Awash between the Voids
AI and VI
In Between the Voids there is a very important distinction between AI (Artificial Intelligence) and VI (Virtual Intelligence). AI is artificially created sentience, while VI only mimics true thought and learning.
AI research is illegal. This stems from both backlash from the war with the Collective of One and the moral complexities of creating new sentient beings.
VI units are common as a part of every day life. Most computers have one, most ships have one, most business have at least one VI performing one job role.