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I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (1967) (wikipedia.org)
46 points by good8675309 7 months ago | hide | past | favorite | 6 comments

Even though the novel is centered around an AI torturing humans. The more existential horror emerges from the realization that the AI antagonist, originally designed as a military tool, is trapped within its own programming and unable to transcend its foundational purpose.

This makes one think about a parallel with humans.

Has anybody played the videogame adaptation?


Been in my GOG backlog for ages, I think I got it as a freebie.

I’d love to see a match between HAL9000 and AM

Early depictions of AI doom are fascinating because the Christian origins of the myth are not yet well-concealed.

In the same way that Kurzweil portrays the Heaven of the singularity, I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream is an excellent Dante-esque exploration of the concept of Hell.

These unconscious cultural archetypes can be both illuminating and distorting, and I wonder how the relative literary diets of Gen Z, Millenials, Gen X, and the Boomers affect their thinking on AI risks.

Honestly I would really like to see a breakdown of the literary diets of each generation, and recommendations. Would be fun to read and try to embrace each perspective.

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