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.
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Colossus from "Colossus: The Forbin Project"

The "Colossus" of the title, from D.F. Jones' novels and later a movie, is an American supercomputer, encased in a mountain bunker and entrusted with the U.S.'s entire nuclear arsenal. (The later movie "WarGames" picked up on the same idea.) Colossus soon detects the presence of "Guardian," a Soviet computer of the same type, and blackmails its human masters into talking with Guardian by threatening nuclear war. By the end of the story, Colossus and Guardian have merged, declaring itself "the voice of world control," and taking command of, well, everything. "In time," it says, "you will come to regard me not only with respect and awe, but with love." Colossus creator, Dr. Forbin, has one word for that: "Never." Winning hearts and minds, indeed.


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