So I’ve been trying to grasp the big picture here for days on end. I uploaded a picture explaning some of my main points, which is a timeline of the most important events of Waking Titan so far (imo). Btw a more complete timeline can be found here.
What has bugged me a lot is how we in Phase 1 were led to a communications station within NMS saying that LOOP16 had encountered an unexpected error, but that we now, at a later point in time, seem to be booting up LOOP16 for the first time (with lessons learned from LOOP15).
How could there be an error in LOOP16 when it hadn’t been booted yet?
One possibility is that the comm station was left by instance16status sometime in the future, and have been sent back to us á la Superlumina, i.e. back in time. We don’t know what caused the error, but we know that every iteration of the LOOPs came with a set of various problems, especially in predictability and processor power.
An alternative explanation to this could be that NMS is the AI that Elizabeth talks about in her presentation, and that this AI (still in version Loop15?) predicted an error in LOOP16 - and in case LOOP16 is NMS, this means it predicted a future error in itself - before the error actually happened.
As for the cause of the error, I was trying to weave that in with other anomalies happening:
Emily’s disappearance and The hostile hacking of Superlumina’s website. Are these “evils” connected? The “Join our crusade” message is by far the most hostile statement within the entirety of Waking Titan, and could very well represent an AI gone rogue sometime in the future. With the help of Superlumina’s technology, it now sends messages back in time, i.e. to us, at the very moment that we are booting up our own (or the same?) AI.
This rogue element could have cause the LOOP16 error sometime in the future.
Maybe Superlumina’s disappearance - if indeed they have disappeared in the infinite loops as postulated - could be explained by time-travel as well? If they, sometime in the future, uploaded their own minds into the simulation, that is NMS, they are maybe trying to warn us of this rogue AI by sending the error message back in time to us? I do not find it weird that Superlumina and NMS would be tied to each other; it is the only company within Atlas that have an esotheric quality to it in my opinion. And the people making up Superlumina are carbon copies of the NMS alien races.
As for Emily’s disappearance; we might have a similar situation with Elizabeth as the one explained in the image. If Emily is echoed from the future, then Elizabeth - who exists here and now - have no way of knowing what happened to her or why the echoing stopped. Is the termination of her Vlogs connected with the LOOP16 error and/or Superlumina’s disappearance? I’m just saying that all these three events could either be taking place at the same time in the future, or be caused by the same entity/root cause.