Seriously. It named itself.
While I wait for our inevitable robot masters, I thought I would spin this into several elements for a campaign in The Strange. I will write up options for Benjamin as: an antagonist, a protagonist, and as a neutral complication to a Strange campaign.
|Rules of Six (from MoMA NYC) -- Wally Gobetz (flkr)|
Protagonist: The opposite motivation is also quite feasible for Benjamin. As his sense of self develops, he may see the planetevores and the work of the September Project as a threat to his existence. Even if he was created within the September Project, he may try to undermine their efforts -- possibly by bringing the Estate or teams of operatives in to thwart dangerous research projects. Benjamin may start out as an anonymous information source that tips the PCs off to September Project operations (or even intervenes directly when they need assistance). Only later might the PCs discover that their mole deep inside the September Project is actually an AI created there (and, in a sense, held captive).
Neutral Complication: Benjamin could also have motivations that are completely unrelated to the work of the September Project or the PCs. He could have emerged from entirely different sources and just have found out about the September Project or the PCs through his wanderings in the deep web. His interests may involve using the technology to his own purposes -- including a better understanding of himself or his possibilities as an actor in the physical world. This could put him at odds with either group as he seeks the resources to manifest or to make a second AI like himself. Who knows? Maybe he is just out searching for that Microsoft AI trained on twitter -- only to learn it is an unredeemable racist and misanthrope.