Adventures in Odyssey: Baby Daze
After conducting extensive research, Eugene Meltsner is convinced he has the ability to make a computer which learns and thinks like a human. When an abandoned baby appears on the doorstep of Whit’s End in Odyssey, Eugene is delighted to have a subject for further research and decides to keep him for the weekend. He finds caring for the infant, whom he names Buddy, much harder than he expected. Exhausted, Eugene falls asleep and has a nightmare in which his computer creation, Plato, has assimilated the data regarding Buddy and, having “come to life,” now puts Buddy in danger by sending its robot extension after him for more data.
When Eugene awakens, he realizes that Buddy is not merely something to be studied, but a human being made in the image of God and thus is very special. Eugene is broken-hearted when his new friend has to leave. A man named Dr. Mueller comes to retrieve the baby, admitting that Buddy is being used for genetic research, but Eugene argues that Buddy shouldn’t be used in that way and tries to keep Buddy away from Mueller. Buddy activates the remote robot, which traps Mueller and his henchmen and Buddy is returned to his parents.