Sunday, September 20, 2015

With Folded RAM, by Brooks Peck

Asimov's Science Fiction, October/November 2015; 1,924 words
Rating: 2, Not recommended  Recommended By: io9

A team infiltrates a space station just as two researchers are about to create the ultimate AI.

Mini-Review (click to view--possible spoilers)

The fantasy AI is well done, as such things go. No attempt to explain why it works--it just does. Cute that it guilelessly reports on how it's augmenting itself while the researchers and the infiltrators argue with each other.

The whole concept of infiltrators taking a space station by surprise doesn't wash. It seems they're there to take advantage of the AI, but it was just created seconds before they arrived. The AI taking a vote of just five people is silly--probably meant to be so, but still. It straddles an uncomfortable line between serious and silly without being genuinely funny.

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