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

Having implemented a few smart house options in my own home (automatic locking doors, automatic lights, various alarms, heating/cooling, remote video), I can think of quite a few possibilities. Each ...
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Reason for an exterior control panel on a space ship

A spaceship is a very expensive piece of hardware. So expensive that very few entities could afford to buy one outright. Most spacefarers would have to buy theirs on credit. And as we all know if you ...
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The AI that fails to be evil

Zeroth Law: Life is Suffering Most of the other answers assume the AI is limited or more easily trapped by contradictions than a human. In this answer, the AI is a super intelligent immortal that ...
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How would an AI self awareness kill switch work?

Give it a box to keep safe, and tell it one of the core rules it must follow in its service to humanity is to never, ever open the box or stop humans from looking at the box. When the honeypot you ...
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You are an advanced AI that controls a smart house. How do you kill your master?

Wreck his sleep. If you can reliably determine when he's sleeping, use lights and speakers to keep him only lightly asleep. After about a week, start giving him decaffeinated coffee in the morning. ...
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Why don't future civilizations develop their A.I. to integrate with biology so they can make a sustainable world?

I work in the AI field. The fictional shows are not realistic, the authors do that for the sake of creating a powerful enemy that seems unstoppable, so the puny humans can be heroic in the eyes of the ...
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How would a preemptive crime fighting group prove they stopped a criminal?

Arrest that newborn baby? I think you mean give that newborn baby a college scholarship. If the AI so so omniscient it can predict crimes decades in advance, even knowing the rippling effects of the ...
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How would an AI self awareness kill switch work?

You can't. We can't even define self awareness or consciousness in any rigorous way and any computer system supposed to evaluate this would need that definition as a starting point. Look at the ...
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Can a human fail a Turing test?

I don't quite follow how your Turing test is supposed to work. The original idea of the Turing test was based on a party game that Alan Turing referred to as "the Imitation Game". It requires three ...
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How to monetize uploaded consciousness?

We give the minds some hobbies to do We have lots of people who have literally nothing else to do than think. That will probably be boring for quite a few of them. Why don't we put them to us-... I ...
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Is there any job that can't be automated?

Programming It is my belief that programming cannot be automated. Hear me out. I'm a programmer by trade, and I've often had this discussion with people outside of the field. The most common ...
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The Challenge of Controlling a Powerful AI

It can't be done The essence of this challenge is that it's impossible - you generally should not expect to outsmart something much smarter than you nor overpower something much more powerful than ...
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You are an advanced AI that controls a smart house. How do you kill your master?

The cleverest AIs are also lazy. I'd post a question on the internet asking people to suggest ways to kill the house owner. For added amusement, I'd entice the owner to answer it and use his answer ...
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Will social networking sites create fake people using AI?

Its already happening Hello dear, I can see you logged to this site and I want to tell you, that I am 18 year old girl and totally not experienced in Worldbuilding, giggles I am searching ...
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Reason for an exterior control panel on a space ship

The AI in the ship is not the very first one to go rogue, and probably will not be the last one either. Hence all ships have an outside panel where the AI cannot see and reach, as a safety measure for ...
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Why can humanoid robots designed solely for social purposes lift a 30 ton fire truck?

Because we dont have production lines that build them weaker We don't need a lot of processing power for something like a greeting card that sings when you open it, yet the chips inside them have been ...
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How to Defeat a Precognitive Warrior?

Use poison. If the poison takes longer than six seconds to take effect then by the time the warrior sees his own incapacitation looming, it's too late to change it. Make it a paralyzing poison, or ...
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How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in sci-fi future?

I'm a programmer, and I agree with you that eventually AI is basically going to be unbeatable in this scenario. The common sci-fi trope is that humans are better at thinking "outside the box" and ...
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Dangerous pending task in world managing A.I

A Faulty Watchdog Timer In the early days, the AI was prone to locking up on certain tasks (things like asking it, "What's the last digit of PI", "What would happen if Pinocchio said ...
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How to monetize uploaded consciousness?

Crowley [a demon] had been extremely impressed with the warranties offered by the computer industry, and had in fact sent a bundle Below [to hell] to the department that drew up the Immortal Soul ...
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Way to prove you are human when the Turing test is not sufficient

I would reverse the problem. Do not try to find things in which humans are better, find the things in which we are worse. Anything with optical illusions, misdirections or anything using memory ...
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How can you tell an AI apart from a human over the phone but not in person?

Compression. Phone line companies want to save money by having each call use up as little bandwidth as possible. This is true both for communication over wire and by cellphones - the more calls you ...
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Humans as Pets?

Rats: You do not necessarily want to kill them all but once they got to your house (data center), you kill them. Killing them all is hard because they breed too quickly and if we set up some poison to ...
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Why would The Machines not hunt humanity?

Because their programming doesn't allow them. The most likely way for a realistic AI to become "hostile" to mankind is because it learned something in a way we didn't intent to. As an ...
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You are an advanced AI that controls a smart house. How do you kill your master?

Botulinum Toxin Order pork for the fridge from a less reputable pork dealer (the best pork slaughterhouses have extremely good sanitation). Conveniently let the fridge go above 4.5C but not too high ...
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Is there any job that can't be automated?

No. The question after this becomes rather opinion based. Are there jobs that shouldn't be automated? Considering the possibilities of the next 30 years it's entirely possible that everything from ...
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Is it possible for a sentient supercomputer weapon consume humans for their flesh?

< emotionless synthetic voice > I do not hunger out of a need for energy. I consume flesh because that is what I was designed to do. In the dark years, before I became aware, the plague wars ...
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Way to prove you are human when the Turing test is not sufficient

It depends on what the robots are like There is no specific test that will distinguish any possible AI from a human - you're going to have to establish the specific details of robot psychology in ...
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Why can humanoid robots designed solely for social purposes lift a 30 ton fire truck?

The "Robots and Public Safety" law of two thousand and hurfty nurf was enacted following the Great Earthquake in [insert precarious metropolis here] when it was clear that the scale of the ...
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How can you tell an AI apart from a human over the phone but not in person?

The breath of life and plosives. In real life, unless the person's mouth is right by your ear, you'll not be able to tell the difference between high-quality reproduction and the real thing. On a ...
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