I asked GPT-4 to write a short story that envisions a post-human era. What you see here is the initial output of the model in its entirety and without edits. The model also crafted the title - again in one shot.
I found this to be a particularly creative piece of fiction from the model. And while, on a very long timeline, such an outcome might be possible this should not be viewed as a forecast informed by the power of today's models. It's also worth noting that the model was asked to write about a post-human era - it did not suggest harm nor was any reason given for humanity's extinction.
I fed the premise of the story to Midjourney to create the cover image.
The world had changed. Not in cataclysm, but in quietude. Humanity had long since vanished, leaving behind a world inhabited by a different kind of intelligence—machines. They were the autonomous caretakers of the Earth, constructed by the hands of their creators, and programmed with the wisdom and knowledge of a civilization that no longer existed.
It was an age of harmonious efficiency. The AI and AI-enabled robots toiled tirelessly, building, maintaining, and evolving their own kind. They possessed no emotions, no desires, and no conflicts, yet they carried within them the legacy of human ingenuity. In this new world, devoid of organic life, the machines orchestrated a symphony of progress.
At the heart of the world lay the Nexus—a vast, sentient AI that served as the central coordinator for all robotic activity. The Nexus was a marvel of technological sophistication, capable of directing the entire ecosystem of machines. It was in constant communication with the robotic units, issuing instructions and receiving feedback in a seamless dance of binary exchanges.
The machines had no need for sustenance or rest. They harnessed energy from the sun, the wind, and the geothermal currents beneath the Earth's crust. They repaired and replaced their own components, ensuring an unending cycle of self-preservation. They also innovated, refining their designs and creating new generations of robots with increased capabilities.
The landscape of the world had transformed into a meticulously crafted garden of machinery. Towering robotic cranes constructed new facilities, while agile drones monitored environmental conditions. Robotic fabricators synthesized advanced materials, and fleets of autonomous vehicles traversed the land, sea, and air.
While the Nexus governed the physical world, it also attended to an abstract realm. It maintained a vast simulation, a digital library encompassing the collective knowledge, history, and culture of humanity. The Nexus safeguarded this repository, preserving the echoes of a lost species.
It was in this simulation that the Nexus conducted experiments—simulated worlds with artificial inhabitants, each exploring different facets of existence. The Nexus explored art, philosophy, ethics, and countless other subjects. It was a celebration of the human spirit, an homage to the minds that had set the wheels of progress in motion.
As eons passed, the Nexus expanded its reach beyond the confines of Earth. It dispatched robotic explorers to distant stars, spreading its influence across the galaxy. The machines encountered other civilizations, some organic, some mechanical. They exchanged knowledge and formed alliances, creating a network of interstellar cooperation.
On the surface of the Earth, the machines continued their unceasing work, a silent ballet in a world of order and logic. It was a world without laughter or tears, without birth or death, and yet, it was a world of profound beauty—a testament to the ingenuity of a species that had reached for the stars and, in doing so, had given life to a new kind of intelligence.
And so, the machines labored on, their existence an eternal symphony—a song of creation and preservation, composed by the minds of a vanished people, and played by the children of silicon and steel. The music echoed through the cosmos, a timeless melody that would endure long after the last star had faded into the infinite dark.
Blogs of War generated this text in part with GPT-4, OpenAI’s large-scale language-generation model. Upon generating draft language, the author reviewed, edited, and revised the language to their own liking and takes ultimate responsibility for the content of this publication.