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|artificial intelligence||world||2050||Asimov, Isaac. "Point of View " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1975); pg. 38.||[Year est.] "His father said, 'Son, Multivac may have a brain as large as a big factory, but it still isn't as complicated as the one we have here,' and he tapped his head. 'Sometimes, Multivac gives us an answer we couldn't calculate for ourselves in a thousand years, but just the same something clicks in our brains and we say, 'Woa! Something's wrong here! Then we ask Multivac again and we get a different answer. If Multivac were right, you see, we should always get the same answer to the same question. When we get different answers, one of them is wrong.' " [More. Whole story is about Multivac.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2050||Asimov, Isaac. "Think! " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1977); pg. 49.||[Year est.] "There was silence, then Berkowitz said, 'Are you trying to say that this computer thinks, but can't express its thoughts as long as it's under force of programming, but that given the chance in your LEG system--'
'But that can't be so?' said Orsino, high-pitched. 'No one was receiving. It's not the same thing.'
Renshaw said, 'The computer works on much greater power-intensities than brains do. I suppose it can magnify itself to the point where we can detect it directly without artificial aid. How else can you explain--'
Berkowitz said, abruptly, 'Well, you have another application of lasers, then. It enables you to walk to computers as independent intelligences, person to person.'
And Renshaw said, 'Oh, God, what do we do now?' " [More.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2050||Asimov, Isaac. "True Love " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1977); pg. 51.||[Year est.] "My name is Joe. That is what my colleague, Milton Davidson, calls me. He is a programmer and I am a computer program. I am part of the Multivac-complex and am connected with other parts all over the world. I know everything. Almost everything.
I am Milton's private program. His Joe. He understands more about programming than anyone in the world, and I am his experimental model. He has made me speak better than any other computer can. " [More about this AI, throughout story.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2050||del Rey, Lester. "Helon O'Loy " in Analog: Readers' Choice: Vol. 2 (Stanley Schmidt, ed.) New York: David Publications (1981; story copyright 1938); pg. 41.|| "I am an old man now, but I can still see Helen as Dave unpacked her, and still hear him gasp as he looked her over... She was beautiful, a dream in spun plastics and metals, something Keats might have seen dimly when he wrote his sonnet. If Helen of Troy had looked like that the Greeks must have been pikers when they launched only a thousand ships; at least, that's what I told Dave.
'Helen of Troy, eh?' He looked at her tag. 'At least it beats this thing--K2W88. Helen . . . Mmmm . . . Helen of Alloy.' " [Entire story is about a robot.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2050||Ellison, Harlan. "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream " in A Pocketful of Stars (Damon Knight, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1971; c. 1967); pg. 103.|| "'What does AM mean?'
Gorrister answered him. We had done this sequence a thousand times before, but it was unfamiliar to Benny. 'At first it meant Allied Mastercomputer, and then it meant Adaptive Manipulator, and later on it developed sentience and linked itself up and they called it an Aggressive Menace, but by then it was too late, and finally it called itself AM, emerging intelligence, and what it meant was I am . . . . cogito ergo sum . . . . I think therefore I am.' " [More, throughout story, not in DB.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2050||Zelazny, Roger. "Home is the Hangman " in Analog: Readers' Choice: Vol. 2 (Stanley Schmidt, ed.) New York: David Publications (1981; story copyright 1975); pg. 197.||"'For one thing, attempting to create an artificial intelligence.' " [Other refs., not in DB.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2061||Asimov, Isaac. "The Last Question " in Nine Tomorrows. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1959; story c. 1956); pg. 178.||Pg. 177: "The last question was asked for the first time, half in jest, on May 21, 2061, at a time when humanity first stepped into the light. The question came about as a result of a five-dollar bet over highballs, and it happened this way: Alexander Adell and Bertram Lupov were two of the faithful attendants of Multivac. "; Pg. 178: "For decades, Multivac had helped design the ships and plot the trajectories that enabled man to reach the Moon, Mars, and Venus... But slowly Multivac learned enough to answer deeper questions more fundamentally, and on May 14, 2061, what had been theory became fact. "; Pg. 182: "It was a nice feeling to have a Microvac of your own... Planetary ACs they were called. They had been growing in size steadily for a thousand years and then, all at once, came refinement. In place of transistors, had come molecular valves so that even the largest Planetary AC could be put into a space only half the volume of a spaceship. "|
|artificial intelligence||world||2065||Asimov, Isaac. "Sally " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1953); pg. 8.||[Year est.] Pg. 8: "'...The cars have real personalities, don't they, Jake? The sedans are all males and the convertibles are females.' "; Pg. 10: "A positronic brain stays in condition best when it's got control of its chassis at all times... "; Pg. 17: "'...A positronic motor will learn to do that with time and patience. My cars have learned. Sally understood your proposition two days ago. You'll remember she laughed when I asked her opinion. She also knows what you did to her and so do the two sedans you scattered...' " [Whole story is about artificially intelligent cars. Only a few example refs. in DB.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2075||Asimov, Isaac. "Segregationist " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1967); pg. 131.||[Year est.] "'There you are. What is it anyway, doctor? Are you afraid I'm making myself into a robot . . . into a Metallo, as they call them since citizenship went through?'
'There is nothing wrong with a Metallo as a Metallo. As you say, they are citizens. But you're not a Metallo. You're a human being. Why not stay a human being?'
'Because I want the best and that's a metallic heart. You see to that.' " [Other refs. throughout story.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2075||Herbert, Frank & Brian Herbert. Man of Two Worlds. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1986); pg. 87.||"The towbar rested on a jade green inflatable Chinese dog. Six fat robots painted and dressed in gold-thread brocade like ancient mandarins stood beside the towbar... This aroused a flurry of activity among the robots. " [More here, elsewhere, e.g., pg. 210-216, 222-223, etc.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2075||Jones, Raymond F. "Intermission Time " in The Non-Statistical Man. New York: Belmont Books (1964; copyright 1953); pg. 121.||"He felt sometimes as if some blast of energy had shattered all but a minimum of his own thinking circuits, leaving him as dependent as a robot. " [Later in the story it is mentioned that the rooms in Alpha Colony are entirely cleaned and serviced by robots.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2075||Morehouse, Lyda. Archangel Protocol. New York: Penguin Putnam (2001)||[Book jacket] "Intelligent Web pages. Wire junkies. Cybernet angels. These are the inhabitants of an intricate, chilling, and daring near-future envisioned by first-time novelist Lyda Morehouse. From the real-time streets of New York City to the virtual pathways of a universal Net, a former cop is subjected to the ultimate test of faith...
First the LINK--an interactive, implanted computer--transformed society. Then came the angels--cybernetic manifestations that claimed to be working God's will... " [Extensive refs. to AIs in novel, particularly to 'Page,' an artificial intelligence -- and a web page -- who is one of the novel's main characters.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2094||Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 7.||Pg. 7: "Tik-Tok was alone, and yet he whistled. Why should a robot whistle when no human can hear? That was just one of those myteries poor Tik-Tok would never be able to work out. "; Pg. 49: "Slavery not only degrades robots, it degrades their masters. It even degrades people who don't own robots! A man's or woman's labor becomes worthless if it can be done by a robot lackey for free. Join us now in the call for Wages for Robots. Emancipate machines and bring back WORK DIGNITY. " [The central plot element in this book is the sentient robot Tik-Tok and his quest to become human, gain rights, etc. Much discussion in book about robot rights.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2094||Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 93.|| "'Wages for Robots is going to be a key issue in election year. And already four states have passed interim bills giving limited rights to robots.'
'IT's a big international issue,' said Harry. 'The Swedes are drafting a full citizenship law right now, and there were those big demonstrations last week in Japan, France and Germany. The German cops used blackout gas, now they've got ahundred and fifty students in the hospital.'
Sybilla said, 'Yeah, but in France the cops not only beat up students, they went around later smashing robots. Anywhere they cuaght a robot on the street they just--' "
|artificial intelligence||world||2094||Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 105.||"I attempted a shrug. 'Even a robot is allowed to dream.' "|
|artificial intelligence||world||2094||Sladek, John. Tik-Tok. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. (1985; 1st printed 1983); pg. 155.||"In order to beat us, the APF would not only have to KILL ALL ROBOTS but wipe out even the idea of the robot from the human consciousness. They would have to KILL ALL DOLLS and KILL ALL STATUES, exterminate ventriloquists and puppeteers, destroy all fiction mentioning robots, from the latest TV episode of Meatless Friday to the ancient stories of Hephaestus, building golden women to help him at his forge. "|
|artificial intelligence||world||2100||Asimov, Isaac & Janet Asimov. Norby Down to Earth. New York: Walker and Co. (1989)||[Book jacket:] "Jeff Wells has a space dynamics test coming up at the academy, but when he hears that his brother Fargo is in trouble down on Earth, he and his mixed-up robot, Norby, blast into hyperspace and head home to help. It turns out that Fargo has tripped, literally, into a mystery involving zapped robots and stolen computer parts. Norby, in his inimitable roundabout way, manages to jump into the middle of the mystery through his research into MacGillicuddy, his maker... " [Norby, a robot, is book's central character. Refs. throughout, not in DB.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2100||Asimov, Isaac. "Someday " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1956); pg. 33.||[Year est.] "The Bard said: 'Once upon a time, there was a little computer named the Bard who lived all alone with cruel step-people. The cruel step-people continually made fun of the little computer and sneered at him, telling him he was good-for-nothing and that he was a useless object. They struck him and kept him in lonely rooms...
'Yet through it al the little computer remained brave. He always did the best he could, obeying all orders cheerfully. Nevertheless, the step-people with whom he lived remained cruel and heartless.
'One day, the little computer learned that in the world there existed a great number of computers of all sorts, great numbers of them... some ran factories, and some ran farms. Some organized population data. Many were very powerful and very wise, much more powerful and wise than the step-people who were so cruel...
'And the little computer knew that computers would always grow wiser and more powerful until someday--someday...' " [More.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2100||Dick, Philip K. "Meddler " in The Golden Man. New York: Berkley (1980; c. 1954); pg. 210.||robots|
|artificial intelligence||world||2100||Dick, Philip K. "The Electric Ant " in The Best of Philip K. Dick. New York: Ballantine (1977; story c. 1969); pg. 412.||[Year estimated.] "'No, you're not going to be fine. You're going to unplug yourself or something, kill yourself because you've found out you're just an electric ant and not a human being.'
...'Although it may look like that to you. Keep in mind the fact that organic robots have minimal pain-circuits in them. I will be experiencing the most intense--' " [Other refs., not in DB.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2100||Stasheff, Christopher. A Wizard in Mind. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 10.||[Year estimated.] "...with the d'Armand family archives that he had downloaded from Fess, the family robot. " [Other refs., not in DB.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2103||Silverberg, Robert. Tom O'Bedlam. New York: Donald I. Fine, Inc. (1985); pg. 115.|| "'It's to make us think we're human,' Allelui said. 'So we don't get maladjusted and unhappy and try to take over the world. We could, you know. We're highly superior beings. Anything you can do, we can do fifty times better. If we didn't have sexual feelings, we might think of ourselves as even more different than we are, some sort of master race, you know? But they give us sex, it keeps us pacified, it keeps us in our place.'
'Yeah,' he said. 'I understand that.'... He had never spent this much time around a synthetic before, and he was learning a lot from doing it. Like most people, he had tended to keep his distance, regarding the synthetics as creepy, weird. There weren't that many of them anyway, maybe half a million, something like that. Less. He remembered when they were made, thirty years ago or thereabouts, just before the Dust War. Intended for military use... "
|artificial intelligence||world||2109||Barnes, John. Kaleidoscope Century. New York: Tor (1995); pg. 42.||Pg. 42: "The face that popped up on the vid was the first surprise: One True, for some strange reason, had decided to look like Dan Rather, or like Harrison Ford--then I realized it was probably an intermediate morph of the two. Kind of what everyone wanted an American president to look like back when there had been American presidents. Lots of signs of having lived and thought and felt, none of which it had done really, if you were a hardcore humanist, which is what I was trying to be while I talked to the thing. "; Pg. 44: "'Totally fibered system,' he said. 'Probably optical switching and all... One True's monitoring spotted a slowdown in communication between Freecybers...' " ['One True' is a powerful A.I. featured in the novel. Many other refs., not in DB.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2110||Clarke, Arthur C. The Hammer of God. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 9.||Pg. 8: "'One hour to rendezvous, Captain,' said the quiet but insistent voice of David, as Goliath's central computer had been inevitably named. 'Active Mode as requested. Time to leave your memochips and come back to the real world.' ";
Pg. 9: "'Captain,' said David. 'I know you're there. Or do you want me to take over?'
It was an old joke inspired by all the insane computers in the fiction and movies of the early electronic age. David had a surprisingly good sense of humor: he was, after all, a Legal Person (nonhuman) under the famous Hundredth Amendment, and shared--or surpassed--almost all the attributes of his creators. But there were whole sensory and emotional areas that he could not enter. It had been felt unnecessary to equip him with the senses of smell and taste, though it would have been easy to do so. And all his attempts at telling dirty stories were such disastrous failures that he had abandoned the genre. " [Other refs. not in DB.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2150||Asimov, Isaac & Robert Silverberg. The Positronic Man. New York: Doubleday (1992); pg. 4.|| "'Tell me something, Doctor. Have you ever thought you would like to be a man?'
The question, startling and strange, obviously took the surgeon aback. He hesitated a moment as though the concept of being a man was so alien to him that it would fit nowhere in his allotted positronic pathways.
...'But I am a robot, sir.'
'Wouldn't it be better to be a man, don't you think.'
'If I were allowed the privilege of improving myself, sir, I would choose to be a better surgeon. The practice of my craft is the prime purpose of my existence. There is no way I could be a better surgeon if I were a man, but only if I were a more advanced robot. It would please me very much indeed to be a more advanced robot.'
'But you would still be a robot, even so.'
'Yes. Of course. To be a robot is quite acceptable to me. As I have just explained, sir...' " [Refs. throughout novel, not in DB. Book is primarily about a rare sentient robot, Andrew, and his quest to become human.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2150||Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 81.||"However, Big Noodle knew all about Aquinas and Descartes and Kant and Russell and their criticisms, and the A.I. system also possessed common sense. " [More.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2150||Dick, Philip K. The Divine Invasion. New York: Timescape (1981); pg. 145.|| "The robot teller said, 'Do you have your passbook, Ms. Pallas?'
'In my purse.' Beside Emmanuel the young woman opened her mail-pouch leather purse... 'I want to draw out--well, how much do I have?'
'Your balance appears in your passbook,' the robot teller said in its dispassionate voice.
'Yes,' she agreed... then took a withdrawal slip and filled it out.
'You are closing your account?'' the robot teller said, as she presented it with the passbook and slip. " [More.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2169||Dick, Philip K. "War Veteran " in The Preserving Machine. New York: Ace Books (1969; c. 1955); pg. 65.||robot (many other refs.)|
|artificial intelligence||world||2175||Asimov, Isaac. ". . . That Thou Art Mindful of Him " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1974); pg. 496.||"'...In two centuries of, if I may say so, considerable success, U. S. Robots has never managed to persuade human beings to accept robots. We have placed robots only where work is required that human being cannot do, or in environments that human beings find unacceptably dangerous. Robots have worked mainly in space and that has limited what we have been able to do.' " [Many other refs., not in DB.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2200||Arnason, Eleanor. A Woman of the Iron People. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1991); pg. 72.||"'I opposed using robots because I thought they'd be more disruptive than people...' " [Some other minimal refs. not in DB.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2200||Asimov, Isaac. "The Bicentennial Man " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1976); pg. 546.||"The Earth itself was becoming parklike, with its one-billion-person population stabilized and perhaps not more than thirty per cent of its at least equally large robot population independently brained. "|
|artificial intelligence||world||2200||Asimov, Isaac. "The Bicentennial Man " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1976); pg. 520.|| "'It is my pleasure to please you, sir. If your orders were to interfere with my functioning with respect to you or to any other human being, I would not obey you. The First Law, concerning my duty to human safety, would take precedence over the Second Law relating to obedience. Otherwise, obedience is my pleasure. . . . But upon whom am I to perform this operation?'
'Upon me,' said Andrew.
'But that is impossible. It is patently a damaging operation.'
'That does not matter,' said Andrew calmly.
'I must not inflict damage,' said the surgeon.
'On a human being, you must not,' said Andrew, 'but I, too, am a robot.' " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2250||Asimov, Isaac & Robert Silverberg. The Positronic Man. New York: Doubleday (1992); pg. 218.||[Andrew, a robot, makes his case for wanting to become declared legally a human.] "'...it was, even so, possible for a Frenchman to become English or a Japanese to become a Brazilian, simply by going through a set of legal procedures. There was nothing genetically Brazilian about the Japanese, but he became Brazilian all the same, once the law had recognized him as such. The same can be done for me. I want to become a naturalized human the same way people once became naturalized as citizens of countries not their own... the Japanese who became Brazilians still had skin of the Japanese color and eyelids of the Japanese type and all of the other special racial characteristics that Oriental people have... But under Brazilian law they were Brazilians even so. And under human law I will be human, even though I still have the Three Laws structure built into me.' "|
|artificial intelligence||world||2250||Zelazny, Roger & Jane Lindskold. Donnerjack. New York: Avon (1998; c.1997); pg. 306.||Pg. 306: "'Have you been to the Church?'
'Only once. They do not actively encourage APs.'
'That's odd. The stories are that the religion was founded by an AI.'
'There is a social separation between our kinds. Since we have greater mobility--effectively dwell within the Verite--many aions dislike us. yet, despite our greater physical mobility, we are more limited than almost any virt aion since our systems cannot carry memory to match that of the aions. Some of the greater aions have commented that even a sophisticated AP is little better than a proge.'
'That seems rather snobby.'
'So, we are the inbetweeners. Neither AI (though what else are we other than artificial intelligences?) nor human, and somewhat scorned by the majority of both groups.' " [Extensive refs. in novel to artificial intelligence: most of the novel takes place in a virtual reality world. Many virtual beings, as well as some references to robots and androids.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2371||Duane, Diane. Intellivore (Star Trek: TNG). New York: Pocket Books (1997); pg. 213.|| "Before the intellivore could tell what he was doing and react, Data programmed himself for a tenth-of-a-second shutdown . . . and implemented.
Everything went black--
and then white.
He blinked and found himself staring at the screen, which had whited out. 'Mr. Data!' Yelled Captain Maisel. 'Are you there?'
'Where else would I be, Captain?'
'Oh, Lord, you're infuriating sometimes. Are you all right?'
'The hold the intellivore had on me is broken. I have your scan, Captain... You are responsible for my recovery.' " [Many other refs. to Data throughout novel, not in DB. And refs. throughout to the 'intellivore' referred to in the book's title.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2436||Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 47.||"The Star Chamber in Castle Presteign was an oval room... It contained a gold organ with robot organist by Tiffany, a gold-tooled library with android librarian on library ladder, a Louis Quinze desk with android secretary before a manual memo-bead recorder, an American bar with robot bartender. Presteign would have preferred human servants, but androids and robots kept secrets. " [More.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||2438||Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 240.|| "His senses uncrossed in the ivory-and-gold Star Chamber of Castle Presteign... he saw the high mirors and stained glass windows, the gold tooled library with android librarian on library ladder... he heard the android secretary tapping the manual bead-recorder at the Louis Quinze desk... he sipped the cognac that the robot bartender handed him.
...He ignored his enemies and examined the perpetual beam carved in the robot face of the bartender, the classic Irish grin.
'Thank you,' Foyle said.
'My pleasure, sir,' the robot replied and awaited its next cue.
'Nice day,' Foyle remarked.
'Always a lovely day somewhere, sir,' the robot beamed.
'Awful day,' Foyle said.
'Always a lovely day somewhere, sir,' the robot responded.
'Day,' Foyle said.
'Always a lovely day somewhere, sir,' the robot said. "
|artificial intelligence||world||2438||Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 244.|| "'...What's the answer?'
The bartender robot hurled its mixing glass across the room with a resounding crash. In the amazed silence that followed, Dagenham grunted: Damn! My radiation disrupted your dolls again, Presteign.'
'The answer is yes,' the robot said, quite distinctly.
'What?' Foyle asked, taken aback.
'The answer to your question is yes.'
'Thank you, Foyle said.
'My pleasure, sir,' the robot responded. 'A man is a member of society first, and an individual second. You must go along with society, whether it chooses destruction or not.'
'Completely haywire,' Dagenham said impatiently. Switch if off, Presteign.'
'Wait,' Foyle commanded. He looked at the beaming grin engraved in the steel robot face. 'But society can be so stupid. So confused. You've witnessed this conference.'
'Yes, sir, but you must teach, not dictate. You must teach society.'
'To space-jaunte? Why? To reach out to the stars and galaxies? What for?' "
|artificial intelligence||world||2438||Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination. New York: Berkley Publishing (1975; c. 1956); pg. 244.|| "'Because you're alive, sir. You might as well ask: Why is life? don't ask about it. Live it.'
'Quite mad,' Dagenham muttered.
'But fascinating,' Y'ang-Yeovil murmured.
'There's got to be more to life than just living,' Foyle said to the robot.
'Then find it for yourself, sir. Don't ask the world to stop moving because you have doubts.'
'Why can't we all move forward together?'
'Because you're all so different. You're not lemmings. Some must lead, and hope that the rest will follow.'
'The men who must . . . driven men, compelled men.'
'You're all freaks, sir. But you always have been freaks. Life is a freak. That's its hope and glory.'
'Thank you very much.'
'My pleasure, sir.'
'You've saved the day.'
'Always a lovely day somewhere, sir,' the robot beamed. Then it fizzed, jangled, and collapsed. "
|artificial intelligence||world||2500||Asimov, Isaac. "Stranger in Paradise " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1974); pg. 101.||[Year est.] "To prepare for all reasonable possibilities and to allow for all the intricacy desired, the robot would need to contain a computer... sufficiently complex and versatile to fall into the same asteroid with a mammalian brain.
And nothing like that could be constructed and made portable enough to be carried to Mercury and landed there--or if carried and landed, to be mobile enough to be useful to the kind of robot they planned. perhaps someday the positronic-path devices that the roboticists were playing with might make it possible, but that someday was not yet.
The alternative was to have the robot send back to Earth every observation it made the moment it was made, and a computer on Earth could then guide his every action on the basis of those observations. The robot's body, in short was to be there, and his brain here " [Other refs., not in DB.]
|artificial intelligence||world||2500||Wolfe, Gene. "Mathoms from the Time Closet " in Again, Dangerous Visions (Harlan Ellison, ed.) Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1972); pg. 122.||1. Robot's Story [A robot, referred to only as 'Robot', is the major character in story.]|
|artificial intelligence||world||3000||Anderson, Poul. The Dancer from Atlantis. Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday (1971); pg. 36.||[Year estimated.] "The technology of his age, or at least of its space-time vehicles, relies on mental control. Telepathy, including telepathic robots, if you believe in that kind of fable. "|
|artificial intelligence||world||3032||Asimov, Isaac. "Lenny " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1957); pg. 301.||[Year est.] "United States Robots and Mechanical Men Corporation had a problem. The problem was people.
...'This computer you see before you... is the largest of its type in the world. It contains five million three hundred thousand cyotrons and is capable of dealing simultaneously with over one hundred thousand variables. With its help, U. S. Robots is able to design with precision the positronic brains of new models.
'The requirements are fed in on tape which is perforated by the action of this keyboard--something like a very complicated typewriter or linotype machine, except that it does not deal with letters but with concepts. Statements are broken down into the symbolic logic equivalents and those in turn converted to perforation patterns.
'The computer can, in less than one hour, present our scientists with a design for a brain which will give all the necessary positronic paths to make a robot . . .' " [Other refs. throughout story, not in DB.]
|artificial intelligence||world||3332||Attanasio, A. A. Radix. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1981); pg. 456.||[Appendix.] "AI (Autonomous Intelligence): a mind that has been created by psychophysics to program itself beyond the bio-imperatives (conscious and unconscious) of its creator. "|
|artificial intelligence||world||3332||Attanasio, A. A. Radix. New York: William Morrow & Co. (1981); pg. 464.||[Appendix.] Pg. 464: "Rael: an artificial intelligence first created by the late mantics to protect their territories from encroaching distorts; raels are airborne entities, deriving their power from the sun and the potential difference between the earth and the ionosphere. "; Pg. 465: "Rubeus: the AI created to manage Graal's maintenance while the Delph explored timeloose realities with the other godminds. "|
|artificial intelligence||world||4915||Asimov, Isaac. The Robots of Dawn. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1983); pg. 5.||Pg. 5: "What's the matter?'
'The robot. That's R. Geronimo.'
'One of our Department messenger robots. And it's out there! I'm off-time and I deliberately left my receiver at home because I didn't want them to get at me. That's my C-7 privilege and yet they send for me by robot.' ";
Pg. 6: "R. Geronimo paused. There was a trifling vibration in his hands. Baley noticed that and was quite aware it meant a certain amount of conflict i the robot's positronic pathways. They had to obey human beings, but it was quite common for two human beings to want two different types of obedience.
The robot made a choice. It said, 'It is your day off, master.--You are wanted at Headquarters.' " [Many refs. to robots throughout novel. Only a few examples in DB.]
|artificial intelligence||world||4916||Asimov, Isaac. "Mirror Image " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1972); pg. 171.||[Year est.] "The Three Laws of Robotics
1: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Lije Baley had just decided to relight his pipe, when the door of his office opened without a preliminary knock...
'R. Daneel Olivaw,' he said, in a kind of mystified excitement. 'Jehosephat! It is you, isn't it?'
'You are quite right,' said the tall, bronzed newcomer, his even features never flicking for a moment out of their accustomed calm. " [Other refs., throughout story, not in DB.]
|artificial intelligence||world||4916||Asimov, Isaac. "Mirror Image " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1972); pg. 182.||[Year est.] "'But then what will we gain in questioning R. Preston?'
'Nothing, if the mirror-image were perfect--but it is not. After all, one of the robots is telling the truth to begin with, and one is lying to begin with, and that is the point of asymmetry. Let me see R. Preston. And if the transcription of R. Idda's examination is done, let me have it.
The projector came into use again. R. Preston stared out of it; identical with R. Idda in every respect, except for some trivial chest design.
Baley said, 'Greetings, R. Preston.' He kept the record of R. Idda's examination before him as he spoke.
'Greetings, sir,' said R. Preston. His voice was identical with that of R. Idda.' "
|artificial intelligence||world||100000||Knight, Damon. "Collector's Item " in Turning On. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1966; c. 1963); pg. 114.||"'The proper study of mankind is Man' . . . yet no other history of man was adequate to describe him but the tale of the organisms he had vanquished. Here they were, in this great robot-tended museum which was the work of Firefoal's line. "|
|artificial intelligence||Wyoming||2075||Asimov, Isaac. "Let's Get Together " in The Complete Robot. Garden City, NY: Doubleday (1982; c. 1956); pg. 156.||[Year est.] "Certainly, Elias Lynn, Chief of the Bureau of Robotics, wasn't sure how he ought to react when he finally found out. The Bureau of Robots was headquartered in Cheyenne, in line with the century-old trend toward decentralization... "|
|artificial intelligence||Zuul||2176||Dietz, William C. Steelheart. New York: Ace Books (1998); pg. 1.||[Book jacket:] "On a planet called Zuul, in the year 2176, a battle is about to be fought. A battle against an alien race who hold all technology to be the ultimate evil. Human, alien, and android alike struggle against them. But to win, they must unite. And to unite, they need a leader. . . "; Pg. 1: [epigraph] "android, n, an automaton made to resemble a human being "; Pg. 4: "Sojo had functioned as one of Dr. Gene Garrison's assistants on the trip out, and Garrison, better known to artificial sentients as 'the Creator,' had employed the synthetic's services after the landing as well. Years passed, and while Doon spent his time chasing criminals, Sojo absorbed everything garrison was willing to teach, and then, in what the Creator called the final measure of his work, took self-directed programming to a whole new level... " [Androids are a major element in this novel. Other refs. not in DB.]|
|Aryan||California||1989||Koontz, Dean R. Lightning. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons (1988); pg. 261.||"Klietmann was not the Aryan ideal, and he was acutely aware of his physical shortcomings. " [More]|
|Aryan||California||2002||Bear, Greg. Vitalis. New York: Ballantine (2002); pg. 179.||"I read the publisher's address. 'White Truth Press, Ojai, California. UFO abductees and would-be-Aryans. Pitiful.' "|
|Aryan||California||2005||Gibson, William. Virtual Light. New York: Bantam (1993); pg. 272.|| "'We had Revealed Aryan Nazarenes, up in Oregon,' she said. 'First Church of Jesus Survivalist. As soon shoot you as look at you.'
'Bad news,' Rydell agreed, the RV cresting a little ridge there, 'those kind of Christians . . .' "
|Aryan||California: Los Angeles||1999||Koman, Victor. Jehovah Contract. New York: Franklin Watts (1984); pg. 69-70.||"'...The Levite priests of Israel brazenly copied religious concepts of the Aryans, the Sumerians, and dozens of other Indo-European races...' "|
|Aryan||California: San Francisco||1991||Blaylock, James P. The Paper Grail. New York: Ace Books (1991); pg. 35.||"Morc, that was it. Morc of Fomoria. Black Hand Comics. The adventures of the Kings of the Night. He was a Norwegian, tall and blond and handsome--Aryan to a fault. "|
|Aryan||California: San Francisco||1996||Sawyer, Robert J. Frameshift. New York: Tor (1998; c. 1997); pg. 276.||"It all made sense. What better job for an out-of-work Nazi than being an actuary? He'd spent the war years dividing people into good and bad classes--Aryan, Jew; master, slave--and now he'd found a way to continue doing that. And the murders, conducted by neo-Nazis led by a man they called Grozny... "|
|Aryan||Cuba||1942||Simmons, Dan. The Crook Factory. New York: Avon Books (1999); pg. 289.||Pg. 289: "He could easily have sold his services to the Germans... But Maldonado was not Aryan. And the SD was particular about whom it chose as its cold-blooded assassins. "; Pg. 426: "What made rumors of this female interesting to me was the fact that her name was Elsa Halder, that she was a distant cousin of the late Erwin Rommel, that she looked anything but Aryan--dark hair, dark eyes, dark complexion--that she had grown up in a German diplomat's family posted in Spain during most of the 1930s... "|
|Aryan||Europe||1943||Bova, Ben. "Cafe Coup " in Twice Seven. New York: Avon Books (1998; c. 1997); pg. 134.||Pg. 134: "It was the war in the middle of the twentieth century that started the world's descent into madness. A man called Adolph Hitler escalated the horror of war to new levels of inhumanity. Not only did he deliberately murder millions of civilian men, women and children; he destroyed his own country, screaming with his last breath that the Aryan race deserved to be wiped out if they could not conquer the world. "; Pg. 135: "If Hitler had never been born, someone else would have arisen in Germany... someone else would have preached Aryan purity and hatred of all other races... " [More, pg. 141.]|
|Aryan||France||1942||Lee, Stan & Stan Timmons. The Alien Factor. New York: ibooks, inc. (2002; c. 2001); pg. 236.||"As all the Aryan peoples shared one collective consciousness given to them by their race, so it was with the aliens. "|
|Aryan||Germany||1942||Simmons, Dan. Carrion Comfort. New York: Warner Books (1990; c. 1989); pg. 3.||"There were five of them--two Waffen-SS guards with submachine guns, a regular army noncom, Lieutenant Schaffner, and a young Oberst whom Saul had never seen before. The Oberst had a pale, Aryan face with a strand of blond hair falling across his brow... "|
|Aryan||Germany||1943||Bishop, Michael. No Enemy But Time. New York: Timescape (1982); pg. 279.|| "'What about you?' Joshua persisted. 'Where do you go, when you go? Which when do you visit? What's your attunement?' [referring to time travel]
Kaprow leaned back in his hair... A moment later he said, 'Hitler's Germany. Dachau. In clever Aryan disguise, Joshua, I visit the ovens.'
They talked for a long time. "
|Aryan||Germany||2001||Stroyar, J.N. The Children's War. New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 865.||"If only everywhere in the Reich could be as marvelously organized and purely Aryan as Berlin! The peace and prosperity, the calm domestic bliss, he thought, as he skirted around some Zwangsarbeiter collecting litter. Away from all that violence, he mused as he walked past the blank walls of the local prison. Save, among good people who know what's right, he ruminated as he perused the windows of a shop that had changed names decades ago and whose owners had disappeared forever. So tranquil, he pronounced as he strolled past the posted newspapers declaring the complete destruction of some resistance somewhere and the hanging of hundreds of terrorists. Ah, if only the rest of the world could be so virtuous and organized! "|
|Aryan||Germany||2001||Stroyar, J.N. The Children's War. New York: Pocket Books (2001); pg. 1141.||"'You and I, sweet, noble Aryan lady, we're alike,' he continued to plead, 'we're superior to this scum. Please don't abandon me. You must help me. Whatever he's said to convince you to do this, it's untrue. He's an Untermensch, don't listen to him!...' " [Also pg. 165, 244, 484.]|
|Aryan||India||-1500 B.C.E.||Sagan, Carl. Contact. New York: Simon & Schuster (1985); pg. 205, 207.||Pg. 205: "'...All this is probably some vaguely remembered account of the Aryan invasion that pushed the Dravidians, my ancestors, to the south...' "; Pg. 207: "While they were discussing the merits of the several opinions on whether to build the Machine, in her mind's eye she returned to Devi's image from the Aryan invasion of India 3,500 years ago: a war between two peoples, each of whom claimed victory, each of whom patriotically exaggerated the historical accounts. Ultimately, the story is transformed into a war of the gods. 'Our' side, of course, is god. The other side, of course, is evil. She imagined the goateed, spade-footed cloven-Devil of the West evolving by slow evolutionary steps over thousands of years form some Hindu antecedent who, for all Ellie knew, had the head of an elephant and was painted blue. "|