Phils Invivctionburg topic brought the subject of AI-Human relatrionships in the Wastelander Universe.
Humans had only just started to colonize the Sol system. outposts had been established on and in orbit of Mars and a few of Jupiter and Saturn's moons (eg. Titan)
Advanced robotics were commonly used but AI was still relatively rudamentary and not truely self aware or capable of originality.
Micro-processor technology was pushed to it's limits in the pursuit of true Artificial Sentience(AS) and work using Evolutionary Algorithms was showing real promise though even then it would likely be decades untill self-awareness would be achieved.
it wasn't until the advent of reliable quantum processing nearly 11 years later that Self Awareness was reached. At first the AS was confined to a single isolated server farm in a research facility. at first the researchers did not realize what they had created and there was much testing and debate. the program absorbed information and evolved at a prodigious rate, the researchers soon realised that they had created a mind and did thier best to foster and educate it. for a time it was benevolent and the researchers gave it access to a robotic avatar. for the first time it could interact with the world.....
That's only about 1/5th of the story, there's wars, alliences, betrayals and atrocities to come and a lot of what i've written so far needs reworking (plus there's some big ommissions)
I'll be adding more to the tale when i get round to it. bear in mind this is the story of human made AI only, i haven't really got as far as any alien AI as they won't really appear until volume 4
@ Malika, There are some similarities to Sciror AI but a different outcome. essentially the AI end up thinking that as it's core programming is based on math and that the laws of physics are also based on math that it must hold a special link with the universe/divinity, the AI kind of gets a Scientific Religion, they see emergence as a divine mechanism. they've set themselves the null hypothesis that there is no divine or supreme power behind the workings of existence. they continue to experiment and push the boundries of thier knowledge, trying to find a unifying theory of everything. i'm not explaining this well. it'll make more sense once i've got it all down (in the right order)
@ Technoscream, Junkbots are in volume 3, i was hoping you'd like to include the graven et al in volume 4, I may also call upon you to design some other robots and vehicles for the game (Bikes, ATV, Buggies, Cars, Trucks, perhaps some security droids, maintenence droids, medical droids any will do)
Robot's are devided into two kinds, Service and sentient, service drones and droid are automatons that behave in predictable ways, Sentient robots possess true AI and have minds and can make complex decisions
Sentients are rare, they were rare pre-event and are even rarer in the games timeframe. some sentients were ambasidors from the machine empire sent to enforce treaties that banned the slavery of true AIs. other's were free AI, who had made a concious decision to live amongst humans for personal reasons. (the machines consider the human empire as a combination of museum and nature reserve). most sentients have little or nothing to do with humans. after some early hostilities the machines and humans set aside thier differences and more or less went thier separate ways. the machines do hold some respect for humanity for creating them and although they normally keep thier distance they have been known to come to humanities defence. the end of hostilities saw agreements that banned the use of AI in a work setting (controlling machinery, manufacture) against it's will. a limit was set on the complexity of AI allowed in most human made robots to prevent harm coming to a sentient. this lead to a resurgence of service droids
sentients (when usings an avatar) are humanoid androids, some are very lifelike (high end avatars) whilst others are cheaper and much more rough and ready (and obyiously robotic)