Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Three Laws of Social Robotics, by Mary E. Lowd

★★☆☆☆ Not Recommended

(AI SF) A newly created AI explores its environment and decides the humans are doing things wrong. (2,399 words; Time: 07m)

"The Three Laws of Social Robotics," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 05-06|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.228 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: As emotional AI stories go, this one has the nice twist that the AI doesn’t want to upset the humans around it.

Con: It’s got just about all the bad AI clichΓ©s in one short story. The AI doesn't act like aoftware at all; it acts like a human being trapped inside a machine. It can “think” a million times faster than people can (real AIs can execute much faster than people, but they learn much, much slower).  It can hack any computer system ever built—even to the extent of hacking the power button. It's essentially an executable Mary Sue.

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