12 Fictional Supercomputers I Hope Never Materialize, July 31, 2013 If Google's server farm ever does assert its independence and decide the human race needs to do something other than look up cat videos, most science fiction fans would shrug and say: "Told you so." Artificial intelligence has the baddest of raps in science fiction, in big part because so many of these supercomputers tend to be so malicious. But look closer and you'll find in a lot of cases they're simply doing too good a job of being true to their programming, whether for good or ill. Here's a rundown of 12 supercomputers that we wouldn't want to run into in a darkened data center.
Wintermute from "Neuromancer"
William Gibson's seminal 1984 novel has become the defining work of cyberpunk science fiction (written -- oh the irony -- on a vintage 1960s Hermes 3000 manual typewriter). The supercomputer Wintermute featured in the story has been built as two halves of a whole, a clever way to circumvent anti-AI laws in the future. The other half: the Neuromancer of the title. And Wintermute will do anything to become whole: A classic example of an AI with an agenda that's not strictly speaking evil, just self-seeking. Pity any of the humans who get in its way, though.