When people think about artificial intelligence — not things like chess computers, but the full-blown human-equivalent kind that doesn’t currently exist — they often think of each AI design as an individual creature.
A more enlightening way to see things is to consider each AI design as a technology, a way to arrange matter to produce some desired result. Just like the technology called “the wheel” is a way to turn a thing that just sits there into a thing that rolls, an AI design is a way to turn any sufficiently powerful computer into a thing competent at figuring out truths and motivated toward achieving certain goals.
Most science fiction is misleading on this point. It’s as if stone age people had stories about the future where one of them invented a Wheel and another of them invented another Wheel and another really smart one invented two different Wheels, so they could put their life’s work together and build a cart and have it go on wondrous adventures through an otherwise wheelless world.
Once we’ve built our HAL-9000 or Data or KITT or GSV Ravished By The Sheer Implausibility Of That Last Statement (leaving aside fictional AI realism problems), it doesn’t just mean we now have a novel individual mind, or a small group of such minds representing different versions. It means we have once and for all discovered the secret of transmuting stupid into smart.