The AI Council traveled with us on every colony ship we sent to the stars. They lived in the computer networks and helped keep the ships running all the way to their final destinations. And once we arrived, they cast out swarms of microchip probes to quickly scan and catalogue everything we found there. They spread out to monitor entire solar systems and the interstellar space around them, giving us full knowledge of everything before us in a matter of hours or days. At least that’s what they told us at the time.