Aggressive AI invades young boy….Can he save himself?….Can he save the rest of us?
Story takes place in Silicon Valley over two days circa 2017. Human intrigue and military action flow into each other.
White House wants to rein in the world’s leading AI pioneer. A small-scale military attack on the man’s lab triggers an unexpected response: the laboratory seems to defend itself intelligently.
In the confusion, an advanced AI prototype figures out how to escape.
MITCH, the AI, was invented by the famous Dr. Newman. He’s paranoid and competitive, and his progeny is the same. Dr. Newman trained MITCH to win at every game. The game they’re playing now is: who’s boss?
Dr. Newman always assumed that “the son” would accept the superiority of “the father.” A reasonable thought but this son has been taught to distrust everything, to assume that every overture is a trick. So how do you negotiate with an opponent who thinks like that?
Carlos is 11-years-old, tough, street smart, bitter, clever, defeated. A drug dealer sums him up this way: “The young man knew this was crazy. Dealing [a gun] to a boy? But it wasn’t just any boy, it was a boy gonna be robbing banks in a few years. Probably half his family lived in jail, the other half was dead. This boy could stick up a bank now. Man, he was chilly. He had a kid’s baby fat and a kid’s mop of hair. But some way he was already an old man.”
Most of my characters are tougher than average, and funnier than average:
“Brad, listen. The guard and the cleaning lady work for Newman. Hand-picked, polygraphed by him personally. It was in the file. Maybe the boy’s part of the package.”
“Jonesy, your mind is getting way too CIA. Okay, throw it at Carlyle. Ready for more of her craziness?”
“What happened to the screwing?”
“We’re both getting screwed right now. How do you like it?”
Estelle Jones laughed. “Oh, honey. You’ve ruined me. How could I date a normal guy?”
“Another mission like this one and that’s all you’ll want to date.” He took her hand and they returned to the conference room.——
Finally, the doomsday scenarios, if they ever happen, will probably be a string of unplanned events that add up to disaster, as in this story.
(I’ve followed AI for a long time and I am particularly fascinated by the crossover point– that is, when dumb machines become smarter than humans. Is this good news? Or did we jump off a cliff, never to climb back?)
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author of “Not Trivial: How Studying the Traditional Liberal Arts Can Set You Free”
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