The AI Cybernetics skill seems somewhat useless to me after a point. Despite the description: "this skill in particular is unique, in that the more points you spend in this skill the more likely you are to create extra skill points. Each A.I operates a Barge differently based on its owners orders and requirements, but investing in this skill will over time vastly affect the A.I points you gain throughout the A.I's service." That description doesn't seem entirely true.
I have invested 9000 skill points in AI Cybernetics so far and most of them are probably lost forever, it seems. For each 1000 skill points I added up to 6000, I received +1 to my pool of skill points awarded after the completion of a mining operation. I received no such bonus at the 7000, 8000 or 9000 point levels. I will make it an even 10,000 at the next opportunity, just to see if that round number makes any difference, and will post the results here. Even if that last 1000 point addition yields a +1 to my skill pool, the effort is still just about worthless as I will most likely never make up the points I've invested. Spending 4000 points to receive just a single pool point per mining operation isn't worth it. I would have to average just under 3 barge mission per day for four years to break even. That just doesn't seem worth it to me.
So, my advice is don't go above 6000 skill points on AI Cybernetics and if you are even going to spend that, do it early in your barge career. You might be able to make up the 6000 points spent in a year or two if you keep up with your mining operations every day.
If anyone has additional insight into this skill, please post your thoughts here.
Edited: Indeed, the addition of skill points from 6,000 through 10,000 did not add any pool points and are thus wasted - IMO. I received 79 pool points at the 6,000 level and it was still 79 at the 10,000 level.
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