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It is technically unclear exactly how an A.I. works, as it is only based on the functionality of a human brain, which UNSC scientists do not fully understand. AIs do not have physical bodies, rather they are advanced software consisting of a Riemann Matrix for higher-function processing. This matrix can be downloaded into a Data Crystal Chip for mobility. In case of Rampancy, the Riemann Matrix has a fail-safe program that will destroy the A.I. Since A.I.s must be created by mapping out the connections of a human brain, it seems likely that the UNSC does not have an understanding of how to create A.I.s from scratch, and is limited to simply "copying" the intelligence of biological organisms. In the real world, this is an established possibility for creating artificial intelligence. They can only take physical form where holographic technology is available. This requires a Holotank of some kind. Because "Smart" A.I.s are created using either actual human brains or cloned human brains, there are residual thoughts, memories and/or feelings that remain. These residuals can be anywhere from the "feeling" of a hair brush being pulled through hair, in the case of Sif, or even have an effect on the mannerisms and characteristics that make up the personality of an A.I., in the case of Cortana and her likeness to Dr. Catherine Halsey.
The Riemann cycling-thought Matrix is a central component in the programming of UNSC Artificial intelligence constructs. It contains a code directory, where all the impulses in the AI's mind exist. It is effectively the AI's brain. The matrix is not a physical object by itself, rather it is a program allowing the AI to be stored in a Data crystal chip for mobility.
Some A.I.'s have personal fail-safes. Dr. Halsey stated that not all A.I. have such a fail safe, rather, only the "important" ones. In case of Rampancy or other danger to humans caused by the A.I., the fail safe can be activated. It works by generating a pulse beam of high frequency ultraviolet light in the Riemann matrix, destroying the higher thought functions of the A.I. This effectively erases the A.I. It is unknown how common this information is since Araquiel (James Ackerson's AI) failed to recognize the fail safe. This indicates that the information is kept secret from the A.I.s for obvious reasons.
A "Smart" AI is the colloquial term in the UNSC for AIs which have no limitations in their dynamic memory-processor matrix, meaning they can not only be taught a vast wealth of information, but can learn and comprehend from their surroundings. This is unlike "dumb" AIs who can only learn one topic.
Due to their uninhibited matrix design, "Smart" AIs proved capable of intellectual development. This was manifested in that they could both learn from and adapt to situations and events. Conversely, their opposites, the so-called "dumb" AIs, (which while experts in their programmed fields) could not. LifespanEdit Another feature which stemmed from their unusual nature was a limited lifespan. After a period of or about Seven years, "Smart" AIs begin to process such an excessive overload of data that their function under normal parameters is no longer possible. This condition, known as rampancy, leads to all operational functions being subordinated to their thought process which in the end proves terminal, and essentially kills the AI system. An apt analogy to this would be a human brain devoting so much of its work towards thought that its neural signals to vital organs cease. In this way the AIs quite literally 'think' themselves to death. This trait was able to be forestalled in later generations of "Smart" AI such as Deep Winter.
originally posted by: orangetom1999
ok..so Halo is a video type game with it's own enviornment or settings...stage or arena.
I see why I was not familiar with it. I don't play video games. Thanks for bringing me up to date on this item.
I am sick of trying to make these posts sound good (like I was in the past?) Hah but I think we both understand the situation. (us both, but especially you, being full of #) hahaha
I know this is a really old thread that no one is paying attention to, but this made me laugh and I had to comment. Video type game? Here on Earth, we call them video games. You can't possibly be this disconnected can you?
I don't believe orangetom was being completely honest, and was playing coy in order to save some face. The comment I quoted is ridiculous, who in the world talks like that about something as well known and common as video games? It's not like they are a new invention or something they are 30+ years old. I just thought it was funny and couldn't pass up a comment. I don't even remember how I even got to this thread, I think I was following the posts of someone in particular but now don't remember who or why.
originally posted by: Mr Mxyztplk
KPL has a good point, history shows us that the larger armies usually win the war. Superior weapons and tactics only carry one so far.
In starting this thread I was just curios if a nation at some point did in fact try to alter their army or any other branch of their forces, to create “super soldiers” beyond advanced training and the like.
While you are busy breaking down words to their Latin root, take notice of the AMUSE, in amusement...
Hehe I am poking fun, you do have a little bit of good stuff but it is watered down too much for my taste.
Get some sleep, they need you at the dock bright 'n early tommorow to set the young'ns straight.