Multiple Solutions
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Item#: 4762
Level6
Containment Class:
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SCP-4762 prompt found at the astrophysics department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during event 4762-E.

Special Containment Procedures: Following its neutralization in event 4762-F, Foundation efforts are focused on containing knowledge of SCP-4762 and determining if it implied the existence of a greater threat to normalcy. Based on current analysis of its manifestation selection preferences, a potential answer is being investigated by Foundation assets in interstellar space at this time. Previous Special Containment Procedures follow.

Embedded agents in various national intelligence agencies are to release reports labeling SCP-4762 as a non-anomalous variant of the Michelangelo computer virus. All persons affected by SCP-4762 are to be amnesticized of their experience with it should they recover from its effects. Due to the public nature of persons selected by SCP-4762, the production of Foundation body doubles and terminal disease cover stories are often necessary.

Description: SCP-4762 is an extradimensional program that spontaneously generates itself on computers operated by prominent members of the field of cosmology1. Notably, SCP-4762 has yet to target someone possessing the same preference in solution to Fermi's Paradox2 as a previous target. The program will automatically run upon manifestation and overwrite any attached non-volatile data storage mediums with itself. Once completed, SCP-4762 will display two 4 by 4 Rubik's cubes surrounding a graphic of a person under two question marks. The left cube has yet to repeat an arrangement between manifestations while the right is always in a "solved" state. Any typed user input on the device SCP-4762 is running on will activate the anomaly's primary effect.

Once activated, the individual operating the computer housing SCP-4762 will cease all response to outside stimuli and remain immobile for anywhere between 30 seconds to indefinitely. Upon recovering from this state, the affected user will display symptoms of either wonder or existential dread until amnesticized. If a person affected by SCP-4762 recovers from the inflicted state, the program will proceed to delete itself from the affected device. In the event that the affected remain catatonic, SCP-4762 will delete itself upon their death. Subjects interviewed after exposure often report experiencing hallucinations of realities either involving encounters with an alien intelligence, global annihilation of the human species, or universal solitude.

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Dr. Gerard Kuiper, previously designated D-4762-1.

Addendum 4762.1: Discovery
SCP-4762 was discovered on 1973/12/21 at the Mauna Kea Observatory by Dr. Gerard Kuiper when it appeared on his personal console despite hardware limitations regarding colored images. Following an amnestic campaign of the observatory's staff, Dr. Kuiper and his affected computer where moved to Site-17 where they resided until his death in 1995/01/15. Kuiper's encounter was originally thought to be a targeted retaliation by the GRU Division P to US Air Force Project A1193 after the second occurrence of SCP-4762 on the work computer of Carl Sagan on 1992/03/15, who also worked on the project.


Addendum 4762.2: Occurrence Log

Event Affected Preferred Solution Result
4762-A Gerard Kuiper Rare Earth Hypothesis Maintained a catatonic state until natural death by stroke.
4762-B Carl Sagan Youngness Hypothesis Awoke after 32 seconds and expressed views of wonder until his natural death in 1996.
4762-C Robin Hanson Great Filter Hypothesis Awoke after 1 year 7 months and 22 days and expressed views of dread until amnesticized. Current amnesticization protocols adopted.
4762-D Frank Drake Beserker Hypothesis Maintained a catatonic state for 3 years 2 months and 13 days until event 4762-F. Expressed views of acute disdain for the human race until amnesticized.
4762-E Ray Kurzweil Zoo Hypothesis Awoke after 7 days and 4 hours following event 4762-F and expressed heightened hope until amnesticized.
4762-F Stephen Baxter Planetarium Hypothesis Remained catatonic despite the SCP-4762 instance deleting itself after 57 seconds alongside the other two extant copies. Subject currently kept on life support at Site-17.

Addendum 4762.3: Hypothesis Testing Verdict


Ethics Committee Verdict 270
Codename: FERMI


Summary from the desk of Dr. Nathaniel Ames, Ethics Committee Cosmology Liaison


Date: 2032/12/24

SCP-4762's response to Dr. Baxter marks a departure from its expected behavior and its apparent activity. With no further occurrences of it over the past 30 years, I think it is safe to say we have as good a sampling of its nature as we are going to get. I will summarize the research team's findings below:

  • SCP-4762 only occurs on a console owned and operated by someone representative of a solution to Fermi's Paradox
  • The affected subjects awake with memories of experiencing their solution
  • This behavior ceased after Dr. Stephen Baxter encountered SCP-4762
  • Dr. Baxter is the creator of the "Planetarium hypothesis" solution, where our universe appears empty due to an illusion created around the local astronomical area by an advanced civilization

With this in mind, the Foundation Cosmology Department is requesting the construction and launch of an Asimov4 class deep space probe capable of intergalactic travel. With no methods of generating the required energy within Sol system without breaking the veil, the probe will first jump to Alpha Centari after clearing the Kuiper belt in two years. Once there, it will construct a series of solar power stations over the course of 22 years to enable it to make the jump to Andromeda where it will repeat the process to send a constructed copy of itself back to report its findings.

Setting aside the material cost of such an expedition, there is obviously a bigger elephant in the room concerning SCP-4762. Continued expansion and change is normalcy for humanity and I know we will eventually run into the walls of our enclosure. While I believe 4762 was an invitation, parting our planetarium's projector curtains may anger the wizard beyond them. We are looking at a veil greater than our own and the question of "Do we break it?" stares us in the eye. We've answered one Fermi's paradox and given ourselves a second. One that can be solved with a yes and 46 years.



Voting Record


Yeas: 4 Nays: 3


Motion Passed


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