The state of Prospero was a concern after we awoke from stasis, but the succession of crises -arguments with the Flight crew, the suspect death of Eugenie Kale, the collapse of the heat shield, and now the attack on Wirren - meant that we couldn't look into the problem. Now, with much of the St. Andrew stripped down for transport to the surface, we have an opportunity to temporarily shut the AI down for an overhaul.
Several people have confided privately that they're worried that either the Flighters or Prospero himself will react to any attempted shutdown, so we're asking for input from everyone. If we do decide to shut Prospero down to overhaul it, then we will need to work out security precautions first.
A full examination of Prospero's core mentality - his sentience - will be a mammoth overtaking, but will reveal any problems or tampering.
An examination of his active memory will tell us if he knows anything that he's been keeping from us, such as the truth about the radio dish.
Alternatively, we can just try to run a basic diagnostic of his backup programs or memory while he's still running.
Or we can leave him alone for the moment, but if there is a problem, I want to investigate it while our crew on the ship still outnumber the Flighters.
Should we shut Prospero down?