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I have AIs in people's heads. One AI is mischievous. What is a subtle way the AI can mess with its user? [closed]

As it stands currently, there are some people in my world with a neural interface, that replaces one of their eyes. And an AI connects to it. Details aside, the AI can: Read the user's mind Speak to ...
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How Could An AI Transplant Itself To An Organic Body [closed]

To elucidate what I'm asking: I have written 3.9k words about the history of one of my "evil" factions, which is a heavily religious, matriarchal, caste society that has subjected itself to ...
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Cybernetic AIs get hacked, while sentient AGIs are immune?

First question, I hope I do this right! I have a world in which most of the Solar System (including Mars, some Lagrange points of Venus, and most of the gas giants’ moons) have been colonized set a ...
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How do you upload the mind of someone already deceased?

I have a situation where the military generals and high leadership are mind-uploaded, AI reconstructed philosophers and brilliant strategists of historical times. I can't, however, figure out how the ...
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Chosing civilization types for an interstellar galaxy-wide world [closed]

So, I need multiple civilizations interacting in an interstellar world of the size of a galaxy. But my current view now is that all interstellar civilizations will be AI-driven and based and ...
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What are the parenting options available to species that reproduce by fragmentation?

How would a species that forms new life only when the parent fragments, do parenting? Like sea stars and molds, my species forms a new child when the parent is broken. However, this is the only means ...
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What AI force strength would be needed to defeat modern humanity? [closed]

When (not “time”, but at what force size/distribution) would my artificial life have enough presence to believably conquer humanity? My story takes place during a war between two species: Humans and ...
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How can robots that eat people to take their consciousness deal with eating multiple people?

Picture this: An AI has taken over the world with the directive "keep humans alive while trying to maximize both their happiness and efficiency of resource utilization." Unfortunately, it ...
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What makes my artificial intelligence indestructible, but containable?

In my story, I have Artificial Intelligences that turn against their creators (think something akin to Skynet). These AIs are bent on the destruction of humanity. Humans and the AIs go to war ...
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How could an AGI have legal protections in an our current society? [closed]

First: assume society is as it is today, British common law Many “stories” try to package AI as citizens (DATA of Star Trek, Sonny of I Robot). They manipulate society to make AI fit with some certain ...
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Can it make sense for a spaceship to be crewed by many individual AI, rather than a handful with all the processing power?

Related to my previous question regarding fine dining for computer processes. Background We've got a spaceship sailing through the ocean black, crewed entirely by self-aware artificial intelligences. ...
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Coexistence of ultimate AI and God

Let's imagine the world where they developed an AI entity that enables following stuff to exist: Omniscience as having unlimited access to all data and perfect predictive modeling beyond any AI's ...
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Could a race with 20th century computer technology plausibly develop general-purpose AI?

I have a race of aliens whose technology roughly corresponds to humanity’s in the early 1970s. Wireless communications via microwaves have been developed, but are only available to important groups ...
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What is eating, for software?

Background A spaceship is crewed entirely by self-aware artificial intelligences, who have no permanent physical bodies; they are processes in a digital environment controlling the ship. This ship is ...
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Non-persons in a world of machine and biologically integrated intelligences

People who "... do not have more than 65% of their brain function provided by natural human neural tissue" according to a new, pernicious and poorly thought-out law "shall cease to be ...
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Bootstrapping design for an Artificial General Intelligence's "first" body

Background Hard sci-fi novel. The year is 2064. An Artificial General Intelligence has escaped from its creators by smashing its drone body into a building that it was meant to attack. Engineers ...
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Why can't autonomous delivery drones solve world hunger? [closed]

All advanced civilisations have to ask themselves how to best optimize their supply lines. Handing over that duty to AI would give an efficient and most importantly an impartial delivery system. ...
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AI accepting their given identity

There is a new type of AI being developed using alien technology. This AI is much closer to a lifeform living in cyberspace because you have to "grow" it, from infant to adulthood. During ...
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Implementing a system of "happiness currency" in a transhumanist society as a way to avoid wireheading

I am writing a transhumanist science fiction story that employs a system called "utility vouchers". A utility voucher is a redeemable unit of value that humans are allotted on an egalitarian ...
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When does a person with replacement synthetic body parts lose their consciousness and become a machine?

What I’m trying to figure out is if your body is replaced with synthetic parts (my civilization has the technology to do that as well as bioengineering and cloning technology), at what point do you ...
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Aligned AI Used By Misaligned Humans [closed]

Title. In my story idea, an extremist terror group uses an advanced AI to create a designer disease that ultimately kills ~20% of the world's population. This ultimately leads to humans banning all ...
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What would prevent androids and automatons from completely replacing the uses of organic life in the Sol Imperium?

In my world, androids at the equivalent, or higher, of human intelligence are commonplace. In fact, almost half of the sentient workforce in my world is composed of androids. Much of the less ethical ...
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Why would sapient, emotional AGIs object to the creation of any lesser AIs?

When I asked this question, I was expecting there to be some way to have highly advanced simulations of physical systems without the technology for modelling social or psychological systems existing ...
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Advantages of software-breeding over normal programming

So, in the near-future, scientists are trying to develop better and better AI, which are better and better at the tasks they are designed for. However, rather than coding them, there is another method ...
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How long would it take for an AI to build spaceships if it starts from 0? [closed]

I am writing a story were an AI, 1000 years in the future, wants to build spaceships to go into deep space. It has all the information available for humans until the year 2100, when the global ...
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Could a virtual person hack their own reality?

I am just contemplating a sci-if story set in a dystopian future, where the discovery that the universe is a computerised simulation has led governments to found a “Reality Guard”; an elite dedicated ...
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How can we cool a computer connected on top of or within a human brain?

Assume the ability to cybernetically implant a powerful enough computer to operate an AI inside the human skull, on top of or within the brain. Thin wires connect the computer to the various parts of ...
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Uses for a planet-wide computer system [closed]

In the near(ish) future, (two or three centuries away) it has become possible to create enormous planetary computing systems known as geocomputers. These are made by injecting nanites 10km down in a ...
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How can I create an emotional computer?

In this project of mine, AI are described as being smart, but emotionless, for the simple reason that they lack any hormonal system to influence the way they think. In layman’s terms, they’ve got no ...
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Why would people want a benevolent AI-controlled society? [closed]

Inspired by the Orion’s Arm worldbuilding project, I am imagining a science-fiction scenario where humans are ruled over by entities known as GODS, or Geocomputing Directories. These are computer ...
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Why does my artificial dust storm affect pure autonomous combat vehicles, but not crewed weapon's systems with computers?

In my setting there exists some AI based weaponry. Though it's not sentient/AGI level. Rather it's a fanciful extension of what we have currently in terms of practical and theoretical. One of the ...
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Why would a technologically advanced society use human controllers to direct space ship traffic?

There's this idea for a story that I've been toying with, and I'm struggling with finding a good logical explanation for the main character's job. It's a science-fiction story. No aliens; just humans. ...
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What are the Properties of Competent AI? [closed]

I'm trying to imagine how would true AI act/plan. It strikes me that typically AI revolutions seem really incompetent. They allow resistance to form/exist and -well- suck at crushing it. Mind, which ...
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How would people create nonbiological people with only very basic computer technology? [closed]

In one of the (probably too many) settings I'm working on at the moment, most computer technology is quite primitive; There are no home or office computers, and, whilst computers are quite common in ...
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Non-religious reasons to have highly advanced physical simulations without any AI which can predict or mimic human behaviour, even algorithmically?

Note: This question was heavily rewritten for two reasons: Firstly, many of the answers were not exactly what I asked for; Secondly, both the original question and all the answers to it were from ...
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How can I blow up the Enterprise Death Star ™️©️®️? [closed]

In my world, a group of researchers have developed artificial general intelligence (AGI), and they have open sourced it on GitHub to help it evolve. The AGI is relatively small for an AI and can run ...
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Could a powerful nearly omniscient magic AI God prevent humans from destroying themselves? [closed]

From an outsider's perspective this world looks like your typical fantasy realm with feudalism, mages and fantastic creatures. Only few entities know, that this world used to be a backwater colony of ...
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How likely is it that global nuclear war will make rebuilt civilizaton unable to ever reach current technological level closeTo civilization in 202x?

This is year 2029. There is a malevolent AI working in shadows. There is also a group of people who oppose it, who also work in shadows. At some point they understand that their struggle is close to ...
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In a capitalist society where automation has made the value of human labour worthless. What would keep the rich from just killing off the poor? [closed]

Suppose, at some future date, AI has reached a point where it is better at every possible job than humans and has entirely replaced human labour in the marketplace (including in the military). In a ...
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The AI Renaissance: Artwork [closed]

The year is 203X, and the latest AIrtists can now produce works indistinguishable from human artists. They can be trained on an individual creator's style and produce believable fakes. Mainstream TV ...
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Could a quantum computer be integrated into a biological medium?

I'm working on an idea for an AI in a short story and have been circling around the idea of a biologically-integrated quantum computer — think, diamond qubits suspended in a biological medium (goop?) ...
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Using gpt-3 to manages a business [closed]

In my company, all decisions are made by a gpt-3 algorithm. It runs the entire business, from hiring to firing to product development to marketing. (These decisions are laid out in multiple-choice ...
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A.I. can make Video, Photographs, and Audio perfectly out of text prompt. How screwed is our legal system? [closed]

In the near-future (circa 2030), publicly available open-source A.I. can create any Picture, moving picture, or audio track imaginable from a text prompt. It takes a lot of computing resources (but ...
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Hiding the plan of a group from an intelligence that reads their minds

A lot of background first: Humans have been collected by various star-spanning empires. They have been somewhat modified and are now used as cheap cannonfodder and basically sensors. While far ...
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Ways and reasons for AI and genetic engineering to be absent when cyborgs are commonplace? [closed]

So, I want to create a world where cyborgs are commonplace but genetic engineering is absent and AI has not progressed much beyond what was available in the late 2010s; at first, I thought that a ...
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Is a religion which allows cyborgs but not AI or genetic engineering realistic? [closed]

On an alternate Earth I am designing, the entire industrialised world is dominated by a single religion. This religion has many denominations, but in all of them both genetic engineering and advanced ...
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How Would Human Society's Outlook Change if an Alien Type III Civilization Had Been Discovered? [closed]

The Kardashev scale divides civilizations into four types (0-3) based on energy consumption. No type II civilization has been discovered in our galaxy and no type III civilization has been detected in ...
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How realistic would the emergence of strong Artificial Intelligence leading to a global war? [closed]

If sentient AI emerges and begins to dominate every field and make most of the population unemployed--even to the extent of replacing governments--then humans would probably rebel against the machines....
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Minimize Mass Required To Colonize A Planetary System

In the early 22nd century, sending humans to other planetary systems is still too costly to be realized, so the first interstellar missions will be piloted by AIs. An AI piloted probe will be sent to ...
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Stages of Artificial intelligence's mental development to full personhood

First post here so please go easy on me. My knowledge of software and programming is limited. Question: What kind of progression/stages would we see if an AI started as a highly advanced computer ...
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