The first documented virtual illness.
The virtual police/help function of the CogNet
Portraying artificial intelligence as NPCs in a game
The net went down, it went down hard. People got hurt, people died.
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Clarification and details on the tiers of machine intelligence
[Pariah] 4:20 pm: OMFG!!! It’s a gremil swarm.
The accepted mode of getting otherwise unobtainable information is to go visit the cranky old hermit living in the mountains. It's just the sensible thing to do. So, naturally, everyone takes their monthly excursion to the hermit's hovel to consult him on everything, from lock-jaw to lovesickness, necromancers to nasal viruses.
Now, if everyone's always visiting the poor old hermit, there's going to be an enormous queue... "Wellcome to the Hermitt's Hovele, Please Take Ye a Number and Have Ye a Seate" reads the sign outside the packed dwelling.
Imagine the poor hermit, having retreated into the mountains to escape this precise situation...