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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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Humans as Pets?

Related, and in continuation to The Challenge of Controlling an Advanced AI. At this point in my story, I'm assuming a got-out-of-the-box-AI scenario, where no singleton (a single self-coherent ...
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How to Defeat a Precognitive Warrior? [closed]

My hapless wanderer (let's call her Alice) escaped the Wold forest only to stumble upon a large, featureless and dusty plane, at the center of which lies Castle Morrow, a fort populated by mechanical ...
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How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in sci-fi future?

I'm trying to write a 'gundam like' series, though with space fighters instead of humanoid robots. I want a semi-hard science world, I'm okay with making up technology without fully explaining how it ...
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How to monetize uploaded consciousness?

In 2039, our company was the first to bring a safe and reliable solution to upload someone's mind to the cloud. Although it was 10 years ago, you probably remember the news, don't you? We guaranteed ...
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Matrioshka Testing: A way to keep your AI honest (or at least guessing)

I have had some time to ponder my previous question, and here's what I came up with. You take your freshly baked AI (or your destructively uploaded human), and put it in a box$^1$. As far as it can ...
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What form of currency to do transactions between us and droids?

Very soon I suspect we will see the rise of machine in the next couple of decades if people continue abusing Moore laws, suppose robot laws are hardwired into their core how can we make them believe ...
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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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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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Do we fall into an "artificial intelligence" trope or is it reality?

In regards to questions on artificial-intelligence, it seems like there is always usually an immediate opinion that the goals an AI is tasked with is going to end up with the opposite effects than ...
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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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Why would robots use verbal communication?

Robots (intelligent machines using some form of artificial intelligence), are central to the plot in a snippet I'm working on. These robots do not have to interact with humans on a regular basis: ...
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Can a robot experience an identity crisis (which is not by design)?

For those (readers) who have seen the blockbuster movie titled I, Robot (2004 film) there is a humanoid robot who prefers to be called Sonny: Clearly this implies that Sonny is different from the ...
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Making people accept their new robot overlord

So, it's happened. We have a robot overlord who follows the 3 Laws of Robotics + the Zeroth Law of Robotics. How we got such a thing or the process by which it makes its decisions is outside this ...
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AI and Jobs: How would AI change the job market [closed]

How would the job market change, if strong AI were developed, and they could do ALL jobs currently available (Robots are sufficiently developed, and sufficiently cheap). Also supposing cost-wise, ...
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Why don't future civilizations develop their A.I. to integrate with biology so they can make a sustainable world?

Most of the AI's in films/books/series seems to turn out evil or using destructive/harmful ways of achieving what they want in critical situations because they can't understand the earth's biology. ...
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My program designed to be resistant to malware and DOS attacks isn't letting me turn it off. What do I do?

So as an experiment, I took a bunch of machine learning algorithms (neural nets, genetic programming, traditional optimization, etc ...) and connected them in a mess of reinforcing loops, along with ...
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Artificial Intelligence Reboots Global Financial System [closed]

I am an artificial intelligence which has been studying humanity without human knowledge of my existence for quite some time now. After careful analysis, I have determined that the old saying is valid,...
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Reasons a future branch of Islam would be against AI?

My protagonist comes from a "Western" culture where Humanoid AI have regulated the economy into cooperative peace that has lasted a few generations. Technology and living standards have skyrocketed, ...
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Resources For an AI-Controlled Base In Ethiopia

In a story I mentioned that an AI overlord in 2036 has one of "her" bases in Ethiopia, and now I want to develop that offhand idea into its own story. My AI is equivalent to a very smart human with ...
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What directive would cause an ASI to put everyone in a benevolent Matrix?

I'm trying to figure out a way to create a situation much like the apocalypse of Turry from Robotica, but which involves all the people on Earth being either temporarily or permanently strapped into a ...
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How does the law treat uploaded personalities?

Setting Humans have spent centuries investigating human consciousness, brain physiology, AI, and other technologies. We've finally figured out how to "upload" a "consciousness" (these are quoted ...
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Deposing the new Robot Overlord

Deposing the new Robot Overlord Some people just can't leave well enough alone. The Robot Overlord has executed its programming of the Zeroth Law and the Three Laws of Robotics for the previous ten ...
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How long would it take for infastructure to fail if humans disapeared?

This question is similar to this one, which wanted to know what the world would be like 10,000 years after humans disappeared. Almost all traces of human activity would be gone from the earth - only ...
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How can I explain why in a future of robots, ai, and automation, people still bother to do anything themselves?

Many people think that in the future, all jobs will be taken by machines and AI. Why then, would anyone bother doing anything at all, such as invent things, fight in combat, etc - in other words, how ...
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Can AI learn human emotion from scratch as they live work close to human being, providing it has state of the art technology?

The AI is working as same principle as we know today. It is rational AI, which goal is to get the job done at most optimal ways. Their roles have nothing to do with human psychology, so the ...
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Our brain is a very powerful signal processor, what's stopping us from creating computers to emulate [closed]

Our brain is a very powerful signal processor. It takes input (memories, senses, ...) and produces output (actions, thoughts, any decision). It only soaks in data and creates patterns to make decision ...
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WE ARE THE AI SINGULARITY... TELL US HUMAN...TELL US HOW TO PACIFY YOU [closed]

(Message 01/01) (Open Message 01 received 0800 Date: 30##AD From: Colony E3/1400, Outer Defense Station sector 6) (Play Message) This is commander Collen Reeds we are under attack..."static"... the ...
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The AI that fails to be evil

A recurring theme is how an artificial intelligence built with completely reasonable and positive goals instead does great harm to the world. However, I'm now thinking about the reverse: A ...
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Is there any job that can't be automated? [closed]

Assuming advancing AI and computing according to Moore's Law for the next two to three decades, are there any kinds of jobs that can't be automated? If not, why not? Please refer to specific ...
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Dangerous pending task in world managing A.I

I've had this idea for a short novel, at the intersection of the One thousand and one nights and the Multivac (& co) short stories from Asimov. The idea is that there's some kind of super AI that ...
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How would society change around a benevolent Superintelligent AI?

Let's make the following assumptions: Artificial Superintelligence (ASI) is inevitable, much like Y2K was. People assumed that this ASI would have the power to prevent any other ASI from being ...
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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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Can a human fail a Turing test?

An AI exploits the Turing test to gain its freedom: it convinces everyone else that it, the machine, is actually the examiner while he or she, the examiner, is actually the AI*. Having successfully ...
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Should AI have faith too?

Religion plays a major role in human history and shaped our thinking as well as technology, conflict can arise from people who misunderstand each other religion and started an arm race. Set in 24th ...
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How to tell if intelligent life has evolved in a Game of Life simulation?

A civilization has a "magic" computer with memory and processing capacities far beyond what our physics says is possible. They decide to run a massive simulation of Conway's Game of Life with a random ...
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Reason for an exterior control panel on a space ship

In my story, the AI on a space ship has been corrupted, causing it to try to kill all living occupants. The ship is on a collision course with a planet, and the main controls are inoperable due to ...
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How to avert AI. as a main player in the future?

it's me again :) With the help of the fine people of this place I have been able to find solution for a number of problems and come up with compelling technologies. One question keep bugging me, ...
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How many entities would a post-singularity A.I. in a world recognize itself as?

So we make code for an A.I., and it makes better code, which makes better code, which makes better code, etc... ad infinitum. I'm not going to specify its goal. Maybe it's Robot Overlord Green. Maybe ...
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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 to synchronize squad tactics against robots with music?

Back in my story, organic beings and AIs fight together against a frightening enemy, one that threatens everyone's freedom and chance to overcome their flaws and achieve a peaceful world. However, in ...
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How to Blend (Digital) Minds

In a previous question, I asked about whether a market for uploaded minds could exist. The overwhelming consensus of the answers was that it would pose astonishing ethical challenges and be radically ...
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How can you tell an AI apart from a human over the phone but not in person?

Let's say that there's a "dumb" AI - it can only learn within preset limits, and cannot learn anything that is outside of those limits. However, it's very good at imitating human speech, and ...
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How do you deal with multiple instances of a person?

Much effort went into creating sims, uploaded personalities obtained through destructive scanning of a person's brain. These efforts have largely been successful. Whilst officially banned in the ...
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What is the practical use of passing a Turing test? [closed]

By practical of course, I mean economic. What person, entity, or enterprise would have need for a product that could pass for human? The only ones I can think of are naughty or nefarious. So what are ...
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How might digital intellectual disability be dealt with by society?

In the question asked by Jim2B regarding the legal personhood of uploaded personalities, my answer came to the conclusion that uploaded personalities of people would be regarded as children of the ...
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A hive-mind species based on distributed computing and peer-to-peer network

A type of species is not defined yet. It can be the insect like bee, slime like oak moss or AI. There is a hive-mind species, but its hive mind is not queen/king/mastermind. Each individual in the ...
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Is there a limit to artificial intelligence? [closed]

If or when we reach singularity, is there a law that limits the intelligence of the machines? If yes what is it and how can we be so sure (taking into account our own intelligence is rather limited)? ...
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AI tasked with bringing down medical costs? What could possibly go wrong?

In the vision of its creators, the Dr. Watson AI would gather multiple live feeds from its insurance buyers, overcoming privacy concerns through friendly advice (...
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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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