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Artificially intelligent

A new query for you well-read folk.  What works of fiction short or long, new or old, about artificial intelligence (broadly construed) do you most admire, amused/alarmed you, gave reason to think, convinced?   AI could in this instance include machine-enhanced human imteligence; conscious (ar apparently conscious) non-human-shaped machines, androids, human-shaped robots.  The limit might be that whatever it is  be human-engineered, but even that is tentative.   

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hotclaws
Nov. 21st, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
The Machine Stops by E M Forster is a good early example of the dangers of handing over control to AI's.Helen O'Loy was a wonderful story by Lester del Ray which made you think about what was human after all,and she was such a lovely robot too.
nightspore
Nov. 21st, 2013 12:16 pm (UTC)
Well, my two favorites are Neuromancer and the Stanislaw Lem story "Non Serviam" (which originally appeared in The New Yorker under the title "Experiment"). And for movies, the original theatrical release of Bladerunner.
proximoception
Nov. 21st, 2013 01:53 pm (UTC)
Galatea? I guess it's emphasis was more bodily.
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graywyvern
Nov. 21st, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
ai
i like the AI in Lyda Morehouse's LINK Angel series who converts to Islam.
vgqn
Nov. 21st, 2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, her AIs (and the whole series) were fascinating.
Colin Wernham
Nov. 21st, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Tiny AI
Blood Music by Greg Bear is thought provoking. Forced evolution of lymphocytes inadvertently evolves nano-scale intelligence.
nightspore
Nov. 21st, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Tiny AI
Yes - it's a kind of version of Lem's story. Great book.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
While we're on the subject of conversion, how's about Anthony Boucher's "Quest of St. Aquin?"
Rodger Cunningham
Nov. 21st, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
That was me.
crowleycrow
Nov. 21st, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
Never heard of it -- thanks
christeos_pir
Nov. 21st, 2013 01:24 pm (UTC)
Gibson's 'Sprawl' Trilogy, while not perfect overall, has some intriguing thoughts on AI.
pastels_badge
Nov. 21st, 2013 01:47 pm (UTC)
Someone already mentioned a Stanislaw Lem story but his whole oeuvre is full of great artificial intelligence portrayals. The Cyberiad is the most obvious example but there are tons.
proximoception
Nov. 21st, 2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
Haven't read it, but The Goldbug Variations by Powers has been recommended to me a few times.

The Watchmen and Neuromancer seemed to be in dialogue with one another, though I forget which came first.

I'm fonder of Spielberg's A.I.

Engine Summer and The Deep weren't far from the topic.
nightspore
Nov. 21st, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
Also Powers' Galatea 2:2, which is pretty good, though not great (IMO).
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(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
What, no mention of Vernor Vinge? Every time I read another article about Chinese hackers probing our network frontiers, I'm reminded of Vinge's novels.

Wandering from the point a bit, but someone else mentioned _The Deep_: every time I read that one, I think of D. C. Fontana's _The Questor Tapes_, a novelization of a pilot for a failed Gene Roddenberry TV series. Ever read it? Not a _great_ AI story, but I enjoyed it when I was a kid and an uncritical reader. _The Deep_ was the better book, but the notion of an amnesiac android in search of his creator and purpose was similar.
crowleycrow
Nov. 21st, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for this -- never heard of it (that phrase is going to pop up on this topic a lot from me)
LR Fredericks
Nov. 21st, 2013 02:49 pm (UTC)
Iain M. Banks, the late, the great. The Culture novels, with their sentient artificial planets etc. gave and give me hope for humanity.
nancylebov
Nov. 21st, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
You've Got Murder by Donna Andrews. This was marketed as a mystery, but it's as plausibly sf.

It's the only story I've seen about how terrifying it would be the first time the AI is transferred to a different computer (covert AI, no previous test of transfer) and iirc, it was more sensible about computer security than most fiction.
keith418
Nov. 21st, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
Jack Womack
His novels are all excellent, the AI in "Ambient" was quite disturbing.
crowleycrow
Nov. 21st, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Jack Womack
How could I forget Jack?
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sheherazahde
Nov. 21st, 2013 05:08 pm (UTC)
The books that most gave me reason to think were Gibson's 'Sprawl' Trilogy.

But one that hasn't been mentioned yet is Jane from Orson Scott Card's Ender books.
delphipsmith
Nov. 25th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC)
*icon love*

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
I’m always charmed by that Kurt Vonnegut story “EPICAC,” about the computer assigned to write love poems to the programmer’s girlfriend. Of course, it ends up falling in love with her. (As this is my first time posting, I hope it’s not inappropriate to add: thanks, Mr. Crowley, for writing all those great books!)
crowleycrow
Nov. 21st, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you -- I don't know trhe story.
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