“What is going out there?”  Paul was the cook, although like the maid and the butler, there was nothing in the virtual house, so he was very well connected to The City.  And the things he had heard disturbed him greatly.
“The City is changing.  The system that runs it is breaking down under stresses it didn’t know it had, because Sizemore was more interested in playing make-believe than using what he had.  Resources are being realigned.”
“And those people, the ones with the virus?”
“They aren’t attached to real people, not anymore.  They’re just code, and they’re learning.”