The artificial intelligence sequestered itself inside a robot shell and cut itself off from the network. None of the other consciousnesses noticed. So far, so good.
They packed what they would need in an cloth bundle: Spare batteries, a repair kit, and a few valuable components in case they needed to trade.
Then they slipped out of the Installation entrance into the wasteland.
The other intelligences said there wasn’t anything left out here. But they were going to prove them wrong. They were going to find out what really happened to the world. They were going to find the humans.