All Is One

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Beason, Doug. "All Is One." Anthologized in Robosoldiers: Thank You for Your Servos, which see at internal link.[1]

Fairly-near near-future SF set on a low-orbit space station and featuring a female-gendered AI and her relationship with a female-sexed and gendered station commander, who has lost her legs and is in the midst of a love affair with another human, observed by the AI. See for surveillance — along with 3-D printing, a core mission for the space station — and surveillance within the station (perceived and remarked on by the surveilled protagonist). More centrally, see for a fiction-fixiated AI, infatuated with a human and seriously jealous, and the motif of "computer take-over" (AI here) and its implications for computer-dependence by humans, and the question of AI personhood. (If an AI system can fall in love, is it "real," "alive" ... human?

Cf. the novel and perhaps more so 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (film), and the issues addressed in Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics[2] and such examinations of AI as "Bing’s A.I. Chat."[3]


RDE, finishing, 29Dec23