Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Night Shift, by Eileen Gunn

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(SF Exploration) Sina works with AI nanobots in space, processing small asteroids into raw materials. She likes the AI and considers him her friend—which means she’s not watching as closely as she’s supposed to be. (5,959 words; Time: 19m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

"," by (edited by Ed Finn and Joey Eschrich), appeared in , published on by .

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Pro: The plot is excellent. The AI presents as human, and so Sina imagines that it’s her friend, even though it’s just a machine. When her supervisor tells her “you’re investing Seth with emotions that a computer does not have,” she sees the truth of it, but she poses a good question that goes unanswered: if humans tend to anthropomorphize everything we work with, are we making ourselves less human if we refrain from doing it to AIs?

Con: The story starts off with an enormous infodump. Much of the dialogue is unnatural.

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