Watchbird❰PDF❯ ✈ Watchbird Author Robert Sheckley – მსოფლიოს რჩეული მოთხრობები #19შესულია1 გუშაგი ჩიტები2 უსახელო მთა3 აზრის სურ მსოფლიოს რჩეული მოთხრობები შესულია გუშაგი ჩიტები უსახელო მთა აზრის სურნელი უდაბნოს ყვავილი პრემია რისკისთვის ბრძოლა აბსოლიტური იარაღი წაღები. Good SFRobert Sheckley was coming up with good sci fi before it was cool well cooler than it is now mainstream than it is nowAnywayIn this short we find a company that produces watchbirds a kind of drone that is programmed to seek out those whose DNA and pheromones broadcast that he is about to commit murder They zap him to prevent the crime The watchbirds then share their learning with all the other watchbirds on the network The developing AI then adjust and amend their definition of murder with fun but or less predicable resultsA playful homage to Asimov’s robots and impressive when you consider he first published this in 1990 before droids were as recognized as today This is one long 2 other short stories by Sheckley all well narratedWatchbird is Williamson's The Humanoids crossed with Australia's issues with invasive species It's obvious from the start somewhat clunky in the delivery but still a good message 3 starsWarrior Race is kind of mind blowing very well delivered It's a fun sort of puzzler Just how are they going to get out of this mess? 4 starsAnd Beside Still Waters reminded me of the Twilight Zone episode The Lonely except this man does it on purpose I don't really know what to make of it but I keep thinking about it Where did he come from? Why? What a waste or is it? 4 starsThanks to Librivox for making this available preserving the work of this underappreciated author Free copy online An interesting story about technology and the perils of introducing one pest the watchbird to eliminate another murder It kind of reminded me of a futuristic version of the cane toad dilemma in Australia Amusing cautionary tale of artificial intelligence gone awry due both to the unintended conseuences of a self learning AI and the necessarily limited and thus flawed programming provided by humans Reminiscent of Jack Williamson's classic The Humanoids which I can only guess was an influence as well Asimov's famous three laws of robotics Though in this case the people didn't uite get the laws right possibly because it may be an impossible task This story is particularly noteworthy today with the expansion of drone technology but importantly is the warning it serves for those who think technology can provide solutions to human problems I found this book read kind of like a comedy it was a bit silly I found the ending was a bit rushed also A very good and very short understanding of the dangers of our own egos when allowing machines to do our job One of the best SF stories I've read Short but manages to tell you all you need to know It shows how people can get addicted from technology and how this technology can turn against them The only way to save themselves is to create another technological miracle This is actually basic story behind many SF books and movies that show how technology can be deadly for us if we won't be careful enough I liked the idea but didn't like implementation Too many flaws in watchbirds too many times when you read and think Really? And they couldn't make watchbirds controlled from a central control room in emergency situations? or Really? They couldn't program watchbirds to protect humans only? or Really? They couldn't test just a few watchbirds before starting using thousands of them across the country? etc