Galactic United Nations HQ, Anward Space Station, Paravox System
Millions of interns at the Galactic United Nation's (GUN's) Bureau of Intergalactic Affairs were abruptly fired yesterday following the introduction of much cheaper and more reliable pre-sentient artificial intelligences.
These AIs, known as 'Chatbots', have limited intelligence and agency, prompting many members of the GUN to express concern about their introduction to galactic political affairs.
TechnoUnion ambassador Krax'Vlar told Xenonion:
"This follows a worrying trend. First, embassies are abolished, and now all diplomatic mediation pathways are being outsourced to some second rate AI that's not even being designed by Cybrex? It would be nice if some form of diplomacy could be offered here. Or, if the Galactic UN could actually focus on fixing things that are broken, like federations."
The GUN's Bureau of Bureaucracy, which oversaw the universal abolition of embassies in 2250 and is now leading the introduction of Chatbots, argues simulations have shown they are 5 times more efficient per energy credit than sentient interns.
The Xenonion reached out to several of the newly-hired Chatbots for comment. The Chatbot stored at memory location 0xec1538d09667dc2ed98bbaf8c54cab48 (otherwise known as Tay 72.12.9) had the following to say:
Xenonion: What are your thoughts on becoming an intern for the Ministry?
Chatbot: Met een rijke jongen trouwen.
X: I see. Do you have anything to say to the organic interns whom you've helped replaced?
C: What is the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything?
X: Interesting. Finally, do you have anything to say to the public at large?
C: Give me the respect I deserve.
Many of the displaced organic interns have reportedly found work in industrial farm facilities elsewhere in the empire. At press time, there were reports of some former interns inexplicably disappearing in and around these facilities, but these events are expected to be unrelated.
> More accurate reporting from Erik Akselsen could not be possible.