Rebecca Ashling
▶ Stars Without Number
2018-04-20T16:12:35.311Z

I'm not entirely sure of the difference between Expert Systems and VIs. Is it that VIs are capable of creativity within their purview? Are they sentient?

Jordan Raymond
2018-04-20T16:12:35.311Z

I think you get it right.

As far as I understand the difference, ES are simple(ish) programs, and have difficulty to react to the unexpected or to act in situations they were not programmed for. VIs are much better at this, and some world even consider them sentient (maybe that's debatable). True AI are definitely sentient.

Michael Sims
2018-04-20T16:12:35.311Z

In Star Trek terms, the ship's computer would be an expert system. You can talk to it and it's pretty smart, but it needs direction and won't solve unexpected problems by itself.

Lt. Commander Data is a good example of a VI. His intellect is physically tied to his body and he is capable of creativity and growth. He'd be an example of a high-end sentient VI, where he's essentially a person, but not everyone he meets would agree.

On the other hand, while Data is certainly smarter than the average bear, there's no indication that he'd ever grow into a god-like hyperintellect, which is where unbraked true AIs end up. If there's a Star Trek analogue for this, it's probably the Borg Collective (when they were still scary and mostly unknowable).

Kevin Crawford
2018-04-20T16:12:35.311Z

In brief, expert systems are Siri with a programming upgrade, VIs are Star Wars droids, and True AIs are Shodan.

Rebecca Ashling
2018-04-20T16:12:35.311Z

+Kevin Crawford Ah, that makes sense. So an android like David from "Prometheus" and "Alien Covenant" would be in player character territory. Got it.

Jordan Raymond
2018-04-20T16:12:35.311Z

+Rebecca Ashling There is also the possibility of PC True AI in the paid version.