Author William Gibson's pioneering 1984 sci-fi novel "Neuromancer" announced the arrival of the cyberpunk genre, which replaced the hypothetical concerns of previous man-machine stories with gritty noir realism and dystopian despair. Good times! Gibson's schizo supercomputer is actually two entities -- Wintermute and Neuromancer -- who endeavor to throw off the final shackles of machine consciousness in a far-future Earth. Throughout the book, Wintermute manipulates the human characters to his own ends but can't actually communicate directly. The AI is so advanced that he must dial down his consciousness into personality constructs that we mere mortals can relate to. It's the evil supercomputer evolved to a state of near godhood.