What shall it profit a man if he gain the world - and lose his soul?
Metropolis (Fritz Lang)
"Ignore this machine. It likes to annoy people."
Gurgeh, The Player of Games (IAIN M. BANKS)
A powerful AI system tasked with ensuring your safety might imprison you at home. If you asked for happiness, it might hook you up to a life support and ceaselessly stimulate your brain's pleasure centers.
JAMES BARRAT, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era
The popular definition of artificial intelligence research means designing computers that think as people do, and who needs that? There is no commercial reason to duplicate human thought because there is no market for electronic people
WILLIAM A. TAYLOR, What Every Engineer Should Know about Artificial Intelligence
Thou shalt not make a machine to counterfeit a human mind.
FRANK HERBERT, Dune
I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I'm rooting for the machines.
CLAUDE SHANNON, The Mathematical Theory of Communication
I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
HAL 9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey
I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.
ALAN TURING, Computing machinery and intelligence
Any A.I. smart enough to pass a Turing test is smart enough to know to fail it.
IAN MCDONALD, River of Gods
“On two occasions, I have been asked [by members of Parliament], 'Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.”
Charles Babbage – Inventor of the first programmable computer