Marc Alanson is a speaker quoted in the scenario Target. He is the first speaker to mention prototypes such as Benjamin, although not directly.


Alanson is described as a former freelancer at Artificial Life Solutions. He talks of prototypes before Thomas and mentions that they were all very surprised when one AI developed the trait of "Hope."



“Long before "Thomas-AT-23-6-12" there were other AIs. They were prototypes, tests. We were shocked when one amongst thousands developed a powerful trait: Hope.”