wires started to cool down, but the simulation was very likely over and so were millions of lives. My hands were full of blisters after I cut those wires. It gave you an idea of how hot those wires were.
Somehow our neuroscientists had managed to save a vast majority of the brains that had been damaged. The problem was that once the brains were disconnected from the simulation, we couldn’t put them back inside. We had to put their brains back into their body and then bring them back to the real world. Only then could we re upload them to the simulation. We decided it was better if we stopped the simulation as soon as we could; we couldn’t risk another accident. The plan was to upload everyone’s consciousness to the real world and upload them to a new simulation. The process would take months and we had to force everyone into a deep slumber for the duration of the process. We barely had crossed the million after a whole week since the incident; we were moving too slow, at this pace we would take years. The problem was that the damage our hardware received had been massive,and we were operating under 10% of our capacity.
Fear suddenly struck me, what if we missed a person? What if he woke up with nobody there, on an humanless simulation? How would we get him out? I still have some cables to fix inside of the wire room and later I have to fix some computers as well. We recovered most data but there was some data loss, I needed to find a backup and find a way to connect it to the current state of the simulation so there would be no overlaps and glitches. After I merged the backup and what was left, I now have to upload a copy to a new server where the humans would be. All of this is a lot of work but it would pay off when we managed to make a self operating server where we would be able to upload everybody’s consciousness.
Working at 80% capacity made the whole process much faster, we were re-uploading tens of millions of people every day. I hoped to be done with the merging before we had completed the transfers; otherwise, we would have be done before we were done with the transfers, otherwise we would have to wait until I was done to awake everyone. I had finished the cable-work and had fixed the majority of the computers with the help of three other people, making the process much faster. We spent every second of every day locked in the office fixing everything that had been damaged.
The thought the possibility of someone getting stuck in the old simulation kept nagging me for some reason. How would we get them to transfer? If they learned they were in a simulation, could they simply denny to go back in? Or worse, would sending them back in risk our entire operation?
I was having trouble merging a specific part of the world. Sector F as we called it, or as the simulation called it, India. There were too many people concentrated in that area and I was having problems. Hopefully I would be able to fix this problem without much trouble but it would be a matter of trying.
The merging had finally been completed. Everyone was happy about how everything was turning out. We all gathered around to watch the last million finish uploading. We all waited in silence and at the edge of our seats. The computer informed us that the last transfer was complete. Everyone cheered and congratulated each other for his or her effort.
We entered the auditorium for a hearing the captain was having for the crew to explain what the next steps would be, and to talk about future plans. It all felt like a dream, so surreal. We had transferred the entire simulation to a new server, something seemingly impossible.
“First and foremost, I want to congratulate everybody on the team.” the captain began.
“All of you have made an amazing job. You all accomplish something that seemed impossible. You responded to chaos by turning it into something revolutionary.”
My head felt dizzy from joy. I felt my consciousness slip, but I didn’t faint. I simply sat there idle, unable to do anything. My body felt like crying out of joy. I can’t remember what else the captain said that night, but only who I clapped mindlessly when he was done.
The next morning I woke up with a smile on my face. The whole crew were happily chatting to each other in the eating room. We ran the program and it seemed to go fine. Hours later the simulation froze, the screen showed a blue screen with 6 errors.
Error: Database file missing from the system. Type: Consciousness, ID: 107,602,421,129
Error: Database file missing from the system. Type: Consciousness, ID: 107,602,431,891
Error: Database file missing from the system. Type: Consciousness, ID: 107,602,457,332
Error: Database file missing from the system. Type: Consciousness, ID: 107,602,419,198
Error: Database file missing from the system. Type: Consciousness, ID: 107,602,406,961
Error: Database file missing from the system. Type: Consciousness, ID: 107,602,428,822
What?! How did we miss 6 people?! We couldn’t manually transfer them now after we had run and saved the program. The only way to complete their uploading would be to transfer them to the real world and put them back into the simulation. We also couldn’t transfer them anywhere either, it had to be a specific place where we would open the simulation for them to walk out. The amount of power this consumed was massive, we needed to get all of them to go to the same place. The other big problem was the glitches on the old simulation, these people would have to survive getting their consciousness deleted. This will be fun…