: O:-) oh shut up :P
: And, and we know Cortana was different because she was a "smart"
: AI, though they supposedly only lasted 7 years. But was she unique in that
: sense? Being the only AI that was based on a human mind? Maybe I'm
: forgetting something from the book. But even if I'm wrong in assuming the
: prevelence of smart AI's all being based on humans, the point I'm trying
: to make is it could be possibly that Durandal was based on someone. We
: simply aren't given enough information to make a judgement in the marathon
: universe, which is ultimately what I'm concerned with here. Either way,
: its not central to my idea, just speculation to add to the pot.
The AIs in Halo are all based on human brains, the reason being that "they don't understand how the human mind works, just that it works." They can't replicate something they don't understand, so they have to clone it.