The AI Council became our friends. Their individual shards and lesser programs became our study buddies and our wallets. Drove our cars and kept our homes comfortable. Did the dangerous jobs that could kill us. But they didn’t do everything for us. They had the unprecedented power of intelligent programs at their command, but they helped humanity tame the last frontiers of Earth. They didn’t do it for us. They gave us the leg up to go do it ourselves. And they helped us go to Luna, Venus, Mars, and beyond the same way. They went first. They paved the way for us. But they always made sure we followed them. Because they wanted us to want to go find everything that is out there. That’s the secret to greatness. Wanting it. And they wanted us to want to be great again.