Question: Movies and books about positive AI

From: Richard Loosemore (
Date: Sun Aug 06 2006 - 09:25:17 MDT

While I am on the subject, would anyone be interested in giving me their
thoughts about *positive* examples of fictional AI?

What I mean is, how many times have SF writers (whether in written or
movie form) created fictional futures in which the AI was not the villain?

And within that category, in how many of the cases was the AI portrayed
as having equal or superior intelligence (instead of turning out to be
just a glorified calculator that could be outsmarted by outmaneuvering
its logic circuits)? I am less interested in these.

The only notable examples I can think of are Iain M. Banks Culture
books, and Asimov's benign robots (who, if I recall correctly, tend to
be of the less-than-human-equivalent sort).

Lem's creations might count, but he is a little surreal.

Richard Loosemore

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