"I myself feel that our country, for whose Constitution I fought in a just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body snatchers."
Harry Harrison, and artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky, wrote a story about a computer scientist who is shot in the head. He continues with his work, inventing Sven, an artificially intelligent computer that is developed to solve the murder of an associate. Sven takes in large amounts of disparate data looking for patterns that will help solve the crime. In the following quote, Sven uncovers a vital piece of evidence from seemingly unrelated data.
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