Saturday, December 16, 2017

Air Gap, by Eric Cline

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(Near-Future SF) You travel to visit an AI so powerful that it has to be isolated from all possible contact with modern technology. (3,793 words; Time: 12m)

Rating: ★★★★☆ Nice exploration of the super-intelligent AI problem

"Air Gap," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 01-02|18, published on by .

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Pro: The story does a nice job of misdirection. It seems at first that we’re going to witness how the AI escaped confinement and went off to destroy the world. The people are a bit cruel to tell it its fate, but that’s understandable. And the concluding line about there still being no flying cars is a good laugh.

The notion of starting an AI with a large chunk of fake experiences is a good one. The alternative idea of taking years to train each new AI (e.g. with a family) never made much sense to me.

Con: There’s no character development except of Kurtzweil herself, and she’s sufficiently crazy that we don’t feel anything for or against her at the end.

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