burdened with glorious purpose | by maryann johanson
Wed Jan 08 2014, 08:01am | 3 comments
After a short break from the cliché of insane computers taking over the world with Her, we now return you to your regularly scheduled AI apocalypse.
As usual, it will be made entirely from the meatbags’ point of view. Sense of wonder? What’s that? Clank clank argh, that’s what they want.
Well, it’s directed by Wally Pfister, so it’s likely to look very pretty at least. Two pertinent links at this point:
The “Caveman Science Fiction” strip from “Dresden Codak” (by Aaron Diaz) which I always think of when I see stuff like this – I’m posting the io9 repost ’cause the original site is apparently down for some reason:
As I was reminded by a YouTube comment, of all things: a long novella/short novel called “The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect” (by Roger Williams) which shows what can be done when an author takes the idea of AI apocalypse and fucking takes it all the way. Bonus points for an interesting female protagonist, an AI that’s a conceptually coherent entity instead of a vague horror antagonist, and redefining the meaning of ‘omnipotent AI’. The entire work is freely available online:
Some of them tell me things. Stories. Once, there was nothing there, nothing moving on its own, just data and people shuffling it around.Then something happened, and it…it knew itself. …And after that, it sort of split off into different parts of itself, and I think parts are the other, the bright ones. But it’s hard to tell, because they don’t tell it with words, exactly… –William Gibson Count Zero
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