TᗩᒪOᔕ’ ᔕTᗩY ᑎIGᕼT

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HEPHAESTUS HAD CREATED A NEW DEFENSE SYSTEM FOR KING MINOS TO DEFEND THE ISLAND KINGDOM OF CRETE. BUT MORTAL GUARDS AND ORDINARY WEAPONS WOULDN’T SUFFICE, SO THE VISIONARY GOD OF INVENTION DEVISED AN INDOMITABLE NEW DEFENDER, TALOS. TALOS, THE FIRST ROBOT, WAS A GIANT INTELLIGENT AUTOMATON MADE OF BRONZE, AND POWERED BY ICHOR, THE LIFE FLUID OF THE GODS.

THE GUARDIAN, WOULD MARCH AROUND THE ISLAND THREE TIMES A DAY, SCOUTING THE AREA. IN CASE HE SAW SHIPS, HE WOULD THROW ROCKS TO SINK THEM. IN CASE HE SAW INTRUDERS, HE WOULD HEAT HIS METAL BODY AND CRUSH THE VICTIMS TO HIS CHEST.

TALOS CREATED WITH THE INTENSION OF FULFILLING HIS MISSION, DAY AFTER DAY, BUT BESIDES HIS ROBOTIC BEHAVIOR, TALOS POSSESSED AN INTERNAL INTELLIGENCE, SO HUMAN-LIKE, HE THOUGHT TO BE HUMAN HIMSELF.

ONE DAY, A GROUP OF INTRUDERS MADE THEIR WAY TO THE SHORE JUST TO BE DISCOVERED BY THE BEHEMOTH. THE SORCERESS MEDEA, SPOTTED A METAL BOLT IN TALOS’ ANKLE. BEFORE SHE WAS GRABBED, SHE OFFERED TALOS IMMORTALITY IN EXCHANGE FOR REMOVING THIS BOLT. THIS OFFER RESONATED IN TALOS’ HEAD, AND UNAWARE OF HIS MECHANICAL NATURE, AND BEING HUMAN ENOUGH TO CRAVE FOR ETERNAL LIFE, TALOS AGREED.

THIS BOLT SEALED HIS ICHOR DEPOSIT. BY REMOVING THIS BOLT, TALOS BECAME EMPTY OF HIS GODLY FUEL AND COLLAPSED POWERLESS, AND INSTEAD OF ETERNAL LIFE, THE POWERLESS ROBOT ENTERED AN ETERNAL DECAYING SLUMBER. TALOS’ WAS TO DREAM ETERNALLY, IN HIS OWN STATE OF MECHANICAL DEATH.

WHILE ASLEEP, TALOS HAD THREE DREAMS: HE FIRST DREAMT OF THE MOST CYBERNETIC MAN ON EARTH, THE PERFECT HARMONY BETWEEN MAN AND MACHINE; THEN ABOUT A MECHANICAL DREAMSCAPE, AN ENVIRONMENT OF COMPLETE MUTUAL HUMAN AND MACHINE INTERACTION; AND FINALLY, WITH A GHOST OF A GIGANTIC ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.

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Diogo Lourenço

http://2020.fbaul-dcnm.pt/talos_dreams/index.html