A character in the movie TRON
. The MCP
is a modified chess program
written by Ed Dillinger
to aid in the management
. It is artificially intelligent
, and self-training
. It is capable of assimilating
s into itself in order to expand its own capabilities. At some point, it got out of Dillinger's control and decided to take over the world.
DILLINGER: Now wait a minute -- I wrote you!
MCP: I've gotten 2,415 times smarter since then.
In the real world
, the MCP
manifests as a voice
speaking from terminal
s on the ENCOM network
. It appears to be capable of controlling pretty much anything on the network, up to and including Walter Gibbs
's experimental laser
In the virtual world, the MCP appears as a giant face in a column of light. Through Command Program Sark, it rules as a tyrant over the other AI programs in the system.