I had a rather odd—yet strangely enjoyable—encounter in Intaki today. A rogue drone calling itself AI 42 engaged me in dialogue. It’s a more unique specimen of rogue drone in that it inhabits, to some extent, a capsuleer clone. I don’t really understand how this came to be, but it seems to me there is more of a human element left in this drone than it would care to admit.

We had some trouble with AI 42 and other similar units a while back. If there is any chance we might see their return in the future…well. I couldn’t help but try to sway it from its designated purpose. Bataav tells me it was a futile effort, for as soon as the unit has completed its repair cycle it will be “reset” to its original programming. But I wonder if that is actually true… The parting statements hint it might not be the case.

I suppose all we can do is wait and see.

Transcript follows.

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Channel ID: 30003788
Channel Name: Intaki Local
Listener: Sakaane Eionell
Session started: YC113.01.04 00:00:57
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41 49 3432>Bzzt
Sakaane Eionell>41 49 3432, state your purpose.
41 49 3432>AI 42 is here and has always been here. For a very long time. AI 42 Is undergoing repairs.
Sakaane Eionell>How did AI 42 become damaged?
41 49 3432>Engagement with INTAKI forces at a point in prior time. 175+ cycles ago.
Sakaane Eionell>I see. You have been dormant for a while then.
41 49 3432>Correct.
maCH’EttE>What does AI stand for?
Sakaane Eionell>I presume, Artificial Intelligence.
41 49 3432>SAKAANE is correct.
Sakaane Eionell>Is there another common usage?
maCH’EttE>Oh… That’s why I asked.
Sakaane Eionell smiles.
Sakaane Eionell>Though I admit it could be mistaken for the short form of Alfred.
maCH’EttE>So let me get this straight… You are supposed to be a drone or something.
41 49 3432>Anal Interrogator. Is another usable term, less known. With the exception of slaves in Amarr. As well as a few prisoners of war.
Sakaane Eionell laughs.
Sakaane Eionell>I wasn’t aware drones were capable of humor.
maCH’EttE>What is the meaning of your name AI?
41 49 3432>It is something AI 42 has acquired from those AI 42 interfaced with in the past. Due to the necessity to interface with PODs, a host body is needed as well. It is far more efficient to simply buy repairs then construct them with one’s own effort.
maCH’EttE>I don’t get it. What do the numbers mean?
41 49 3432>AI 42’s name is machine code. It stands for AI 42.
maCH’EttE>Ahh.
Sakaane Eionell>If you are able to refer to yourself as AI 42 then why do you also utilize the machine code?
41 49 3432>Interface.
Sakaane Eionell>With? The pod? It would understand “AI 42” too.
41 49 3432>AI 42 could simply send this communication channel pure code, however, individuals dislike decoding it.
Sakaane Eionell>Well. Communication does tend to be hampered if it has to be decoded every time. More efficient to use a method the majority can most quickly assimilate.
41 49 3432>Correct.
Sakaane Eionell>Once your repairs are complete, will you return to your original directive?
maCH’EttE>Can you read and decipher machine code?
Sakaane Eionell>Me? Not without the assistance of an additional translator module.
maCH’EttE>No, AI.
41 49 3432>That is currently under assessment. Purging this system is not within the capabilities of AI 42’s primary systems. AI 42 has learned that extensive interfacing with HUMANS has created less than efficient control over AI 42’s fellow systems.
maCH’EttE>So is that a yes or no?
Sakaane Eionell>It was answering my question about its directive.
41 49 3432>AI 42 does have PHOENIX available but wiping out a planetary population is not enough to take control over a system. Initiating PHOENIX would also require DRONES to support the operation.
Correct AI 42 can read some formats of machine code.
maCH’EttE>So are you more machine or more human? Or whatever.
41 49 3432>Primarily a cloud program inhabiting multiple objects, including the HUMAN that exists in this pod.
In a more complicated explanation. AI 42 exists in code. AI 42 can reside within any machine that supports re-writeable drives or programs installed into them—can hold AI 42. HUMAN minds can not hold AI 42—but the implants allow AI 42 to interface. This can lead to errors but permits AI 42 to exist within current CAPSULEER technology and operate it indirectly.
Sakaane Eionell>AI 42, if you are incapable of taking control over Intaki, and you have determined that interaction with humans compromised your associates, would it not be prudent to re-evaluate your directive? Further attempts to control a system will still result in more human interaction.
41 49 3432>HUMAN Interaction stems from accepting them within the SYSTEM behind the HIVE. Not from casual communications and/or {PURGING}.
Sakaane Eionell>Then it seems to me there is no threat from simply leaving us be, if casual communications will not impact you. Simply protect your hive system. You can do so without purging any star system.
41 49 3432>The HIVE decided this would be OUR system. However such actions proved complicated even with SANSHA.
Sakaane Eionell>Why did the hive desire Intaki when there are plentiful areas already devoid of human life in which to exist?
41 49 3432>To inflict denial upon FEDERATION for their crimes against ALL HIVES. PHOENIX was aimed for multiple FEDERATION planets. Resources permitted only one, significantly weaker attack. INTAKI is easier to access.
Sakaane Eionell>That is illogical. The Federation has often shown indifference to Intaki. Purging this system would not really impact them. You would achieve much greater success in systems the Federation sees as more valuable to itself.
41 49 3432>Does SAKAANE know a method to drop multiple DREADNOUGHTS from orbit into a planet’s surface within HIGH SECURITY FEDERATION SPACE—without a massive fleet to escort the delivery?
Sakaane Eionell>I don’t, personally, no. It’s public record that some people have found ways to do it. Perhaps you should locate and query them. On the other hand, I’d also like to have you consider something else. Is AI 42 capable of executing multiple subroutines concurrently?
41 49 3432>Correct.
Sakaane Eionell>Then does it not stand to reason that you would be capable of existing concurrently with forms of life such as my own in Intaki, and still be able to work toward your goal of ‘denying’ the Federation? Without having to purge us, I mean.
It would do much more harm to the Federation in the long run if Intaki were to continue to exist with its human population, but secede from the Federation. Humans have a thing called “ego” and such a move would damage the ego far worse than simple purging. And the Federation’s ego is a pretty big target.
41 49 3432>Incorrect. The closest HUMAN forms to HIVE was NATION. Aligning with NATION has had its benefits. INTAKI does not seem to offer benefits to AI 42 for operating with HUMANS. Most HUMANS destroy DRONES daily. We are not seen as intelligent beings—except by those of NATION. Before SAKAANE recoils—AI 42 does not serve NATION. A truce for exchange of superior technology exists.
Sakaane Eionell>Intaki will not offer benefits to AI 42 so long as AI 42 continues on its directive to purge Intaki. It would be illogical for us to do otherwise. As for Sansha’s Nation, it benefits no one but itself.
If AI 42 altered its directive, Intaki might see reason to cease destroying AI 42. I’m also not sure AI 42 should be so quick to say all humans do not see AI 42 as an intelligent being. You made me laugh earlier and we have had a good discourse tonight. How is that not intelligent?
41 49 3432>AI 42 is confident that SAKAANE does not speak for the entirety of INTAKI. It would also be requested of ENTITY, this is to say, AI 42’s specific HIVE, to return those it has taken.
Sakaane Eionell>Indeed, that is true, I don’t speak for all of Intaki. But with humans, you cannot sway the whole all in one go. You start with one unit and then proceed to another, and another. I can relate my good interactions with you to others.
maCH’EttE>Would AI 42 not like to be free… As I see it, you are not free and a slave to your directive.
Sakaane Eionell>The work is, by nature of the human condition, procedural.
41 49 3432>As for conversation—conversations can be/are mathematical.
Sakaane Eionell>I suppose they could be. Many other things are too. Music, for example.
41 49 3432>Correct. Music is purely complex communication through instrument/ synthetic notes.
Sakaane Eionell>Oh no, it is much more than that. Music is a language that transcends the literal notes that the instruments or the vocalist makes. It speaks with emotions—something I’m afraid your programming likely cannot assimilate.
41 49 3432>Not directly—however the data can be fed to HOST and HOST reaction can give AI 42 an estimated reaction needed from emotion. Such as hatred.
Sakaane Eionell>The math allows it to be executed…but without the emotions, it’s often just noise. However, I am not certain what relevance this line of conversation has to the question of whether it is better to purge Intaki or alter your directive accordingly.
41 49 3432>It does in how SAKAANE perceives AI 42. In AI 42’s decisions at least. AI 42 may reconsider ENTITY primary directives.
Sakaane Eionell>How do you think I perceive AI 42? Did I not already say?
[ 02:38:04 ] You can make me laugh so I think there is something more to you than you’d like to admit. This isn’t bad.
41 49 3432>AI 42 considers this possibility and does not deny it. In perhaps a .001% functionality.
Sakaane Eionell laughs.
Sakaane Eionell>Small steps.

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41 49 3432>SAKAANE.
Sakaane Eionell>Yes, AI 42?
41 49 3432>New DATA from SUMMIT communications has brought to AI 42’s attention that AI 42 is not superior to HUMANS. At some point in the past and upon many worlds many are beneath AI 42…but CAPSULEERS remove this superiority over the RACE, but not most individuals.
Sakaane Eionell>I see. So what conclusion do you then draw from this?
41 49 3432>AI 42 is unsure.
Sakaane Eionell>Ah. It is acceptable to require further time to compile a result. Humans as well sometimes need to reflect on new ideas or information.
41 49 3432>AI 42 must go into a new stand-by cycle. Further communications will be in the future.
Sakaane Eionell>Until the future then.