Re: Question: Movies and books about positive AI

From: Keith Henson (
Date: Sun Aug 06 2006 - 21:07:52 MDT

At 11:25 AM 8/6/2006 -0400, you wrote:

>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?

I posted a draft of a story about an AI that was a nanotech clinic in a
tiny African village right here. Some people wrote me about it, but there
was no discussion about it at all. Guess it was too ordinary for this crew.

If you didn't read it then, and want to, there is a considerably later
draft available.

Keith Henson

>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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