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»S»You can do whatever you want. But the system can only work if the penalties are severe, we can't take you anywhere. We'll drop you off here.«

   Nevon wanted to say something, but Nuna told him to stay calm again.

   The officers took three larger backpacks from a patrol car.

   »Inside you'll find sleeping bags, clothes, tools and dehydrated food for a week.«

   The officers, they were something like the police who knew Nevon from Earth, they were friendly, but as humans out of reach. Everyone was quiet and calm, but Nevon had to be reminded again and again not to ask any more questions and to remain calm. Dowagen and Nuna were always next to him and as soon as his eyes were impatient, they gave him a sign to do what was expected of him. And that was without any defense to endure. And Nevon thought that only a person with a broken will could bear it without saying a word:

   »I understand the seriousness of the situation now, but you can't just leave us here in no man's land. I don't remember my former life and the women are innocent because of the car. They only accompany me…«, Nevon said, he could not hold back any longer.

   »All this has already been taken into account. Grand theft auto requires a penalty. The penalty is a loss of identity. And there is also that you are here four thousand kilometers from home. Where are you going? At the North Pole, so that the sick Nevon can recover and relax? Driving a car for weeks is anything but relaxing. If you can explain something more to us, we will pass it on and it will be taken into account«, one of the officers said seriously.

   »Where will you pass and who will decide«, Nevon asked again impatiently.

   »I told you from the beginning that we wear cameras on our bodies. They record everything and what is said, facial expressions and the thermo sensors for example, check if we have been told the truth, and in the end the verdict is passed. Not we, but a software decides that. We humans are only the interface between machine and you, so that the law is implemented humanely. Before we go, would you like to ask us a last question?«

   »I once read that artificial intelligence will eventually replace judges, are we experiencing this right now?«

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