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Cybelle leads the investigation into the A.I. Game

Steven Spielberg's new blockbuster, A.I., came out in the United States on 29 June. And it's also been making big waves on the Internet. Who is Jeanine Salla, Sentient Robot Therapist? Who killed Evan Chan, and why? Has artificial intelligence gotten out of control? So many people have asked me these questions that I have decided to take up the detective role myself: I promise not to rest until the mystery is solved. Each week, I'll update you on the latest discoveries, and give you the links to get into the adventure yourself.

If you have some hot news, then let me know at cybelle@agentland.com !


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Meeting Jeanine Salla and Evan Chan
In the world of the pro- and anti-robot groups
Intelligent houses and well-informed robot haters
The day the house died
Autopsies, puzzles and robot makers
Twenty-first century bounty hunters
Discovering Kent Whitman
Can we trust AIs?
Venus is free!
Entering Sophia's Temple
Violence in the air
Robot technology means humans are now obsolete?
Loki's demise, and the return of politics
A reward for the hard work: special preview tickets!
Visit the Clinique de Lille for the modern approach to medecine!
A.I. the movie is released: A.I. the game carries on!
Mega round-up of the A.I. game!
Death of an AI pioneer
Referendum on robot rights: your chance to vote
The robots say 'thank you'!
Game over

The Context

The events take place in 2142, when the world is very different from the one we know today. Since the Warming, a terrible period of global warming in the 21st century, the way people live has changed dramatically, as they are now forced to spend most of their lives indoors. The world has evolve into a giant datasphere, where all people and things are permanently connected.

Above all, artificial intelligence robots have become a part of daily life: according to a study, there are nearly 11 billion A.I.'s on the planet. AIs have long since passed the Turing Test, and become virtually indistinguishable from human beings. They are capable of autonomous behavior, speech and even human-like emotions and feelings. In this society, robots are intended to serve humanity: there are AIs dedicated to everyday tasks such as managing buildings, others which exist to fight gladiatorial combats for entertainment, even sexbots for companionship and pleasure. Belladerma is a leading manufacturer of AIs, and an entire industry has grown up around the overhaul and reprogramming of robots. AIs are also know an robots, sentient beings, and djinns.

Public and private research - though the two have become inseparable in practice - continues to develop ever more human-like AIs. Jeanine Salla, for example, an ex-member of the Aragon Institiute of Technlogy (AIT) and now Professor of Computational Psychology at Bangalore World University, is leading work on simulating human emotion in AIs. In the private sector, Donu-Tech, where Evan Chan worked until his untimely death, and Cybertronics, are developing commercial AIs specifically adapted to certain tasks or environments.

However, the integration of AIs in human society has provoked strongly conflicting views. While the Campaign for the Freedom of Robots wants to liberate them from the daily drudgery and humiliation of their subservient roles, groups such as the Anti-Robot Militia are dedicated to the physical destruction of AIs. They are spurred on by the fact that from time to time an AI malfunctions, and takes its revenge on the society which created it. In this case, the Sentient Property Crime Bureau (SPCB) is charged with tracking down the robot criminals, but it is in competition with private agencies, such as Rogue Retrieval, who are the modern day bounty hunters. The irony is that they use specifically programmed AIs, such as Diane Fletcher, to track down the rogues...


The story so far...

Evan Chan, specialist in thermal imagery at Donu-Tech, friend of Jeanine Salla and fan of poetry and sailing, has been murdered aboard his yacht, Cloudmaker. The Coronor's report established that he had received a number of blows to the head, and that synthetic skin patented and manufactured by Belladerma was found under his fingernails. This possibly came from Venus, a sexbot with whom he had been having a relationship according to photos on his home page. But did Venus kill Evan? There seems to be no motive for this version of events: indeed the motive is part of the mystery itself. But methodical investigation should help us to clear up this crime - if indeed it is a crime - and place it within its correct context.

[to be continued]

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