Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Quantum Theory, by James Gunn


(AI Fantasy) The world’s first quantum computer becomes intelligent and starts hassling the intern who was supposed to be watching it. (1,811 words; Time: 06m)

"Quantum Theory," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 11-12|19, published on by .

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Review: 2019.628 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: Some of the quantum concepts here are legitimate. The ability of a quantum algorithm to factor large numbers, for example.

Con: Sylvia is very annoying with her “put that feeling in a caution box” crap.

The story combines bunches of AI myths (e.g. the system is vastly faster than any human) and adds in absolute magic (like having it try to tangle her feet in the power cords).

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