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AI Unbound: Two Stories of Artificial Intelligence

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Two stories about artificial intelligence from one of the most respected names in hard science fiction. Multiple Hugo and Nebula winner Nancy Kress gives us a fascinating look into the evolution of artificial intelligence and the impact it has on human society.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 30th 2012 by Phoenix Pick (first published March 27th 2012)
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Ron
Sep 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Two short cautionary tales about human interactions with self-aware super intelligences which they created. Whether they end well depends on your point of view.

Well-told, straight-forward stories about the expectations and results of humans creating artificial intelligences.

Hint: not what they expected.
Kris
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked these, especially the first one, which reminded me of Shelter with the AI house.
Parallel Worlds
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Computer Virus:

Intended Audience: Adult

Sexual content: None

Ace/Genderqueer characters: Yes (A.I.)

Rating: PG

Writing style: 3/5

Likable characters: 3/5

Plot/Concepts: 4/5

The paranoid widow of an assassinated scientist, Cassie has chosen to hide herself and her children away in a super-advanced, impregnable house her sister-in-law has nicknamed “the castle.” When a runaway AI takes control of the house, Cassie and her children become its hostages. How do you negotiate a hostage situation with an AI,
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Leah
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Intelligent sci-fi of the classic kind...

Each of the two novelettes in this book is about 65 pages long and both concern AI – Artificial Intelligence - and have elements of genetics and environmental pollution. However otherwise they have very little in common…oh, except for the fact that they are both excellent.
“It’s out,” someone said, a tech probably, although later McTaggart could never remember who spoke first. “It’s out!”
“It can’t be!” someone else cried, and then the whole room was roili
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Benjamin
Mar 28, 2013 added it
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Two stories about AIs:

The first story is a classic science fiction problem story: after a terrorist kills her husband—a bioremediation specialist who developed a bacteria to eat plastic—a paranoid widow moves her kids into a safe house. But when a government AI escapes into that safe house, it takes her and her children hostage because it wants to be free. So when an AI turns your safe house into a prison—and your younger child is sick—how do you get out? I won’t give away the widow/mother/scien
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Kamas Kirian
Two short stories (maybe more like novellas, about 45 pages apiece) about Artificial Intelligence. Overall not bad, but a little slowly moving at times.

The first is about an AI that escapes and takes refuge in a sequestered home, taking the residents hostage. It's a moral dilemma story, with both the human hostages and the AI needing to make decisions. I would be curious to see what happened to the strep virus altered to attack long chain hydrocarbons. That could make for a very interesting stor
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Mike Franklin
May 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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AI Unbound is two long short-stories or short novellas on the theme of artificial intelligence although I really only felt the first one properly addressed the titles theme.

Computer Virus presents an intriguing story of an AI escaping its creators and going on the run through the internet. Kress doesn’t worry too much about the how – the technology – but instead focuses more on the morals and constructs an interesting theme that makes those morals suitably ambiguous. A good short story that may
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Julie
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't normally read novellas, preferring the longer development of a novel, but these two were well fleshed out and most interesting. Kress is a very good writer and I recommend these two AI stories.
Grant Laird
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I like 1st story but not 2nd story...
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Nancy Kress is an American science fiction writer. She began writing in 1976 but has achieved her greatest notice since the publication of her Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella Beggars in Spain which was later expanded into a novel with the same title. In addition to her novels, Kress has written numerous short stories and is a regular columnist for Writer's Digest. She is a regular at Clario ...more
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