Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Curious Algorithms, by Hayden Trenholm


(Dystopia) A robot works delivering refugees from across the wall to a detention center, and it never thinks about anything else until it meets a very special refugee. (6,005 words; Time: 20m)

"Curious Algorithms," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.105 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is the story of how Agnes the robot became Agnes the person. It’s focused on her efforts to understand what it means to be a person and how to choose to do the right thing.

Con: It makes zero sense for the government to have made a robot capable of full intelligence and then only use it to drive a truck back and forth. It also makes zero sense for a team of revolutionaries to elevate that truck to full intelligence knowing the new mind might not agree with their goals.

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