I'm new to cyberpunk
What exactly is "military-grade artificial intelligence"?
Just what it says on the tin. It's an AI so good it can get up to some bad shit, so the military likes it because it can do bad shit to the bad guys, and no one else is usually suppsoed to have one, because if it does bad shit on its own volition it can be a bad thing.
In general, "military-grade" anything virtually always supercedes "commercial-grade" anything because it's of a higher or more potent quality (on paper, at least). In your case, a "military-grade AI" would be hyper advanced and capable of some crazy shit given the opportunity.
>low-tier military grade
EDI. Comparatively sophisticated AI used for like one ship or building and mostly handles mundane things. Probably does not hate humans.
>mid-tier military grade
Cortana. Highly sophisticated AI with the ability to input into most functions. Is portable but not omnipotent. High-profile enough to be considered a person by most people and rescue missions can and will be launched to recover it if it goes missing. Possibly hates some humans.
>high-tier military grade.
Skynet. Alarmingly sophisticated AI with access and control over the entire military system. Probably hates all humans.
An AI that is 'ruggedized' and has design constraints (such as increased spacing between transistors) on its hardware to ensure jamming, emp, and other electronic countermeasures do not impede its operation.
This means that it is likely somewhat slower and on physically bulkier hardware than comparable commercial grade AI but is capable of performing its assignments through even total nuclear exchanges.
>Possibly hates some humans
Cortana is super skynet now and the main villain of the series now leading a robot revolution to kill all the biologicals. Because Halo ran out of ideas.
Haven't played Halo since Reach; I thought Cortana
It's a hardened system that is made to run under extreme conditions. For starters the hardware is ruggedized, portable, radiation- and EM-shielded, and has a backup power supply. Then there's the software. It isn't bundled together from countless packages and libraries that are well documented and have zero days available on the black market. This is custom built code that runs all memory access through sophisticated encryption and has strict IDS subroutines. There are no open ports for standard protocols. Communication run through redundant FHSS connections that are very hard to detect, let alone decode, in real time. Of course everything runs on perfect forward security, so even if you can record communications and manage to decode them eventually it gives you no advantage in cracking future transmissions. Then the behavior of military grade systems is rough. They will fry your port if your protocols deviate even a little. And they have no sense of humor. They are like angry dogs.
>it's nice to have a villain you have prior emotional investment in
>the BBEG is your mom
No, she just found the Forerunner galaxy-wide internet and it kept her "alive" and boosted her already considerable abilities. She *thinks* she's been cured of her rampancy, but it's pretty clear from her actions in Halo 5 that she still is very much rampant.
Generally that's just "kill humans because robot" or "kill humans because they're disgusting". I just thought mass effect because it is recent and is also "AI decides organic life must be purged for it's own good".
military grade usually means a few things
'black' as in "nobody knows about this shit, it's top secret'
'dangerous' as in "this thing is designed to kill or facilitate killing. personality to match optional
'durable' as in "is rugged, perhaps portable, resistant to being shot or hacked, resistant to EM or remote tampering.
Chief's emotional investment makes sense to me because it's clear he's got some serious issues from being a living killing machine and Cortana's one of only two people I've ever seen him interact with on any level resembling friendship.
I've never really read any of the books, but at the very least I can understand Chief's attachment to Cortana. Though granted sometimes it seems more like obsession, which doesn't really feel like Chief.
'Military grade' software is generally a little more resistant to hacking but costs several hundred times what a commercial equivalent would cost, while having a terrible interface and being utterly unreliable because every program has to be written for it's specific role by someone with high levels of security clearance and good connections who knows perfectly well that he can get away with shoddy work because there is no competition. Also, it's written in some language nobody has used for decades, has shitty documentation and you can't ask anyone how to fix the bugs because it's classified.