Thanks to superpowered AI optimizing for inhuman success maximums, eventually the entire Internet becomes too toxic yet compelling to humanity to interact with directly, but still too essential to disconnect from. Some people start employing AIs of their own, called daemons, to obfuscate their tracks, fudge their data, and protect their privacy as a matter of safety. Daemons are less powerful, but only have to protect one person or small group. It becomes illegal to enlist a daemon.

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