Beyond Software, 1984
The Psytron is in sole charge of the Betula 5 Installation.
Its defence circuits are on the alert for intruders, its pursuit droid tracks down enemy saboteurs which infiltrate the base. It assesses the personnel's oxygen needs, it allocates food and work duties.
Every aspect of the installation and the colony which supports it, is constantly monitored. Every need of its operatives ordered and catered for. Every sector visually scanned and the nitrogen-rich skies of Betula 5 eternally probed and warded.
When the attack comes, the Psytron will cope with defensive demands and details which would leave a human brain unhinged, computer circuits scrambled. It must analyse every scrap of data which pours into it, for every aspect of the installation is interconnected. A failure in any department must be reported and its effect on the fabric of the base assessed immediately.
Human lives will be expended as necessary but if the Psytron ever goes down...