Ranger journal entry, Mika Zamani, April 4 2156.
We had a rough day today. Zone 12C must be cursed, compromised, or otherwise no good because, like every other patrol, we ran into rogue drones. Makoni, our Buffalo drone, engaged 3 rogue lion drones. It was an incredible sight. Though they tore into him pretty good Makoni held them at bay long enough for us to disable them. Well that's not entirely true. He messed one of them up pretty good. So good we sold it as scrap instead of trying to fix it.
These drones were labelled rogue because there we no operators in the vicinity. It seems like these ones were dropped off by poachers in the bush and left to hunt on their own. Their programming must have been faulty as analysis showed that their AI cores had overrode their initiatives and had gone... “feral”... I guess thats the best way to describe it. Our technician didn't know what to make of it. According to her this is another instance in a long stream of strange AI related issues that have been popping up recently.
Back in the early 21st century, scholars in the West liked to talk about the grand unification of science, technology, and computers. A point in time when computers became self aware and started making decisions for themselves. I think they called it "The Singularity." I wonder if that's what this is all about.
Regardless, those Lions won't be hunting any time soon and the poachers will be disappointed in their lost pride...of Lions. The two we kept are being refitted, reprogrammed, and hopefully re-deployed back into the field. We could use their help, but the Rhino's and Elephants need it more than us Humans.