A mind is a terrible thing to replace.

Ten masters of speculative fiction explore the future of computerized intellect, and how humanity will interact with machines that can outthink them--and are learning to outsmart them. Computers were designed to think faster than the human mind. But solving mathematical equations and retaining dizzying amounts of information are minor achievements compared to the processing technology of tomorrow's artificial intelligences...machines capable of thinking independently without human input - and evolving into self-maintaining sentient beings.

Ride the brainwaves of mechanical intellect with some of today's masters of speculative fiction, as a woman tries to outsmart a runaway A.I. and save the lives of her children...scientists lose control of a supercomputer with the power and omnipotence of a god...and a sentient starship falls in love with its pilot. These and seven more stories of man and machine await you in... A.I.s

“Antibodies” by Charles Stross
“Trojan Horse” by Michael Stanwick
“Birth Day” by Robert Reed
“The Hydrogen Wall” by Gregory Benford
“The Turing Test” by Chris Beckett
“Dante Dreams” by Stephen Baxter
“The Names of all the Spirits” by J.R. Dunn
“From the Corner of My Eye” by Alexander Glass
“Halfjack” by Roger Zelazny
“Computer Virus” by Nancy Kress

Cover Art by Rila Frangie

This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, December 2004

Printed in the United States of America

eISBN: 978-1-62579-187-0

Copyright 2013 by Gardner Dozois and Jack Dann

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

Electronic version by Baen Books