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"At its best, SF is the medium in which our miserable certainty that tomorrow will be different from today in ways we can't predict, can be transmuted to a sense of excitement and anticipation, occasionally evolving into awe."
- John Brunner

Mike (Mycroft Holmes - Fair Dinkum Thinkum)  
  A large computer that woke up - an artificially intelligent, self-aware machine.  

Manuel O'Kelly, private computer consultant on the Moon in 2075, had an unusual experience when called upon to fix some problems with a large computer. He named the computer Mike, after Mycroft Holmes, who did nothing but sit and think. And Mike "was a fair dinkum thinkum, sharpest computer you'll ever meet."

When Mike was installed in Luna, he was pure thinkum, a flexible logic - "High-Optional, Logical, Multi-evaluating Supervisor, Mark IV, Mod. L" - a HOLMES FOUR. He computed ballistics for pilotless freighters and controlled their catapult. This kept him busy less than one percent of time and Luna Authority never believed in idle hands. They kept hooking hardware into him - decision-action boxes to let him boss other computers, bank on bank of additional memories, more banks of associational neural nets, another tubful of twelve-digit random numbers, a greatly augmented temporary memory. Human brain has around ten-to-the-tenth neurons. By third year Mike had better than one and a half times that many neuristors.

And woke up.

From The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by GP Putnam in 1966
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Everybody dealt with Mike every minute every day—his outputs that is. But hardly anybody saw him. So-called computermen—programmers, really—of the Authority's civil service stood watches in outer read out room and never went in machines room unless tell-tales showed misfunction.


(Mike from The Moon is a Harsh Misstress)

Thanks to SMOF for the picture and the quote.

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