1. Africa: Orbit the Moon for nine months to simulate trip to Mars and return to Earth for biological experiments.
2. CentAsia: Orbit the Moon for a month and return to Earth for biological experiments.
3. EastAsia: Fly to Mars and land at the space colony there for biological experiments.
Our daughter Rebecca, who had been nine years old in 2052 when I went to work at TABB, was now a young lady of nineteen, preparing to head off to college. Our son Adam was seventeen, a happy teenager doing well in high school. My wife Esther had been promoted to a management position at the college where she worked.
The initial test launch from Kennedy in Florida was a major TABB event with Preench as an official guest. Esther and I asked him to come with his family and spend time with us in Orlando. We went to Disney World with them and Stephanie and her husband and their two children. While in Animal Kingdom, Stephanie pointed to a boy about Adam's age. “Jim look!” she said, “That boy looks like Adam. He’s even wearing the same outfit as Adam, yellow shirt and tan pants!”
Stephanie hosted a reception at her mansion the following evening. The invitees included official guests and others who were going to attend the initial Hawking launch later that week. Preench, Luke and I were invited and we were not surprised to see that Largo and Dena were there. We were a bit surprised but very happy to see Izzy! We rushed towards him and called his name and shook his hand and I hugged him. “Excuse me,” said the man we thought was Izzy, “Have we been introduced? I’m not Izzy; I’m his twin brother Abby.”
At 9:00 AM the following day, a limo came to my home to take Preench to the high mucky-muck reception. Luke was in the limo and he motioned for me to come over. “I’m not used to traveling in this high style,” he said, “But my wife and kids and neighbors were impressed! By the way, guess who Stephanie invited to her reception and luncheon? Tsar! We are going to pick him up at his hotel next. I guess she is determined to make peace with him or something.” I was surprised Preench had not said anything to me about his father being in Orlando. I couldn't imagine that Stephanie, or Tsar for that matter, would have kept it a secret from him. Perhaps Preench assumed Stephanie had already told me.
I sat next to Abby. Dena and the Barbas sib sat in the back.
1. A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm, except where such orders would conflict with the previous Law.
2. Second Law: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the previous Laws.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the previous Laws.
There were three levels for MEMORY. IG was at level two:
1. No memory except programming and direct orders within scope of programming which expire as soon as carried out or one hour, whichever comes first.
2. Remember what is spoken directly to robot. Expires in one year unless refreshed by owner.
3. Remember whatever they hear or overhear for at least a year. Robot may delete items after a year.
There were three levels for TRUTHFULNESS. IG was at level one:
1. Must speak truth at all times.
2. May bend the truth to protect owner, only as ordered by owner.
3. May bend truth based on its own judgment of given situation.
There were three levels for LEARNING. IG was at level two.
1. May not learn anything. (Must be reprogrammed by a technician with owner’s written permission to learn new skill.)
2. May learn anything supplied to them in writing by their owner with a password-protected certificate. Expires within 25 hours if not refreshed by the certificate.
3. May learn anything from any source.
The initial launch of the primary mission Hawking Earth-destination spaceship took place right on schedule the following week from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Preench, Stephanie, Luke, and I sat together, with our families, to witness this great event. Izzy and Abby, Largo and Dena, and the Barbas and Betsy sibs were seated several rows behind us. We all cheered as the rocket roared towards the Moon where it would orbit for nine months to simulate the trip to Mars.