People, Computers, and Companions
Posted by hyperpat on July 31, 2006
It’s my anniversary today. And I feel so very lucky to have such a companion. Without her, by this point I’d probably be ready for the loony bin.
Humans are social animals. Without someone to talk to, to tell your troubles to, someone just to hug, we deteriorate into something that’s less than human. Perhaps that’s why AI hasn’t really become a reality yet – the poor computer needs someone to talk to! Robert Heinlein, in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, postulated on just this point, and in the process created possibly the most lovable computer character ever in the field of science fiction, Mycroft Holmes IV, or just Mike to his friends.
But regardless of the fate of computer intelligence, as long as I have my companion, I’ll be happy.