Svengali is a rogue AI.
“Why hasn’t ALEPH killed Arachne yet? I’ll tell you what I think. If it was me—and I’m as close as you’re ever gonna get—I’d be beyond worried that the Combined Civilisation’s EI was going to infect Maya. That’s where it lives, right? So tell me: what happens when your house burns down? You need somewhere to run to.
So where does it go? You tell me. What other datasphere could possibly support ALEPH’s weight? Sure, it’d have to change—dramatically—but it’d still be alive. Wouldn’t that be worth it? If you were ALEPH, wouldn’t you want to keep the little spider around, just in case?”