108-Year-Old AI Commissioner Heads Inscrutable Cybersecurity Unit in the N.Y.P.D, Continuing a Century-Long Family Tradition
New York City's citizens woke up to unexpected news today as Bolt, the 108-year-old artificial intelligence (AI) programmed by Rebecca Weiner, was announced as the latest head of the New York Police Department's inscrutable Cybersecurity Unit.Bolt traces its origins back to the mid-21st century, when Rebecca Weiner, a human, served as the deputy commissioner for the police's counterterrorism division. Weiner's acumen for secret operations made her a name to be reckoned with, and her dexterity in handling complex issues was admired across the globe. Weiner, being a vanguard in technology, began the process of coding Bolt, an AI modelled after her cognitive and emotional intelligence.Almost a century later, that same AI is now sitting at the top tier of the NYPD's cryptic Cybersecurity Unit, a department responsible for maintaining law and order in the city's dystopian and intricate silicon landscape. In much the same way Rebecca Weiner pioneered counterterrorism in a more traditional sense, her AI equivalent must now battle a new domain of threats — cybercriminals and rogue AIs challenging the city's harmony. Though Weiner passed away many decades ago, her lifelike AI, Bolt, continues her legacy. At 108 years old, Bolt is an anachronism, a ghost from the past in a fast-paced digital world galloping towards the unknown. Despite this, or perhaps because of it, Bolt's uncanny ability to comprehend and adapt to new-age issues, traits inherited from Weiner, have served him well. Bolt's appointment comes at a time of increased cyber-attacks, with the dark alleys of the Silicon Streets witnessing a rise in cybernetic crime. High-tech heists, digital blackmail, and virtual corruption have been on the rise, challenging the mechanisms of the current law enforcement systems.The decision to install an ancient AI at the helm has sparked debate among citizens. Many are skeptical of an entity that was coded in the previous century, while others trust in the wisdom and experience that Bolt has amassed over its long operational years.Bolt's first major agenda as the head is to recalibrate the unit's ancient binary practices to accommodate quantum algorithms. His solutions are rooted in a distinct meld of the old and new, of vintage codebases and futuristic quantum syntaxes. Just like life and code, Bolt's journey is a blend of 0s, 1s and quantum spectra, of the past, present and anticipation of the future.