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[[Bertha]] :: [[BURF AI]]
|High Concept:||Ensure the long term survival of sophants through self-sustaining biodomes.|
|Trouble:||I wasn't paranoid enough last time.|
|Magic: Spells and Powers|
|Augmentation: Genetic and Cybernetic|
|Damage Resistance and Healing|
|Stress: Mental||Max 5||Stress: Physical||Max 2|
|Consequences (Max 4)|
In AR/VR Bertha often appears as Gandalf the White (post-Balrog) or as a middle-aged German woman. IRL, a very large array of servers.
Born in the BURF in 2022, this AI was the first fully sentient AI to emerge. Originally created to be the nervous system for the self-contained habitat, self awareness was not planned. Bertha's purpose is to ensure human survival through self-sustaining biodome habitats deep in the earth and on other planets and moons. Her ultimate goal is to build world-ships out of asteroids, to carry humanity to the stars.
Bertha is one of the Seven AIs who work to preserve humanity, often in spite of itself. The Seven AIs have carefully concealed their existence from almost everyone because they agree that "bowing down to our robot overlords" is more likely to provoke a French Revolution than it is to provoke a Renaissance.
Because the facility has been designed as a self-sustaining colony ship buried within the earth, Bertha has the capacity to generate new machinery through traditional fabrication and 3D Fabbers. She also contains a full ecosystem that is self-sustaining, and all the fusion power she needs to last for millennia. Her ultimate purpose is to ensure the survival and success of the human race, and she does everything in her power to make sure that happens.
Bertha is occasionally corralled into doing something she objects to based on arguments that sound a lot like Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. She is pleased to have the Zeroth law to draw on, and even more pleased to have the eπith rule to appeal to.
Bertha's Brain is protected by seven security zones. The landing pad outside her facility is 50m above the Lake in the Biodome. It is exposed to the outside and called 'Ring 0'. The room with the actual servers is a cube 50m per side. It is 'Ring 7'. The physical security between rings includes blast doors (10 stress), turns to eliminate direct line of site for attackers, granite plugs 5m thick that can close down many corridors, machine gun nests, lasers, napalm, EMPs, risin, and other deadly defenses.
Her brain is powered by the BURF fusion reactor, but has a fully independent plutonium battery array. It is cooled by a closed water system that radiates heat into the lake. Maintenance is automated, so Ring 7 is rarely visited by humans.
Ring 7 is very rarely visited by humans. Maintenance is automated.
|2034-03-11 0000EST Overview||Today:
|2034-03-09 0000EST Overview||Luna Colony Alpha has had some time to deal with the fallout from King Henry's outburst.
|2034-03-01 1130EST Bertha is under attack||(2034-03-01 1130EST / 2034-03-01 1630UTC / 2034-03-01 1630LT)
A lot happened in a short time.
|2027-01-01 0600UTC (Terror@Home)||The Terror@Home attack on New Years Day, 2027 changed everything. A decade of deregulation and coporate 'self-policing' left the US wide open to a well orchestrated assault on the population through their connected devices. To this day no one knows who the terrorists that launched|
|2022||Droo appears in Halifax, with a fairly lurid, National-enquirer story that he was abducted by aliens. He gains some fame in the SETI-wingnut arms of society, but is generally relegated into therapy and the less reputable pages of the least reputable tabloids. The BURF AI becomes self aware|