The virtual conference room was deathly quiet as Colin and Z finished their report. The gathered represented the core of the project’s decision makers as well as a few of the relevant developers and alumni. All of them were gapping in some fashion or another at the two men standing before them. The first one to verbally react was KJK, who burst out laughing. The others looked somewhat incredulously at him until he managed to recompose himself.
The answer to the mystery about the bunnies’ extracurricular activities came soon enough, in no small part thanks to the amount of time the two spent investigating. The bunnies were extremely useful helper utilities and if they were suffering from a bug, it needed fixing otherwise the project would risk losing one of its more useful tools. By the end of these events the bunnies would be considered one of the core assets underpinning the entire project.
...The incident that ultimately aroused the suspicion of the project technically occurred first but the analysis was concluded afterwards so it was generally treated as the second checkpoint in the road to the revelation. The initial reaction hovered between heavy uncertainty and cautious concern, a concern that only grew over time.
These days when asked what a moonshot was, most people would respond with blank looks and then ask if it had something to do with the moon. A few more knowledgeable persons might respond that it referred to the Apollo program. Still others would say it referred to any project whose chances of success were low or might take a very long time to show demonstrable success. The Reactive Operator System fell squarely in that third category and it was with some irony that with every success it achieved its future goals became ever loftier. Perhaps even more ironic, the first moonshot the project was aiming for was achieved without anyone realizing until well after the fact.