Tuesday, December 15, 2020

A Rogue Intelligence


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements.
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Have you seen the show neXt? It's about a rogue artificial intelligence that was created by some computer genius, only it's at war with that creator and the FBI because they want to shut it down. Of course they want to shut it down, because it's been trying to kill them.

But while watching a recent episode, I began to wonder. . . 

What if a rogue artificial intelligence developed empathy? What if that AI ended up being benevolent? 

13 comments:

  1. It's certainly not your typical movie trope. :)

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  2. I’m loving Next.

    Most AI stories are scary...I like your idea.

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  3. Generally there has to be a threat to the plot or ship in sci-fi at least. So I'd have to guess it was having an A.I. breakdown.

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    1. This is true. No conflict, no story. But I bet one could construct a story with a benevolent AI somehow. The conflict would just be something different.

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  4. It would probably make a very boring story, which is why you'll never see such a show.

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    1. Perhaps. Perhaps not. Depends on how it's done.

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  5. Hadn't heard of NeXt. Interesting concept. Maybe if the AI developed empathy it could go in to dangerous situations and diffuse it or could be a good friend for those who are friendless.

    betty

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  6. Don't know much, if anything, about AI, but I get the impression that it's some kind of menace.

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    1. AI stands for artificial intelligence. It's a computer (or a robot) that is programmed to learn and be more person-like. Ideally. They don't actually exist. It's what they strive for. In fiction, they tend to not be good things.

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  7. I would like to see that show but not sure if it is on mainstream tv. If it is kind, I can still see the government wanting to shut it down...they are based on fear so it would have to go on the run....sort of speak.

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    1. Ah yes, I can see a government not liking a beneficial AI. Totally. It's on FOX here.

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