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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Sven  
  Sven is an artificially intelligent computer detective.  

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.

"There is a correlation that I do not see mentioned anywhere in the investigation. I think it highly relevant and suggest that it be looked into" [said Sven]."

"What is it?"

"In the course of compiling the recent material I filed all the building, planning and permission forms, licenses, records and materials for all construction at the plant. Do you not think it relevant that that work on the research laboratory at DigiTech began in December 2022?"

"No, I don't."

"Would you find it relevant that the concrete floor for that laboratory was poured in February 9th of last year?"

"...Yes, That floor was poured the day after the robbery!"

From The Turing Option, by Harry Harrison.
Published by Unknown in 1992
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Compare to R. Daneel Olivaw, robot policeman from Caves of Steel (1953) by Isaac Asimov, the undercover detective robot from The Velvet Glove (1956) by Harry Harrison, the precogs from The Minority Report (1956) by Philip K. Dick and the Pry-Vie robotic detective from Clans of the Alphane Moon (1964) by Philip K. Dick.

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