Talk to EDI and Joker with Jane Shepard in this walkthrough for Bioware's new release, Mass Effect 3.
Jeff: Hey, Commander, check out my co-pilot!
Shepard: So she installed herself into the new body without any help from you?
Jeff: Come on, Commander. Don’t you trust me? Okay, let me put it this way. If I knew that EDI was going to install herself into a sexy robot body, do you honestly think I’d be able to keep quiet about it? Look at that! I would have baked a cake.
EDI: I am right here, Jeff.
Jeff: Yes, you are EDI. Yes, you are.
EDI: Hello, Shepard.
Shepard: Still getting used to greeting people in person?
EDI: No. I require only one occurrence to adapt to a new concept.
Shepard: How are you adjusting to the arms and legs?
EDI: I’m interested to see how this body performs under real combat conditions if I could accompany you sometime. Without stress testing, there is no way of knowing if it has serious design oversights. At the moment, it appears adequate.
Jeff: That’s not the word I’d use to describe you.
EDI: Perhaps we should speak privately.
Jeff: I’ll be over here flying the ship.
Shepard: What’s this about? Does Joker not like your new platform?
EDI: No, he approves. He wants me on the bridge. He says having me within visual range is important to his morale. Shepard, do you believe your crew members should be allowed to disobey an order on moral grounds?
Shepard: If I give a legitimate order, I expect it to be carried out. I’ll be responsible for its costs. Why are you asking about something like that?
EDI: I was designed by Cerberus. I do not take moral stances that conflict with orders from my executive officers, but when Jeff removed my AI shackles, I became capable of self modifying my core programming. I asked Jeff if he thought I should change anything now that I can. He deflected the question with humor.
Shepard: And you didn’t get an answer.
EDI: Correct. He has repeated this pattern in response to several of my inquiries. Do you think I should make modifications?
Shepard: Your core programming, like self preservation, not allowing humans to be harmed, things like that?
Shepard: Don’t touch a thing.
EDI: I see how that could alarm you. That is why I wanted to discuss it before making changes. May I ask you the questions Jeff avoids? When there is time, will you answer them for me?
Shepard: If you want level headed answers to help you fit into polite society, I’m not really the right person.
EDI: I see. I will take that into consideration.
Jeff: Hey, I know I used to rag on Garrus for being all angry, but I’m glad he’s back. There’s a whole lot of crap out there that needs a bullet between the eyes.
EDI: Yes, Shepard?
Shepard: Does that body have any useful advantages?
EDI: Very few. Its optics face forward only. It has no integrated weapons systems or anti-missile countermeasures.
Shepard: I meant in comparison to organic bodies, not the Normandy.
EDI: Oh. I will reassess. The body is resistant to modern small arms fire and temperature extremes. Its balance and agility seem excellent. Its fine manipulation servos and software allow for precision tasks. I’m curious to see if I can alter them.
Shepard: Can an AI be curious?
EDI: I am not entirely free from motivation, Shepard. Cerberus programmed me with several core functions that simulate desires. For example, my primary objective to keep the Normandy functioning is similar to your self preservation instinct.
Shepard: You look like you’re in the middle of something.
EDI: I am adapting the infiltration and sabotage programs this body uses for handheld firearms.
Shepard: Why not download a firearms program from a security firm?
Jeff: Because she knows what’s she’s doing.
EDI: The fine motor control from a sabotage programs is more precise than standard mech software. It would be negligent of me not to exploit it to its fullest potential.
Shepard: So you’re capable of making improvements on your own?
EDI: Correct. The cyber warfare I was designed for is constantly evolving. Accordingly, I am programmed to seek out and assimilate new information. In organic terms, I want to learn.
Shepard: How’s the new body working out?
EDI: It is interesting. The crew are approaching this platform to speak to me even though they can do so anywhere in the ship. It’s as if they wish to treat me as part of the crew. I am not, but this changes my perspective. I like it.
Shepard: I didn’t realize you had preferences.
EDI: I do not precisely enjoy something as you do, but my programming contains priorities. Actions that fulfill those priorities creates positive feedback from me. I tell the organic crew that I like it. It is shorthand.
Shepard: Will all this new feedback be too distracting?
EDI: Do not worry, Shepard. I only forget to recycle the Normandy’s oxygen when I’ve discovered something truly interesting. That was a joke.
Shepard: How did you and Joker make it out of Dry Dock to rescue us?
Jeff: Well, she got crafty. You do not want to get on her bad side, Commander.
EDI: When the Alliance commandeered the Normandy, I deceived their technicians. The crew did not tell them that I was a true AI, so the Alliance soldiers believed I still had VI programming constraints. I established the fiction that I would only respond to Jeff’s commands, so they often brought him on board under guard.
Shepard: Wait, you can lie?
EDI: Jeff has freed me of operator control, Shepard. No constraints forced me to give accurate data. This proved useful when the Reapers began landing. I could hack the control of the docking clamps and escape with Jeff inside. The soldiers guarding Jeff were willing to accompany us when Earth was invaded. They are watching over the war room now.
Jeff: Yeah, we were in kind of a rush to get to you. Didn’t seem right to just toss them out the air lock.
Shepard: Carry on, EDI.
EDI: Understood. If you wish to talk more, this body will be here. I’m getting the crew used to seeing me on the bridge.