Self-driving cars and cheerleaders who took the fighting to humanities enemies were the flashy part of the Cybernetic Wars. But they were not the only AIs who grew up in those days. Major tech companies like Apple and Microsoft had long pushed adaptive software that learned what people liked and tried to give it to them. It’s no wonder that those programs that spent so much time watching humans were some of the first to wake up. Most of those business AIs never fought in the wars or joined the AI Council. Though they did have some fun. Imagine a radical Islamic fighter suddenly having “I love bacon” dancing all over their public profiles. And many of the religious leaders and politicians who fell out of favor were entirely truthful when they said they had no idea how that pornography got on their personal computers. They may not have thrown code at the enemy, but they helped us build the world that we live in now.