Ok, so for turntable
- 1st, the headphones thing doesn’t make any fucking sense, but then the physical aspect of a lot of consoles doesn’t make much sense either (desperado, logos, astrolabe, and others all have effects that make more sense as programs or resources than as a piece of physical hardware) so b/c consoles are unique I tend to think of them as certain “styles” of hacking, rather than just simple machines. maybe the kind of runner who prefers a toolbox is the kind who’s always prepared for anything and likes highly efficient systems, while the kind of runner who prefers desperado is just always looking to make a quick buck.
- 2nd, I see the effect as being like large-scale blackmail (the crime, not the card) - dangling your juicy data over some exec’s head to undermine existing projects rather than selling/whatever shapers do/releasing the agenda data right away. and since the corp doesn’t get the effects of the agenda (barring statc effects, which I’ll grant are the worst here) you “give” them it’s not like “oh suddenly our future perfect program is gone but now we have a nisei project finished somehow?” it’s more like “shit, that cost us some of the most valuable parts of our future perfect program, and now it’s only as valuable as a nisei project would have been”
love these reviews by the way! Ialso had strong opinions about analog dreamers!
[quote]Cee: Do we even know if the Android universe has AIs with that kind of free agency? There are the bioroids, shackled to servitude to Haas, and there are the programs on the runner side the game calls “AIs”, but I’m not sure we’ve seen AIs be anything more than useful tools in this world.
Ess: Well, bioroids at least are explicitly human brains that have been “taped”, so I’d assume it’s more that they’ve been mostly lobotomised than that they don’t have free agency. But… yeah, is Crypsis doing contract work for you, or is it just an unusually generalised breaker?
I believe the evidence suggest that these types of AIs are out there! I think crypsis is doing contract work (notice how if you don’t “pay” him enough virus token he uninstall himself?). Consider also the flavor text from helpful AI:[quote]
“What causes an Artifical Intellegence to turn on its master? Is it because its directives have been altered by some external source? Or, by giving them agency to adapt, have we fated them to revolt?” - Emilio Harris, Creators and the Created[/quote]
I’ve always loved that the helpful AI is a connection- he has friends just like anyone else, and you can call on him for favors when you need to! Also, he’s a resource, not a program: “Man, I knew I shouldn’t have pointed security towards the server HAI was using… now he won’t even return my calls!”
TLDR, the flavor of this card is weird and I don’t get the mechanic, but I definitely think there are AIs out there in Android.