Caterwaul wrote:I knew things werent going to go that serious, as this series isnt really like that, but it was an interesting look at how Shinki AI can be...problematic. This time it's a training exercise, but what about next time? We've all seen how dedicated Shinkis can be to their masters, even a newly activated one. And isnt it amazing how much difference the master makes?
Honestly, I think it's less the Shinki AI being problematic and more their...humanity, for lack of a better word, being as problematic as it is with humans. The attitude of the terrorist Arnvals was basically identical to that of normal religious terrorists; just replace "master" with "god." That's the flip side of Shinkis being advanced enough to be recognized as legal persons; that means they have free will, and they can choose to do evil as well as good. While you could argue that their masters are to blame for "corrupting" them, it's not too dissimilar to how parents can raise their children to accept things that we might think of as evil as normal. Shinkis' learning routines are likely similar to those of a child (which explains why Rihito's Shinkis, especially the "younger" Lene and Ines, tend to act more childish compared to the "older" and more mature Arnval), which would make them impressionable in the same way a child is. It's entirely possible that Shinkis, especially units with less life experience, might be prosecuted as minors in regard to that, though that might be on a case-by-case basis. Also, there are likely preset programming packages to allow a newer Shinki to come pre-loaded with life experience and knowledge (I'm guessing military Shinkis come with one of those).