Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Psychology Game, by Xia Jia

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(Near-Future SF) A TV show features a person and a therapist, and the audience tries to guess whether the therapist is human or an AI. (2,894 words; Time: 09m)

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Needs Improvement

"," by (translated by Emily Jin and Ken Liu, edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 133, published on .

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Pro: Most of the facts about AI in the story really are true.

Con: No characters, no plot, all infodump.

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3 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. This covers pretty much the same subject as the author's previous story "Goodnight, Melancholy." This one just sketches a scenario and examines it. Whereas, the other had two interwoven storylines. Maybe a reflection of the different audiences each of the original Chinese pieces were written for.

    1. I'm not sure what the audience is for what amounts to little more than the outline for a story.

    2. It reads almost like a nonfiction piece. The orignal was in a publication called Knowledge Is Power. With that last line of "Know thyself," I imagine it was specifically tailored for its appearance there.