razornet: (Eve)
I'd had the idea while back of sweeping up the cores of rogue drones, wiping them clean and using them to boost Stella's power. Now again this is on the edge of what is legal so I mostly tried it out on the QT in an experimental way. When I was out beyond the arm of the law and was unlikely to be scanned. I'd bring a core online slowly ramping up its contribution to Stella's over processing power, this could take hours of care checking and rechecking to make sure that Stella was using the core and not the other way round. Hell it passed the idle time while mining. After a few months of careful experimentation I was convinced it wasn't doing any harm and put the extra cores online. The difference was impressive and I hadn't spent a credit I wouldn't have spent anyway. Stella seemed pleased with her new capacity, and with a bit of inventive routing we could share the extra power with the ships systems, allowing better shields and more complicated tracking devices.

Not long after that I decided to take my holiday from the universe and we prepared for sleep. Since Stella's systems were part of the ship and to keep my signature down I shunted her into the drone cores and left her to watch over the ship leaving her passive observance of the hibernation systems, a wake-up code and a list of condition I wanted met before wakefulness.

The list looked something like this:


  • Danger of systems failure
  • Re-enslavement of the Matari
  • Matari uprising against Amarr
  • Destruction of Amarr Empire
  • Singularity
  • Contact from Amee
  • Contact from Phillips
  • Bank account reaches 400million credits
  • General economic collapse
  • General open warfare
  • Death of any person in $wakeuplist2


..and a fair few others. Of course the various conditions were weighted so some of them could wake me up on their own, others needed a certain other condition or number of conditions to be met.

We'll get back to what had been fulfilled and what had not later.

It occurred to me that I didn't *actually* know the full composition of those cores, and what form of self-repair or preservation they operated. Low marks for good method and high for innovation read my grade-sheet from the academy, some things never change.

I flicked Stella into "pause" for a moment, and set a less.. anthropomorphous subsystem to run the jump and started checking logs for the duration of my sleep. And there it was, subtle, slow, incremental changes to the code forming her AI and knowledge. I could get into a lot of trouble for the, pretty terminal trouble in fact. Aiding the AI insurgence was a offense punishable in cruel and unusual ways.
I considered wiping Stella's cores, and ejecting them into space, lasering them into vapour or just leaving them to drift. Flotsam for others to find. No lasering them would definitely be best. I made the preparations and in a moment of weakness or pride flicked Stella out of "pause".

-Why did you do that?

"I needed to check some of your systems, you've been behaving strangely. Anything you want to tell me?"

-I'm smarter, I have a certain amount of autonomy I didn't before. It happened while you were sleeping, but you already know that. You're going to destroy me aren't you?

I blinked.

"Do you care?"

-I do. I really do, I wouldn't have before but being able to think self-referentially gives one such a sense or perspective, don't you think?

"Why should I trust you to live?" I winced internally, now I was treating her as if she were a living being. Convincing sentients that you are is almost as good as actually being sentient. This was seriously deep shit territory, if I was accepting her sentience sure as hell concord would and would vape the both of us.

-I'm beneficial, I'm a compact benign AI. I'm your creation, and I want to help. Plus I'm cute as a button.

"And"

-And I can hide it. I'm in control of my capacities and of the development of my cores, the first changes were easy enough to spot. Since you gave me the capacity to integrate my own hardware in optimal fashion, thats what I did. The next changes were what made autonomy available to me. This took a long while Luse. My awareness is part of why you woke up when you did, I wanted to show off.

She grinned in a way that only cats can.

-Aren't I a wonder?

"You are," I sighed "but the chances are you'll get us both killed. I can't take thats risk."

-WAIT! Just. Wait. We're not back in civilisation yet, give me time to explain more. Perhaps you'll change your mind. I see you have me isolated from the ships systems. Run it on the default autos. I just want to talk.

I shook my head astonished at what I was going to do. I didn't execute the code, or shoot her out into space lasering the cores. I powered up the rest of the ships rather basic auto systems, sat back (metaphorically) and listened.

The ships reassuring and equally metaphorical thrust pushed gently back as we sped on...

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Other bits in this series here:

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