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Re: Artificial Intelligence

From: Donald Hosford <Hosford.donald@a...>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 1997 23:20:09 -0400
Subject: Re: Artificial Intelligence

Phillip E. Pournelle wrote:
> At 08:24 PM 7/15/97 -0300, Tom wrote:
> >We're noting Niven's fiction in this discussion,
> >
>	  Niven's AIs all go insane.  They think so fast and get so
bored that they
> soon generate universes of their own within their own minds...  These
> universes are so much more interesting to them than our own that they
> paying attention.  Either that they become comatose from the boredom.
> Either way the result is the same, time to reboot and rebuild.  One of
> short stories in the Kzinti series explores this quite well from the
> of view of the AI.
>	  Phil P.

That sounds like a book...Stepfather Bank by D. C. Poyer.  In that
book,  a single corporation runs the whole world, having bought out or
eliminated all of the compition long ago.  anyway, there is a computer
AI in the book which runs so fast, that 1 second to a human, is like a
1000 years to it.  In the few hours after it had been turned on, it had
seen 5 billon years of time, and it was board silly.

There is another book called: Life Probe and it's sequel: Procyon's
Promise.  by Michael McCollum.	In these books an anchient race called
the Makers, had sent out sublight probes.  They were looking for the
solution to the FTL drive problem.  Each probe had an AI.  These AI's
were pritty stable.  

Good Books!

Donald Hosford

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