Computerised Malevolence: The Most Evil A.I.s in Fiction

Last year Stephen Hawking suggested that man-made A.I. posed a potentially apocalyptic threat to humanity. Although many in the scientific community have challenged Hawking’s proposals, who are we to argue? The man’s got a Ph.D. and all sorts. 

His prediction is not one that storytellers have shied away from in the past, and countless works of fiction have explored the potential for rogue A.I.s.

Sometimes they’re distinctly human, with the computer succumbing to greed and power-lust. At other times these evil systems simply lack something that’s distinctly human. Morality usually gets deleted.

At other times – and perhaps most frightening of all, the A.I. just carries on following its protocol. There’s something especially sinister about computers that just blindly follow orders, only flawed in being too efficient.

We decided to rank our favourite fictional A.I.s using the following incredibly scientific system:

  • Intelligence/10: How clever is the computer?
  • Sinister Intent/10: How evil are the computer’s motives?
  • World Threat/10: How much damage could the computer potentially do?
  • Fear Factor/10: How scary was the computer’s methods/ representation?

Find out the ranking of the most evil A.I.s in this infographic.

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