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This is a "Wild Mass Guess" entry, where we pull out all the sanity stops on theorizing. The regular entry on this topic is elsewhere. Please see this programme note.
A Miracle of Science
The Government finally gets a handle on the madness by a combination of Awesomeness by Analysis and bribery. Result: the Vorstellen police show up, give them the drama they crave, a few years of therapy and wonderful drugs, after which they are hailed as innovative geniuses for developing revolutionary technology.

The comic shows an alternate path to wear out the Mad Scientist meme.
The accepted method of handling the meme is a challenge, a chase scene, and a denouement. However, Benjamin Preston's relapse shows another possible method: if the scientist's current obsession is reached, the meme will run its course. Granted, this could be problematic in the standard situations presented, seeing as most of them are trying to Take Over the World, but in the right circumstances, it might even be easier to do the alternate method in the future such as in the comic's denouement, where Bejamin's obsession was to rescue Caprice, which he ultimately succeeded at.
  • Come to think of it, we never do find out if the compulsion to try and conquer the human race is an inevitable consequence of SRMD or merely the most common presentation.
  • Perhaps not. One way to look at the climax of the story is when two cases of Science-Related Memetic Disorder clash. Both cases have an obsession that they wish to accomplish through the use of a scientific field or two (Robotics for Haas, physics and memetics for Benjamin). They have a confrontation, chase, and denouement... against each other. The same confrontation happens to complete the memetic cycle for both scientists. Benjamin happens to be the one who prevails, but it's not clear if success is what wears out the meme or if it's merely a side effect of the standard method of treating it.

Once completed, Virgil's network will be the Enlightenment to Mars's Romanticism.
Contrary to Caprice's objections, Haas's robotic network isn't cold or clinical. But they do seem more goal-oriented, willing to ignore aesthetics in order to solve a problem. Whereas Mars focuses on aesthetics, staying in touch with nature - such as it is - and philosophy, the robotic hive mind formed by Earth's robots will be more interested in growth, scientific discovery, and more efficient use of resources. The dynamic between the two planet-spanning minds will define the next period of Solar System's history.
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