In a way, Julius felt like an architect. By taking a tank where 100% of the molecules were manmade and by applying different chemical baths he could cause the molecules to align themselves. Then the magic occurred, by adding the correct mix of amino acids and viruses to the top of the tank, they would percolate through the homogenous mixture, combining as they descended, assembling like building blocks. Each amino acid added, would continue building the blocks until eventually the final perfect cell was created. Then the proper viruses would alter the cell, changing its DNA and making it into a thinking cell, of sorts.
Henry’s concepts for advanced computer processor architectures; organicware was the most recent hot topic on the board’s agenda. He could make small, simple cells and he got the billion dollars to build a massive facility. He was the ’organicware guy’ who developed the pet project of the board of directors; he got results, so he got everything he wanted.
Historically the guys that built the computer were the hardware guys, those who wrote the programs were the software guys. Julius smiled, he loved his term for his work; juicyware; not hardware and not software, but juicyware. Once again, Julius smiled and thought, at least now the software guys blaming the hardware guys and vice versa, doesn’t work. It’s all in the organic processor.
Julius was their favorite at one time, but his perfect cells were too involved to create and Henry’s were not. Henry’s were simple, compared to what Julius was working towards, but his chemical process was working and Julius’ wasn’t. Once Julius found out what steps Henry’s process followed, Julius immediately saw the hole. A hole that Henry wasn’t aware of and one that Julius could fill. Combining their knowledge would have produced a masterpiece and likely a Nobel Prize, but sharing was not part of Julius’ plan. He knew that if he waited, he would find an opportunity to combine processes and succeed. Now, his time had arrived.
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