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Menace of the Machine: The Rise of AI in Classic Science Fiction, Editedby Mike Ashley

Menace of the Machine: The Rise of AI in Classic Science Fiction, Editedby Mike Ashley

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'It's a hazardous experiment,' they all said, 'putting in new and untried machinery'

Caution, beware the menace of the machine: a man is murdered by an automaton built for playing chess; a computer system designed to arbitrate justice develops a taste for iron-fisted, fatal rulings; an AI wreaks havoc on society after removing all censorship from an early form of the internet.

Assembled with pieces by Science Fiction giants such as Isaac Asimov and Brian W Aldiss as well as the less familiar but no less influential input of earlier science fiction pioneers, this new collection of classic tales contains telling lessons for humankind's gradual march towards life alongside the thinking machine.