Along the lines of the AGI to Seed AI thread: I'd like to build a one-shot scenario around the following idea (maybe this has been done before?): [this is very much work in progress, but I thought I'd run it by the forums before I continue fleshing it out more.] The PCs are all delta forks of a seed AI - a fact that has been carefully withheld from them by their creators - maybe stemming from some pre-fall research project. During the Fall though, they escaped Earth like everyone else, while the project was abandoned and the people who knew about it died, vanished or went to cold storage. Now I came up with two variants to make this setup into a scenario. First variant: Another fork (maybe beta?) of the original seed-AI (irrationally?) believes that it can become more powerful by merging with other forks, representing parts of the original seed-AI code it doesn't possess. Therefore it starts hunting down all remaining forks from the project. Second (more hefty) variant: The project was experimenting with "compartmentalizing" a seed-AI or maybe even turning it into some sort of mesh-like infrastructure consisting of a shitload of forks. Either a somehow "incomplete" version of the original seed-AI or a cult-like group of interconnected forks now strives toward "becoming whole again" by reintegrating all of the original code they can find. And maybe the PCs are all that's missing for them to become a real X-risk. What I like about the whole concept is that it makes the scenario very personal for the PCs. What do you think of this idea? Is it workable? Flawed logic? Maybe too cliché? What needs to be changed?
—[...] vidi ingentis portenta ruinae, vidi hominum divumque metus hilaremque Megaeram et Lachesin putri vacuantem saecula penso. Stat. Theb. 3, 640-42.