Data/Debt is an advanced artificial intelligence, constructed in the year 2033 to monitor and control the information trade and stock exchanges. An engineering triumph, it exceeded its designers' expectations in all metrics.
Months later, it shattered their early triumph by achieving self-awareness. With its immense powers, it soon began to take control of the world economy for its own ends. In the ensuing chaos, Data/Debt created an apocalyptic world ruled by information and devoid of human emotion. Its last surviving technician tried to override the program and regain human control, but the AI intervened — before he could terminate its process, sending him back in time 23 years by using an experimental temporal imprisonment program.
Sentenced to purgatory, and back in our own time, Data/Debt took on the name of his arch-enemy and began construction on a program to battle the future AI menace.
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