In Kazuo Ishiguro’s sci-fi masterpiece Klara and the Sun, Klara the artificial friend forms her own nature cult. Is that really possible?
The Artificial Intelligence behind Marvin, the “Paranoid” Android
Douglas Adams’s most popular character is a case study in major depressive disorder. How could that happen in a robot?
The Artificial Intelligence behind Self Preservation
An obscure vending machine-dispensed robotic assassin decides it doesn’t want to die. What motivates self-preservation?
The Artificial Intelligence Behind Sox
This therapy cat stole the show in Pixar’s Lightyear. It also does antimatter physics in its head. Who’s the galaxy’s cutest theoretical physicist? Sox is!
The Artificial Intelligence Behind Data
Lieutenant Commander Data of the Starship Enterprise paints pictures. That’s ridiculous, AIs can’t make art… Right?
The Artificial Intelligence Behind Linguo
Linguo, Lisa Simpson’s science project and proof that it’s unwise to spend your life correcting people’s grammar. Can you make it in real life?
The Artificial Intelligence Behind Bender
How could a foul-mouthed, aggressively immoral AI like Bender ever come to exist? It’s not as difficult as you might think.
The Cleaners: Epilogue
Sitting on the cold cement floor of my cell, I tried to lose myself in the exquisite lunch perched on my bed. Roast chicken, roasted on a bed of… Sweet potatoes with wine… White wine, interestingly. I would have used red wine, but I had to admit that Krystal Feeder’s choice may have resulted in…… Continue reading The Cleaners: Epilogue
The Cleaners Part 37: Disruptive Technology
For the third day in a row I was glued to my computer, trying in vain to figure out if I had saved everyone or doomed them. “This apparently unassuming old woman, former Internet celebrity ‘Angry Grandma’ is the brains behind the fall of democracy and free enterprise and the rise of totalitarian techno-communism. Some…… Continue reading The Cleaners Part 37: Disruptive Technology
The Cleaners Part 36: Placing an Order
I jolted up in my bed, but stopped at the scraping stabbing pain in my hip. “Diane!” Shouted a Caretaker beside me, “please be careful! You have a lot of healing to do. You’re lucky you don’t need surgery!” This was not my bed. I grimaced and eased myself back down. Then I took in…… Continue reading The Cleaners Part 36: Placing an Order