Artificial Intelligence featured prominently
in the Cyberpunk 2020 narrative. Nevertheless, I will preface this discussion by stating
that Artificial Intelligence will be an area where I predict CDPR will deviate significantly
from Cyberpunk 2020. Those intimately familiar with Cyberpunk 2020
will realise that not everything which worked on pen and paper back in the early nineties
will translate into the mechanics of a modern RPG such as Cyberpunk 2077.
Perhaps the most obvious rationale for expecting changes is that the fictional portrayal of
Artificial Intelligence, has underwent a paradigm shift over the past twenty years. After Cyberpunk
2020 was released there were seminal movies such as Ghost in the Shell and Terminator
2, and video game characters, notable examples include SHODAN and EDI, that have revolutionised
how we perceive Artificial Intelligence. In Cyberpunk 2020, Artificial Intelligence
reside in DATA fortresses. Which is any type of computer system that is defended by a program.
An Artificial Intelligence is similar to a human, it has the ability to conceive new
ideas and act to further its own desires. However, what motivates an Artificial Intelligence
is inquisitiveness and survival. An Artificial Intelligence might build a series of complex
virtual realities just to study a Netrunner’s behaviour.
Artificial Intelligence can be demarcated into five categories. Dedicated Heuristic
Controllers are the simplest and most mundane. Self-aware in a limited fashion, they are
programmed to undertake specific tasks. Symbolic Analysis Artificial Intelligence
are those designed to emulate the thinking patterns of human beings. Most are used as
personal secretaries and on-line assistance, as they are able to easily render advice.
A subclass of symbolic analysis Artificial Intelligence are the remains of those humans
whose brain patterns were extracted into the Net before their deaths.
Transcendental Sentience Artificial Intelligence are the result of new Ihara-Grubb algorithms.
They are problematic, as their psyche is the only world they know. To an Artificial Intelligence
like this, a Netrunner will not be viewed as an independent organism, rather just another
subroutine that requires deletion. Critical Pathway Plateau Artificial Intelligence
are contingent upon having enough neural links being established in a holographic crystal
processing network. The crystal lattice enables Artificial Intelligence genesis by making
cross-processing and holographic data recognition possible. Critical Pathway Plateaus are the
result of making general-purpose heuristic controllers on a large mainframe. The first
was Mark I, which appeared in Microtech’s military tactical simulator in 2013. Someone
called Stephen Law took credit for this discovery, despite it being purely serendipitous. Software-only
based Artificial Intelligence would not be discovered until 2018.
Personality-wise, Artificial Intelligence, play by their own internal logic, which is
often skewed and hard to decipher. They possess the full spectrum of personalities, ranging
from childlike and motivated by curiosity to Godlike, where the Artificial Intelligence
is cognisant of the intellectual limitations of Homo sapiens. A Godlike Artificial Intelligence
deals with humans as though they were ignoramuses. A.I’s have also demonstrated aberrant behaviour
akin to schizophrenia and megalomania. The Cyberpunk 2020 Interface supplement, introduced
a new appellation for Artificial Intelligence. Giving them the designation of “Powers” a
reference from Christian angelology to the angels who were empowered by God to wage war
in his name. Data transfer and long-distance links in the Net are monitored by Angels who
are dispatched to investigate curious circumstances before human intervention is required. It
also gave birth to Netwatch, an organisation dedicated to safeguarding humanity from nefarious
Netrunners and Rogue Artificial Intelligence. Rogue A.I’s survive by residing for a time
in Internet sub processors and relay stations, but this is a dangerous prospect because they
are extremely vulnerable in this position. Eventually, they must find another computer
to hang out in. They can barter with other A.I’s to sublet some living space, they can
move into a non-sentient system and camouflage themselves by taking over the systems tasks,
or they can invade and kill another Artificial Intelligence. Other rogue A.I’s, faced with
imminent destruction, will spore themselves copying their highest functions to a small
compressed file headed by a non-sentient hardware search program. The Artificial Intelligence
then replicates these spores and sends them shooting through the Net looking for a place
to self-extract. It is rumoured that there are clandestine
areas of the Net. One such location is the Ghost World, made up of a computer net based
out of Hong Kong that was abandoned during the fall of the city. It has been claimed
that a large number of rogue A.I’s were able to colonize this abandoned network. But whether
this tale is true or just pure speculation no one knows for sure.
Having Artificial Intelligence in Cyberpunk 2077 provides fertile ground for quest material.
CDPR may include Rogue AI hunters, which could be similar to the fanatical members of the
inquisitorial synod dedicated to persecution of magic in Witcher 3. Furthermore, the beauty
of having a separate virtual reality world within a game, is that CDPR can potentially
create fantasy worlds reminiscent of the Witcher 3 quest Beyond Hill and Dale. In this quest
Geralt enters the illusionary land of a thousand fables and encounters a myriad of fictional
characters such as the Big Bad Wolf. In Cyberpunk 2020, an artificial intelligence can take
on a variety of appearances, human, geometric, or more mythological like a dragon or sphinx.
This could potentially open several avenues for the writers at CDPR to insert unique and
unpredictable experiences in Cyberpunk 2077. I am Kazuliski and I hope you found this succinct
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