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Poem: "With Mortal Flesh and Iron Will"
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fayanora From: fayanora Date: December 4th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm... the description of the poem series mixed with my ever-present desire to see stories about good AIs, and brought me back to one series I have where humans and AIs get along pretty well, and now I've got an idea for a story wherein aliens invade Earth and get their asses handed to them in combat by humanity's AI friends.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 4th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC) (Link)

Go for it!

You should totally write that.

Hmm, it reminds me of a short story I once read, told from the viewpoint of a starship AI and written in computer time -- the whole thing took just a few seconds in meat time. Wish I could remember the title.

Anyhow, if you want stories about heroic AIs, just watch for an opportunity in my Poetry Fishbowl. There's a whole batch of heroic themes coming up.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: December 4th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Go for it!

Cool!
fayanora From: fayanora Date: December 4th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Go for it!

I think my favorite example of good AIs (if they can be called that) in fiction is the planet of the mobiles in the Young Wizard series. The planet itself gained something approaching sentience all on its own, but didn't really come into its own until Dairine showed up and began communicating with it. Then she taught it wizardry and the surface exploded with independent sentient units the planet made from its own substance. What was coolest was, they turned down the Lone Power's offer! They totally gave the Lone Power the finger, and survived the encounter. Which is just frakking awesome.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 4th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Go for it!

Yes, exactly!

But I think that Dairine, who is a Wizard, truenamed the Lone Power as GIGO. Garbage In, Garbage Out. The Lone Power created death, which was a pretty awesome thing to do, and everyone else threw a giant fit and ... well, what what would you do if you put a whole lot of work into something and then everyone dissed it? It was the First Mistake. And everyone made it TOGETHER.

Garbage in, garbage out. Until Dairine came along and put something ELSE into the buffer. Go go Junior Jedi.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: December 4th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Go for it!

LOL @ "Junior Jedi."

Yeah, Lone Power = GIGO. :-D
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 6th, 2011 02:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

That's a good idea. I don't think I've seen it done.
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