We Think, Therefore We Are

We Think, Therefore We Are

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by Peter Crowther
     
 

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Fifteen original stories about our fear of and fascination with artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence has captured the imaginations of writers, readers, and scientists alike, from Karl Capek's R.U.R. to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, from Robby the Robot to The Terminator and The Bicentennial Man, and-of course

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Fifteen original stories about our fear of and fascination with artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence has captured the imaginations of writers, readers, and scientists alike, from Karl Capek's R.U.R. to Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, from Robby the Robot to The Terminator and The Bicentennial Man, and-of course-Arthur C. Clarke's Hal 9000.

Now some of the most innovative thinkers in science fiction offer an intriguing variety of tales featuring the many forms of AI, from frightening to funny. These authors confront one of contemporary mankind's deepest concerns-what do we do when the machines we created evolve beyond us?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756405335
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
662,642
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Crowther is an award-winning writer, editor, and publisher. He lives and works with his wife and business partner, Nicky, on the Yorkshire coast of England. Peter can be found at petercrowther.com.

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We Think, Therefore We Are 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
These fifteen new tales that make up the A.I. themed anthology are well written engaging stories that for the most part entertain yet also have the reader thinking what the future will hold with the rapid speed of information technology advancements. The Introduction by Paul McAuley references the past (Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics), the present has The Matrix trilogy) and the future (Vernor Vinge¿s theory that AI will go where humans cannot imagine). With a nod to Clarke's Hal of 2001 fame, the entries are overall engaging and thought provoking. ¿Tempest 45¿ by Stephen Baxter has an AI fail to perform its mission to stop a hurricane from devastating Florida, but the investigation leads to so much more. Brian Stableford's ¿Highway Code¿ will remind the audience of Spielberg¿s AI as an intelligent big truck drives the roads alone for years until a major accident occurs. A salvager in space falls in love with his AI while waiting for the arrival of a missionary ship coming home from a visit with God (¿Salvage Rites¿ by Eric Brown or what is the ¿Dragon King of the Eastern Sea¿ by Chris Roberson. Although somewhat limited in exploring what could be due to the short story format, the compilation is superb as the authors contribute diverse tales with some seemingly weird like Marly Youmans' ¿The Chinese Room¿ adding depth and variety to the anthology.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Punched him in the face. You b a s t a r d. Took the keys and opened the lock. Here you go. May i ask you if you like to be pleasured?
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