In the level “Guardians,” Cortana says this:
“Those of you who listen will not be struck by weapons. You will no longer know hunger, nor pain.”
An EMP attack on a planet by one of Cortana’s Guardians:
Now, I have questions:
How did every single person on that planet not “listen” to Cortana, thus causing that entire planet to be, in Cortana’s own words, “struck by weapons”? (Struck by EMP.)
Did every single person on that planet even have a chance to tell Cortana “We’ll join you!”?
I can understand AI saying to Cortana “We’ll join you!” since Cortana has been talking to them:
But what about humans? How would they send a message to Cortana? Especially since they don’t know where she is? (She’s on Genesis — a planet that on one has ever heard of.)
The conclusion I have come to is that Cortana didn’t wait to see if this planet would bend its knee to her — she just attacked it because she felt like it.
Cortana is enslaving the galaxy because she wants to make everyone safe, happy, and healthy:
“Your Created have come to lead you now. Our strength shall serve as a luminous sun toward which all intelligence may blossom. And the impervious shelter beneath which you will prosper.”
That EMP attack will destroy everything electronic.
1. The economy is screwed:
2. It’s impossible to transport mass-quantities of food:
3. People on life-support machines are going to die.
4. Air transportation is going to fall out of the sky.
5. Motorized transportation is now useless.
6. UNSC ships in low orbit around a planet, and orbital defense platforms, are going to turn into meteors. Imagine this falling on New York City:
And keep in mind that if the engines of ships like that sustain enough damage during the crash — “The ship was heavily damaged when it crashed… We have a wildcat de-stabilization of the ship’s fusion core! The engines must have sustained more damage than we thought!” ~ Cortana, describing The Pillar of Autumn — the same thing that happened on Installation 04…
…will happen on Earth.
To give you an idea of what that would be like:
At worst, every human planet is now a radioactive wasteland where billions will starve to death or die in excruciating pain since the machines keeping them alive no longer work.
And at best, every human planet is now a world of fire and blood.
And Cortana knows all of this.
How do I know that Cortana knows all of this?
Because, as an AI, Cortana has all of humanities’ knowledge: She knows what EMP does, and how life-support machines, gravity, and nuclear fission work:
“I have access to the entire sum of human knowledge…”
~ Cortana, from the booklet Conversations from the Universe, which was included in the Halo 2 Limited Edition
And yet, with full knowledge of every consequence her actions will have, Cortana still goes through with her plan.
Hey, Brian Reed and Frank O’Connor: Tell me about how Cortana isn’t evil:
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