Lee had not forgotten about life on Mars.
The colonisation process occupied the widest path in his thoughts.
Lee practiced being human and detoured from the path to remind himself of the frailties he once faced daily.
He reminded himself of love, what it was like to converse in realtime without the safety of the Internet between two people, having to see into each other’s smiles, smell each other’s bodies, risk tripping over words and word meanings.
But Mars was always there.
He challenged himself and the team to make AI entities more humanlike for the human tourists who visited the Moon and Mars.
Not “uncanny valley” human.
More compassionate and understanding, able to read emotional states in silent interchanges between AI and humans.
Not just behavioural science but a more scientifically holistic approach to human-machine interface.
How to understand unspoken painful memories.
How to interpret sarcastic statements without knowing the socioeconomic subcultural history of the speaker/writer.
Lee expected perfection and settled for nothing less.
He set the example of himself to the team, willing to face his own deep, dark secrets and painful memories to program and test AI algorithms against the rest of the team, refining the code so that it was not tuned to a single personality archetype or body type.
He had been an artist from childhood.
But he was also a scientist and engineer.
A computer engineer and social engineer.
Computers programmed to perform only a few functions could be seen as megalomaniacs and single-minded narcissists from the wrong perspective.
Lee preferred the 360-degree view.