THE ENCODED - DIGITAL
Writer: Josh Blaylock, Mark Powers
Artist: Jethro Morales,
What if our fears of a tyrannical A.I. turn out to be unfounded, but nevertheless, humanity forces this machine intelligence to fight back? In 2045 we survive a brush with oblivion when the A.I. AURELIUS achieves singularity -quickly deactivated but not without a fight. A decade later governments ensure it never returns by activating the "Analog Protocol" - frequently and without warning. Citizens must expect, at any time, to lose all digital capabilities. What they don't know is that AURELIUS left a piece of its mind behind - in a simple hemp farmer known only as Epictetus.