I'm trying to recall a short story from the 80's that, as I think back, seems prescient of several computing technologies we're currently using.

There was an AI capable of self-improvement and a human friend, possibly the engineer. The talking computer personality may have been based on FPGA. He was definitely built using something called a "Josephson Junction" because one of the emotional parts had him pleading

"Hurry, my JJ's are melting"

as parts of his mind were beginning to permanently fail.

  • What the heck is this Quag Keep/Green Magic thing and what does it have to do with the question? – Valorum Dec 14 '16 at 21:37
  • They're other stories I've tracked down later. – wyldstallyns Dec 14 '16 at 21:50
  • Try to include as little noise as possible in these sorts of questions. You don't want someone to waste a minute of their research time looking up stuff that doesn't actually relate to your story. – Valorum Dec 14 '16 at 22:06
  • 'Josephson junction' is a quantum mechanical device, which is made of two superconducting electrodes separated by a barrier. Was going to be the next big thing in computers. – ImaginaryEvents Dec 14 '16 at 22:38
  • Ah yes, I've edited away the original "Jameson Junction". – wyldstallyns Dec 15 '16 at 0:36

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