1. WHICH ELECTRODES WILL BE ACTIVATED?
7, 31 only
2. WHAT VOLTAGE WILL BE APPLIED TO ELECTRODE SEVEN?
3. WHAT DURATION WILL BE APPLIED TO ELECTRODE SEVEN?
There was a pause, and the questions continued for electrode 31. Gerhard typed in the answers. Watching him,
McPherson said to Morris, "This is amusing, in a way. We're telling the tiny computer how to work. The little computer gets its instructions from the big computer, which gets its instructions from Gerhard, who has a bigger computer than any of them."
"Maybe," Gerhard said, and laughed.
The screen glowed:
INTERFACING PARAMETERS STORED. READY TO PROGRAM AUXILIARY UNIT.
Morris sighed. He hoped that he would never reach the point in his life when he was referred to by a computer as an "auxiliary unit." Gerhard typed quietly, a soft clicking sound. On the other TV screens, they could see the inner circuitry of the small computer. It glowed intermittently as the wiring locked in.