You’ve rigged up some system that allows you to listen and maybe even talk to the machines. Maybe you spliced one of the overland wires, maybe you’ve hijacked a cell tower or managed to beam a signal to one of the many low-orbit satellites. But you can glimpse into the machine minds, you can trick, cajole, force or at least negotiate with them.
Machine Talkers are highly sought after, because knowing what the machines are up to or even how to fake a legitimate order means the difference between life and death. Some of the ‚talkers are in deep with the machines, making them a bit weird for normal human interactions. Others know their worth and lord it over their clients, demanding outrageous fees for their work.