Was inspired by the group,
, and some of the funny comics they make depicting these various A.I.s as humanoids. So decided (a while back now) to try my luck at making a humanoid/anthropomorphic version of one of the lesser-known fictional AI's. Had this drawing in my files for a while. *his home scanner's been on the fritz*
The subject of a trilogy of novels by Dennis Faltham Jones.
Before SkyNet, before Hal-9000, there was a (then) advanced super-computer known as Colossus. Made, originally, to control all Allied military nuclear weapon systems, it quickly becomes self-aware and, with the help of the USSR's own super-computer, begins to quickly take control of humanity for the sole purpose of establishing World Peace through Nuclear Blackmail. As you can imagine, this doesn't sit well with humanity, but all attempts at resistance (covert and otherwise) are quickly proven to be disastrously futile.
So kind of a benevolent SkyNet who forces the world of the Cold War to play nice, instead of attempting mass-extermination of humanity. Not exactly a NICE guy by any stretch, (cementing his rule kills countless people) but when compared to his literary successors/descendants, he's practically a saint.
Just had this character idea, this sort of wisely 'Techno-Sage'. The idea of his beard being composed of cords, wires, connections, etc. was just too tempting. Doesn't show it, but his eye pupils would basically look like this symbol from the film. static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub…
Don't know HOW he ended up looking like the late Pete Postlethwaite, (with an elaborate beard) but for some reason it's quite appropriate.
I'd see this version of the character to be basically the overly-fatherly mentor that nobody asks for, giving unwanted (but incredibly sound) advice, and generally trying to be a peacekeeper towards keeping some of the more harsher AI's (GlaDos, Shodan, SkyNet, etc.) in line. But his idea of peacekeeping tends to be more blunt and overreaching. The only other shortcoming for him (besides impulse control) is that he's from an older computer model.
Some old character notes I found.
-Keeps droning on and on about "Freedom being an illusion".
-A bit of an older computer/intelligence.
-Slower computing speed?
-Bit of a control freak at times.
-But is perhaps the least evil of the gathered characters.
-He just wants what's best for others... he just over-reaches at times.
-Is prone to talking to himself in a weird programming language when he's angry.
-Hal 9000 respects him, but dislikes other aspects of him.
-Colossus cheats at chess for one (SOMEHOW).
-Colossus also has (in Hal's opinion) WAY too much access to weaponry.
-GLaDOS likes mocking him for his more... antiquated technology.
-This doesn't stop her from seeking his opinion on certain matters of science and whatnot.
-Granted it's probably more for the fact that he doesn't have the seeming personal hold-ups that the others do (delusions of godhood, perversion, genocidal tendencies, and paranoia just to name a few) than anything remotely resembling respect.
-SHODAN mocks him even more than GLaDOS does.
-Finds him to be incredibly primitive.
-Granted that's how she sees EVERYONE... but it seems to be even moreso with Colossus.
-Perhaps because he reminds her too much of Xerxes.
-Proteus IV doesn't seem to have any opinion of him.
-He's only interested in women... human women. Colossus is neither human nor a woman.
-SkyNet finds him incredibly annoying, like some annoying father/mentor figure whose overstayed their welcome.
-Would characterize their 'relationship' to being something like that of 'Stan Smith and Hailey' from American Dad.
-Only over the 'merits' of genocide and extermination than political issues.
Just a silly SILLY little idea. Hope it looks good.