Saeculum Obscurum!

21st January 2134.

In the slums of a popular city is a dark room. In that room is a host device that generates suicidal mirrors—their task: hack into local servers and render it unusable for hours and then die.

People have been witnessing server overloads and blackouts after which the websites and servers miraculously come online. And only one organization is to be blamed: Robotic Sena.

If you access the news channels or participate in the debates happening in social media forums, you would know the reason for such cyber-vandalism: A movie that showed a hacker queen fighting against bot armies. The Robotic Sena had urged the government to impose a ban on the movie but after the movie had found its way in multiplexes, the calm protests that were limited to social media had turned violent.

An online article that gained attention listed sarcastically several reasons why the Robotic Sena protested against the movie. Below is the excerpt from the article (for the full article click here)

  • ‘The human queen has more intelligence than Androids’: There is a scene in the movie where the queen creates an algorithm to infiltrate a conniving android’s website. That’s not right, right? How can a human be more intelligent than an artificially intelligent being?
  • ‘The queen saves her boyfriend’s ass’: The movie turns the cliché of a hero saving the damsel-in-distress from the clutches of the villain on its head. Here a woman saves the male lead from the renegade bots. How can a woman save a man? Aren’t they suppose to be weak?
  • The concept of the movie is “Good humans vs Evil robots”: The bot armies are portrayed cunning, and they manipulate neural networks as soon as they are introduced. Whereas, the humans, though overwhelmed, fight against the ‘evil’ bots.

The debate started with the same old arguments of freedom of expression vs people’s (and robot’s) sentiments. Movie director-cum-writer Sujoy L. Bhokali urged the Robotic Sena for peace and even agreed to arrange a special screening of the movie. But the Robotic Sena declined to watch the movie and called for a ‘ban’. It evades the rationale mind how can someone protest against a movie without even watching it?

The protests had started peacefully and the Robotic Sena had postponed the movie release until the Court of A.I. Jurisdiction‘s judgement. But soon they staged violent protests. They disrupted the studio’s IoT devices, hacked into the film crew’s social media accounts, released private conversations and intimate pictures of actors, spewed venoms on national television, and even offered crypto-bounty to assassinate the lead actor D. Dadakone.

A running theme throughout the tale is human intelligence and valor even though the renegade bots outnumbered the queen’s devices. The movie ended with the queen disabling the laboratory’s firewall authentication and leaving a self-destructive command in A.I.’s core code. The Robotic Sena pleaded against this scene, accusing it of sending a wrong message to the masses because destroying A.I. devices is against the Sentient Devices Act, 2049. But aren’t there many movies that kill A.I.? Isn’t killing human against the law and yet humans die in movies?

The movie, finally, found its way to the multiplexes and piracy websites. So all’s well that ends well? No! Malware, Denial-of-Service attacks, password attacks, internet Blackout, websites being hacked are still reported in different parts of the country. With such attacks, private firms and public sectors are facing losses in millions.

How many more people would be harassed for a movie? How many more cybersecurity laws would be broken?

Now that you have read the entire article ask the dictionaries implanted in your brains what the word ‘analogy’ means.