The Animus: Our great achievement
It’s not grandstanding to call it this! Below are some FAQs (frequently asked questions) concerning the Animus. If you have further inquiries, the Abstergo Support Team is more than happy to respond to them. Our Research Analysts – those few who can spend time in the Animus – are highly valuated, and we do our utmost to ensure your safety and enjoyment of the experience as you help us continue our priceless research.
What is “Genetic Memory?”
We know that certain biological physical traits are passed down through genes. That’s why you’ve got your “father’s nose” and your brother has your “grandmother’s eyes.” The theory – theoretical no longer! – of genetic memory takes this one step further and posits that DNA contains so much more information just waiting to be mined. We’ve discovered the double helix is a cornucopia of experiences, memories, and skill sets just waiting to be unlocked.
Think about the migratory urges of birds, or the need for some animals to hibernate. Some never seen this modeled; how do they know what to do? It turns out the explanation lies with genetic memory.
But human beings are not mere animals, and thanks to the Animus, we are able to access much more than primitive instincts. We can see what our ancestors saw, feel what they felt, know what they knew, with the added benefit of our own 21st-century consciousness to provide perspective.
This is the wonder of the Animus!
Who designed the Animus?
The late Warren Vidic, one of the world’s leading authorities on the genetic memory, brought thirty years of research to creating the first Animus prototype. He was supervisor of the project from its inception until his untimely death in December 2012. Thanks to Dr. Vidic’s groundbreaking work, new avenues of knowledge and experiences are now open to our testsubjects, and, through Abstergo Entertainment and the new Helix Project, soon to perhaps millions of others as well.
How does it work?
Animus technology functions in much the way a simulator/projector does. Your consciousness will tap into the genetic coding in such a way that everything will appear to all your senses as three-dimensional – putting you in the heart of the action. It’s adaptive, so as the memories unfold, the “program” you experience begins to change subtly. They will appear to you as glitches and let you explore a memory much more closely.
While this is necessary for maximum benefit and, of course, your safety, we want the experience to be as smooth as possible. To that end, the Animus creates areas outside of the simulation: Memory Corridors and the White Room. The Memory Corridor functions like a loading screen, enabling a safe and efficient transition from one set of memories to another. At certain junctures, you’ll experience a White Room effect, which enables you to focus carefully on information that will be conveyed.
We furhter look out for our Research Analysts’ well-being through something we call “synchronization.” This means monitoring and controlling what you experience and remember in order to reduce potential distress. The Animus Omega can automatically reconstruct memories tailored to what each tester can or cannot adjust to, to further decrease the already slim risk. It grows and adapts with you. Think about training in the gym – the more you work out, the fitter you become, and the more weight you can lift. So, the more time you spend in the Animus, the better you can synchronize with what it can offer you. It’s the same idea.
So Abstergo Industries takes care of the safety issues, and the Animus takes me on the journey, what do I need to do?
We like to say, “Sit back and enjoy the ride.” But, of course, there’s a little more to it than that. We will need you to bring yourself into the pictures sometimes, instead of simply reliving your ancestor’s memories.
What that means is, from time to time, you’ll make judicious use of the White Room. You’ll take the time to master a skill so you can progress through the memories more swiftly and with more efficiency. We’ll be monitoring and recording what you see and experience as well, of course, so don’t ever worry that you’ll be alone!
Finally, once you are back to “yourself,” we’ll ask you to write down your thoughts, observations, feelings, and so on at certain phases. Your supervisor will critique your report and perhaps ask some follow-up questions.
We do this because as a Research Analyst, you’re in the thick of the action, not us, and you are the best person to report on what you’re experiencing! This also helps us make extra sure that your well-being isn’t being harmed in any way.
We understand this is a lot to take in. Remember, you supervisor is your best friend, so if you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to bring them up to him or her.
We hope you are as excited as we are about having your first experience in the Animus!