- Oct 25, 2017
It’s a bit trite but I think an underlying point here is that stakes and outlook depend on the era.Okay, good to know.
Just finished PoX #2 and this has been the most confusing of the four issues so far to me. The whole nimbus thing especially. I guess it’s just a universal mind that learns in its orbit. Master molds too. Guess these created sentinels in past comic book runs and ultimately created Nimrod the Lesser which is why the Asteroid K mutant leaders wants to destroy it with the data they got from the usb stick.
In year 10, the issue is preventing the completion of Mother Mold, not just because it’s another super sentinel, but because it could bring about the emergence of Nimrod, the omega point of AI development that invariably marks the moment Sentinels gain the upper hand over mutants.
In year 100, Apocalypse and the last X-Men of Asteroid K are fighting for the survival of mutants against Nimrod. We don’t really know how that turns out BTW, but there’s nothing about Nimbus then.
In year 1,000, mutants and AIs have apparently converged into a single Terran civilization, and their stake is the survival of their civilization at a galactic or intergalactic scale. They put the Nimbus plan in motion 700 years before that because they apparently understood that in the long run, as their civilization grew, it would be judged by the (a?) Phalanx. If they were found lacking, Earth civilization would ultimately be processed as organic waste by a Technarch, while if they were deemed developed enough, they would evolve to the next stage, that is ascension. That’s why they had to create a Worldmind through the Nimbus plan.
At least, that’s my understanding of the material at the end.
Basically. I think that in the long run, it’s hard to really distinguish mutants from AIs, in that both are natural evolutions of mankind and are apparently meshed together in what appears to be a single society. From that point of view, Ascension seems desirable.
That’s a point Hickman has been hammering every week: we’ve always seen AIs as tools created by Homo sapiens, that sometimes turn on their creator, but AI will eventually emerge, regardless of particular events, because it’s part of an evolutionary, historical process, and as such, it’s an inevitability like mutants were.