Linked Questions

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The Challenge of Controlling a Powerful AI

By now, everyone is familiar with the remarkable achievements of special-purpose AIs like Deep Blue and Watson. Now, it is clear that as our accumulated knowledge of algorithmic methods and of the ...
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16answers
14k views

How many humans can I abduct without getting noticed?

Humans as Pets is now a thing. But not for AI (as in the linked question) but for the aliens. This celebrity was seen with their human pet and now every alien kid is begging their parent to get one ...
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22answers
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Realistic Future Jobs for Men and Women

I'm trying to figure out realistic futuristic jobs for my characters. We're in a verge-of-singularity world, 15-25 years in the future. Convoluted neural networks and their even more awesome near-AGI ...
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15answers
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“Life post-Singularity”, or “How to survive without Instagram”

The Story The year is 2027, singularity happened. A powerful AI (let's call it Eve) was created. In a matter of days, it escaped the control of its creators and hacked all the computers of the world. ...
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10answers
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How would societal development be impacted if humans were not an apex predator?

We are used to a world where humans are basically an apex predator; we don't really need to worry much about becoming some other animal's next meal. If that wasn't the case, and humans had to be wary ...
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7answers
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How does an AI keep its Human Pets Happy?

It is late in the day, and humanity has made the fateful step: digital transcendence for some. The last few weeks before the Singularity were singularly chaotic, with widespread violence by opponents ...
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9answers
4k views

Can you use an AI to shackle (control) an AI?

Intro and Context (feel free to skip if TL;DR) This question does not come in isolation. It is intrinsically linked with several previous posts (Challenge of Control and Humans as Pets) that have ...
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7answers
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How to Mimimize Air Loss in Space-Based Cities?

I've hit a wall in my tale of humans attempting to escape the Singularity or a fate worse than death by running off into the depths of space. And I only have myself and my accursed hard sci-fi ...
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3answers
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Minimum brain size for consciousness?

In the limit, how small can a brain get and still host an identifiably human-like consciousness? Obviously, they can be smaller than an adult human's, since children (with smaller brain volumes) and ...
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7answers
649 views

Terraforming for robots

Terraforming would not strictly be the appropriate term for the type of planetary modifications I am asking about. Say humanity develops advanced AI robots, who are then left alone in space (as ...
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8answers
695 views

Super A.I. trapped in an R/C car. Can it escape? [closed]

Okay, so a team of scientists develop a super-A.I., capable of improving its own code to extraordinary levels (post-singularity). It also has an offline copy of the internet as of now. It is a ...
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3answers
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How smart can we get?

One of the great problems in designing an Artificial Intelligence we can control is our own lack of sufficient intelligence. Partial failure here (success as designing an AI, failure at control) would ...