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Dr. Whitley was an Enclave scientist stationed at Adams Air Force Base in 2277.

Background

Dr. Whitley presided over the Eyebot Duraframe universal interface override project, which aimed to remotely control and utilize robots to access encrypted systems.[1] During preliminary tests, the robots were successful in accessing unsecured or lightly-encrypted targets. The team encountered challenges with testing on heavily protected and military grade systems, due to the potential of critical overload of the robots' key systems.[2]

When the project did not progress as quickly as Colonel Autumn anticipated, he gave orders to Dr. Grant to visit Whitley's lab and determine how best to increase efficiency.[3] Grant was able to alter the robots successfully, but in doing so caused distress, angering Whitley.[3] After Whitley ordered Grant to leave, she returned to the colonel and shortly thereafter, new "efficiency guidelines" were announced.[4] Whitley commented that this caused him to have "serious misgivings" about the current leadership.[4]

Whitley and his team were close to a breakthrough on the project when it was cancelled in favor of the Hellfire power armor initiative.[5] Despite objections from Whitley, the team was ordered to disassemble the robots and redirect the materials in support of the new project.[5] Having grown fond of the prototypes, such as one named ED-E, Whitley struggled with the order to scrap them for parts.[5] Instead Whitley devised a plan to take advantage of ED-E's more efficient navigation systems and send the robot onward to the Enclave base at Navarro, saving it from being destroyed.[6]

Log entries

Transcripts
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Whitley: "Experiment log 369248/B - Eyebot Duraframe universal interface override system. This is Dr. Whitley presiding. We've boosted signal gain and enlarged the overflow buffer system. That should ensure 100% connectivity and control. ED-E, whenever you're ready."
ED-E: "<Electronic sounds>"

Whitley: "Yes! Success! Um, reporting full success on 369248/B. ED-E was able to interface with and override the test panel in under three seconds. Great job, team. Now, let's start on the proposal for the full rollout."
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ED-E: "<Distressed beeping>"
Whitley: "Dr. Grant? What the hell do you think you're doing?"
Grant: "Ah, Whitley, there you are. Orders from Colonel Autumn - he feels the Eyebot Duraframe project isn't advancing quickly enough. I'm to-"
Whitley: "You didn't even disengage his damage-avoidance protocols! You're hurting him!"
Grant: "Don't be ridiculous, it's just a machine. See here, I've already increased the navigation system's efficiency by 65%."
Whitley: "Get the hell out of here!"

Grant: "Fine, Whitley, it's your lab. At least until I tell the Colonel about this."
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"I don't believe it! Grant actually went to Colonel Autumn and got approval for her damned "efficiency guidelines!" "All experiments will be carried out with the test subject fully active, to reduce iteration time." It's barbaric! I've explained this to the Colonel - just because the Eyebots don't have true AI doesn't mean they're just machines. I guess results are all that matter around here. Forget things like "ethical procedures" or "humane treatment." I'm starting to have serious misgivings about leadership around here. At least I've got you to talk to, huh ED-E?"

Notes

Whitley's voice is different in the base game when compared to Lonesome Road.

Appearances

Whitley is mentioned in Fallout: New Vegas and its add-on Lonesome Road.

References

  1. Whitley: "Experiment log 369248/B - Eyebot Duraframe universal interface override system. This is Dr. Whitley presiding. We've boosted signal gain and enlarged the overflow buffer system. That should ensure 100% connectivity and control. ED-E, whenever you're ready."
    ED-E: "<Electronic sounds>|"
    Whitley: "Yes! Success! Um, reporting full success on 369248/B. ED-E was able to interface with and override the test panel in under three seconds. Great job, team. Now, let's start on the proposal for the full rollout."
    (Whitley's dialogue)
  2. Whitley: "Experiment log 369248/A - Eyebot Duraframe universal interface override system. This is Dr. Whitley presiding. Initial tests of the override system are promising. Against unsecured or lightly-encrypted targets, the Eyebots have a 98% success rate. More heavily protected systems are still problematic. Military-grade encryption presents a very real possibility of critical overload of key systems. We've stopped tests before any robots were destroyed, but if we don't address the problem our Eyebots will fry themselves hacking military networks. ED-E? What are you doing in here all alone? And who left these old videos playing? Come on, let's get you into your recharge bay."
    (Whitley's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 ED-E: "<Distressed beeping>"
    Whitley: "Dr. Grant? What the hell do you think you're doing?"
    Grant: "Ah, Whitley, there you are. Orders from Colonel Autumn - he feels the Eyebot Duraframe project isn't advancing quickly enough. I'm to-"
    Whitley: "You didn't even disengage his damage-avoidance protocols! You're hurting him!"
    Grant: "Don't be ridiculous, it's just a machine. See here, I've already increased the navigation system's efficiency by 65%."
    Whitley: "Get the hell out of here!"
    Grant: "Fine, Whitley, it's your lab. At least until I tell the Colonel about this."
    (Grant and Whitley's dialogue)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Whitley : "I don't believe it! Grant actually went to Colonel Autumn and got approval for her damned "efficiency guidelines! All experiments will be carried out with the test subject fully active, to reduce iteration time." It's barbaric! I've explained this to the Colonel - just because the Eyebots don't have true AI doesn't mean they're just machines. I guess r esults are all that matter around here. Forget things like "ethical procedures" or "humane treatment." I'm starting to have serious misgivings about leadership around here. At least I've got you to talk to, huh ED-E?"
    (Whitley's dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Whitley: "All due respect sir, I think you're making a mistake. We're close to a breakthrough with the Duraframe Eyebots, I can feel it! Yes, sir. Yes sir, I understand that we need the Duraframe assets for Hellfire armor, but- No, sir. Yes, sir. I understand, sir. I'll tell the team to start disassembling the ED series prototypes right away. ED-E, you little rascal. Were you eavesdropping again? I think those videos you watch are a bad influence on you. How much of that did you hear?"
    ED-E: <Sad beeping>
    Whitley: "Hmm... didn't Dr. Grant say she'd upgraded your navigational systems? I think I have an idea.... How'd you like to be just like RALPHIE?"
    (Whitley's dialogue)
  6. Whitley: "Good, you're back on-line. Listen to me, ED-E - if you stay here, they'll dismantle you for parts. You have to go now. I've uploaded destination coordinates for our outpost in Navarro into your system. I want you to go to the Enclave there, okay? Do you understand me? It's going to be a long journey, my little friend. You'll have to fly very far, and fly very fast. Can you do that?"
    ED-E: <Sad beeping>
    Whitley: "I know you can. Be careful out there, ED-E. Maybe I'll see you again some day."
    (Whitley's dialogue)
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