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Old September 14 2012, 06:13 PM   #112
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Re: Envisioning the world of 2100

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No kidding. I thought this thread was about how human civilization and the world around us might be affected by technology at the turn of the next century, not a bunch of blue sky speculation about artificially intelligent interstellar super colony ships. I mean, what the fuck?
But unlike a computer with the power of a pocket calculator, which could successfully fly a colony ship (even if we wire-wrap it with discrete TTL and magnetic rope memory), a trillion dollar AI could appreciate the coolness of being a space ship - in space!

It could not only beat the astronauts at chess, it could then laugh and tell them they were actually playing Sargon I on a TRS-80 emulator! "Ha, you ignorant monkey test pilot!"
I think you've hit the nail on the head there: the real purpose of having an interstellar ship run by an AI is so the AI will torment the human passengers/crew and make for a good sci-fi actioner.
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