Get Your Ass to Mars
A Muse is a limited AI program specialized as a personal assistant, companion, and an interface for a person’s Mesh Inserts. Most people have had a Muse at their virtual side since they were a child.
Muses are useful in part because they will take an active role in their user’s life. They prompt the user’s memory by reminding them of important appointments or clues. They can advise users by describing possible responses to a given situation. Muses are active agents who want to help their user as much as possible. Unless silenced, muses tend to initiate conversation on a regular basis, both to provide helpful advice and to assess the user’s mood. Most transhumans ﬁnd talking with their muse very helpful when dealing with a problem, because the muse provides a different perspective.
While they are designed to be helpful assistants, muses develop their own personalities after years of interaction with their user. They are reﬂections of their users, which sometimes results in unintended consequences—namely the possibility that the muse refuses to fully cooperate with its user.