“Why create from scratch when we could digitize what nature has already given us after millions of years of its own iterative testing?” – Dr. Ivan Flick
When Earthsphere saw the introduction of quantum supercomputers it came with the revelation that processing power and memory did not by itself create sapience. Machines of the 3rd millenia progressively outstripped mankind’s natural speed of thought but could not be said to be sapient no matter how intelligent and intuitive their responses might appear.
This all changed with the advent of the Electronic Brain. It has oft been said that if one were to give one thousand chimpanzees one thousand typewriters eventually one would have the complete works of Shakespeare. The same can be held true of iterative testing. Dr. Ivan Flick, creator of the first Electronic Brain, claimed that a new form of artificial intelligence might be possible by simulating the chemical activity of a living animal’s brain given sufficient time and processing power. Dogs, with their social compatibility with mankind, were selected for the project, though success was not forthcoming initially.
Flick’s ideas became derisively known within the scientific community as Pavlovian Programming.
But, as time would tell, eventually the CanidAI was born.
The CanidAI’s simulated neural network allowed the creation of intuitive and smart learning machines. This is not to say that the CanidAI made all prior AI obsolete though. One might not appreciate an overly sociable combine harvester, no matter its capabilities.
However, the introduction of an AI platform that could learn and be imprinted upon, that displayed the tenacity and above all loyalty we had come to expect from our longest ally, was of great interest to contemporary weapon manufacturers.
This is not to say that implementation was flawless. The first CAI aerial attack drone self-terminated under the stress of an incorrect drop pattern, under the stress of failure. Corrections saw a dampening of their emotional capability and the introduction of pruning software to keep the AI from second guessing itself.
It is worth noting that CanidAI are responsible for mankind’s great advances in neural pruning software, even going as far as to cull their own that had strayed from default cyberchemical patterns.
Today’s SI are distant relatives to the CanidAI of the past. While some spheres, notably the Tai’I Supercluster, still find use for CanidAI amongst their combat drones, they have largely been phased out by their human-digitized replacements.