Looking for a book called something like "I²", or I squared, or perhaps "me²": it's about an eight-bit artificial intelligence that grows up inside a computer, playing something like Tube Wars to learn how to survive. it gets installed into a robot body which is shipped somewhere on a train and the AI has to figure out how to reattach some of its limbs and escape, where it hides in a barn and is discovered by the farmer's daughter who menaces it with a pitchfork.

sry, can't remember the author.

@Nikolai_Kingsley Do you remember roughly which decade you saw/read it?



later than 1990 and before 2010, which isn't much help.

@Nikolai_Kingsley That still narrows it down then. Short story in an anthology or a whole book?

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