Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Smartest Damn Machine on Earth, by Bo Balder


(Robot SF) Sapphire used to be the smartest machine in the world, but today it works at a carnival entertaining children. (870 words; Time: 02m)

"The Smartest Damn Machine on Earth," by (edited by Trevor Quachri), appeared in issue 03-04|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.110 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is essentially the story of how an abandoned intelligence finds a new purpose in life.

Con: I find it hard to believe a child could get enough mathematical instruction to be able to derive the Pythagorean Theorem without having been taught that along the way.

As ever with this sort of “emotional AI” story, one has to ask why anyone programmed it to be “lonely and bored?” A car or a toaster won’t get lonely or bored, even if it doesn’t get used.

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