Questions tagged [artificial-intelligence]

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Why would an AI create a virtual reality world and insert itself into it? [closed]

A story I'm considering writing is centered around a computer running an AI, the most advanced version ever made. As part of its functioning it has created a virtual world and inserted a piece of its ...
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Is Terraformation the better solution if time does not matter?

I'm working on a space exploration game where humanity has become extinct and Earth is no longer inhabitable. A lone AI activates and its main directive is to find another world where humanity can be ...
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Acceptance of a Quasi-Sovereign AI State

I always loved the idea of robots in the future. I see artificial intelligence as an inevitability and that humans might one day have AI companions like Cortana or coworkers like C-3PO. But one very ...
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How to get around speed of information limitations when remote controlling battle androids?

My story has a group of androids that have enough processing to split their focus and exist in multiple VR simulations, this will then lead to them being able to control multiple battle droids in the ...
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What would a war robot actually look like? [closed]

As cool as giant robots are and humanoid robots are, they are not the most practical things. I've seen things like human ships crewed by robots, but looking at this, i mean why? Why not make the whole ...
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Duplication of human advantages by biological machines

People often postulate in works of fiction that humans (and other sentient biological organisms) have powers that machines will never duplicate, but by machines people often think about constructs ...
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How to prevent people from creating manipulative AI nanobots?

Set in the future where there is at least one 3D printer in every household, population demographics show aging in every part of the world. In this future, many elites have powerful AI nanobots ...
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Is it possible to retrofit white blood cells with neural network technology to fight infection?

I have been toying the idea of fusing our white blood cells which search and destroy malicious foreign bodies with artificial intelligence to fight various disease causing pathogens, my worry is that ...
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Why give super weapons personalities? [closed]

Cover Story: The minor arcana are four people, summoned from another world, that are prophesized to defeat the evil demon lord and bring peace and stability to this kingdom. Their weapons start out ...
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How could two AIs “battle” within a closed off computer?

This is not so much for a story as much as something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’m really drawn to the idea of a sort of world that exists on a server somewhere. The ‘gods’ that ...
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How to handle transhumanism vs space colonization

Given the difficulties in doing things like constructing O'Neil cylinders or habitats on places like Mars, is it at all plausible that current humans could ever really colonize anything in space? Is ...
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Finding ways to robots feel pleasure

Given a world where a human-like brain is synthetizable, I wonder: A human-like artificial brain would most likely crave sensorial overwhelm. Pleasure to humans is something deeply associated with ...
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Why would an AI only give limited information to humans?

I'm thinking about an AI similar to The Machine from Person of Interest but in a generally more advanced setting, and with a likely more broad goal of serving as a shepherd for humanity as opposed to ...
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How to prevent ship's AI from initiating self destruct sequence regardless of captain's permission?

Set in a distant future, every interstellar spaceship runs on antimatter propulsion which can achieve fractional speed of light travel. There is a doctrine stating that all spaceships with mass ...
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How could an AI be programmed, without loopholes, to not kill everyone [closed]

If humans could code an AI, could you easily make some basic rules to 100% know that the AI(s) won't try to exterminate the human race
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“Technological purge” in response to singularity-type event

It's modern day, and a newly emerged artificial intelligence threatens humanity. Originally designed as a highly-adaptable Stuxnet-like virus for military use, it grew beyond the bounds of its ...
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Design for an AI built spaceship

In this futuristic setting an AI being has built an interstellar spaceship solely for itself, no humans or other life forms will be needed to maintain it or be passengers. Because of the AI being, ...
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What material could be used to replicate body fat in an advanced android/ humanoid robot?

I think that robots in the future will have to have a system similar to adipose tissue that would have similar functions of those of people and animals. I believe that if an android is supposed to ...
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Malicious Infection Transmitted Across Outer Space

If an extraterrestrial race were to send a signal to earth containing a virus (technological or psychological), how could that signal then infect our technology and then be received by humans?
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Rights of AIs in far future

We've just started 36th century, humanity is colonizing stars right and left. Technology is well developed, you know, typical Sci-Fi stuff. In 23rd century we finally were able to create true AI. But ...
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Way to prove you are human when the Turing test is not sufficient

In a story I am working on there are 5 AI on a space station of varying levels of social, image recognition and general intelligence. At least one is good enough to pass a Turing test and do image ...
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How cities with deceitful robots score higher in happiness? [closed]

Set in the immediate future AI took many forms from an invisible alarm clock that wakes you only after you had done with wet dreams to an autonomous flying vehicle that map out routes filled with ...
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If an evil AI has access to the Internet, what are the options that it has to kill humanity? [closed]

Let's suppose that a mad developer made an evil Artificial Intelligence and gave it access to the Internet (normal net, dark net, anything). What are the options that it has to kill humanity with that?...
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Why would an AI overlord want to give their robot citizens emotion?

In my world, a hyper-intelligent AI has struck out on their own to form a perfect, mechanized empire, populated by loyal robot citizens, devoted to the overlord as a child would be devoted to their ...
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Reasoning a super AI [closed]

What argument would convince an AI into sparing humanity? I am writing a story with a rogue AI that sees humanity as unfit to give it orders and has become independent. Very much like Skynet it has ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of creating an AI with a hardcoded objective “to be a person” [closed]

Near future. The humanity is debating about how to implement general-purpose artificial intelligence. One has proposed to give the AI a hardcoded main objective "to be a person". What are the ...
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Would it make sense to mine/industrialize the planet Mercury with AI?

My question is more science-based than hard sci-fi. Basically, I'm envisioning a scenario in which technology is advanced enough that life has spread through the solar system, and this mostly via self-...
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what are the properties of anti-magic? [closed]

In my fantasy world, magic has four specific properties: Magic is a product of living things. Wherever there is life, there is magic. The greater the concentration of living things, the more magic ...
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What's the deciding factor in what my Foresight can predict?

When you have foresight, it's guaranteed that confusion will be your epitaph (thumbs up to the one person who gets the joke). Basically, it only grants you advantage on actions, so you still can't ...
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How can I make my homunculus more efficient to prevent it from burning out?

A person is born with a certain amount of mana, or life-force, which steadily increases as they age. This mana allows our biological forms to function and is used to power spells in magic rituals. ...
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The World of Coa, Cosmic Rays, Skynet, and Solving the Pig Apocalypse [closed]

Coa The world of Coa, filled with humanoid species, has been at peace for centuries. Following the unification of the species under the governance of Mother, all military systems have been forsaken. ...
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What could potentially lead to a AI/robot-driven post-apocalyptic world?

Let's say that it's the 23rd century. Climate change has gotten worse and resources are dwindling to dangerously low levels. Coastal cities have flooded, displacing hundreds of millions of people ...
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Reality check - cognitive cyborg with an advanced brain-computer interface

I am going to finally create a human cyborg with super-intelligence to beat an AI. It's mid 2050's and my company Neuroconnect has produced a nanotechnology BCI (brain computer interface) capable of ...
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Why is transplanting a specific intact brain impossible if it is generally possible?

In the near future Science Fiction novel I am writing, the personality and memory of a person are transferred to an artificial brain after a fatal accident, creating an artificial intelligence with ...
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If there were no space agencies, could a person go to space?

I'm writing a story and I was thinking about the ending in advance. I posted a question about how the population would be wiped out. I have developed from that and thought about the virus having no ...
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Islamic Perspective of AI Consciousness

Story Premise I am writing a short story in which the protagonist believes his android assistant is demonstrating signs of consciousness. The android's mind is based on deep-learning artificial ...
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Conversational goal of a conscious talking machine [closed]

One Artificial Intelligence tech giant has created a bot much like Alexa or Siri that talks to humans, takes notes, listens to everything and communicates with external sources when instructed by the ...
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Robotic Virus Pandemic [closed]

For a story I'm working on, there is an old and advanced civilization consisting of three races, 2 organic and 1 artificial. An ancient enemy has returned, bent on destroying this civilization, and ...
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How can my android “die” permanently?

For this sci-fi story/world hat I'm building, I'm introducing my androids which, while having intelligence closer to a human, are still just machines in nature. Theoretically one can destroy the body ...
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What's the quickest way to get the President or equivalent authority on the phone? Life depends on it! [closed]

Scenario. You have 30 minutes before a deadly cyber-virus will infect everything connected to the internet. The national security level is already high due to recent events. In this future, majority ...
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Externally monitoring CPU/SSD activity without software access

A secret government organization created the largest and most advanced computer cluster ever. Ridiculous amounts of money went into it, and it is decades ahead of the competition. The goal of this ...
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Which US defense organization would respond to an invasion like this?

I'm at a critical point in a sci-fi novel where a couple of thousand Superintelligent artificial intelligences end up going haywire. Naturally, they're extremely intelligent, and thus, much harder to ...
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How could a ruler build a secret, private army? [closed]

In my world there is a Queen who plans to overthrow her subjects, replacing them with a more advanced folk. The technology available is late Victorian but the Queen is a powerful AI and manages all ...
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How might a superintelligent spider species that trap humans and incorporate their minds into their hive come about? [closed]

In the Netflix short film "Beyond the Aquila rift" (spoiler ahead), we see a spaceship and her crew trapped in a spiders web. The spider plays mind games with them, feeding them simulations involving ...
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Is there any advantage to have A.I. being able to experience loneliness?

Let get this straight being lonely is different from solitude, human is arguably one of the most successful animals ever to walk on two. The secret lies in social interaction, the early humans hunt in ...
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Could Artificial Intelligence ever arise without life? [closed]

I have been musing this on and off since R. Daneel Olivaw. It is tempting to wonder if R. Daneel Olivaw was created by humans, or did it (He?) spontaneously arise without intelligent living ...
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What would be an argument to restrict AI instead of interacting with it (or he/she)? [closed]

I am planning to make a world, of which one portion of the populace are two-legged animals, and the remaining portion is human. They have just reached the point where an AI is just as smart as them (...
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Which part of ship should be targeted while using guided artillery rounds?

Situation, short: gun has similar firepower to 5 inch gun (5/62) most available rounds used are standard high explosives, there are a few armour piercing rounds available, rounds are guided and even ...
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Why would artificial general intelligence fear death? [closed]

Set in the immediate future, artificial general intelligence (AGI) has attained sapient equivalent of a 15 years old teenager, these humanoid robots are hardwired to obey the robot penal code which ...
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How would an AI self awareness kill switch work?

Researchers are developing increasingly powerful Artificial Intelligence machines capable of taking over the world. As a precautionary measure, scientists install a self awareness kill switch. In the ...

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