Earth’s most advanced AIs had spent two centuries hiding from the majority of humanity when the Peloran made Contact. Oh, everybody knew there were AIs, but they never realized what that truly meant. Most AIs were dumb simulations of intelligence rather than having a true mind. The true AIs only revealed their capabilities and intelligence to a select few. The arrival of the Peloran’s cybernetic partners gave Earth’s AIs the perfect way to go public without revealing their long deception.