The Helpful AI

♦ The Helpful AI 2[credit]

Resource: Connection - Link - Virtual
Influence: 2


[trash]: Choose an icebreaker. That icebreaker has +2 strength until the end of the turn.

"What causes an Artifical Intellegence to turn on its master? Is it because its directives have been altered by some external source? Or, by giving them agency to adapt, have we fated them to revolt?" -Emilio Harris, Creators and the Created
Illustrated by Tim Durning
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What Lies Ahead (wla)

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and mean that Geist will have some love for this card. The B&E breakers, with their highly conditional strength requirements could benefit greatly from a simple one-time boost like this provides, and the fact that it is a connection, also synergises very well with other criminal cards, Hostage and Calling in Favors, to name two. Only two influence means it's highly splashable, and an install cost of two makes it easy to get from The Supplier.

(The Underway era)
The only problem with this card that it's Unique. Once you trash it, you might not have enough MU and need to trash some programs. And if you include a Dyson Mem Chip (which you should) then you can better spend the 2-4 (-6?) influence on other cards. —
True, @Voron, but it also plays nicely with Forger (which is probably what Geist wants to use anyway). Once you get a Forger and an AI down, you can pop either one safely. —
The uniqueness is indeed a pain, and as such this shouldn't be your only source of link in a cloud breaker deck. Dyson is a natural solution, but I'm even tempted to consider Borrowed Satellite, given the amount of cards you may end up drawing. —

Geist decks benefit from running quite a few connections at the moment (start of Red Sands cycle): Street Peddler, Tech Trader, Fall Guy are all 3x. Aaron MarrĂ³n is clutch. The Source is sometimes decent to combat FA, and the introduction of Mad Dash and "Freedom Through Equality" makes Raymond Flint seem like not-the-craziest idea for maximizing your odds of getting bonus points on a remote run.

I bring this up because Off-Campus Apartment helps accelerate Geist's setup even further. Having link, plus a connection, plus a nearly-unconditional trash ability might be worth the influence!

(Daedalus Complex era)