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Retro-Virus

Lawrence Schoen
Excerpt from ALIENS AND AI'S: A SHORT STORY COLLECTION
ISBN 1-9322-0741-4
2005

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Abstract

It's 2024, and Marcie, a corporate A.I. employed by the investment firm of Langston, Howard, & Associates, has been infected with a rogue computer virus. It's taken four days, but all her system diagnostics are finally coming back normal. And yet, deep in her digital heart, Marcie now remembers being a flesh and blood human being. Specifically, she remembers being Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, a nineteenth century mathematician once appointed by Napoleon to be governor of Lower Egypt. What's an A.I. to do?

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