Rachel Neumeier

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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

Murderbot, obviously.

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 …

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3 Comments Skynet smiles

  1. Mary Catelli

    The best chilling one for plausibility is the Torchship by Karl K. Gallagher. I think it might really happen.

    And I program computers for a living.

  2. Mary Catelli

    Whoops. It’s a trilogy. The full extent of the plausibility doesn’t get revealed in the first book.

  3. SarahZ

    It’s a strange, oddly paced book, but I liked the treatment of AI in Evolution’s Darling by Scott Westerfeld. The title comes from the notion that only AIs can evolve in their own lifetime, rather than over generations, and it shows AIs finding a good place in society and achieving emancipation without the standard uprising/genocide.

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