146. Artificial Intelligence and You w/ Mary Robinette Kowal (A Discussion)

15 May

Runaway robots, evil computers, and automatons, oh my!  Mary Robinette Kowal, author of the recently released Without a Summer, joins us to discuss one of science fiction’s longest-lived concepts:  artificial intelligence.  We explore the motivations behind their prevalence in SF, early examples of AI (pre-Victorian Era), and more.  Plus, we talk a little bit about Mary’s new book, which we’re sure a lot of you will love!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 146 — Download (MP3)

Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal

Intro and Discussion (0:00 – 1:28:58)

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5 Responses to “146. Artificial Intelligence and You w/ Mary Robinette Kowal (A Discussion)”

  1. Angela Tingle May 27, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I’m surprised nobody mentioned “Bicentennial Man” in this discussion. Awesome podcast and plenty of food for thought. I especially liked the bit about bots proving themselves more human than some humans.

    • shaunduke May 27, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

      That’s actually a great example. Thanks for bringing it up (and listening). I can’t remember if I mentioned them, but the androids from the Alien franchise are worth considering as AI, too, since they are effectively artificial creations. Biological of a certain kind, but still artificial.

      • Angela Tingle June 3, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

        I wonder if Edward Scissorhands could be considered as an A.I.?


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