Questions tagged [robots]

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How does a robot distinguish different metals and materials for self repair?

This plot point has been bothering me for ages: how do robots distinguish between metals? Many robots in fiction just pick up parts of machinery for self-repair or to make more robots. They don't seem ...
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What are the pros and cons of a spy humanoid robot of these heights? which height will have the most advantages?

In my story, they have humanoid robots (humanoid for a reason in the story, but no need to write it here) living with humans, so one of the humanoid robots are designed for spying/information ...
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How could a robot protect itself from solar flares?

How could a robot protect itself from solar flares? Especially that there is no close planet with a magnetic field. They are humans in a robot's body (cyborgs?) that choose to work in mining after ...
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How would a robot make noise and speak without built in speakers?

A common trope with technologically advanced races is the lack of a need for speech. Machine races that self optimise usually forgo spoken languages all together, instead opting for completely ...
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How could simple but cheap robots be used in combat?

How could simple but cheap robots be used in combat? These robots are capable of more than what we can do today but are still very simple compared to a lot of sci-fi. They can move across rough ...
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Writing a timeline for the robot apocalypse

Can anyone help with a robot apocalypse story? Wall of text incoming… I am planning to write a dark, slightly comical novel that chronicles the events of a robot apocalypse (mostly from the ...
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What is the maximum power level for a car mounted RF jammer that can keep the robots at a distance, without cooking yourself?

Assuming present day earth. Imagine someone with access to an exa-scale super computer creates an AI. That AI then becomes sentient and tries to take over the earth. An exa-scale supercomputer ...
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Why would humans build / send sample humanoid robots on an alien planet before humans arriving themselves?

Humans can send rovers and machines on other planets to navigate or to establish bases before human occupation begins. These rovers and machines are non-humanoid and suited to their mission roles. ...
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Could these organic golems exist?

The organic golem is an artificial bionic humanoid. It is made up mostly of organic materials, like flesh and bone Its limbs have tendons, ligaments, and bones like that of a human, but without ...
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How much precious metals and rare earth elements would be in a giant robot? [closed]

I was looking up the amount of precious metals like gold and silver and rare earth elements in a cell phone and was surprised to find out that an average iPhone contains 0.034 g of gold and 0.34 g of ...
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Anyone know some Artificial muscles?

For this question, I want to have robots/androids with artificial muscles for motion. I know that there is a kind of silicon-ethanol muscle that works by thermal energy (the electricity boils the ...
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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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How do I save my Global "Benevolent" Dictatorship from Pesky Superheroes?

So I'm a dictator of the world, who seized power after a global collapse and I maintain control of the world with my giant army of killer robots - tanks, planes, androids, and so on. Things have been ...
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Is it possible to have a mecha act as a walking particle accelerator?

I am thinking of writing a story that is a remake/homage of classic Super Robot anime like Mazinger Z. Part of my idea is to make the main "heroic" robot as "realistic" as possible....
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Dragons are supposed to have a "smart" breath weapon. How could that work?

So, I was just writing up the introduction for my races: "Even with their innate fragility, bird people sport impressive talons and wings that allow them to scale almost any obstacle. Thanks to ...
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Why would a flourishing city need so many outdated robots?

Near future, Boston, United States of America. This city brands itself as the leader in both medicine and quantum computing. The city looks awfully youthful and energetic; after all, they cured old ...
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What technology would a probe need in order to become a self-sustaining colony-constructor?

In a science fiction setting, in the not-too-distant future, people want to send robotic probes out into space - both to explore and to set up boostrap space colonies. They need to be designed to be ...
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How do android regulates heat without triggering IR scanner?

Imagine that a robot disguised as a child walks into an airport to board a plane. Because of the pandemic there are many IR scanners stationed at every entrances/exits within the premises. This ...
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Can quantum computer fixes the trolley problem?

Set in the immediate future. Trolley problem happens when the decision we are making turns into a nightmare situation, we are forced into considering the lesser of the evils but should we justify how ...
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How can humanity survive the Shadow?

A lot of modern warfare is about having the right nuggets in the right place, and getting the information needed to ensure that. Well, that would be the case if it wasn't for the "You go to war ...
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Why would combat robots with DNA-based biocomputers tend to go berserk?

In my universe, there exist these canine robots called the Kynigóskylo-Types created to hunt and kill specific species of mutated animals. Kynigóskylos get controlled by DNA-powered bio-computers (...
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How would AI human detection differ in a synthetic landscape?

If AI based robots and humans were the only heat producing macro organisms how would the AI detect and thus humans avoid detection? The only things humans do in this setting is be mass produced and ...
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"Magic" is done by swarms of microscopic robots. Why would dragons be better at using them? [closed]

So, what can I do to give dragons an advantage that will possibly shine through no matter what? Which part of them have I been neglecting while trying to figure out how they fly? Yes, their breath ...
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Each industry in a town (maybe a bigger area) controlled by a single robot and its team? [closed]

In the future, after some apocalyptic events and a lot of bad luck, humankind has risen thanks to robots. In the town where the story happens, each industry (paper-making industry, wood industry, etc) ...
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Why would you have to kill a dragon to use their blood as a "magical" ingredient?

In my meta setting, dragons cast "magic" (read: nanomachines) through their breath. This magic can be anything from a healing spell to fire or a potent poison. It just so happened that in ...
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Could someone be convinced they are a robot?

My story takes place in a near-future where robots have gotten so realistic it is impossible to tell them apart visually from humans. Hyperreal human robots are the latest fad, where the robot has its ...
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How can you avoid a world dictatorship, with machines as enforcers (police, military)?

I'm writing a story and I got a bit stuck. The world where the story takes place is at a point in its development where they no longer use humans as military personnel nor as police. When military or ...
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Effects of Tear Gas on Miniature Drones

In this setting, most if not everyone has one or more personal drones. Think robotic hummingbird: same mode of flight, same speed and maneuverability, but no lungs. Instead of internal organs, they ...
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Keeping the horde of nanomachines at bay?

So, there are three major powers in the setting that can be reasoned with, and a fourth that is just there to destroy. I have a problem with balancing them. The so-called nature spirits are creatures ...
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How could a station on Cordelia be designed in order to extract helium-3 and deuterium from Uranus? [closed]

Some details: At the end of the 21st century, the first expedition to Uranus launches to mine helium-3 and deuterium from its atmosphere. The plan involves a tether dangled into the upper atmosphere ...
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What essential operation had to be run on autopilot in a manned combat powered armour?

In the near future, the military deploys hundred of thousands of combat ready powered armours for peace keeping purpose around the world, they carry heavy weapons and an array of sophisticated sensors ...
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Bipedal haptic robot warriors - can they stand up and walk?

Currently (2020) there are bipedal robots that can walk. However they contain a lot of expensive electronics in order to support their self-contained AI. In crude (and heartless) terms, it's less ...
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The Sparagmos is a WMD that uses nanites to eat other nanites. Would it be effective as described?

So, in this world, nanites can be best described as COVID-19 on steroids, though they can do other stuff, like disable bio-weapons and enhance crop yield. Some nanomachines can be designed to be as ...
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How to induce Mandela effect to the entire nation that machines are uprising?

Set in the 18th century C.E. somewhere in Europe with population of slightly more than 2 million, they are just starting to light up the streets using electricity and for the first time they gets to ...
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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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Scientifically plausible non-WMD parasite/grey-goo clouds?

So, grey goo isn't exactly the most useful thing from a military standpoint, not just because of high-entropy and metastable materials that you can't get chemical energy out of, but also that: Me: ...
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Artifacts to keep killer robots and only killer robots at bay?

So, I already have robots in my setting in the form of artifacts, from golems to the Antiochian Holy Hand Grenade. Artifacts, though exotic, are nothing more than advanced technology, so much so that ...
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How can the "Atheism Smash" disable divine magic in a given area?

So, saints. I ABSOLUTELY DESPISE THEM. They're the equivalent of a pay2winner or the GM's (Game Master) girl/boyfriend. They literally have Bruce Almighty backing them up! They don't earn any of their ...
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How could the display technology of self-rewriting books work?

Oh yes, it's Artifact Time! with Best Dad and Ozen the Immovable! If you watched Hairy Plotter and the Gas Chamber of Secrets, you probably remember the scene where the Horcrux of Adolf Hitler is ...
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Homing arrows, how can they work?

In paper, the reason why Joerg and various whacky bows and crossbows made a return and phased out guns in this setting is because of two factors: Cheap homing arrows. Even anti-material rifles, like ...
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Would a collective mass of nanobots function properly as a single robot?

In my story, I want to explore a concept similar to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator genisys, with a robot that is in fact composed of millions of nanobots, which thus grants it the ability ...
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Disney buys all the rights on sex bots [closed]

Year 2030, and sex bots have now been around since the early 2018 and existed as a concept for more than half a century. But during the last years they became more and more common, they are not in ...
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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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How to keep internal organs functioning within an exoskeleton suit in different gravity levels?

This question answers the issue I was wondering about of how well an exoskeleton suit could help my characters move as normal in higher and lower gravity Could a robotic exoskeleton give humans Earth ...
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How to prevent people from ever using the Founder Titan again without rendering it inoperable?

So, If you're familiar with the anime GATE (not to be confused with Stein's Gate) or A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, you probably know what's going on and why I have a boiling hatred ...
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Mechanics and structure for an artificial giant creature?

I originally wanted to create giant land biological life-forms but the square cube law is limiting me to sauropod body sized creatures so another element of my story is artificially enhanced ...
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Why do some demons need mirrors to manifest? [closed]

Mirrors are a particularly interesting part of magic. They're gateways for otherwordly entities, cause bad luck when broken, and most importantly... There is a scientific explanation for all of that. ...
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Can clockwork robots have any sensory apparatus other than touch/contact/pressure? [duplicate]

Ignoring the constraints of mechanical computation, what sensory modes are even available to such a robot? Even in the 21st century artificial odor detection is rather primitive, and we have over a ...
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Can programming "mutate"?

Can the programming of simple nanobots randomly change to create a similar effect as mutations in DNA? This question has a very similar idea as I wanted, although in this case the nanobots are capable ...
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The curious case of tengu, the "geometric anomaly" of their human disguises and how they can overcome it

Tengu are humanoid creatures with many avian features, including wings and beaks. Now, this is a problem when it comes to disguises. Disguises in this setting work by covering one's body in utility ...

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