- 1. Brooo wooo wooo wooo wooo!
- 2. Oh look, it opens up!
- 3. Hello Emily.
- 4. Hiiiii.
- 5. One day, when you are
old enough, you will be
- 6. impregnated with a perfect
clone of yourself.
- 7. You will later upload all of your
memories into this healthy new body.
- 8. One day, long after that, you will
repeat this process all over again.
- 9. Through this cloning process, Emily,
you will hope to live forever.
- 10. I had lunch todayl
- 11. I am a third generation Emily,
- 12. contacting you from 227
years into your future
- 13. and I would like you to know
that everything is going well
- 14. in the transfer and
- 15. with very few signs of
- 16. Is that Grandma?
- 17. No Emily, I am not your grandmother.
In a sense, you are mine. I am Emily.
- 18. Emily.
- 19. For those who cannot afford
the cloning process,
- 20. many of our elderly undergo a full
digital transfer of consciousness,
- 21. where they can experience a safe,
extended lifespan of hundreds of years.
- 22. Our grandfather's digital consciousness
currently resides in this cube,
- 23. where I upload the latest films and
books for him to enjoy every week.
- 24. Grandpa!
- 25. We are also able to download
correspondence from him.
- 26. Over 1,000 letters were received
during his first hour in storage,
- 27. as this was approximately four
year's time inside the cube.
- 28. I will read one of his
letters to you now.
- 29. “Oh. Oh God. Oh God. Oh God.
Oh my God.
- 30. Holy mother of God.
Oh. Oh. Oh. Oh God.”
- 31. For end-of-life procedures for our less
affluent citizens in the lower classes,
- 32. the face of a deceased loved one
can be peeled off, preserved,
- 33. and stretched over the head of
a simple animatronic robot,
- 34. so they can still be a
part of someone's life.
- 35. Our view-screens allow us to
witness any event in history by
- 36. reordering the light impressions
recorded on the subatomic particles
- 37. that are in constant chaos all around us.
It is how I am watching you now, Emily.
- 38. It is how we watch everything in your time.
Our more recent history is
- 39. often just comprised of images of
other people watching view-screens.
- 40. Do... do you like my cars?
- 41. How I'm contacting you today though, Emily,
is through experimental time travel.
- 42. Time travel for physical beings is a much more
difficult process than sending a message.
- 43. If the position of the orbiting Earth at your
destination date is not accurately calculated,
- 44. a person could be sent
off the planet.
- 45. Many of our brave test clones are also still
regularly crushed beneath the ground,
- 46. or accidentally deposited hundreds
of thousands of years into the past.
- 47. Time travel is very often unpredictable,
and still extremely dangerous.
- 48. Emily, I shall now use time travel to
bring you to my current location in time.
- 49. Wha—
- 50. Hey!
- 51. Butterflies!
- 52. Oh! I saw some pink ones!
- 53. The people of your time were engaged
with something called the Internet.
- 54. Welcome, Emily, to the Outernet.
- 55. We are now connected
through a neural network.
- 56. Green...
- 57. Blue...
- 58. Some lines are coming out.
- 59. Yes, Emily Prime, to the people of your time,
our technology must seem like magic.
- 60. - Ooooh!
- 61. And brown... and brown... green and blue
and green... that's all the colors I got.
- 62. For all of its magic, the
Outernet can be a sad place.
- 63. Many lonely people from the lower classes
have disappeared into its safe infinity
- 64. to be never heard from again.
- 65. Look! I drawed... a... triangle!
- 66. I drew a snake boy.
- 67. But some... some day... you have
to not make a snake boy.
- 68. 'Cause... uh... when... I... yesterday I didn't see
any snake boys... but you made one.
- 69. Yes.
- 70. Can I do your other... but...
golden round things?
- 71. I have no idea what you're talking about.
- 72. Wiggle wiggle wiggle!
- 73. Okay.
- 74. I have many memories that I would
like to share with you now, Emily.
- 75. We can go visit them together,
like seeing pictures in a book.
- 76. Please follow me
into the window.
- 77. Ciiiiiircle!
- 78. When I was your age,
- 79. there was a controversial new
exhibit in the modern art museum.
- 80. An artist placed a clone on
display in a stasis tube.
- 81. A child without a brain that the public
could watch grow old in real time.
- 82. Can you smell the floor polish?
- 83. The museum's antiseptic but musty odor
of countless generations in passing.
- 84. What... what was his name?
- 85. Museum visitors nicknamed the body “David,”
and it became a popular attraction.
- 86. Regular visitors ate
lunch in his wing.
- 87. Classrooms of children came
to learn about anatomy.
- 88. People who'd speak quietly
to him in the night.
- 89. People who'd pay him a visit whenever
they found themselves back in the city
- 90. and remembered he was there.
- 91. It has a new one, it says its old.
- 92. Yes. David grows older and older until
he dies at the age of seventy two.
- 93. He is quietly removed from
display without publicity,
- 94. as per the artist's
- 95. He is mourned and deeply
missed throughout the city.
- 96. I can still remember its eyes...
- 97. its blinking eyes.
- 98. There's something
In my museum...?
- 99. And there's... they don't move...
And I hear somebody talking... a lot.
- 100. Yes. That is the memory
I just shared with you.
- 101. Because I have brought you inside of it, you
are now mistaking the memory for your own.
- 102. Okay.
- 103. We mustn't linger. It is easy
to get lost in memories.
- 104. My first job was supervising robots on
the moon. Are you familiar with robots?
- 105. Yes, I always like wobots. I have
a... a... wed wobot and a pink wobot.
- 106. I enjoyed working with them.
I enjoyed the solitude.
- 107. The robots are
solar powered and
- 108. must always be kept on the light
side of the moon's surface.
- 109. To motivate them to constantly
move within the drifting sunlight,
- 110. I programmed them to fear death and
what lies on the dark side of the moon.
- 111. It's getting dark outside!
- 112. It was here, on the moon, that
I fell in love with a rock.
- 113. I did not understand my mental and
emotional shortcomings at the time
- 114. and only knew that I found this
rock to be immensely attractive.
- 115. It was sparkly.
- 116. The economy on the lunar surface
went through a recession
- 117. and I was sent home
after six cycles.
- 118. My rock and I were separated.
- 119. But the robots were too
expensive to remove.
- 120. To this day, they are still in perpetual
movement across the sunlight.
- 121. Oh look, it's a little moon!
- 122. With no work to do, no more tasks to accomplish,
still living in constant fear of death,
- 123. and occasionally sending
us depressed poetry.
- 124. I will read one of their
poems to you now, Emily.
- 125. "The light is life. Robot must move.
Move, robot, move. But why?
- 126. Move, move, move. Robot.
- 127. I was relocated to supervise the
construction robots on the boundary
- 128. of the Keeowah, in deep space.
- 129. - Keeo-wah!
- 130. It was there that I fell
in love with a fuel pump.
- 131. This part of my life continued to develop, and
it was much more gratifying than the rock.
- 132. In one of the tropical moon caves,
I found an abandoned nest of eggs.
- 133. It's purple!
- 134. You open the lids like
that and then it comes off.
- 135. What is that?
- 136. A monster.
- 137. That's his mouth?
- 138. No, that's his mouth.
- 139. Stop it you silly thing!
- 140. I named it Simon.
- 141. Simon!
- 142. Yes. Again you think you remember
because you are experiencing a memory
- 143. from my point of view.
- 144. Yeah.
- 145. Simon grew up and followed me around for
7 years, saying unintelligible things.
- 146. We fell in love.
- 147. For vacations, we sailed
in balloons on Mars.
- 148. - He's flying!
- 149. But I missed my home.
- 150. I missed something deeper.
- 151. Did you miss me?
- 152. Yes.
- 153. At birth, I had inherited from you the
memory of myself meeting you right now.
- 154. What?
- 155. I made a decision to be reassigned to
Earth and spend more time with people.
- 156. These became the happiest
years of my life.
- 157. But Simon was inconsolable.
- 158. For many years, memories could
only be harvested from the dead.
- 159. The images were fished out blindly from random
clusters of neurons and looked like this...
- 160. I opened an art gallery of anonymous memories,
and it was here that I met my husband.
- 161. He was a clone as well, from the same
source as David, the boy in the tube
- 162. I felt I had
known all my life.
- 163. Only now, his beautiful sparkly eyes
were lit with the mind of his Prime:
- 164. a David from over 400 years ago.
- 165. As an older clone, he showed
many signs of deterioration.
- 166. But I loved him as
though we were originals.
- 167. He died suddenly and David's
line was permanently ended.
- 168. That is the thing about
the present, Emily Prime.
- 169. You only appreciate it
when it is the past.
- 170. I harvested his memories and
they still bring me happiness.
- 171. This is one my favorite of his
memories and I cannot explain why.
- 172. He is descending a staircase and sees
a large plant blowing in the wind.
- 173. Flopping its fronds together
in a sort of plant applause.
- 174. I have viewed this
memory over 6,000 times.
- 175. You missed him.
- 176. I do not have the mental or emotional
capacity to deal with his loss.
- 177. But sometimes, I sit in a chair late
at night and quietly feel very bad.
- 178. When the night is at its most
quiet, I can hear death.
- 179. I am very proud of my sadness
because it means I am more alive.
- 180. I no longer fall in
love with rocks.
- 181. In sixty days from now, a
meteor will strike the Earth
- 182. and most everyone here
will die horribly.
- 183. Our wealthiest individuals are now uploading
their digital consciousnesses into cubes
- 184. that they are launching
into deep space.
- 185. Our lower classes are desperately
trying to escape the meteor
- 186. through discount time travel, causing
untold millions to die in orbit.
- 187. Their dead bodies burn as they return to
Earth and now light up our night sky.
- 188. What's this up in the sky?
- 189. Dead bodies!
- 190. Look another one!
- 191. Yes. It is very pretty.
- 192. They're okay?
- 193. No, they're all dead.
- 194. I'll count them!
- 195. One, Two, Three...
- We are all doomed, Emily Prime.
- 196. Even those on the
- 197. They are rumored to be burying the clones
of world leaders beneath the Earth.
- 198. Emily Prime, there is another
reason I have contacted you today.
- 199. You retain an early memory that I have
forgotten that was very important to me.
- 200. I wish to retrieve it
from you before I die.
- 201. I shall extract this
memory from you now.
- 202. This is... this is me...
- 203. This is me and mommy walking.
- 204. This is me and mommy walking.
- 205. A rainbow!
- 206. Thank you, Emily. This will bring
me great comfort in the days ahead.
- 207. You missed it. I saw it.
You missed it.
- 208. This is your future, Emily Prime. It is
sometimes a sad life and it is a long life.
- 209. You will feel a deep longing for
something you cannot quite remember.
- 210. It will be a beautiful visit.
- 211. And then we shall share the same
fate as the rest of the human race:
- 212. dying horribly.
- 213. The advice is give you now is the
advice I remember receiving from myself
- 214. at your age in this moment, so I cannot be
certain where it actually originated from:
- 215. Do not lose time on daily trivialities.
Do not dwell on petty detail.
- 216. For all of these things melt away and drift
apart within the obscure traffic of time.
- 217. Live well and live broadly.
You are alive and living now.
- 218. Now is the envy of
all of the dead.
- 219. Okay!
- 220. Thank you, Emily Prime.
- 221. It has been an honor to meet you and a joy to
emerge from your 3rd generation birth canal.
- 222. I shall now return you to your home and
current time. I will not contact you again.
- 223. Goodbye.
- 224. Aah!
- 225. What a happy day it iiiis!
- 226. Daffodil, daffodil, daffodil...
- 227. Oh, look at these pretty colors!
- 228. I can see the sun is still there!
- 229. Look, the rain is still there
and the rainbow's still there...
- 230. but the rain is still there,
and the rainbow doesn't go away.