This question follows Why would warring AIs need humans?
NOTE: This takes place in a far future earth setting.
Two AIs are fighting each other in the solar system. (Although this may be irrelevant, they cannot really leave the solar system since they lack FTL. I will explain more about this if asked). Although they are AIs, they were trained to act as humans, and their primary motives are greed & a lust for power. They both have access to massive armies and incredibly advanced technologies.
If AI1 conquers a planet, what is stopping AI2’s robot army from burrowing underground a few thousand feet, and turning themselves off for, say 50 years, and then coming out and rampaging amongst the human colonizers?
This is sort of like the Vietnam war but the guerilla army doesn’t need food, water or anything! All they need to do is turn themselves off (so they don’t run out of power) and wait!
Why can’t the enemy army hide underground indefinitely?
Good answers will include:
- Why this strategy isn’t feasible
- or if it is feasible, possible strategies the invaders can use to stop them.
A possible answer would be: Just deal with it! There could be earthquakes, there could be hurricanes, there could be robot invasions!
But this makes no sense since the possibility of a robot army numbering potentially hundreds of millions in number is not merely an earthquake! It would require many resources to constantly have a standing army on that planet large enough to deal with this at any point on the planet.