Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Right Way To Be Sad, by Shankar Gopalakrishnan

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[Strange Horizons]
★★★☆☆ Average

(Near-Future SF) Sheru is a dog in an Indian city. He’s captured by researchers experimenting with deep learning. And he’s sad. (4,831 words; Time: 16m)

"," by (edited by Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde), appeared in issue 04/30/18, published on .

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Pro: Sheru gets away from the researchers and finds a new home.

Presumably the research involves combining a deep neural net with an actual dog brain to extract information from scenes. But the scenes show everyday suffering and pain, and the dog always projects sadness onto them.

Con: There’s no way researchers would let a valuable experimental animal roam free.

Nothing very profound really happens here. There’s no tension either.

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