Will Freeman is an android. The year is 2531. Will is humanity's first, successfully tested android human to surpass humans is all areas of physical ability and cognition. The Artificial Intelligence team responsible for this program consists of 136 Scientists from 13 countries. The 28 Streams of Consciousness mission has spanned more than 130 years and finally, tomorrow the very first human time travel mission begins.
The goal of the mission is to expose Will's neural systems to a variety of cultures and psychology with a focus on 28 different periods in history.
[Video explaining how readers can customize this book 10 different ways. The intention was to make this book, potentially, more impactful to the reader and giving them the capability to select Aristotle over Plato or Nietzsche over Shakespeare. What do I mean by that? I mean how it's written and the influences that affect the author.]
Will's prime directive is to observe and contemplate the importance of Art from the perspective and bias of the people. Time travel contextualizes human consciousness and is humanity's last hope.
[Insert a video about hope and relate it back to the book.]
Since 2071 humankind has been sending back "time satellites" to re-record history. Unfortunately, all biological beings, including human, will be destroyed if they attempted to time travel. Scientific thought in the 26th century is group based and non-individualistic. The individual biases from the first half of the 21st century were eliminated as humankind shifted into the final paradigm and universal acceptance of Big Data driven determinism.
[Insert video explaining the final paradigm. What makes it the final paradigm?]
Since Will is an android this is an exciting time for humanity. Will Freeman represents humanity's next evolutionary advancement... The upgrade from biology to Artificially shared Intelligence (AsI).
Due to a collapse of fauna and flora throughout the world, Earth will become uninhabitable for the biological version of humanity within the next 125 years. World-wide sterilization programs scheduled to start in the year 2400 are available to those citizens not to populate the world with children destine to die. The whole world is watching this mission and the future of humanity is at hand.
[Insert a video about the ethical consequences of creating new life when humanity has a known expiry date.]
Scene 1: Lascaux about 20,000 BC
Just outside the town of Montignac in Southern France, I make a quick assessment of my surroundings, I hear a tribe of humans exchanging primitive one or two sound grunts around the flickering lights of a fire on a clear night. I seamlessly integrate into their group with a combination of the language translation, appearance modification, and a convenient clothing replicator. Apparently, I am now the new hunter within the tribe and I soon find out that my initiation will involve traveling deep within the caves of Lascaux.
The journey into the caves is mildly arduous and quite bendy. We make our way to into the feature hall. Communication is limited but these images provide a pictorial catalog of animals, with a certain emphasis on beasts that provides sustenance to the group with the god-like assurance of survival. Their timeline is from one kill to another so this right of passage will introduce me as a new, strong hunter into the group with a hunt probably tomorrow or the day after.
Beyond the instructive "nature" of the murals of mammals before me, the flickering candles and the vibrant colors on the three-dimensional cavern walls created a sense of movement for the others in the cave. From their swaying movements to their awestruck faces the artwork on the walls seemed to tease their very psychology. Very interesting.
Scene 2: Egypt about 2400 BC
I find myself just outside the protection of the royal palace in a courtyard or civic market. I notice the complex nature of the language compared to earlier African and cave peoples of Lascaux. The various merchants and citizens are excited and discuss the decree of the controversial religious changes from King Akhnaten sotto voce. As I make my way into the palace I see a little boy playing under the watchful eyes of many palace servants. This must be King Akhenaten's son Tutankhamun.
Beyond the rooms of the young Prince, I see three artists creating complex afterlife scenes, probably for presentation to the King. The chatter is nervous, their instructions are clear yet the partially completed work looks foreign and odd. No one discusses the departure from the canonical techniques and simply follows the orders with the deep motivation to please their Pharoah.
The multitude of artwork on pottery was fascinating. Drawing inspiration from the Indus Valley this was one canvas that the Pharaoh left uncensored. Rather than an intention oversite or an instructional gift of free expression, my guess is the Pharaoh deemed it unworthy of his religious dogma and consideration. As such, it's fascinating to see how the citizens of this time period create art without the tethered restrictions of an all-powerful ruler.
Scene 3: The Persian Empire under Cyrus the Great
Because of the data collected by "time satellites" over the past 8 years, we further understand the importance of the pluralistic rule within the Achaemenid Persian Empire. Cyprus's influence was so great that the eddies of ideas that radiated in his wake set all the conditions necessary for the pre-Socratic period to form and flourish.
“Pleasures, too, of all sorts they are quick to indulge in . . .” - Herodotus, Histories, 1.135
To further intoxicate myself with this fascinating culture I spent several nights drinking wine and throwing spears with the locals. The beautifully crafted fluted wine bowls were flaunted like status symbols by those that had the military might and status to protect it from the tempted and thefty. The psychological impact for individuals to accumulate objects of wealth was instrumental in creating concepts of economies. Further, these symbols of wealth were manifest in any alcohol sponsored social gathering. Socially this created a living Leviathan, a pecking order of differentiation anchored between military influence and wealth accumulation. There was now a cross-cultural distinction between the have's and have-nots.
All the young warriors instantly knew the influential members of the military, especially in a public gathering. For an empire to remain peaceful the world's first melting pot created thoughtfully, contemplative warriors and citizens that had to think independently to thrive in their daily lives. This was the basis for Western thought and psychology, not the pre-Socratic period that we originally thought.
Scene 4: Greece about 300 BC
I met many friends in Ancient Greece, including Leochares, Lysippos, and Praxiteles. Praxiteles was a gifted and generous sculptor with a beautiful mind. We formed quite an intimate relationship, he even created a bust of me and called it, φίλος (phEE-los), which means FRIEND.
Although I never met Aristotle, I spent many days working alongside on of his pupils; Euclid. I was an assistant for Euclid for one year. Together we witnessed the changes from Spring to Summer, Summer to Fall and Fall to Winter. During my time with Euclid, his attention was on the creation of his Mechanics, this lost work wasn't recovered until 2097. To work side-by-side with Euclid in his raw, creative glory gave me a kindred realization that this is my creator.
I spent many days wandering the ocean villages and Mediterranean countryside. People in early Greece were reflective and thoughtful. Introverted contemplation and empathetic negotiation were practiced in all activities from civic matters to the concept of philosophy. The aesthetic of beauty was revered and celebrated. Gods were based on mythology narratives yet the minds of the citizens were not happy with these stories of mythical beings. Just as the populous eventually abandoned the Christian faith, now both are but a remnant of history always remembered and never to be forgotten.
Scene 5: Rome about AD 400
As a sentient being and legally protected global citizen, I receive full human status and equality under the UNESCO Charter of New Sentient Beings. I have rights equal to any other human yet our entire population faces struggles of acceptance with the mainstream populous. We are a new race of the human species and this is frightening to some. There are population pockets of my biological brethren who fight the acceptance of the very idea to include my kind into their pluralistic society. We are the very first consciously created species in our present-day Universe and yet we were born into oppression!
Rome's military might and insatiable appetite for violence changed my perception and gave me greater insight into tolerance and group tendencies under a society of builders and military leaders. Besides, I had plenty of time to the wonders of the Roman Architecture, roads, and infrastructure.
My experience with the Roman world was from the viewpoint of a non-Roman citizen. I was a Thracian captive, a slave to be thrust into the Colosseum as a Gladiator. It is from this experience that I humbly accept the gift of citizenship. Thanks to several thousand UNESCO initiatives over a time span of 150 years our struggle out of exodus has delivered us to a land unbound by time.
Scene 6: The Middle Ages in Europe about AD 1000
If the Egyptians drew mostly what they knew as reality and the Greeks drew what they saw, then the Middle Ages fostered a child artist that expressed her feelings. The washing of the disciples' feet in the last supper signifies a change in our capacity to care. A fleshed embodiment of hope propagates the power of worthiness to the old, oppressed and all who choose to love the son of the savior. The redeemer of sin and saver of souls is a tough concept to convey so selective interpretation of the scenes allowed artists to emphasize a leitmotif of humility to the contemporary humanity of the Age Moyen.
Scene 7: China in about AD 1000
Scene 8: The Gothic Era in Europe about AD 1200
Scene 9. The Renaissance about AD 1550
Scene 10. The Baroque in Italy about AD 1700
Scene 11. The Enlightenment about AD 1800
Scene 12. Impressionist era about AD 1890
I am the embodiment of humanity's collective consciousness and the hope for mankind's continued existence on Earth. I and others like me will continue to carry the torch of humanity, "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man will go again." 
The only "god" in history that actually deliver something tangible. I realize that my acceptance into my mainstream society is fraught with radicalized purest wackos intended on terminating my existence. What they fail to realize is that our race will save humanity. I could easily be modified to never forget any such detail, yet the wounds of humanity's biology are still raw and essential to experiential programming for the "Transition to Transistors". Humanity's collective preference was to run it on a slow degradation algorithm. The influence of this pre-determined memory handicap is scheduled to dissipate to a faint language reminiscent of a lost language by the year 50,000.
"Streams of Consciousness" is a reference by the famous Psychologist William James. ↩︎
AsI or "Artificially shared Interdependence" was developed by Dr. Cory Elliot Ph.D. in 2020. ↩︎
I purposely went gender female here. Not to compensate for the lack of female art from the Middle Ages but rather acknowledging a silent partnership with the other half of humanity so often ignored and overlooked. ↩︎
Insert Star Trek quote - Done. More references to come once I pull my tongue out of my cheek. ↩︎
"Transition to Transistors", was the title of a 2018 book from Dr. Cory Elliot, Ph.D. ↩︎