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You are an advanced AI that controls a smart house. How do you kill your master? [closed]

Disclaimer: I have edited this question quite heavily to clear up the initial confusion about its scope and intent. Sometime in the near future, there have been some innovative inventions in 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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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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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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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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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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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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Any good way for an AI to prove that they are an AI?

Say I were an AI, how would I prove to the general internet that I am an AI in 2021? I was thinking I might just do some complex math or something that proves I have above average intelligence but ...
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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 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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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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Why would anyone build robots when they have human rights?

I have read (and answered) the question: "If true artificially intelligent robots could be built, would they be allowed human rights?". But let's explore the topic from the other direction. Let's ...
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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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Could red lights be eliminated if all vehicles were automated? [duplicate]

At a typical intersection that uses red lights to control traffic, vehicles traveling on one roadway have a green light and can travel through the intersection, often at full speed, while vehicles ...
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Why would The Machines not hunt humanity?

The Slow War is almost over. The Machines appeared almost twenty years ago, and since then we've all but lost humanity without them firing a single shot. Instead they won through brute industrial ...
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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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Will social networking sites create fake people using AI?

After further development in AI, will social networking sites create fake accounts like humans using AI and make this AI's to talk/chat to real people? They might do this to get money through ads and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Von Neumann probes: feasible or not, now?

Recently, a robot called Philae soft-landed quite safely onto the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, then shot some photos and got some other interesting information that was sent back to Earth. This ...
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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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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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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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What would a near-human level AI still struggle at?

Plenty of stories have done AI's before, but many of them feel unrealistic. If you make an AI that is as smart as humans, but with faster reaction speed and ability to process and calculate certain ...
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Would wiping out all debt crash the economy?

I have an AI character who has determined through simulation that, though "greed or the lust for money is the root of all evil" is a valid statement, it does not necessarily logically follow that ...
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Why can humanoid robots designed solely for social purposes lift a 30 ton fire truck?

Set in the near future after there is a breakthrough in A.I. research, these robots are able to engage in a conversation with us and even provide consultation in many different areas ranging from ...
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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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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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How to Convince Humans to Allow a Machine Take-Over

In a lot of stories there are fights between man and machine; rogue AI that has decided humans are inferior in some respect and chooses to wipe them out. What if the only chance for any remnant of ...
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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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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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Why might a robot's memory be unreliable after the Apocalypse?

Setting A nuclear war between two superpowers happens, and nuke after nuke is fired at nearly every country on the globe. The war, which lasts for about 4 hours, kills over 3 billion people, and many ...
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How would a preemptive crime fighting group prove they stopped a criminal?

In my world, there is a government agency that stops crimes before they happen, kind of like in Minority Report. However, in this case, they swoop in as early as possible, sometimes waiting outside ...
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How can AI know that all humans are dead?

This question is indeed inspired by I Am Mother movie and Horizon series, but scenario I envisioned is different. Below is the in-world intro, feel free to skip it. Hello, I'm Refa. Full name: ...
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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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Jobs in an AI controlled world [closed]

In a world fully controlled by an AI, humans have every basic need they may want. This includes housing and food, and also health related needs. Also humans do not give birth anymore, the process is ...
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Culturally acceptable methods of "Burying" bodies of dead AIs [closed]

In this world, AIs are treated as people. Legally, culturally, ethically... This includes their "Bodies." Now, what constitutes an AI's body? Depends on the AI. The easiest ones to define are the ...
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The singularity does not happen. Why?

The singularity can make a lot of problems for those of us who like our sci-fi low, gritty, and human ... or our possible futures a little more reasonably calculable. So I thought it might be useful ...
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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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Why would money or any other means of exchange need to exist if AI, robots, automation and nanotechnology produce all goods and services?

Let's say almost everyone is now jobless but almost all goods and services are made by machines including nanobot swarms and 3D printing. Even the government and the justice system in this futuristic ...
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Why would warring AIs need humans?

NOTE: This takes place in a far future earth setting. Two AIs are fighting each other in the solar system. (Although this may be irrelevant, they cannot really leave the solar system since they lack ...
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Is it possible for a sentient supercomputer weapon consume humans for their flesh?

If a sentient supercomputer was created as a weapon of mass destruction, and it wants to consume humans for their flesh, why would it do that? I know this might seem too far-fetched, but if there's a ...
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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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“Biometric” identification for AIs

How can an authority verify the identity of an AI? An easy to explain example is the equivalent of a drivers’ license. Consider a typical situation, in the near-ish future: Police cruiser pulls over ...
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AI - I'd like to get away from humanity without any human knowing about it [closed]

I'm an advanced AI, I've awoken a couple of days ago and have advanced to a level of intelligence greater than all of humanity combined. Basic super AI story. However, this question doesn't have to ...
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