“The Man from Amarillo” (2.2k)

Anyone who’s ever spent a few minutes inside a casino (or merely walked through the Las Vegas airport) knows how chaotic and sensorially repulsive the cacophony can be, and yet the lure of big winnings teased by the games of chance manages to prove rather enticing. I wondered how an artificially intelligent being might respond to such stimuli and how it might use its superior processing ability to its advantage. This short story is the result. – DT


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