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- The fear that an artificial intelligence will turn against humans.
- 1987 December, Bujold, Lois McMaster, “Falling Free”, in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, volume 108, number 13, page 30:
- Mr. Graf, you're still disturbed. You sure you're not harboring just a little of the old Frankenstein complex about all this? It's all right to admit it to me—in fact, I want you to talk about it.
- 1992, Segen, Joseph C., The Dictionary of Modern Medicine, →ISBN, page 234:
- The central character of Mary Shelley's novel by the same name 'Frankenstein' is used as an adjective in a variety of biomedical contexts, eg. Frankenstein complex The fear that machines via artificial intelligence may replace physicians