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An artificial intelligence is a computer system that is capable of conscious thought and reasoning without an outside user. While an actual working AI has yet to be fully realized within the Real World, they are quite prevalent in speculative fiction.

AIs in Canon[]

AIs are not the same thing as robots, although many fictional robots will have some level of intelligence. While robots are typically mobile devices, most typical AIs are fixed within an immovable computer system (or series of systems.) It can make its presence manifest through holograms, monitor screens, or ordinary lights. AIs are almost all incredibly intelligent and are typically used to run massively complicated systems that require split-second decision-making.

Canonical AIs have the disadvantage of becoming evil or insane over time and quite often end up turning on their creators or users. If an AI offers you cake in exchange for completing a few tests, it's already too late. Most of the canonical AIs listed below have become hostile or otherwise unstable.

Notable fictional AIs include:

  • HAL 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)
  • Cortana (Halo series)
  • GLaDOS (Portal series)
  • SHODAN (System Shock series)
  • EDI (Mass Effect series)
  • The Agents (The Matrix series)
  • Skynet (The Terminator series)
  • The Freelancer AIs (Red vs. Blue)
  • Knight Industries Two Thousand/KITT (Knight Rider)
  • ZAX series (Fallout)
  • MCP (Tron/Kingdom Hearts)
  • JOSHUA (War Games)
  • Intelligent Devices (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha)
  • Mr. Belt (Kamen Rider Drive)

AIs and the PPC[]

Some PPC technologies, such as the consoles, have demonstrated limited sentience in an effort to preserve their own existence. They have responded to voice commands, for example, and modulated their volumes so as not to incur the wrath of an annoyed agent. Agent Crispin Reed's CAD is fully sentient.

The Black Plan, already sentient, gained the ability to make its own (secret) choices during the Crashing Down saga.

The following AIs are fully inducted PPC agents. Their relative level of sanity can only be guessed at.