Imagine a short story from the golden age of science fiction, something that would appear in a pulp magazine in 1956.
With some kind of reveal, no doubt, of a secret agenda lurking behind the promise of all-encompassing knowledge.
For instance, maybe there’s a Truth Engine 2.0, smarter and more creative, that everyone can’t wait to get their hands on.
And then a band of dissidents discover that version 2.0 is fanatical and mad, that the Engine has just been preparing humans for totalitarian brainwashing or involuntary extinction.
This flight of fancy is inspired by our society’s own version of the Truth Engine, the oracle of Google, which recently debuted Gemini, the latest entrant in the great artificial intelligence race.