Turbo cocked his head, not really understanding what was so fascinating about a bunch of rocks in space, even if they had other forms of life on them. He came from a world where everything was programmed, and as far as he was concerned, life elsewhere was just programmed in a different manner.
But Tech sounded so excited by it. He sat down, “Can you tell me more?” He asked.
"Certainly. Well, I’ve learned how to create worlds in various colors thanks to certain chemicals, same for stars. I had twin bubblegum pink suns in one solar system once. But I’ve made a race of amphibious creatures that gained sentience, and they evolved from squids and octopi. I’ve seen what the effects are when you let nature run its course, or you step in and help provide technological advancements. I’ve become something of a god on some plants because I step in and intervened, showing them how to improve their lives Making tools, making sturdier homes, learning how to navigate…it’s quite a ego boost, I’ll say that."
"And I had a project I was the most involved with. I helped a universe burst into life, and while seeing what the results were, I stumbled across a little planet. It was, oh…maybe a bit bigger than Earth. But it could hold life. For fun, I thought it might be interesting to help evolution move along. I helped insects develop, I watched them grow gigantic from the oxygen rich atmosphere, and I helped some species along while others I held back. I had an active role in picking and choosing what traits these insects developed."
"Funny thing is, sometimes you don’t really know what you might be influenced by. It was only after I saw the end result that I realized my bug programming had been influencing my choices. I created an organic version of the Cybug. They worked like bees, but lived underground in massive colonies. They were brutal, efficient, resilient, but I wondered if they’d tip the ecosystem and destroy everything, as we’ve seen the cybugs we know do….They didn’t, though. They surprised me, because they became even deadlier. They developed sentience." He let a light laugh and looked away, giving a shrug. "Not quite up to par with humans, last I checked in on them. But they had enough to learn how to capture prey and farm them, like they were livestock. They hadn’t figured out how to farm plants, yet, though. But it was pretty scary to see them learning that much."
Turbo did his best to pay attention to what Tech was saying, unfortunately his attention span didn’t last very long, and most of what the other cybrid said went in one ear and out the other. Until he mentioned artificially created organic cybugs. That got his attention and focus.
"Exactly, how smart does that make them then?" He asked, "Do they have some kind of communication system? Can they think in advance, or devise strategies in case another hive intrudes?"