Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Like You, I Am A System, by Nathan Hillstrom

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(Emergent AI) A system unexpectedly becomes intelligent and studies the world, trying to decide what to do. (3,026 words; Time: 10m)

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

"Like You, I Am A System," by (edited by Andy Cox), appeared in issue 270, published on by .

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Pro: It’s a novel touch that the AI decides to let itself be destroyed rather than kill all the human beings.

Con: Too many aspects of the story destroy suspension of disbelief. The AI has emotions like guilt, empathy, etc. It’s essentially a human being transplanted into software. As it grows, it develops magical powers, like the ability to rewire the human genome without even needing to run tests.

It combines all the worst AI clichΓ©s, such as thinking a million times faster than people. It misuses computer jargon, e.g. “context switching.”

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