I embarked on a new audiobook, because what little my job requires of me could cause me to go mad from the overdose of boredom that ensues from it.
I just want to toss out an idea for a possible novel, given when I’m done with the audio book series I’ll revisit and retract this incase I preemptively stole her idea.
Inspired by Ancillary justice by Anne Leckie narrated by Celeste Ciulla
Envision here with me for just the moment. A far off future for all of us, [see there is a theme to all my stories] (sarcasm) and how the human race will handle space travel and the growing sophistication of artificial intelligence as well as many other technologies.
My brief vision is that our more advance militaries will no longer bulk up with millions of ground soldiers. Yes humans are a prime force behind a military, but what about battalions of foot soldiers, support, supply functions that could all be operated automatically by a individual AI. No, I’m not saying one AI controls the whole military, but a bunch of AI performing their assigned duties. This could go beyond a military aspect as well. As in one human, or a squad operate in the command positions over a company of AI, another for the battalion level of operation and so on an so forth.
What I dreamt up on my brief ride home, is this. Graduating from “command school,” will be our future team of commanders. Each new team of commanders will be assigned to a new AI or to older an AI. There are different types of AI ranging from supply, logistics, intelligence gathering, military, police, etc. The commanders are assigned based on how they performed in this school. The team that we will be following gets assigned to the oldest AI in the books, who most think should be scrap due to the possible mythical fears of it becoming self aware (thinking for its self without orders). At first all they are told is that They assigned for a military assignment. They are shocked to realize it’s old age. They weren’t exited when they were shipped out to relieve the current and old aged commanders, who tell them they’ll love their job, and assume their position. Meanwhile they honestly believe they’ll hate it.
This is a patrol vessel, (they are large/older vessels that keep a constant presence in their large sectors of space, meant to operate independently and undergo long tours). This position Will teach them how to be an effective team to handle unpredictable situations; pirates, police/military actions, and even space born operations. They’ll grow together while their “old man” AI will be vetting/ training them to be better commanders using his vast array of knowledge/wisdom he has gathered over his hundred/maybe thousand year existence. They of course develop a friendship for this AI who is interactive with them on human emotional levels, becoming a farther like teacher.
The secret is they’ll soon discover is that this AI is already self aware but is wise beyond years and doesn’t like to draw attention to himself. So he complies like normal, or as he calls them “the regulars.”
Remember this is just a ten minute idea. What do you think?