You’ve seen that video of the “robot” beating up people? It’s right here, if you haven’t, plus information about how the video was faked up.
I was reminded of this by this list at Book Riot: 10 CHILLINGLY POSSIBLE SCI-FI BOOKS ABOUT AIS TAKING OVER
“Possible” is not the word I would use here, by the way. How about “scenarios made to seem plausible by good writers, assisted by this weird but common belief that AI is right around the corner.”
Anyway, interesting list, sure.
ANCILLARY JUSTICE — very neat choice, so far beyond what everyone else has done with the idea of artificial intelligence.
CITY by Clifford Simek, for a non-chilling rendition.
Then a bunch I haven’t read, including THE PREY OF GODS by Nicky Draden, which I started, but I fear the grim and gritty flavor made me put it down again in short order. Also SEA OF RUST by C Robert Cargill, which I also haven’t read, but actually have on my TBR shelves at this very moment. Here’s the description:
Now that the humans are all dead, robots can get down to what they always wanted to do: figuring out why they’re here and what their lives mean. Most of them find it easier to join one of two Brobdingnagian superintelligences and relinquish their individuality. The others pick through scrap heaps for spare parts and hold onto their freedom with every ounce of strength. This is the story of one of their number, a former nurse whose betrayal of humanity haunts him.
Too much angst for me? Hard to say. We’ll see.
Meanwhile! Obvious AIs that this post missed. I can think of several:
A CLOSED AND COMMON ORBIT by Becky Chambers
The AIs in The Seafort Saga by David Feintuch
THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS, obviously.
The AIs in THE STARFIGHTER INVITATION by Andrea K Host
Not sure if I have a penchant for non-chilling AIs, but none of those are scary. I mean, potentially scary, in some cases. But yeah, probably I’m specifically selecting for nice AIs.
I am now having a really tough time trying to decide who my very favorite AI character is. Murderbot? Or Breq? I may have to flip a coin …