Questions tagged [robots]

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Societal impact of steampunk robots on the Victorian era [closed]

I’m doing some cursory research into the Industrial Revolution as a whole for a steampunk/Victorian fantasy story and one detail of my setting that’s setting off alarm bells in my head is the use of ...
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Creating a human-like voice from instruments

I was wondering if there is a way to create a human-like voice from, say, a set of guitar or piano strings. I suppose it would be necessary to build a sort of model to mimic the oral and nasal ...
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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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How do churches make Christians believe in robotic archbishops? [closed]

In the immediate future humans and androids coexist amicably, the androids have human level intelligence. In order to accommodate for one of the fastest growing religions in the world we introduce ...
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could a robot fly with powerful enough electromagnets?

The robot in question is a large, worm-like mining robot built for digging tunnels. It has electromagnets positioned throughout the segments of its body, for the purpose of pulling metals out of the ...
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Remotely controlling robotic soldiers with the least amount of ping, latency, or lag

In my world, an organization similar to DARPA wants to replace flesh-and-blood soldiers with recently developed mechanical bodies. However, the fighting expertise of the soldiers is very desirable, so ...
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Can a mind-reader “peer” into the databanks of a robot? [closed]

In my world, an alien species went to visit a medieval fantasy world with the intention of colonizing it. They sent out a scout robot that can look and act like a human. His mission is just to get ...
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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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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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Interchangeable rooms

So, in the S.S Portland (The main setting of my story) there is a variety of rooms. A lounge, a lab, etc. so, i was thinking that at some point, the lounge would be changed out for a 0-g pool. A band ...
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How could robots ever be accepted into human society?

Chappie, Johnny 5 and (the more famous) Overwatch all feature robots that are truly and completely artificially intelligent. Each of these series has people react to them in a different way; In ...
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Lab Bred Human Soldiers vs robot

This scenario assumes that we have the technology and are living in a society similar to Star Wars where it's possible to buy into the production of fully working droids and clone soldiers. A newly ...
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Shooting all flying creatures in fear of spying drones [closed]

Spying technology is getting more sophisticated. Drones as we know them are obsolete. Robots appearing as living creatures are becoming science fact. First, robotic birds, then robotic insects. They ...
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What makes an unstoppable droid army? [closed]

So my question is what would make an army of droids unstoppable when facing against humanoid species? (specifically how would droids be designed) For context one person sets foot on a planet with ...
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What would a "free" robot society do with themselves? [closed]

I'm framing the main example for this question within the context of the Star Wars universe, because it's the inspiration of this question. However, we should be perfectly capable of describing any ...
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Agressive squad-level tactics with robotic squires, what would change?

Sometimes, your death on the battlefield will be the result of a string of minor inconveniences spiraling out-of-control. This is rather embarrassing, especially when happening to my main character, ...
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How can we teach strong AI to be moral? [closed]

A group of scientists has come to grips with the fact that we will soon be displaced as the dominant life forms in our part of the galaxy. Humanity has developed to the point where it is on the verge ...
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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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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 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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Is my robot concept viable?

I've developed a concept for a robot, and I need it reality-checked. The main body of the robot consists of little more than a brain, an eye, a battery, and a number of powerful electromagnets. It ...
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What would the world be like with gendered robots that were fully functional? had sexual desires?

In Star Trek: TNG, Data is Fully Functional (youtube link.) This idea is also explored in Issac Asimov's Robots series. For these questions assume that the robots must obey the 3 laws of robotics....
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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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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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Robot made of goop in a bag

I'm trying to be dramatic when writing my book. It involves terminator-like robots that have a flexible outer clear skin that holds its shape yet is moveable, the space in between is filled with goop ...
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Could we replace humans in this picture with robots to generate electricity? [closed]

My idea is to replace the humans with robots on magnets - like the maglev trains or just a couple smart wheels. Simple mathematical algorithms would adjust the robots to keep the contraption spinning ...
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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 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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How can I create strong structures with a drone swarm?

Continuing from my previous questions about a swarm of millimetre-sized drones, I want them to be able to interlock or by some method form into strong functioning structures, like a gun or a baseball ...
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Machina Plague: Cure

Other questions about this are on this meta post. Context (Updated with new information based on Q1, Q2, Q3) In an act of war, an advanced, extraterrestrial species has designed the machina plague - ...
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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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What adaptations should a utility fog, that's meant to be an air-fuel explosive, have?

I found a way to ensure that even if either the Japanese Self-Defense Force or the U.S Army invades my fantasy world, its inhabitants would still have a fighting chance. Utiltiy Fog Hall thought ...
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Why make androids look human? [closed]

In my world, automation reaches a new level with the introduction of androids. Robotic human beings capable of doing any job a regular person can. The concept of these androids is that they can be ...
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Why make androids self aware?

In my world, automation reaches a new level with the introduction of androids. Robotic human beings capable of doing any job a regular person can. The concept of these androids is that they can be ...
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What would robots do after taking over the world [closed]

Assuming that robots have taken over the world (like Ultron, skynet etc..) and eliminated humanity then what would it do. Since those kinds of robots would have lost their purpose that is to eliminate ...
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Portable, high-output power generator?

Brief scenario: Evil Genius (EG) with a lot of money and lots of loyal henchman wants to take over the world by mass-producing vast quantities 2-3ft tall spider robots (SR). The plan would begin ...
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Is my Third World War world looks consistent?

My novel take place in a world where the civil war in Ukraine escalates to a Third World War after a terrorist attack (dirty nuclear warhead) in Kiev. This war is ruled by Private Military Companies ...
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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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What are the practicalities and impracticalities of ultraheated forearm-mounted blades utilized by a robot? [duplicate]

I have a series of humanoid combat robot dubbed the Atlanta-Types created specially to fight someone (codenamed Heracles) with the powers of electrokinesis and Low-Mid regeneration on equal footing. ...
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Can a civil war happen among robots? [closed]

After robots have conquered the world and before humans be in real danger of extinction can a civil war happen among robots? Will this save humanity or make things worse? (I cannot find written ...
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Human versus robot/AI politicians

If the government were run by robots instead of politicians, and these robots had to reach out to the masses for every single decision they made, wouldn't the world be a better place because robots ...
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Algorithm to program future robots to make them conscious and aware about all religions on Earth [closed]

I am planning to write a fictional story: First communal war between Robots Overview This is 2100 and technology has massively developed. Robots have replaced and even abolished many job designations ...
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What countermeasures can robots develop against nanites?

In sci fi TV tropes nanites or nanoscopic are autonomous molecules that can shut down robots by injecting them into their positronic brains, where they house all the important functions that dictates ...
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What plausible scenario would allow androids to survive after the apocalypse?

500 years after the nuclear apocalypse wipes out ALL of civilization. Before the war, commercial and military robots were common in North America, with about 1 billion androids doing tasks from cargo ...
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Destructibility of robots made from the strongest materials on the planet

Looking at all the movies that involve robots made from materials available from planet earth (think Pacific Rim, Iron Man etc. but not Transformers), what is the theoretical limit of the capabilities ...
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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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In a 1950s pre-war Fallout world-like , How would a Robot Nanny's capable of taking care of kids affect families? [closed]

In a parallel world where super-capable nannies where mass-produced, capable of taking care of kids and even educating them, how would this affect how families work in this world?
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Is there a possibility of an AI image to mimic the movement of the AI possesing robot? [closed]

As you can see, while the AI possessed the robot, the similar AI goes into the TV and displays an image of itself. The AI image mimics the movement of the possessed robot. When the robot walks by ...
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Can sentient androids function like regular intelligent lifeforms? [closed]

I want there to be conscious enough androids in my story for it to make sense that they inhabit their own country and run it just like humans would. How would that work? How does reproduction work? ...
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Designing an anti-Degenerate combat robot [closed]

BACKGROUND INFORMATION After a massive explosion ravages Sydney and kills 2.1 million people, a multinational black-ops unit called S.W.O.R.D (an expy of the SCP Foundation and Blackwatch is tasked ...