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Offline NedMarcus

Novels About AI?
« on: May 29, 2018, 03:39:26 AM »
I'm interested in how AI will influence our society over the rest of the century, and want to read novels with this kind of theme. I'm not so interested in Terminator type stories, although I enjoyed the films, but more about thoughtful books that consider how AI will affect our way of life.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Novels About AI?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2018, 08:07:51 AM »
I immediately thought about the film "Ex-machina", which is brilliant, and then googled to see if it was based on a book, and one of the results was this:

The Books About Artificial Intelligence That You MUST Read, According to Ex Machina's Alex Garland
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Re: Novels About AI?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2018, 10:45:51 AM »
We here in my house actually just the other day had a conversation about AI, because apparently there are a lot of conversations going on in my husband's industry about how they're all going to be replaced by machine-learning soon. Which is interesting, because I would not have picked the legal industry as a front runner for that, but there you go.

Anyway, Mr Dee is not troubled by being replaced by a computer, because he figures by the time AI gets that smart, and I quote, "we'll have other problems, and they will be called SkyNet".

I guess my point here is: don't dismiss Terminator-type stories out of hand. They are a fundamental subset of stories-where-AI-doesn't-follow-Asimov's-Laws.

So I guess my real point here is: I'd recommend starting with reading Asimov, or reading about Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. It's certainly an active concern of my husband's that the world take some steps to having a central regulatory/ethical consideration about their observation in the developing field of AI/machine-learning.

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Re: Novels About AI?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2018, 12:01:05 PM »
So I guess my real point here is: I'd recommend starting with reading Asimov, or reading about Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics. It's certainly an active concern of my husband's that the world take some steps to having a central regulatory/ethical consideration about their observation in the developing field of AI/machine-learning.

I'd forgotten about Asimov. It's been a while since I've read any of his books.

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Re: Novels About AI?
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2018, 04:04:52 PM »
I am sorry Dave Ned we can't talk about this

Offline Toby Frost

Re: Novels About AI?
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2018, 02:07:29 PM »
I always thought that Neuromancer by William Gibson had interesting AI characters. I'm not sure how realistic they would be. In Mona Lisa Overdrive, someone mentions them having citizenship.

Harry Harrison did a book about AI called The Turing Option, but I don't remember it very well. It's quite old and I'm not sure how well it would have aged.

I'd definitely agree about Asimov and Ex Machina, though.

Offline Rostum

Re: Novels About AI?
« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2018, 09:28:13 PM »
Try Ghosts of Tomorrow by Micheal R Fletcher.

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Re: Novels About AI?
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2018, 11:18:16 PM »
Try Ghosts of Tomorrow by Micheal R Fletcher.
I've just checked it out on Amazon. Looks interesting.

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Re: Novels About AI?
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2018, 08:02:13 AM »
Fletcher is an amazing writer and has a sharp if somewhat twisted mind. Give it a go.

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Re: Novels About AI?
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2018, 11:41:10 PM »
A recent book was “Robopocalypse.” Enjoyed it; quick read.

Doing a google, I was reminded about an old book from the 70s, “When Harley was One.” I loved that book at the time, especially because of the sex scenes. Ok, I was 13, and it was shower sex! (And my parents had no idea what I was reading.  8))

I’m trying find another one that I read a few years ago. It was myintroduction to the term “event horizon” as applied to AI. I’ll spend another few minutes looking for it. Hmm. It might be “Blood Music” by Greg Bear, but I’m not sure. I realized that the book I’d read was really about self-replicating nanobots and maybe not so much about AI. Oh well.  ???


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