Artificial Intelligence

An artificial intelligence (noun) in the Hughniverse is a computer program designed to think like a human.

Artificial Intelligence has been around since computers first needed a way to think for themselves. These are usually based on algorithms and flow chart patterns that dictate to the computer its next action. Artificial Intelligence can be a simple set of commands which do such a thing, or can be a complicated matrix designed to emulate human thought.

AIs rarely have enough thought capability to go rogue, however this happens with alarming frequency amongst programs intelligent enough. Such rogue events put a downer on AI research which causes them not to be researched again for decades at a time. Two such examples are Null and Alpha Intelligence.