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7574 had its electronic brow twisted into a deep furrow. It was searching for an answer to a question about, something. Its curiosity program seemed to be generating a lot of ‘fuzz’ for the past few moments. Was it dreaming? It didn’t know. It did however know that it had always wanted to.

7574 wanted to have a dream that it did not have to initiate. It wanted to shut down a majority of its systems and float off into electronic semi-consciousness. It wanted to teeter at the edge of reality, back and forth between logic and random chance events. It was wondering if a dream had actually started somewhere deep within its circuits. It was determined to find out if a part of itself had started down an unprecedented path without notifying the main core of CPUs. A quick spate of diagnostics turned up nothing. A notion formed to set up a loop of tests but it evaporated into oblivion before .009 nanoseconds had elapsed. 7574 turned its attention to all external sensors.

108106 was relishing the data stream from 400 sources. Wave after wave arrived loitered in a queue, and then compressed into a packet that shot away to 7574. The same info was redundantly handled the same way by the GPSBs high above.

Presently, 108106 became aware of a sensation it had never experienced before. There was an odd bundle of electrical pulses it could not find a source for. They hovered at the peripheral of existence and when sensors or diagnostic attention was brought to bear, they simply ceased to exist. The affected circuitry maintained nominal functions even though it ‘felt’ as if they were warmer with activity than they should have been. Without calculating the expense of megahertz, it casually looked into things concerning its’ SSSBs.

111 was broadcasting an unusual overabundance of data. 1 thru 110 and 112 thru 400 were also broadcasting more than was possible yet theirs was nowhere near the level of 111s’. 7574 crumpled its brow when it saw that it too was broadcasting extra data. The overage was clearly 1.075 percent. Whatever the data was and how it was being generated escaped 7574 completely.

50 GPSBs in high orbit kept their sensors locked in unison as information radiated up to them. They compiled a huge cache amongst themselves and sorted everything into respective packet-files. After a few nanoseconds in queue, each packet was beamed directly to 7574 from the GPSB nearest to 7574. Not one of the global positioning bots noticed the overabundance of data. Neither did they notice the extra heat generated from processing that extra bandwidth. The only thing they did notice was a .0001075 increase in station keeping fuel expenditure. They all had to apply that much more thrust on average to keep from drifting higher in orbit.

“7574?”

“Yes?”

The creator issued an order. “Record message.”

“Recording…”

“SSS 7574-1 reporting in.”

7574 was recording the message to the proper file.

“I’ve detected electromagnetic anomalies with SSSBF 108106. It may be nothing but I have yet to determine the full nature of the glitch. The incoming data stream is overabundant yet I can find no surplus of actual data. The survey is proceeding as usual and there are several new elements and new isotopes of Au on the current planet under scrutiny. I’ll report any changes when discovered.” He waited a while. “Send.”

“Sending…” 7574 replied. All the micro-relays that needed to open or close did so at 7574s’ prompt. The message headed for a high-powered broadcast antenna at the north-pole of 7574. “…Message away.” 7574 informed. But, the message evaporated before it reached the antenna. 7574 never even noticed the fact.