Pete Sebeck becomes an astronaut as part of his new identityAccording to here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11511604 one of the test pilots is called Pete Siebold. Hidden in plain sight? High tech, cutting-edge technology? Potential for unprecedented privatized wide-area surveillance? Angel Teeth, anyone? Coincidence? I think not.
The Daemon is closer to being sentient than anyone realises, possibly including Sobol himselfCracked once compared computer game AI to a kind of flow-chart; it can't handle anything much more sophisticated than "if X happens, do Y". But then, are most living creatures really very different? It's a bit difficult to perform the mirror test on something with no physical body...