Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The AI That Looked at the Sun, by Filip Hajdar Drnovšek Zorko


(AI Adventure) A “subroutine” on a science station observing the Sun tells how its desire to look at the sun led to it become truly intelligent. (4,695 words; Time: 15m)

"," by (edited by Neil Clarke), appeared in issue 160, published on .

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Review: 2020.032 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: It’s rather cute the way the little AI fights so hard to get to look at the sun.

Con: What ruins this story is the awful computer science. It uses terms like “subroutine” and “loop” without a clue as to what those things actually mean. These “subroutines” then behave like people, not software, exhibiting emotions like envy, regret, spite, etc. It makes no sense for anyone to have designed a system to be like that, as the catastrophe shows.

The whole idea of “emergent AI” (AI that just acquire intelligence by accident) is about as silly as emergent buildings would be (construction materials that just accidentally fall together and make a building).

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