I’m thinking in a similar way to the way FNIX was created in the first place?
I figure the individual AI programs that runs each machine has to created somehow. Even if it’s a limited to basic seek and destroy behavior a runners AI would still have to know it’s an individual with a body, be able to identify objects and differentiate if they are neutral or a threat, be able to navigate varied terrain and understand categories like building structure, plant, animal, human, and vehicle, and be able to strategize and co-operate with other machines.
That sort of thing didn’t exist until a human mind melded with a computer system, it makes sense that FNIX would re-create that in order to build his army?
It does raise some uncomfortable questions though, whenever we kill a Tank are we also destroying the remains of a human mind? Or are the machines just drones that any AI pilot can run remotely?