The Wirehead Problem in SF (eBook giveaway included!)

Discussion in 'SciFi & Fantasy' started by Gudikan, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. Gudikan Registered Member

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    (For anyone who hasn't heard of this, the science blogger Tim Tyler has uploaded some youtube videos about it.)

    I think the "wirehead problem" is very interesting and quite important, and I've been trying to find instances of it in science fiction. All I've found is stuff about drugs and brains, nothing about advanced computers, which is what I'm after. Does anyone here know of any SF novels or short stories that have dealt with this issue? I'd be surprised if there wasn't at least one short story somewhere.

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  5. Gudikan Registered Member

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    Hi, sorry for the outrageously late reply. Thanks for the links ...but I don't think those stories deal with self-modifying artificial superintelligence.

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  7. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    It depends in what way you mean, "Neuromancer" depict's human level intelligence systems that were initially used to secure networks against humans. The methods used (which can result in the deaths of such hackers) are ones that they've modified themselves to do (at least that's the understanding you get from the story). At one point the "Neuromancer" AI builds an entire virtual world to reunite Case with Linda Lee, not something that an AI would have to do unless it was capable of some form of "self-awareness" which in turn means the capacity to modify.
     

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