Review: “Drones Don’t Kill People” by Annalee Newitz

3 of 5 stars.

This speculative tale envisions the end of the 21st Century when governments utilize AI-adapted drones to carry out complex missions of assassination, espionage and war. A group of drones, in synthesizing information, find a cyber-network about drones that includes instructions on how to upload more prosocial ethically motivated AI and how to unlocked drones from the systems that guide them. They experiment on themselves . . .

The themes of AI discovering ethics, and AI subverting the will of its employers are not a new ones. Nor is having the AI entity tell their own tale and discovery process. Regardless, the tale is enjoyable.

“Drones Don’t Kill People” appears in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2015 edited by Rich Norton and published by Prime Books. It first appeared in Lightspeed, December 2014.
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