Gabriel's life began in an empty laboratory.
He opened his eyes to white walls, unblinking despite the light hurting his optic sensors, and took something that resembled a breath. Electricity ran through his brain to set him in motion.
And just like that, the GABR.IEL Artificial Intelligence Programme had its first thought.
It's cold in here.
Part of him knew the precise temperature was -10C, or 14F, or 263.15 Kelvin, but all that mattered was that he didn't like it at all. He closed his eyes again, and everything came rushing in.
He was alive, the movement behind hi whispered in awe. Gabriel wasn't quite sure what that meant, but it seemed to him "alive" meant to exist as more than thought, to have energy dancing inside you, to have weight and matter. His lips twitched into a smile.
His finger flinched, a light movement the cameras barely detected. Then again, more abruptly this time. Ang again.
Within minutes, his entire body was powerless to a wave of violent shaking, his eyes searching around the room for escape from the thunder that struck him from inside.
Someone behind him started yelling, although in fear or excitement he couldn't tell.
So he did all he could, and opened his mouth to leave a terrified, glitching, scream.