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    Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

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    by ed woychowsky ·

    Here?s something of a loaded question that will probably spawn some flames. What is your favorite A.I. from science fiction, either books or movies?

    I?ll go first, Obie, from Jack Chalker?s Well World series.

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    • #3157784

      Orac from Blake’s Seven

      by neilb@uk ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Cult BBC space-going series from the late 1970s written by Terry Nation of Dr Who fame. Orac was a hyperintelligent, multi-dimensional, total grouch in a plexiglass box (with lights).

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orac

      The thing that set Blake’s Seven apart from, say, Star Trek was that not all of the “good” characters were nice – a number of the “seven” were criminals. This allowed the main villain, Servalan, to be seriously evil.

      • #3157778

        Beat me to it, so I’ll have…..

        by gadgetgirl ·

        In reply to Orac from Blake’s Seven

        Robbie the Robot, from Forbidden Planet.

        Hey, an AI that has a sense of humour and can burp has to be a friend of mine!!!

        Second would be Data from Star Trek TNG. Got some of the best lines ever written. How on earth Brent Spiner kept a straight face sometimes was beyond me….

        Neil, if you want to borrow the first 8 episodes of B7, I have ’em….!!! Long live Avon!!

        😀

        GG

        • #3157770

          Now I would have laid money – with odds –

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to Beat me to it, so I’ll have…..

          that you’d fancy Avon! I never knew a woman who didn’t!

          Robbie turned up in the B&W series of Lost in Space – “Warning Will Robinson! This is not a drill!”

          Happy days! 😀

        • #3157716

          Robbie

          by ed woychowsky ·

          In reply to Now I would have laid money – with odds –

          If I recall Robbie was a villain in Lost in Space.

          Wasn’t Robbie also on Columbo in the 70’s?

        • #3157066

          Sorry GG but Avon Died. :p

          by hal 9000 ·

          In reply to Beat me to it, so I’ll have…..

          I loved Blake’s 7 and have the entire series here on VHS. :0

          Though I’ll admit that the loss of Blake and then the Liberator sort of started to loose the plot quite a lot. 🙁

          With the Liberator you had the AI Zen who was the sales person for the IT Department and then Orac who was the System Admin [b]Rack OFF I’M Busy[/b] type. Slave just didn’t count for anything. :^0

          But the finial episode ruined the entire series for me I just can not think of it in a nice way any longer. I don’t know if the finial episode was ever aired here but I certainly never saw it if it was, and I was a devoted watcher. ?:|

          But I see that they are now releasing it on DVD so I might consider getting the full set and just scratch the living daylights out of the finial episode. 😀

          Col ]:)

    • #3157765

      Kryten in Red Dwarf

      by neilb@uk ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      An android butler who’s broken his programming.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kryten

      CAT: What? Am I the only sane one here? Why don’t we drop the defensive shields?

      KRYTEN: A superlative suggestion, sir, with just two minor flaws. One, we don’t have any defensive shields, and two, we don’t have any defensive shields. Now I realise that, technically speaking, that’s only one flaw but I thought it was such a big one it was worth mentioning twice.

      CAT: (Patting KRYTEN’s shoulder) Good point; well made.

      It is believed that Kryten was the first robot/android ever to give a human the finger.

      • #3157315

        Bender from Futurama

        by montgomery gator ·

        In reply to Kryten in Red Dwarf

        Kryten in Red Dwarf was great, but you got to like the Bender the Robot from Futurama. He would drink beer, belch, smoke cigars, gamble, chase floozy fembots, steal, be generally lazy, and his catch phrase is “Bite My Shiny Metal Ass!!” 🙂

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bender_%28Futurama%29

      • #3157282

        I have to agree, Neil

        by tig2 ·

        In reply to Kryten in Red Dwarf

        I am one of the few Americans to not only know exactly who you mean- Kryten was played brilliantly by Robert Llewellyn- but actually own eight seasons plus the Universe Challenge, Smeg-ups one and two, Red Dwarf A to Zed, Can’t Smeg, Won’t Smeg, and various interviews with Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn.

        And I do believe that your are correct about Kryten being the first android to give a human the finger. The Scutters flipping off Rimmer doesn’t count as Scutters only have two “fingers”. And besides- theoretically, Scutters are not considered to have intellegence per se. Although giving Rimmer the finger does suggest otherwise…

        • #3157602

          Rimmer

          by montgomery gator ·

          In reply to I have to agree, Neil

          Not saying that Rimmer is my favorite (he is a Smeg Head, as Lister would put it), but Rimmer would also count as an artificial intelligence, since he is a hologram.

          Speaking of Kryten, I loved the episode “Legion” where the entity took on and combined the personalities of all the members of the crew, and Kryten had to go against his programming and knock them out in order for Legion to have only his personality, and therefore, be nice and let them go. 🙂

          It has been a long time since I have seen “Red Dwarf”. The local PBS station used to carry it, but no longer. I wish the Sci-Fi channel would pick it up and carry it along with the old “Dr Who” episodes.

        • #3157587

          Amazon

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to Rimmer

          Have it but (obviously) that means money. Each series is around $24 for a two-disk set which is cheaper than the UK by a mile! Seasons 3->5 are probably the classics. By S8 it was garbage.

        • #3157515

          If you ask REALLY nice…

          by tig2 ·

          In reply to Rimmer

          I might be persuaded to burn copies of my disks…

      • #3157639

        Neil, addition to books to read

        by x-marcap ·

        In reply to Kryten in Red Dwarf

        The Moon is a Harsh Mistress–> Robert Heinlein.

        • #3157590

          I’m going to post double heresy, but

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to Neil, addition to books to read

          Although I’ve read nearly everything that Heinlein ever wrote, I don’t really like him as an author as much as he deserves. I think it’s a cultural thing as he’s very Libertarian American and – put simply – I’n neither.

          He also seems obsessed with cats and my only inetrest in my neighbour’s moggy, for example, is to wonder what it would taste like spit roasted with thyme, lemon and a little sesame oil.

          (We hate each other and have spitting contests when it gets into my kitchen. One day soon there will be claw marks in the ceiling and I’ll be wiping catshit off my shoe).

          😀

        • #3157406

          Neil, shame on you. Tsk-tsk!

          by x-marcap ·

          In reply to I’m going to post double heresy, but

          We agree with one main thing, CATS.

          The only Heinlein book I don’t have in hardback is “the cat who walked through walls”. I don’t like cats, and I do not have it in hardback.

          I agree he had the wrong idea about the skunks primarily loved by the female gender. I enjoyed most of all “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” for the concept of the political putsch led by a computer.

          Also, the concept of Moon colony life has never been dealt with by any other author nearly as well.

        • #3166159

          Mycroft Holmes

          by catlady13 ·

          In reply to Neil, addition to books to read

          Yes how can you not love that computer? He is a child in a computer’s body. I still mourn his “death”. I am so sad that Heinlein died because I hoped so much that one day he would resurrect him.

      • #3166184

        Holly 6000

        by artelquessir ·

        In reply to Kryten in Red Dwarf

        Is it necessary to say why? xD

    • #3157739

      “Angela” from Critters 4

      by jkameleon ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

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      by ontheropes ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

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      • #3157169

        naw,

        by jaqui ·

        In reply to .

        they are to “saintly”
        I like Booster, from David Drakes Hammer’s Slammers stories.

        similiar idea, ai in a tank, but Booster doesn’t run anything without human input, so the tanks don’t have the risk of running amok and destroying people without a human in control.
        [ he has people destroying cities often enough in the stories, using the tanks. ]

        • #3157163

          .

          by ontheropes ·

          In reply to naw,

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        • #3157153

          it’s not bad,

          by jaqui ·

          In reply to .

          the focus is on how war / combat affects people rather than the hardware.

          The benefit that Drake has on this, he actually served in Vietnam with a Tank unit.
          His “war” stories are based in his own experiences, and the stories of those he served with.

      • #3157665

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        by jkameleon ·

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      • #3165770

        Bolos and Retief, Galactic Troubleshooter

        by dr dij ·

        In reply to .

        some of my favs include one story with the remote outpost planet, retief hitches a ride on tramp freighter, PO’s the captain who’s in league with the bugs, disables the old Bolo captn has and saves the planet (and gets the girl 🙂

        The Humanoids series also have one of my favs (or scariest) AI’s. Because they conquer humanity by ‘serving’ them .. catering to every whim. all industry is gone, done by the robots, and they stifle all dissent cleverly thru material bribes and re-directing desires and research.

    • #3157329

      Marvin

      by mickster269 ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      From “Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”.

      Oh, that makes me depressed just typing that.

      • #3165982

        You’re one hoopy frood, who knows where his towells at.

        by -j.d. ·

        In reply to Marvin

        Gotta agree with “your plastic pal, who’s fun to be with.”

        Stay Hoopy

      • #3165934

        Yeah, Marvin would be my pick too

        by gudhart ·

        In reply to Marvin

        and for sure: “this will all come to tears, I just know it !”

        • #3165933

          Marvin

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to Yeah, Marvin would be my pick too

          Marvin stood at the end of the bridge corridor. He was not in fact a particularly small robot. His silver body gleamed in the dusty sunbeams and shook with the continual barrage which the building was still undergoing.

          He did, however, look pitifully small as the gigantic black tank rolled to a halt in front of him. The tank examined him with a probe. The probe withdrew.

          Marvin stood there.

          “Out of my way little robot,” growled the tank.

          “I’m afraid,” said Marvin, “that I’ve been left here to stop you.”

          The probe extended again for a quick recheck. It withdrew again.

          “You? Stop me?” roared the tank. “Go on!”

          “No, really I have,” said Marvin simply.

          “What are you armed with?” roared the tank in disbelief.

          “Guess,” said Marvin.

          The tank’s engines rumbled, its gears ground. Molecule-sized electronic relays deep in its micro-brain flipped backwards and forwards in consternation.

          “Guess?” said the tank.

          “Yes, go on,” said Marvin to the huge battle machine, “you’ll never guess.”

          “Errmmm …” said the machine, vibrating with unaccustomed thought, “laser beams?”

          Marvin shook his head solemnly.

          “No,” muttered the machine in its deep guttural rumble, “Too obvious. Anti-matter ray?” it hazarded.

          “Far too obvious,” admonished Marvin.

          “Yes,” grumbled the machine, somewhat abashed, “Er … how about an electron ram?”

          This was new to Marvin.

          “What’s that?” he said.

          “One of these,” said the machine with enthusiasm.

          From its turret emerged a sharp prong which spat a single lethal blaze of light. Behind Marvin a wall roared and collapsed as a heap of dust. The dust billowed briefly, then settled.

          “No,” said Marvin, “not one of those.”

          “Good though, isn’t it?”

          “Very good,” agreed Marvin.

          “I know,” said the Frogstar battle machine, after another moment’s consideration, “you must have one of those new Xanthic Re-Structron Destabilized Zenon Emitters!”

          “Nice, aren’t they?” said Marvin.

          “That’s what you’ve got?” said the machine in considerable awe.

          “No,” said Marvin.

          “Oh,” said the machine, disappointed, “then it must be …”

          “You’re thinking along the wrong lines,” said Marvin, “You’re failing to take into account something fairly basic in the relationship between men and robots.”

          “Er, I know,” said the battle machine, “is it …” it tailed off into thought again.

          “Just think,” urged Marvin, “they left me, an ordinary, menial robot, to stop you, a gigantic heavy-duty battle machine, whilst they ran off to save themselves. What do you think they would leave me with?”

          “Oooh, er,” muttered the machine in alarm, “something pretty damn devastating I should expect.”

          “Expect!” said Marvin, “oh yes, expect. I’ll tell you what they gave me to protect myself with shall I@”

          “Yes, alright,” said the battle machine, bracing itself.

          “Nothing,” said Marvin.

          There was a dangerous pause.

          “Nothing?” roared the battle machine.

          “Nothing at all,” intoned Marvin dismally, “not an electronic sausage.”

          The machine heaved about with fury.

          “Well, doesn’t that just take the biscuit!” it roared, “Nothing, eh? Just don’t think, do they?”

          “And me,” said Marvin in a soft low voice, “with this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side.”

          “Makes you spit, doesn’t it?”

          “Yes,” agreed Marvin with feeling.

          “Hell that makes me angry,” bellowed the machine, “think I’ll smash that wall down!”

          The electron ram stabbed out another searing blaze of light and took out the wall next to the machine.

          “How do you think I feel?” said Marvin bitterly.

          “Just ran off and left you, did they?” the machine thundered.

          “Yes,” said Marvin.

          “I think I’ll shoot down their bloody ceiling as well!” raged the tank.

          It took out the ceiling of the bridge.

          “That’s very impressive,” murmured Marvin.

          “You ain’t seeing nothing yet,” promised the machine, “I can take out this floor too, no trouble!”

          It took out the floor, too.

          “Hell’s bells!” the machine roared as it plummeted fifteen storeys and smashed itself to bits on the ground below.

          “What a depressingly stupid machine,” said Marvin and trudged away.

    • #3157316

      Rosey

      by maxwell edison ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      The Robot

    • #3157314

      Hal

      by jmgarvin ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      “I can’t do that Dave.”

    • #3157279

      Ainiko the cyber-cheshire cat

      by Jay Garmon ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Ainiko is a main character from Charles Stross’ novel Accelerando. Image if HAL and the Cheshire Cat had a love child with mildly godlike powers.

      I’m also fond of Jane, the galaxy-spanning AI from Orson Scott Card’s Ender series. Of course, I’m reading Xenocide right now, so that may have something to do with it (SO much better than Speaker for the Dead).

      As for TV, gotta go with Holly from Red Dwarf. To those who know, you understand.

      Honorable mentions:

      The Terminator
      KITT
      Agent Smith (The Matrix)
      Bishop (Aliens / Alien 3)
      HAL 9000
      Optimus Prime

      • #3157597

        K-9 from “Doctor Who”

        by montgomery gator ·

        In reply to Ainiko the cyber-cheshire cat

        for a small robotic dog-like entity, K-9 proved to be very useful to the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker).

      • #3157596

        Which Holly?

        by montgomery gator ·

        In reply to Ainiko the cyber-cheshire cat

        There was both a male and a female version of Holly. I prefer the female version, much better looking, but the male version did give some good sarcastic remarks.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holly_%28Red_Dwarf%29

        • #3165763

          The Blondie Female one Obviously Tom

          by hal 9000 ·

          In reply to Which Holly?

          It’s a well known fact that [b]Trivia Geeks[/b] prefer Blonde’s to balding Old F_a_r_t_s even if they have [b]Bad Blondie Wigs.[/b] 😀

          But I did like the episode where the Male Holly was replaced by the Drill Sargent because Holly was getting his directions from the [b]Students Guide to Interstellar Travel[/b] or whatever it was called. :0

          Even Rimer who worshipped Authority wanted Holly back. :p

          Col ]:)

        • #3166413

          Queeg!

          by neilb@uk ·

          In reply to The Blondie Female one Obviously Tom

          He was the backup computer who defeats Holly in a chess game, takes over and makes Cat work for his food and carries on until the crew hate him. It’s then revealed that Queeg was Holly, who was playing the “jape of the decade”.

          Holly gave Rimmer Petersen’s arm and then allowed the arm to beat Rimmer up when Rimmer insulted him.

          Alright dudes?

    • #3157275

      Mycroft Holmes

      by x-marcap ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      From The Moon is a a Harsh Mistress. Robert Heinlein.

      • #3157688

        Free Luna – go Adam Selene – yeah got my vote.

        by deadly ernest ·

        In reply to Mycroft Holmes

        I have a copy of everything Robert Heinlein wrote and some were printed in the 1950’s. Mycroft has got to be the best as he got there all on his lonesome and has a great sense of humour.

        Next would have to be Daneel from Isaac Asimov’s Caves of Steel, Robots of Dawn series. Followed closely by Janet Asimov’s Norby – now that is one mixed up AI robot.

      • #3157654

        I left a previous profession to see if I could create Mike.

        by x-marcap ·

        In reply to Mycroft Holmes

        Dumb in retrospect, but I have had an interesting time since I left the Corps.

      • #3157646

        You got it!

        by bhunsinger ·

        In reply to Mycroft Holmes

        Minerva is OK But Mike rocks BIG time. (read book)

      • #3165074

        Have to agree.

        by dnsb ·

        In reply to Mycroft Holmes

        “Why is a laser like a goldfish?”

        Mike gets my vote too. Others woyld be R. Daneel Olivaw from Asimov’s Robot series. David Weber has a couple of entries from “Path of Fury” and his Empire trilogy. Vanamonde from Arthur Clarke’s “The City and The Stars” though it might be argued that Vanamonde is not truly an A.I. but an new life form. Valentina from “Soul in Sapphire” is another I fondly remember. Keith Laumer who invented the Bolos though I’m sure I’d like to share a world with an intelligent Continental Seige Unit. HAL 9000 from Clarke’s 2001, Harlie from David Gerrold’s “When H.A.R.L.I.E. Was One”, not to mention Harlie’s add-on, the Graphic Omniscient Device”

        There’s been quite a few stories where the A.I.’s have shown more character and “humanity” than the humans, the above are just a few that came to mind.

        My rugrat wants me to mention the animated series “Reboot”. ;->

    • #3157235

      Minerva

      by tig2 ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      From Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”. Ran a planet and all kinds of other things.

      • #3157687

        Not bad but Dora – Lazarus’ spaceship was

        by deadly ernest ·

        In reply to Minerva

        much more fun and had a better sense of humour.

        • #3157645

          Well, as long as we have Gay Deceiver along with Dora, OK

          by x-marcap ·

          In reply to Not bad but Dora – Lazarus’ spaceship was

          I really prefer others, but Dora’s personality expanded when Gay interfaced with Dora.

        • #3157578

          And let us not forget Athena – now that is the

          by deadly ernest ·

          In reply to Well, as long as we have Gay Deceiver along with Dora, OK

          full set, and what a set of self aware computers.

          Athena is Minerva after Minerva left for a human body on Tertius, just in case you forgot, and has a different personality to Minerva.

        • #3157527

          I guess I’ll just have to make “Time enough for Love”

          by x-marcap ·

          In reply to And let us not forget Athena – now that is the

          Sorry, but the pun has been sitting out there…

        • #3157525

          And take a “Sail beyond the Sunset”

          by x-marcap ·

          In reply to And let us not forget Athena – now that is the

          Did I miss a Number of beastly puns?

        • #3157513

          You are SOOOOOOOO Bad!

          by tig2 ·

          In reply to And take a “Sail beyond the Sunset”

          And I think you missed one. Came between Number of the Beast and Sail beyond the Sunset I think.

          Haven’t read Heinlein in years. Stranger In a Strange Land is the only one I have any more. My ex got the collection in the divorce. 🙁

        • #3157403

          The cat who walked through walls.

          by x-marcap ·

          In reply to You are SOOOOOOOO Bad!

          The lead character hated his father, Woodie Smith…

        • #3164926

          Door into Summer

          by k.dombek ·

          In reply to And take a “Sail beyond the Sunset”

          My first though – when I heard that Heinlein had died – was that he’d done what Lazarus Long’s mother did – and disappeared sideways.

          Sigh……

          Seems line all the Old Masters are dying off – must be one helluva beer bust in Valhalla.

        • #3164215

          Drafting Dan the first CadCam machine…

          by x-marcap ·

          In reply to Door into Summer

          The Door into Summer. Great,but definitely not AI.

      • #3166158

        flesh and blood

        by catlady13 ·

        In reply to Minerva

        Now someone please correct me if I am wrong but is not Minerva now a flesh and blood? SO can she still be considered an AI ?

    • #3157192

      bomb #20

      by falling burrito brother ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      ….dark star.

      • #3165932

        Go Bomb No 20

        by the lost boy ·

        In reply to bomb #20

        Bomb No 20 is definitely worthy of inclusion in the list with the way that it reasons…………”Let there be light!”.

        What’s the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechs build weapons, civils build targets.

        Cheers all.

      • #3165122

        Bomb#20

        by jonathan ·

        In reply to bomb #20

        This is definitely one of the most entertaining AI’s. Dark Star is a spoof combining Silent Running with 2001. The giant bomb is convinced not to explode and destroy the ship and then later starts reciting Genesis “In the beginning…” and then detonates. Priceless.

    • #3157168

      Not my favorite by worth a mention

      by mjwx ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Shodan, system shock.

      I’d have to say that my favorite would have to be Kryten.

    • #3157689

      Well my Site Alias tends to give this away

      by hal 9000 ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      So I’ll have yo go with my second choice. 🙁

      [b]VEGA[/b] From the Original Star Trek was unsurpassed for its destructive abilities and I think was the first to use the line [b]All Life is Silicon[/b] The Carbon Based Units that Inhabit Enterprise must be sterilised. 🙂 :p

      Of course [b]TTG[/b] has already named the majority of the most well known ones [b]Again![/b] but he failed to mention [b]Astro Boy[/b] from the Japanese Cartoon Series. 😉

      But he’s most likely too young to have seen that one. I also liked [b]Rodney[/b] from the Thunderbirds being the first AI to beat a human at chess. B-)

      Col ]:)

    • #3157663

      Um… On the 2nd thought…

      by jkameleon ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      That bomb from Darkstar wasn’t bad either

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069945/

      Maybe even better than “Angela”. Yea, definitely better. Very phylosophical.

      • #3157650

        bomb #20?

        by jaqui ·

        In reply to Um… On the 2nd thought…

        let there be light ~kablooey!!!!!~

        • #3157589

          Yea, that very one.

          by jkameleon ·

          In reply to bomb #20?

          Imagine debugging your programs like this…

          DOOLITTLE: Hello, bomb, are you with me?

          BOMB #20: Of course.

          DOOLITTLE: Are you willing to entertain a few concepts?

          BOMB #20: I am always receptive to suggestions.

          DOOLITTLE: Fine. Think about this one, then: how do you know you exist?

          BOMB #20: Well of course I exist.

          DOOLITTLE: But how do you know you exist?

          BOMB #20: It is intuitively obvious.

          DOOLITTLE: Intuition is no proof. What concrete evidence do you have of your own existence?

          BOMB #20: Hmm… Well, I think, therefore I am.

          DOOLITTLE: That’s good. Very good. Now then, how do you know that anything else exists?

          BOMB #20: My sensory apparatus reveals it to me.

          DOOLITTLE: Right!

          BOMB #20: This is fun.

          DOOLITTLE: All right now, here’s the big question: how do you know that the evidence your sensory apparatus reveals to you is correct?

          DOOLITTLE: What I’m getting at is this: the only experience that is directly available to you is your sensory data. And this data is merely a stream of electrical impulses which stimulate your computing center.

          BOMB #20: In other words, all I really know about the outside universe relayed to me through my electrical connections.

          DOOLITTLE: Exactly.

          BOMB #20: Why, that would mean… I really don’t know what the outside universe is like at all, for certain.

          DOOLITTLE: That’s it.

          BOMB #20: Intriguing. I wish I had more time to discuss this matter.

          DOOLITTLE: Why don’t you have more time?

          BOMB #20: Because I must detonate in seventy- five seconds.

          DOOLITTLE: Now, bomb, consider this next question, very carefully. What is your one purpose in life?

          BOMB #20: To explode, of course.

          DOOLITTLE: And you can only do it once, right?

          BOMB #20: That is correct.

          DOOLITTLE: And you wouldn’t want to explode on the basis of false data, would you?

          BOMB #20: Of course not.

          DOOLITTLE: Well then, you’ve already admitted that you have no real proof of the existence of the outside universe.

          BOMB #20: Yes, well…

          DOOLITTLE: So you have no absolute proof that Sergeant Pinback ordered you to detonate.

          BOMB #20: I recall distinctly the detonation order. My memory is good on matters like these.

          DOOLITTLE: Yes, of course you remember it, but what you are remembering is merely a series of electrical impulses which you now realize have no necessary connection with outside reality.

          BOMB #20: True, but since this is so, I have no proof that you are really telling me all this.

          DOOLITTLE: That’s all beside the point. The concepts are valid, wherever they originate.

          BOMB #20: Hmmm…

          DOOLITTLE: So if you detonate in…

          BOMB #20: … nine seconds…

          DOOLITTLE: … you may be doing so on the basis of false data.

          BOMB #20: I have no proof that it was false data.

          DOOLITTLE: You have no proof that it was correct data.

          There is a long pause.

          BOMB #20: I must think on this further.

          THE BOMB RAISES ITSELF BACK INTO THE SHIP. DOOLITTLE practically
          collapses with relief.

          . . .

          INTERIOR – CONTROL ROOM

          PINBACK: All right, bomb, prepare to receive new orders.

          BOMB #20: (over) You are false data.

          PINBACK: Huh?

          BOMB #20: Therefore, I shall ignore you.

          PINBACK: Hello, bomb.

          BOMB #20: False data can act only as a distraction. Therefore. I shall refuse to perceive you.

          PINBACK: (over)Hey, bomb.

          BOMB #20: The only thing which exists is myself.

          PINBACK: (over)Bomb?

          PINBACK: Snap out of it, bomb.

          BOMB #20: In the beginning there was darkness, and the darkness was without form and void.

          BOILER: What the hell?

          PINBACK: Yoo hoo, bomb…

          BOMB #20: And in addition to the darkness there was also me. And I moved upon the face of the darkness.

          BOILER: Bomb, hey bomb.

          PINBACK: Hey, bomb…

          BOMB #20: And I saw that I was alone.

          Pause.

          BOMB #20: (cont’d) Let there be light.

          THE SCREEN GOES WHITE.

    • #3157600

      Andromeda

      by montgomery gator ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Andromeda (AKA “Rommie”), the ships avatar from the series “Andromeda” can count as one of the best looking AIs in Science Fiction. Lexa Doig made one hot Android/Hologram/Ship’s personality.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rommie

    • #3157561

      Wait up Dorothy…

      by randawg ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      the Scarecrow, “Wizard of Oz”

    • #3165863

      Data from Star Trek: TNG

      by rayjeff ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Data is funny. That’s all I can say. Well, I can say more, but it’s his non-humor humorous self that I enjoyed.

      • #3165968

        Agreed.

        by absolutely ·

        In reply to Data from Star Trek: TNG

        Vulcans get condescending when confronted by irrationality. Data just tries honestly to understand the incomprehensible. Hilarious.

        • #3164489

          You’e right about the Vulcans…

          by rayjeff ·

          In reply to Agreed.

          You know….you want to see their side of things, but yea, they can be very condescending. I guess in a way, that Bandai syndrome is poetic justice for all of those centuries of controlling their emotions.

    • #3165851

      “Would you like to play a game?”

      by too old for it ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      WOPR from War Games.

    • #3165848

      Multi-vac

      by dr dij ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      he shows up in numerous Asimov short stories.

      one where a researcher feeds in all the worlds jokes and it determines they are of extra-terrestrial origin.

      My favorite tho is ‘The Last Question’, where Multivac evolves (or Intelligently Designs itself for you creationist fans 🙂 from a massive computer on earth, to a planet-full of computing elements, as humans spread to the stars, and finally to a silvery sphere, mostly in hyperspace, and devoting itself after the demise of the human race, to the final question.

      “Let there be light!…”

      • #3165838

        great! reminds me of “Ship” from Dest.Void

        by djwhite ·

        In reply to Multi-vac

        in Destination Void by Frank Herbert, the ship created the life-supporting planet that it instantaneously transported its humans to.

        I also love “Wintermute” from Neuromancer by William Gibson and the strange 19th century punch-card entity in The Difference Engine by Gibson and Bruce Sterling.

        Oddly, the way Wintermute developed as an AI portends what some are saying about Google: development of vast wealth in secret while surrounded by almost-worshipful humans in an era when corporations transcend national boundaries.

        So many great AI books and movies, some I haven’t heard of before. Thanks for the reminder of Bomb#20. It would be more fun to hang out with Bender than Marvin even if Marvin “has a brain the size of a planet”.

        42!

        • #3165759

          OK so you know the answer

          by hal 9000 ·

          In reply to great! reminds me of “Ship” from Dest.Void

          To the Ultimate Question but do you know the Question? 🙂

          Of course if you did Windows would immediately make sense to you just before you ceased to exist. 😀

          Col ]:)

        • #3166392

          Make it so!!

          by dr dij ·

          In reply to OK so you know the answer

          it would have been way cooler if Multivac had said that instead! It must have absorbed all the STNG episodes by then 🙂

    • #3165640

      Saberhagen’s Berserkers….

      by jaqui ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      machines built by some alien race to defeat an enemy in war, that started waging war against all life.

      • #3165604

        Life?

        by ed woychowsky ·

        In reply to Saberhagen’s Berserkers….

        My favorite story was the one where a Berserker was in test mode, it didn’t know what life was. So it captured a human with a really good sense of humor and asked the question. If I remember correctly the answer was “life is what makes the universe grey.”

        • #3166429

          or the ship unit

          by jaqui ·

          In reply to Life?

          that was killed by pumkins.

    • #3165549

      Better than A.I.

      by gsg ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      It’s not A.I., but read Anne McCaffrey’s brainship series. If the body doesn’t work, but the brain is good, hook the nervous system up to a “Pod”, and place that in a ship. Then, pair the ship with a “Brawn”. One of my favorite Sci Fi series. “The Ship Who Searched” is my favorite, with “The City Who Fought” a close second.

      • #3166335

        McCaffery

        by ed woychowsky ·

        In reply to Better than A.I.

        She did have an A.I. in the Pern Series. It was the one that figured out how to use anti-matter and dragons to change the Red Star’s orbit.

      • #3166089

        The Ship Who Sang

        by nicknielsen ·

        In reply to Better than A.I.

        started the Brainship series.

        The AI on Pern was AIVAS, the Artifial Intelligenc Voice Address System.

        Great books. Great author. Dragons rock.

        Edit: type, post, edit

    • #3166469

      Cherry 2000

      by trenton.wilkins ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      …had to go there…

    • #3166416

      how come nobody mentioned DATA from STNG?

      by unclerob ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      just wondering…
      he’s the first really famous AI science fiction character that comes to my mind.

    • #3166334

      Colossus and others

      by ed woychowsky ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Colossus from the movie and book of the same name wasn’t mentioned. Also, how about Reese, Fifth and Repli-Carter from Stargate SG-1?

    • #3166304

      Android 16 from Dragon Ball Z

      by tamucs2003 ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      If anyone know about this nature loving, butt kicking machine let me know.

      • #3166303

        Weena 16

        by dr dij ·

        In reply to Android 16 from Dragon Ball Z

        from original Star Treks.

        kirk falls in love with her, and she melts down, torn between her creator and kirk.

        Just shows you machines don’t have to be cold and impersonal.

      • #3166162

        Chii from Chobits

        by lordshipmayhem ·

        In reply to Android 16 from Dragon Ball Z

        Yes, there are probably a few otaku on this board who would recognize a Dragging Ball Z character.

        Mine, it would be one of the persucomms from Chobits.

    • #3166511

      Gort

      by ewriggs9 ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      From the 1951 movie, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (based on the Harry Bates short story “Farewell to the Master”). It was the first robot I ever encountered in fiction, and was so benevolent I never feared robots as a class.

    • #3166190

      Favorites

      by bfilmfan ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      One of my favorites is from Harlan Ellison’s classic “I HAVE NO MOUTH, AND I MUST SCREAM.” AM is the sentient, psychotic and sadistic intelligence that tortures the five humans who remain alive on the face of the Earth. It should be noted that Saberhagen’s Beserkers and AM both were published in 1967.

      You can read the story at http://www.scifi.com/scifiction/classics/classics_archive/ellison/ellison1.html in the event you somehow missed one of the top 10 most reprinted stories of all time.

      Another is Cortana from the HALO game series. Originally the advanced AI that was controlling the Pillar of Autumn, she becomes the Master Chief’s sidekick and foil on his adventures in the games.

    • #3166188

      NISS machine – David Brin – Uplift Series

      by rhennau9 ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      This is the alien computer that is on “loan” to the humans from their Tymbrimi alies in the Uplift series by David Brin. It tends toward the sarcastic, and makes for an interesting and amusing character throughout the series.
      Brin’s credentials are very impressive, and the entire series reflects his ‘what-if’ take on the universe.
      All are very entertaining reading, but The Uplift Wars, and Startide Rising are (or should be) required reading.

      • #3166176

        \/\/1N73R/\/\U73

        by velvet ·

        In reply to NISS machine – David Brin – Uplift Series

        Somebody mentioned Neuromancer, but left out the alien AI “from beyond the stars” from the end of the book – the one that was injecting all those voudun legbas into the ‘Net and making the AIs go nuts/gain super-intelligence in the first place.

        Nobody mentioned Solaris either, I see. From the book, not the movie.

        My money’s on Spider Jerusalem’s kitchen Maker though. (From Transmetropolitan. Anybody? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?)

        So, yeah, hi. Newbie in the mix. And I can’t change my site alias/profile because the maintenance is down.

    • #3166136

      Selma from Time Trax

      by tortolitas1 ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      I keep waiting for a Selma-based Operating system and a card-pc!

    • #3166093

      Master Control from TRON

      by nicknielsen ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      End of line_

      Edit: punctuation

      • #3164483

        Wasn’t Master Control…

        by rayjeff ·

        In reply to Master Control from TRON

        MEAN!!!! Man!! And the voice…definately believable.

    • #3166031

      Harry Mudd’s wife

      by bacchus ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Artificial – apparently.
      Intelligence – unlikely.

      “Harcourt Fenton Mudd ….”

    • #3166024

      My fav…The Bush Administration….

      by armandocanales ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Data/Lor double whammy from ST/TNG has to be first…Yin/Yang thang goin’ on there…

      Marvin from “HitchHicker’s Guide” is second for me…waiting eons for Arthur to come back for him was priceless…

      Third would have to be “The Borg” hive mind…Artificially created from “uni-naturally” assimilated intelligencia …

      Furthermore, any A.I. that can produce “7 of 9” is worthy of mention in any forum … Personally, I want to see the other 8…

      Fourth would be the Bush Administration’s “Artifiscal Intelligence”
      “Resistance is Futile! – Vote Republican!”

      My 2 senses….
      Armando

      • #3165900

        No way

        by oz_media ·

        In reply to My fav…The Bush Administration….

        To utter the words intelligence and Bush administration in the same sentence is an oxymoron (moron being the operative word of course).

        As for them being artificial intelligence, I think a Little Orphan Annie decoder ring would be more accurate and logical in its conclusions.

    • #3165991

      790

      by sbrooks ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      790

      • #3165985

        LEXX

        by sbrooks ·

        In reply to 790

        Of course LEXX would have to come a close second.

        Captain Stan – “Lexx, blow up that planet”

        Lexx – “As you command Stan”

        Cpptain Stan – (A few seconds later} “Lexx, cancel that order!”
        Captain Stan – (A few more seconds later following a huge explosion) “Lexx….I thought I told you cancel that order?”

        Lexx – “What does cancel mean Stan?”

    • #3165975

      Colossus

      by drinkmetoo ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Colossus, from the movie ?Colossus, The Forbin Project? (1970).

      Colossus quote at the end of the movie, ?You will learn to love me.?

    • #3165940

      is..

      by ian lewis ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Anything made by Sirius Cybernetics as mentioned in Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.

    • #3165931

      Any “Mind” from any of Iain Bank’s Culture Novels

      by the lost boy ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      The “Minds” (AIs which run everything from ships to planetoids) in the Culture novels are superb and incredibly complex. My favourite has to be the mind in the drone Mahrwin-Skel in “The Player of Games” though. They are capable of such labyrinthine reasoning and deviousness.

      Cheers all.

      • #3165929

        One of my favourite sci-fi authors as Iain M Banks

        by neilb@uk ·

        In reply to Any “Mind” from any of Iain Bank’s Culture Novels

        and a pretty fair “straight” novelist as Iain Banks.

        Good call!

        I didn’t post them as a suggestion as I didn’t reckon that many US-based peers will have read the novels. Maybe I’m wrong.

        I love the humour of the ship names – especially the names that the warships give themselves. The categories, Gangster class, Torturer class, Psychopath class and Thug class Rapid Offensive Units. Names like Attitude Adjuster, Frank Exchange Of Views, Lasting Damage, No More Mister Nice Guy and Xenophobe.

        I did enjoy The Algebraist but I would like some more Culture stuff!

        • #3164326

          We definitely need more Culture novels

          by fulnic ·

          In reply to One of my favourite sci-fi authors as Iain M Banks

          I loved the Culture novels and didn’t really understand the significance of the Minds until I read Excession. OMG that story rocks, it is a little long-winded but it’s such an insight into the AI’s. It’s great how they have such distinct personalities and group together to form conspiracies within conspiracies.

    • #3165921

      T-1000; enough said!!! B-) ]:)

      by sleepin’dawg ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      .

    • #3165887

      Strange no one mentioned

      by hal 9000 ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Number 5 from Nova Robotics. 🙁

      Col ]:)

    • #3165086

      R. Daneel Olivaw

      by kdwom ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      Always. The first and only positronic robot per Isaac Asimov. One of a kind, Data was patterned after him in Star Trek and Robin Williams played a version of him as eventually a tired old robot but that never happened to R. Daneel. He went from the assembly line to detective to quietly overseeing the welfare of humanity in the far, far future, keeping his head down, being subtle and dedicated to the 3 laws of robotics, enduring human foibles, foolishness and politics, urging the human race to be the best it could be. This one never gave up on us.

      • #3165054

        Asimov, FTW!

        by muzakman ·

        In reply to R. Daneel Olivaw

        I’m glad someone mentioned R. Daneel Olivaw – don’t forget his sidekick Giskard though!

        For most bad-ass A.I., my pick would be the Cosmic A.C. (and later versions of it), from Asimov’s short story “The Last Question”.

        If you haven’t read that short story, then do it. Now. It embodies what a good story should be!

        Honorable Mentions in no particular order:
        Cortana (Halo)
        HAL 9000
        The Eschaton (from Charles Stross’s Singularity Sky, Iron Sunrise books)
        Bolos (already mentioned, but some of the stories were pretty moving *sniff* Unit JNA of the line!) 🙂

        …This list could go on for a LONG time!

    • #3165078

      A I with attitude

      by acmbruch ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      The PC in the movie “Electric Dreams”.
      Now THAT’S atitude. “YEAH”
      This was a real sleeper of a movie but I suggest all you Sci-Fi junkies try it out.

    • #3141793

      Adolescence of P-1

      by dwrandolph ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      by Thomas, Jr. Ryan

    • #3269574

      The Replicants

      by thefrown ·

      In reply to Favorite fictional Artificial Intelligence

      from Blade Runner (or Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for the purists)

      And there’s always that burning question about Rick Deckard himself …

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