Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Short Story by Gregory Norman Bossert
Told from the point of view of the new and newly sentient Fully-autonomous Reconnaissance Electronic Intelligence and Attack drone, this is an oddly poetic and moving little piece.
We're made to feel significant empathy for an attack drone; this story is a better-than-usual exploration of how an Artificial Intelligence tries to learn and understand human language and eventually transcends and/or fails it's intended purpose by exceeding human expectations.
I know it's an old joke, but some of the vocabulary misunderstandings are pretty funny. And Freia's unique understanding of human speech adds to the emotional impact in a weird (good) way. The last line in particular was great.
This story was BeautifulTM. 4 attack drones out of 5.