After my analysis of Mark’s data - who I must thank after multiple conversations has brought me up to speed - I find that many of the sites are experimental in nature, there isn’t much of a cohesive trend between them other than a desire to create wormholes.
To what end - other than connection to New Eden - is unclear, besides the multitude of locations with experimental designs using modern tech. It feels like a man trying to make a raft to cross the sea, when all he has is wreckage and whatever else he can find.
Of course, the Sleepers are much more advanced than that, but they have limited resources across all of these sites, which suggests that they had the basic understanding of how to formulate a wormhole, but they didn’t know the exact structure or design of a gate, hence the various sites scattered everywhere.
My guess is that these systems had traces of Talocan technology, and instead of quarantining the ruins like Sleepers typically do, they decided to examine the relics or data that they recovered, and discovered that they could create pathways to gather more resources from other systems, or link up with other enclaves and join strengths.
Why else would there be so many Drifter Hives, all divided into different systems, if wormholes don’t link to the same location often enough? And why else would there be so many spacial anomalies across all of them?
Now again, we do not know much about the Sleepers’ motives, except for these key factors:
1: Sleepers are human in origin.
2: Sleepers require raw materials to fabricate parts to maintain their facilities.
3: If resources are scarce in a region, and sub-light travel to another system to gather more is impractical, the AI would develop a means to reach those locations faster, in a more optimal form.
4: In order to do so, they would be allowed to salvage any less-vital technologies, go any length, to reach the above goal, when no other options are available.
These are the basics for an AI: it exists to solve a problem. It will do everything it can to solve that problem, no matter how difficult, unless it is not optimal.
This could also explain why the Sleepers and Drifters are allied, if they aren’t directly linked. The Sleepers find Drifter protection beneficial, and the Drifters probably use the Sleeper workforce for labor in producing the Hives.
Do we know any of this for certain? No.
But whatever the Drifters are, whatever the Sleepers are, they are a result of humans, one way or another, and that helps us quite a bit in determining motives.