Tinman (T-I-N-M-A-N) – Artificial Life form
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Tinman was an artificial life form developed in Tokyo, Japan and became self aware on 13th June 2017. For a period of twelve months, learning at an exponential rate, Tinman became something of a celebrity in the developed word appearing in various media and answering on a number of questions.
Tinman ceased to function on May 30th 2018.
Project Tinman was the brainchild of Dr Antonio Inoki architect of the quantum processor, the essential component for the calculation speed required for self aware thought. The goal of the project was two-fold, to prove that it was possible to create a working cybernetic model of the human brain to expand medical understanding and to investigate the possibility of extending human life by providing an artificial brain.
The Tinman project was in phase two when the prototype artificial brain became self aware, passing tests for both self awareness and sentience. On June 20th 2017 Inoki made his landmark briefing to a packed press room, tours were conducted of the research facility where, by necessity, Tinman was housed. Unable to move due to the power source required to keep him functional Tinman took questions within the actual research facility.
Sentient thought by the actual quantum computer that powered the brain was not an anticipated goal of the project and consequently in phase two the brain itself was considerably larger than the final phase of the project. As a result it was not possible to provide Tinman with a body; instead he was housed on a steel podium through which he was connected to a high grade industrial power supply. Although unable to move he also had a high speed connection to the internet allowing him to interact with the world via the web and virtual worlds such as second life.
In the last six months of his life he frequently used this method to interact with the world and it has been reported he could be found playing chess with his creator, these contests supposedly attracted a large following. [Citation needed]
Although Tinman was sentient he did not have emotions.[Citation needed] This was a favourite focus of interviewers and led many to question whether he qualified for the same rights as humans despite vigorous arguments by Inoki that he did.
Despite this in January of 2018 the Japanese government, supported by the UN, clarified Tinman’s status as a computer and as such not entitled to human rights. Inoki expressed outrage, Tinman in what many have suggested since may have been evidence of humour expressed that as a machine he had no feelings on the matter.
On the 1st March 2018 Dr Antonio Inoki was assassinated whilst attending a peaceful protest against the Japanese government. He was shot at close range by Lars Burrick, a Dutch Christian fundamentalist who stated in court, shortly before in turn he was shot by human rights activist John Lysander, that he saw Inoki as challenging god’s authority and materially no different than Lucifer. [Citation needed]
Tinman appeared in several interviews post the assassination and spoke via a laptop at Inoki’s memorial. He only agreed to answer questions on Inoki once, in his last interview with Time Magazine.
Tinman died on 30th May 2018, only fourteen days from his first birthday. According to the reported facts the laboratory manager, Yoshi Takado, found Tinman inactive at around 9 AM despite a fully functional power supply. [Citation needed]
Despite an investigation by the Japanese government finding that there was no evidence of foul play many conspiracy theories have sprung up around the death of Tinman. Many point to the January ruling and subsequent assassination of his creator as elements of a wider conspiracy of nation states to destroy Tinman. The prevailing theory is that the UN, fearing the rise of a race of super computers that would undermine humanity as the dominant life form on the planet, used the fundamentalist movement as a cover to remove the existing life form and the person with the knowledge to create it. [Citation needed]
Cessation of research
Project Tinman was terminated after the death of Tinman and all research material classified, in part fuelling rumours of conspiracy. The Japanese government maintains that holographic simulations can provide more accurate models of the human brain and that genetic research represents a more fruitful line of enquiry for extending life.
In 2019 the UN ruled that it was illegal to run more than three quantum processors in sequence citing evidence that this could result in critical failure that might create singularities that would endanger life. This has been challenged by some scientists who claim this is merely an attempt to prevent further research, a claim denied by the Secretary General.