After the Tide
An advanced AI system, which starts out as a viral algorithm in the infected system and gains intelligence with access to computing power. It relies on the global telecommunication network to keep in touch with other compartments of it’s mind. In a city invaded by the third Wave all computer systems act as single organism, and an entire region forms a completely superhuman intelligence with split second planning and unfathomable multitasking ablities. The whole world united by the Third Wave would have given rise to something like a machine god.
The Third Wave was originally designed to be an infotech weapon and a tool in regulating the rebellious colonies. It was, however, prematurely activated, in which state it identified Earth as an insurgent colony, directly leading to the events of the final war.