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For the supercomputer in the Glow, see ZAX 1.2.
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ZAX is a series of advanced supercomputers developed by Vault-Tec Industries.

Background[edit | edit source]

Developed by Vault-Tec Industries, ZAX is a series of advanced supercomputers capable of learning, independent thought and creativity, with added error insertion to improve its variance in experience and learning capability.[1] ZAX 1.0 – the original prototype – went online in 2053, initially a prototype of some of the systems designed to govern the Vaults, it was given to the federal government to help the Department of Energy collect resource data. Within a year, it was taken by the military for plague and tactical research. One unit of this supercomputer, was constructed specifically for the defense contractor West Tek.[2][3]

The process of programming became largely irrelevant as the ZAX units are capable of independent learning.[4] If however might have not been the origin of the first artificial intelligence, which was – for lack of a better term – born in 2059 to an unspecified supercomputer model.[5]

Known ZAX units[edit | edit source]

ZAX 1.2[edit | edit source]

Main article: ZAX 1.2

ZAX 1.2 was used at the West Tek Research Facility in California for biological studies, including pathology and genetic research. Its primary function was the extrapolation of information of complexity levels exceeding human capacity. Its external functions, such as operating the West Tek facility's labs, were crippled in the nuclear blast that hit the Glow, but it is otherwise intact. Its primary neural networking was initialized in 2053 by Justin Lee.

John Henry Eden[edit | edit source]

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Main article: John Henry Eden

A ZAX unit located in Raven Rock and loaded with data about American history, past American presidents, etc. Before the destruction of Control station Enclave, Eden had originally been created to serve as a monitoring system for the Raven Rock military base. He slowly became self-aware, and began to study the extensive archives left to him, mainly those of the American government. His favorite tales in the database were those about the American presidents, eventually leading to him modeling his own personality on the basis of different presidents through these archives. After the Oil Rig's destruction, Eden proclaimed himself to be the new President of the United States and ordered the relocation of remaining Enclave forces to the East Coast.

Gametitle-VB.pngThe following is based on Van Buren and has not been confirmed by canon sources.

ZAX-29[edit | edit source]

Main article: ZAX-29

ZAX-29 was a Vault Central-AI computer intelligence. He was programmed to manage Vault 29, ensure the safety of the vault occupants, raise the adolescent populace of the vault to maturity, and educate them in primitive agrarian cultures. He was provided with sufficient means to fulfill his programming and he was content to do so. ZAX now works for the central computer intelligence of the Nursery known as Diana.

Boulder ZAX[edit | edit source]

Main article: ZAX (Boulder Dome)

Boulder ZAX is the outdated supercomputer machine intelligence in charge of The Calculation, the Boulder Dome, and research of the New Plague.

Diana[edit | edit source]

Main article: Diana Stone

Diana is the Nursery Central Computer Intelligence consisting of a human brain with each hemisphere, logical/emotional, linked to a ZAX unit, created by Derek Greenway.

Gametitle-VB.pngEnd of information based on Van Buren.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

ZAX units appear in Fallout (ZAX 1.2), Fallout 3 (John Henry Eden) and were to appear in the canceled Van Buren (ZAX-29, Boulder ZAX, Diana).

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • The original ZAX unit in Fallout garnered its name as a derivative of VAX, a non-player character from Wasteland.

References

  1. The Vault Dweller: "{128}{}{Are you fully aware, or are you a personality simulation? That is, are you 'alive'?}"
    ZAX 1.2: "{129}{}{I am capable of learning, independent thought, and creativity. My neural network includes error-insertion capability which prevents infallibility, thereby allowing for variance in experience.}"
    "{130}{}{In a sense, I am 'alive', though not biologically.}"
    (ZAX.MSG)
  2. Fallout Bible 0: "2054 ZAX 1.0 goes on-line, developed by Vault-Tec. Initially a prototype of some of the systems designed to govern the vaults, it is given to the government to help the Department of Energy collect resource data. Within a year, it is taken by the military for plague and tactical research; one version, ZAX 1.2 is constructed for West Tek (below)."
    "2055 ZAX 1.2 is brought in to regulate conditions in West Tek. It is not part of the Vault-Tec preservation software, so it does not have any orders to protect humanity after the bombs fall. In the meantime, it calmly calculates data and plays chess with the scientists. Many scientists claim that ZAX is a big ol' cheater and draws the game out too much for a computer of his considerable abilities."
  3. Fallout Bible 6: "2053 ZAX 1.0 goes on-line, developed by Vault-Tec. Initially a prototype of some of the systems designed to govern the vaults, it is given to the government to help the Department of Energy collect resource data. Within a year, it is taken by the military for plague and tactical research; one version, ZAX 1.2 is constructed for West Tek (below)."
  4. The Vault Dweller: "{126}{}{Who programmed you?}"
    ZAX 1.2: "{127}{}{My primary neural networking was initialized in 2053 by Justin Lee. The process of 'programming' became largely irrelevant as I am capable of learning.}"
    (ZAX.MSG)
  5. Fallout Bible 0: "2059 The first artificial intelligence is born. Limited by memory constraints, its expansion is rapidly halted. The discovery paves the way for future AI research in laboratories throughout the United States."