When we discovered the alien world, we debated for a long time how best to proceed. Everyone on the international committee claimed to hate the idea of colonizing the developing native civilization, but nobody trusted the others.
In the end, we decided to send an uncrewed probe to observe the planet. We thought that an artificial intelligence would keep to its mission above all else.
But we forgot the early lessons of that technology: The biases and flaws of the programmers often appeared in their creations.
We just received a message from the planet’s rulers, puppets of the orbiting robot.

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