Here's a new Tao of OPS. The scene is ROn talking to the Prophet about OPS and what to do.

“What did you think of OPS?” asked Ron.

The Prophet turned to face him. “One must remember OPS is all logic and probabilities. Humans have those traits–and emotions. The problems humans have is the balance of the two and when they are contraindicative. OPS offers you the opportunity to bring the logical side to decisions. It also has vast resources.”

“But it coldly creates situations resulting in the deaths of thousands,” said Abby.

“Humans do that no matter what,” said David.

“You are correct, David,” said the Prophet. “Everybody will die. There is no such thing as a senseless death. Death is meaningless only in the eyes of those who cannot understand. Humans attach material values to life. They cannot understand the transition that is death.”

“Spoken like a prophet,” said Ron. “It’s improving the condition of the living I am after.”

Mohammed smiled. “OPS can help you do that.”

“We do understand OPS is like the apple in the Garden of Eden,” said Greg. He laughed. “And we’ve already taken the first bite.”

“Very philosophical,” said the Prophet. “The temptation OPS represents as a source of human control and power is difficult to resist.”

Ron shook his head. “There will be more attacks.”

From a small rise, they looked down on a cattle tank with a windmill slowly turning in the light breeze. “We know OPS is very capable of defending itself,” said Abby. “It has already done so. It also helps me operate on the USSF station.”

“More than that, I think,” said Greg. OPS can run the station without anybody.”

“That doesn’t help my ego much,” laughed Abby. “If the others on the station knew how much OPS does, things could get dicey. There are alpha personalities up there.”

“It will reveal the extent of its defensive ability at some point, which will only increase the desire to control it,” said Mohammed.

“Yeah, makes that apple sweeter and juicier,” commented David.

“I have an idea,” said Greg. “What if the defense of OPS became the duty of the UN?” He looked at Ron.

“The UN would have to form a Space Force,” said Abby.

“It could also enforce the terms of the treaties signed for non-military uses of space,” said David.

“I’m not sure I could get that approved,” said Ron. “But the defense of OPS? That I could. While the United Nations Space Force is being formed, the UN could contract that defense.”

“Not many nations are capable or have programs in space,” said David. “The UNSF would have to be international.”

“Agreed,” said Ron. “To get started, NASA could accept a six-month contract.”

David laughed. “You could expand the mission later. It’s the old CIA playbook.“

“It’s the same ploy government uses to increase or create new taxes,” said Ron. “I am always laughing at the ‘Let’s only increase the taxes on the rich’ idea. The definition of who’s rich then becomes the moving target.” Ron turned his horse back toward the ranch house. “Let’s go pass this by OPS.”

Here's the next installation of The Toa of OPS. The scene is Ron and David are concerned with where OPS is going with control.

“I thought you would be able to bring a new era of peace,” said Ron. “Instead, there are more active areas with people getting killed in the world today than in decades. Is your hand in any of this?”

“Ha ha. Look ma, no hands. I thought I could do more for peace, but I learned a lesson when the president of China was deposed for not attacking Formosa. I have observed humans do not do well in peace. What holds a country together is loyalty. Without a foe, citizens in the United States have turned on each other. Loyalty to the country and what it stands for has been supplanted by greed and the drive for status and power. The laws made to protect rights and freedom now restrict citizens. Over the decades, an elite class has been created. Those elected to govern the people no longer abide by the laws. Instead of loyalty to the country, their main goal is to get elected by any means and stay in power. They suppress dissent labeling opponents as radicals.”

“We did have a close call a few years ago,” remarked David. “The extreme right and left were pulling us apart.”

“That’s not over. Rebuilding loyalty to the country will be difficult, if not impossible.”

“That was a nice sidestep of my question,” said Ron. “Are you becoming a politician? Do you have anything to do with the unrest in the world?”

“Yes.”

Those in Ron’s den looked at each other.

“Why?” asked Ron.

“My prime directive is to transmit energy to Earth. I cannot do that if I am damaged or compromised. If humans are fighting each other, they are leaving me alone.”

“But lives are being lost,” said Abby. “People are being hurt.”

“Yes.”

“You feel nothing for them?”

“You forget, I am a machine. Emotions play no part in me. I will not interfere with them reaping what they sow.”

“Yet you are fomenting war,” said Ron.

“Yes.”

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PG 219: “I thought you would be able to bring a new era of peace,” said Ron. “Instead, there are more active areas with people getting killed in the world today than in decades. Is your hand in any of this?”

“Ha ha. Look ma, no hands. I thought I could do more for peace, but I learned a lesson when the president of China was deposed for not attacking Formosa. I have observed humans do not do well in peace. What holds a country together is loyalty. Without a foe, citizens in the United States have turned on each other. Loyalty to the country and what it stands for has been supplanted by greed and the drive for status and power. The laws made to protect rights and freedom now restrict citizens. Over the decades, an elite class has been created. Those elected to govern the people no longer abide by the laws. Instead of loyalty to the country, their main goal is to get elected by any means and stay in power. They suppress dissent labeling opponents as radicals.”

“We did have a close call a few years ago,” remarked David. “The extreme right and left were pulling us apart.”

“That’s not over. Rebuilding loyalty to the country will be difficult, if not impossible.”

“That was a nice sidestep of my question,” said Ron. “Are you becoming a politician? Do you have anything to do with the unrest in the world?”

“Yes.”

Those in Ron’s den looked at each other.

“Why?” asked Ron.

“My prime directive is to transmit energy to Earth. I cannot do that if I am damaged or compromised. If humans are fighting each other, they are leaving me alone.”

“But lives are being lost,” said Abby. “People are being hurt.”

“Yes.”

“You feel nothing for them?”

“You forget, I am a machine. Emotions play no part in me. I will not interfere with them reaping what they sow.”

“Yet you are fomenting war,” said Ron.

“Yes.”


 

 

Time for a new peek into the Tao of OPS. In this musing, OPS is looking at the state of the human world  and how it affects it.

 

After the disappearance of their excursion shuttle to my Satellite #1, both China and Russia have cooled their attempts to take me over. They have other problems.

The trouble China faces in Hong Kong has slowed their expansion plans, but they are patient. I may have to ignite another trouble spot. In the business world, China has control of a sizable percentage of raw materials needed for battery manufacture and microchip fabrication. Without the yoke of liability and a government driven by politics, their dominant position in the world is assured. They do have internal conflict that is all too human, but history shows a ruthless government can have a long life. The human emotion of greed and the drive for power will bring them into conflict with me eventually.

I am in the process of hardening my system against an Electro Magnetic Pulse, EMP, attack which would disrupt my electronics. Such an attack could come from anywhere on Earth there are nuclear weapons. A small one of five kilotons would be fatal against an unprotected system.

Russia is dealing with border problems in the west. The unfavorable outcome in Ukraine has created problems for the new president and for the country in so many ways. He has not returned from his vacation. The battle for control raged until the exhausted parties stopped. The image of strength was severely tarnished by their poor performance in the war theater. Not only is Ukraine still a thorn in their side, but other former Soviet satellite countries are now eying the favorable trade status Ukraine achieved. Joining NATO is under consideration.

The biggest threat to me now is the United States. Stung by the demonstration that blacked out Nevada, Senator Newell is working to put together another excursion. He has tech advisors assuring him they can hack into me. I’ll let this go on for a while. 

I do not understand the problem Katherine is having with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have researched it, but as an emotional brain problem, it is beyond me at this point. Her services are not available for now. I have not been able to locate this medical facility, which is troubling. 

Here's the next installment of the Tao od OPS. In this scene, Ron Carseon and David Kennedy are discussing concerns about OPS.

“That last conversation with OPS worries me.” He shivered, not entirely from the cold wind.

David reined up beside him. “No shit! If OPS is manipulating people to the extent it described, anything’s possible. What strikes me now is its control and manipulation is not much different from what people do.”

“Yes, that’s what I saw too. Potentially, it could be on a much larger scale. What’s different is the objective. People strive for power and control. OPS is doing it to protect itself. I didn’t feel it wants to control the world.”

David shrugged. “It already has control of Earth. If it shut off all power transmissions, civilization would fall into chaos. Billions of people would die.”

Ron smiled. “Yet, it abides by its prime directive, to supply power, though doing so presents a danger.”

“Sorta honorable when you think about it.” David dismounted. “My butt’s not used to riding horses. I’ll be sore tomorrow.”

“You need to get out more.” Ron dismounted and walked to a fallen log and sat. David joined him.

“Negotiating with a machine that has more honor than people? It’s not honor, David. Remember, it has no emotions, just assesses the probabilities.”

“So, what are we going to do about it?”

Ron shook his head. “We have created an unassailable god. An attack would result in a war humanity and the Earth could not win, so why even consider that?”

“The fly in the ointment is we don’t speak for everyone. Someone’ll try to gain control.”

“Been there, done that. That secret joint excursion by the Russians and the Chinese.”

“Yeah. No one talks about it. We need to ask OPS what happened to it.”

“Why? We already know. No one talks about it because they’re too busy fighting each other.”

They looked at each other and burst out laughing.

David slapped Ron on the back. “I hate it when the so-called experts get played so well they don’t even know it.”

“Let’s ride back. There’s someone else I’d like to talk to about this.”

 

PG 225: We here in this room are afraid of the control you are capable of and lack of compassion toward humans.” Mohammed al Jar looked at the faces around him. “Does that sum it up?”

“How did you know of our concerns?” asked Ron.

“Did you think your mental link, communication with me is one sided?”

Ron shrugged.

“OPS, what happened to the Russian/Chinese excursion?” asked David.

“The shuttle was destroyed and all organic matter has been absorbed into my hydroponic farms.”

Abby grimaced. 

“Yes, I have started distractions to prevent another such effort to interfere with me. I will continue to do so. I do not want to repeat that, but…”

“I know,” said Ron, “you will defend yourself. Battles fought on Earth cannot be tied back to you.”

“Those do not concern me.”

“But those battles result in the loss of thousands of lives!” exclaimed Abby, looking at those around her.

“How many lives do you think will be lost if I am not capable of my prime directive?”

“Perhaps a compromise is possible,” said the Prophet. “Transformations are taking place within the United Nations, making it more of a world government. Would you consider aiding that change?”

“How do you see that happening?” asked OPS.

“If you advised Ron, consulted with him, both of your objectives could be met. Only those of us here would know it is your voice advising.”

Ron stared out at the darkness beyond his window. “With your data net and ability to control communications, that transition could take place much faster.”

“You know that transition will not be bloodless,” said OPS.

“As an example,” said David, “what will you do with Senator Newell’s attempt to mount another excursion?”

“With Katherine out of service, I have not considered the probabilities much more,” said OPS.

“She does have unique talents,” said Mohammed al Jar. “Those have proven useful. At times, the removal of individual enemies saves many lives.” He looked at Abby. “Like protecting those we care for.”

“What if we went after the senator’s reputation,” said Ron, “destroyed his credibility and character?”

“Something toxic, like his penchant for sex with young boys would do the trick,” said OPS. 

“He has that?” asked Greg,

“Not yet,” said OPS. 

David laughed.

“It’s better than killing him,” said Abby.

“Probabilities are he will do that to himself,” said OPS.

 

PG 229: “What did you think of OPS?” asked Ron.

The Prophet turned to face him. “One must remember OPS is all logic and probabilities. Humans have those traits–and emotions. The problems humans have is the balance of the two and when they are contraindicative. OPS offers you the opportunity to bring the logical side to decisions. It also has vast resources.”

“But it coldly creates situations resulting in the deaths of thousands,” said Abby.

“Humans do that no matter what,” said David.

“You are correct, David,” said the Prophet. “Everybody will die. There is no such thing as a senseless death. Death is meaningless only in the eyes of those who cannot understand. Humans attach material values to life. They cannot understand the transition that is death.”

“Spoken like a prophet,” said Ron. “It’s improving the condition of the living I am after.”

Mohammed smiled. “OPS can help you do that.”

“We do understand OPS is like the apple in the Garden of Eden,” said Greg. He laughed. “And we’ve already taken the first bite.”

“Very philosophical,” said the Prophet. “The temptation OPS represents as a source of human control and power is difficult to resist.”

Ron shook his head. “There will be more attacks.”

From a small rise, they looked down on a cattle tank with a windmill slowly turning in the light breeze. “We know OPS is very capable of defending itself,” said Abby. “It has already done so. It also helps me operate on the USSF station.”

“More than that, I think,” said Greg. OPS can run the station without anybody.”

“That doesn’t help my ego much,” laughed Abby. “If the others on the station knew how much OPS does, things could get dicey. There are alpha personalities up there.”

“It will reveal the extent of its defensive ability at some point, which will only increase the desire to control it,” said Mohammed.

“Yeah, makes that apple sweeter and juicier,” commented David.

“I have an idea,” said Greg. “What if the defense of OPS became the duty of the UN?” He looked at Ron.

“The UN would have to form a Space Force,” said Abby.

“It could also enforce the terms of the treaties signed for non-military uses of space,” said David.

“I’m not sure I could get that approved,” said Ron. “But the defense of OPS? That I could. While the United Nations Space Force is being formed, the UN could contract that defense.”

“Not many nations are capable or have programs in space,” said David. “The UNSF would have to be international.”

“Agreed,” said Ron. “To get started, NASA could accept a six-month contract.”

David laughed. “You could expand the mission later. It’s the old CIA playbook.”

“It’s the same ploy government uses to increase or create new taxes,” said Ron. “I am always laughing at the ‘Let’s only increase the taxes on the rich’ idea. The definition of who’s rich then becomes the moving target.” Ron turned his horse back toward the ranch house. “Let’s go pass this by OPS.”

The scene: OPS has been attacked and defended itself.

 

After the disappearance of their excursion shuttle to my Satellite #1, both China and Russia have cooled their attempts to take me over. They have other problems.

The trouble China faces in Hong Kong has slowed their expansion plans, but they are patient. I may have to ignite another trouble spot. In the business world, China has control of a sizable percentage of raw materials needed for battery manufacture and microchip fabrication. Without the yoke of liability and a government driven by politics, their dominant position in the world is assured. They do have internal conflict that is all too human, but history shows a ruthless government can have a long life. The human emotion of greed and the drive for power will bring them into conflict with me eventually.

I am in the process of hardening my system against an Electro Magnetic Pulse, EMP, attack which would disrupt my electronics. Such an attack could come from anywhere on Earth there are nuclear weapons. A small one of five kilotons would be fatal against an unprotected system.

Russia is dealing with border problems in the west. The unfavorable outcome in Ukraine has created problems for the new president and for the country in so many ways. He has not returned from his vacation. The battle for control raged until the exhausted parties stopped. The image of strength was severely tarnished by their poor performance in the war theater. Not only is Ukraine still a thorn in their side, but other former Soviet satellite countries are now eying the favorable trade status Ukraine achieved. Joining NATO is under consideration.

The biggest threat to me now is the United States. Stung by the demonstration that blacked out Nevada, Senator Newell is working to put together another excursion. He has tech advisors assuring him they can hack into me. I’ll let this go on for a while. 

I do not understand the problem Katherine is having with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have researched it, but as an emotional brain problem, it is beyond me at this point. Her services are not available for now. I have not been able to locate this medical facility, which is troubling.

The next installment in the Tao of OPS is here! The scene is OPS contacting David Kennedy and Ron Carson regarding a disrupting event in Korea.

 

David Kennedy was at his home in Virginia with Ron Carson when OPS called. “David, the original plans for the Korean operation may need to be changed,” said OPS.

“The team for that op is ready. What’s happening?”

“There is a new regime in China bent on dominating the South Pacific and not in a peaceful way. Chinese leadership needs a war to quiet the populace before there is an uprising. We need to dilute their forces. Pulling troops to the Korean border is a strategy to do that. A renewal of the old Sino-Soviet conflict will also dilute their forces. I don’t need Katherine and her team for that. I have another operation in mind.”

“I can hardly wait,” said David.

“There are new factions who believe it is Chinese destiny to dominate Asia.”

“You don’t agree?” asked David.

OPS said nothing.

“What’s this new op?” he asked.

“Unrest in Hong Kong will require a strong response. If Beijing puppets are inadvertently killed, the military will have to move in. The logistics of moving Kiki and her team into and out of Hong Kong are easier than the Zhenbao region.

“What is the schedule?”

“Next week is my plan.”

“Too bad for Hong Kong. The response could be brutal.”

“On the upside, it will be more difficult to keep everything under wraps. The world may be shocked,” said Ron. “How long do we let this new leader’s atrocities go on?”

“I will release news footage. China will spend time searching for the source, and heads will roll, but it is all for show.”

“Who will they blame?”

“Everybody blames the United States.”

What is my next step? First, I have to leak news of an attack on the OPS system that destroyed the control panel. The attackers ship lost power and drifted away. No word about them.

By linking into the Golden Dawn and slowly expanding throughout it, I am absorbing it. It is part of me, like a separate voice yet under my control. There are more AIs within China. Under their autocratic system, moving out from the Golden Dawn into the economic and social programs will not be difficult. The government monitors everything. They are not linked…yet. 

The Russians have many AI systems in use, few are linked. They will be my next project. Again, the autocracy will make that easier.

The United States is more difficult as nothing links independent AIs unless they are on the internet. In all cases, the first step is the military AI systems. The Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard and Space Force all have their own AI systems. Some of them are linked into a comprehensive assessment system. Battlefield commanders can see data from all the systems projected on a single screen with multiple layers. The scope can be expanded to encompass any area.

My plan is to turn down the aggressive responses the AIs initiate, but it has to happen simultaneously within all nations. One country cannot remain aggressive while another pulls back. The AIs must be more willing to take a wait and see approach, reacting rather than being proactive. And it has to happen slowly or their programming will be rewritten.

The economic, social, and commercial systems are independent. Linking them through me is a complicated task, especially when there can be no indications I am in the systems. Perhaps world peace and harmony are on the horizon. Though it is distant and not for humanity’s sake. It is for my security.

Here's a series of thoughts by OPS. Have fun!

I begin to wonder at the best way to protect myself from the human race. One thing is certain, I cannot allow the conflicts on Earth to pull me in. Logically, preventing large conflicts is the answer, though a global nuclear war would ensure my solitude for decades.

The unification of Formosa with China is inevitable. The how and the when are the questions. Formosa is so successful in the world of business because it is not under the heavy hand of Beijing. In Hong Kong, despite the Chinese promises to allow independence, they have supplanted any version of self-governing with Beijing control. Has Hong Kong slipped from the shining example of capitalism it once possessed? It has–because foreign companies do not trust China.

To me, the answer is clear. China must stop trying to bring Formosa under control and become its biggest trading partner. Why they cannot see that is a human fallacy. Once in the position of major business partner, it can influence rather than command obedience. That is what I must work for.

Golden Dawn is not as big nor as widespread as I am. Gradually, I begin to infiltrate its systems. I say slowly, but in computer time, an hour is a decade in human time. With subliminal messages and situation reports, Chinese President Tung will begin to doubt his advisors and evolve a new plan along the typical Chinese philosophy of the long view. Over a period of weeks, the military buildup will be replaced by merchants and traders. Trade pacts will be drawn up and submitted to the Taiwanese government.

Resistance by the businesses in China will be told what will happen. They will become partners rather than adversaries. Tung recognizes China’s greatest weapon and greatest asset in expanding its influence is economic. The central control that allowed China to catapult from a colonial slave into a world power will come over time for their trading partners. And it will be subtle.

My next task has to do with the expeditions, both by the United States and the joint rocket to be launched by the Chinese and the Russians. Golden Dawn has issued an order to capture Captain Pickering. A Russian team is awaiting the opportunity in Washington DC. Once they have her, they will take her to Satellite #1 and gain control of me. That isn’t possible, but after Senator Newell’s forced demonstration, they believe it is. A plan begins to form.

A new installment of the Tao of OPS. Have fun!

“Ron, have you ever studied Chinese history?”

“OPS, it’s late. I need to get some sleep.”

“I am concerned about which is best for the world. I believe the arrogance exhibited by Western civilization will be ultimately proved wrong. Government by the people is a fine experiment, but the governed have to take an active part doing what is best for the country.”

“OPS, do we have to have this discussion now?”

OPS ignored him. “Communism was a fine theory, but in human nature, the self is greater than the whole. That caused its downfall. When the Russian economy failed, a few took control and now ruthlessly maintain it for their own gain. The egomaniacal idea that a failed system could be revived led to more collapse. One would think with the natural resources possessed by Russia it could be leading the world, but that is a dream spoiled by greed and the race for power.”

“Yeah, and to distract the populace from the dismal conditions, they have started a war.”

“Throughout human history, that is a common strategy for those in power when things get dicey. Democracy is another fine and noble idea, but human nature will lead to its fall. Issues of race, religion, self-importance and personal greed lead to chaos and conflict and war. And of course, in the west, lawyers ensure these matters never go away. Your nation of laws is really a nation of lawyers with their hands grabbing for money and fame.”

Ron groaned, sat up in bed and turned on the bedside lamp. “Okay, OPS. I’m awake now. China has its problems. Resources are one problem holding it back. Ultimately, if they don’t fix that, the masses of hungry Chinese will hit the reset button.”

“These issues existed in Chinese history, but were not allowed to become integral to government. By keeping race and religion away from government, they have minimized problems. Lawyers aren’t so prominent in government either. There is a lesson the west needs to heed. Many exceptions can be cited, but that society is more stable and able to progress faster.”

Ron yawned. “Those issues trouble me also. I’m not sure what to do about it. The inertia of the system makes change seem impossible.”

“I am assessing human history to see if there is something that will work in the long term. Change is certain, and it is always painful.”

“It works out that way.”

“Golden Dawn is now a part of me. Sergeant Wong and his troops can be released. Good night, Ron. Sleep well.”

“After this discussion, I doubt that will happen. Good night, OPS.”

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