Thursday, December 8, 2016

Straight Lines, by Naru Dames Sundar

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(Hard SF) AIs are too expensive to discard, even after a major disaster, but how do you fix one that seems to have gone crazy? (2,846 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Mur Lafferty), appeared in issue 3, published on by .

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Pro: The story is about "fixing" the AI, or, more accurately, teaching it how to function despite its obsessive-compulsive problem. The author generates a reasonable amount of tension by doling out information a little at a time. The ending is satisfying.

Con: It's very hard to believe that anything like human therapy would work with an AI. It's also hard to believe that the people building them would agree to anything resembling doctor/patient confidentiality.

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