AI n.

a sentient computer; = artificial intelligence n.

[abbreviation < Artificial Intelligence]

SF Encyclopedia


  • 1973 G. Dozois Chains of the Sea in R. Silverberg Chains of the Sea 83 Gardner Dozois bibliography

    While the humans scurried in confusion, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) created by MIT/Bell Labs linked itself into the network of high-speed, twentieth generation computers placed at its disposal.

  • 1984 W. Gibson Neuromancer (1989) ii.v. 73 William Gibson

    Wintermute is the recognition code for an AI.

  • 1986 W. J. Williams Video Star in Asimov’s Science Fiction July 68 page image Walter Jon Williams bibliography

    The AIs concluded the Ric was in no position to complain, and they were right. Computers can’t be sued for malpractice. The doctors followed their advice.

  • 1992 A. Steele Labyrinth of Night 133 Allen Steele bibliography

    After we get our shoreleave…the AI’s will be minding the ship while it’s parked in orbit, so we can stretch our legs a bit on the ground.

  • 1992 Science Fiction Age Nov. 34/1

    Chatterbox, I keyed back, my sarcasm wasted no doubt on my constant companion (one of the Services’ portable personal A.I.’s-sidekick model).

  • 1992 Locus Aug. 52/2

    Humorous sf novel about an AI disrupting all mechanical life on Earth in search of a nonhuman higher intelligence.

  • 1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars i. 13 Kim Stanley Robinson bibliography

    But Frank had gotten the day’s emergency code out of the fire department AI that morning.

  • 1993 J. Brosnan Opoponax Invasion (1994) 48 John Brosnan bibliography

    He had the uncomfortable suspicion that the AI might be playing with him. You never knew with AIs. They had intellects of mind-boggling proportions but still remained the slaves of humanity.

  • 2005 C. Stross Accelerando i. 14 Charles Stross bibliography

    You know anyone who can use a Warpac surplus espionage bot? Recent model, one careful owner, slightly paranoid but basically sound—I mean, claims to be a general-purpose AI?

  • 2011 M. R. Kowal Kiss Me Twice in Asimov’s Science Fiction June 67 page image Mary Robinette Kowal bibliography

    An AI like Metta had an honesty vow, which prevented her from lying. Her testimony would be considered incontrovertible.

  • 2020 H. Green A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor 177 Hank Green bibliography

    All of your emails will be read by Altus security, and they are not joking around. Hidden characters, they look for them. Images, not allowed at all. Codes embedded in your email, not possible because of the character limit, but analyzed by a code-detecting AI nonetheless. If you sign this contract, you agree to that.

Research requirements

antedating 1973

Earliest cite

Gardner Dozois, 'Chains of the Sea'

Research History
Ralf Brown located, and Mike Christie verified a cite in a 1974 reprint of Gardner Dozois' 1973 "Chains of the Sea"

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