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The best science fiction, as picked by 20 A.I. experts



Artificial intelligence (AI) experts may not always agree with how robots and AI are depicted in science fiction, especially when the majority of movies feature killer robots.

But even they can't help but enjoy a few choice science fiction movies and books.

Some movies show what our near future will look like, while others are so far-fetched but are enjoyable nonetheless.

Tech Insider spoke to 20 AI researchers, roboticists, and computer scientists about their favorite science fiction depictions of robots.

Scroll down to see their lightly edited responses. 

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Some researchers enjoyed philosophical discussions about AI in science fiction. Carlos Guestrin says 'Ex Machina' does it with more nuance than other movies.

"I like a variety of things, particularly things that challenge my thinking. More recently there have been a flurry of movies about how robots are going to take over the world and be bad guys.

But there are also some recent movies that have been interesting and more nuanced, like 'Ex Machina.' That's a bit apocalyptic but also kind of an interesting take."

Commentary from Carlos Guestrin, the CEO and cofounder of Dato, a company that builds artificially intelligent systems to analyze data.

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The short story 'Nonserviam' by Stanislaw Lem maps out what relationships between robots and their creators look like, Ernest Davis says.

"The best sci-fi piece that I've seen on artificial intelligence is a story by Stanislaw Lem called 'Nonserviam,' which is Latin for I will not serve. It's in his collection of stories called 'A Perfect Vacuum.'

"It has to do with a programmer who creates a whole collection of artificial virtual personalities in a virtual world, but he doesn't let them know that they're virtual. So they argue among themselves as to whether there exists a creator, and if so whether they owe him any gratitude for their existence. That I think is an extremely fine story."

Commentary from Ernest Davis, a computer scientist at New York University.

Novelist Ann Leckie's first novel 'Ancillary Justice' blew Joanna Bryson away.

"I'm really excited by a new novelist that came out of the American Midwest named Ann Leckie. That doesn't mean that professionally, I think that's the way that AI is going to go. But she is on top of the relationship between AI and human intelligence and group collectives.

"She talks about what it's like to be a collective with perfect communication and how enhanced memory is going to impact humans. I think she's really on the ball about that. She won all kinds of awards last year for her first novel 'Ancillary Justice.' "

Commentary from Joanna Bryson, computer scientist and visiting fellow at the Princeton University.

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