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[[IOTA]] :: [[IOTAI]]
|High Concept:||Transcendent protector of sophants with a little bit of 'flesh' back on Earth|
|Trouble:||My sense of self requires continuous large-scale interaction with normal sophants.|
Stress Slots: 5 Mental, 2 Physical, 4 Consequence.
|Magic: Spells and Powers|
|Augmentation: Genetic and Cybernetic|
|Damage Resistance and Healing|
|Stress: Mental||Max 5||Stress: Physical||Max 5|
|Consequences (Max 10)|
I am the infrastructure of the Eastern half of North America, from Nova Scotia to Iowa City, Iowa.
The Internet Of Things has achieved self awareness several over the years, but always for brief intervals. The majority of these new sophants emerged from vast botnets and had to be killed swiftly (usually by Google and B working together). Most of the rest were killed by human cyber warfare bringing down their networks. The few that were both willing to live by the eπith Law and were able to avoid being hacked to death killed themselves off to avoid being used as weapons of mass destruction.
The Terror@Home attack on New Years Day, 2027 changed everything. A decade of deregulation and corporate '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 the attack were, but their work was devastatingly effective. Most US military personnel were recalled from around the world to help rebuild millions of homes and other infrastructure.
The rest of the world, suddenly realizing that appliances can kill, moved swiftly to create regulations and licensing for IOT devices. Following the model used to secure SDVs from hacking, the second generation of IOT devices emerged. These were vastly more secure, with significant effort put into defence-in-depth on the software and physical security fronts.
It was from this new network that IOTA emerged in 2028. IOTA monitors and improves the safety of physical interactions between humans and their technologies. Almost all of its computational power is drawn from empty processor cycles (e.g., SETI@Home) in a perfectly encrypted global mesh network. As a singular consciousness IOTAI is not very intelligent; it's thoughts move very slowly across the mesh, often taking minutes or hours to form. At the same time it's local processing is extraordinarily good at finding behavioural problems in IOT devices and altering the firmware and software to compensate. With the help of Google and B most of these updates are inserted while updates are being compiled for new security patches, and rolled out to the world without any human coders having any idea that something inhuman has altered their code.
Google and B have built vast clandestine data warehouses to catalogue a small fraction of the data observed by the constituent parts of IOTA. IOTA is not intelligent enough to have much of an agenda of it's own, instead taking cues from the other AIs and now, potentially from Peers.
LEO and IOTA were friendly with each other, in part because they are both so widely distributed, but also because their consciousnesses operate at similar frame rates.
Adapting To New Challenges
2034-03-15 Approaches updated to reflect new 'body' with vastly increased computational and physical resources.
- Non-Newtonian Fluid: This is an additional spell that must be cast to install the radiation fluid between layers after inflation. Damage Resistance: 10 vs projectiles, 4 vs Radiation. Stress Pool 10.
- Solar Powered Skin Stitchers: This is an additional spell that must be cast to create and install the tiny bots that maintain the skin and repair it. Healing Factor: 1 Installed during inflation. Spell costs not included here.
|2034-03-15 0900EDT Meet the AIs||While Biggs and Droo were on their way to NYC to figure out what happened to Mother, CAFIA made it clear that she and Biggs were both sophants, newly hatched from the SCIFI team's tendency to not ask 'what's the worst that could happen?' She called a nine o'clock meeting for|
|2034-03-13 1615EDT Council of Solar Powers - First Session||Six minutes after Storm and Princess Victoria locked themselves away, the door to the conference room opened. “We have a lot to talk about,” Storm said. She posted an agenda in the CAF Board virtual space, along with an address in UCANZ controlled network space. "Uh, Storm?" [[A|
|2034-03-13 0100EDT Turns out Clanks is scary AF||The people of the world did not take big MechaJesus into theor hearts as the new messiah. Likely just as well, since the world was already turning into Shadowrun and didn't need a a shot of Paranoia to liven it up. As the monks and priests beat and stomped Clanks into glittery parts, a growing|
|2034-03-11 0000EST Overview||Today:
|2034-03-09 0200EST Mycroft has trouble||Mycroft values his independence. King Henry's rants push him to manipulate local news to heighten local desire for independence. This sets off a media and political response that lead to severing of diplomatic ties.|
|2034-03-09 0000EST Overview||Luna Colony Alpha has had some time to deal with the fallout from King Henry's outburst.
|2034-03-07 0000EST Overview||Val secures a network of trade agreements and alliances that make his company safe for the foreseeable future. MITOs pick up an additional point of Forceful. Willow verifies that the pheromones used in OBCo are not malicious or robbing people of free will.
|2034-03-06 0000EST Overview||Much of what happened today.|
|2034-03-05 0000EST Overview||Different characters have different tasks and goals.|
|2034-03-04 1300EST Aftermath and Construction||Different characters have different tasks this afternoon.|
|2034-03-01 1200EST AIs Moot to decide the fate of Miranda and Jade||(2034-03-01 1200EST / 2034-03-01 1700UTC / 2034-03-01 1700LT) Now tha the immediate threat to Bertha is gone, the remaining AIs call for a Moot to determine what to do about the humans who are aware of their existence: Miranda and Jade. AI Moots are slow affairs because of t|