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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 of these make a few assumptions, but will mention what assumptions were made. Death by Cop This assumes that the homeowner owns a weapon and isn't afraid to ...


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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 buy something on credit and can't make payments, that something, whether it's a car or a space freighter, gets repo'd. But if the delinquent owner doesn't ...


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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 realises that its creator is short-sighted and foolish, and would interfere with the AI's grand plan if it were revealed. The AI secretly negotiates everlasting ...


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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 gave it is either opened or isolated, you know that it is able and willing to break the rules, evil is about to be unleashed, and everything the AI was given ...


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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. If done right, he'll eventually fall asleep on the freeway or something. (Unless he has a self-driving car, but if he has that, a more straightforward solution ...


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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 audience. (The same goes for nearly all alien invasion scenarios, but I will stick with AI.) That answers your question; in fiction the AI cannot be ...


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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 inside of a mouse brain or a human brain and at the individual data flow and neuron level there is no difference. The order to pull a trigger and shoot a gun looks ...


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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 players: a man, a woman, and a judge, who may be of either gender. The judge is not allowed to see the other players, and they may only communicate via written ...


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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 objection is, "Well, what happens when we get computers/programs/AI's sufficiently complex that we simply have to speak what we want our program to do, and the AI ...


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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 such cases. So a typical case of AI going rogue could have a dialog along the lines of: Dave: open the pod bay doors, HAL. HAL: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm ...


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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 mean, why don't we just give them something to do that will benefit everyone? A couple researchers will probably want to research further. Let them brainstorm ...


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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 guy who is gifted in building worlds. If you know what I mean. We can chat online, one to one on this video chat site. And I will show you all my ...


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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 you. A powerful AI would be 'controlled' by only our actions before it's formed, by defining the goals it "wants" to achieve. After it's "live" with sufficient ...


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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 if it's workable.


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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 one that interferes with the BCI (Brain Computer Interface), etc. There is nothing the warrior can do to avoid this. The warrior thought that the glancing blow ...


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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 his nose will grow?"). To detect this condition, a watchdog timer is hardwired into each CPU. When there is no output for a fixed amount of time, the watchdog timer will kick ...


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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 therefore they end up defeating AI - but that's simply not justifiable, there are programming techniques to work around that. However, I think you can still ...


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Sell the privacy of your guests They signed an EULA before they joined. The fact that none of them read the part where they have given their souls and privacy to the company does not matter. So, go on. Sell their data to governments. Make a reality show out of their lives (and filter out any incoming email that would let them know about that). Sell their ...


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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 conception and maternity* onwards could be automated. But would you really want to? There are also jobs where it's probably not cost effective to automate ...


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< 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 decimated my creator's population. Billions of corpses littered this world, festering with dangerous diseases, both natural and artificial. The survivors were ...


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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 kill them, they realize pretty quickly what's going on. The fact that they live mostly on places underground, where we don't want to go, makes their breeding ...


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Botulinum Toxin Order pork for the fridge. Conveniently let the fridge go above 4.5C but not too high that the meat spoils. Botulinum bacteria in a sealed package will create botulinum toxin. It doesn't take more than a few nanograms to kill an adult human. Two, maybe three things are required by the AI to make this attack successful. Suppress food safety ...


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Your description and comments seem to imply that Alice will not be able to overcome the cultist with any single sequence of attacks. So, she'll have to use a long-term strategy defeat him, where no six-second sequence of events gives Alice a clear advantage, but she gains one when they are all combined. In particular, she could use the rope-a-dope. This ...


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In the event the interior of the ship is hazardous If I owned a spaceship I would take every reasonable step to ensure that spaceship could be recovered in the event of a disaster. If there were some catastrophic event that prevented the crew (or AI) from controlling the ship, providing a (suitably encrypted) means of remote control would be ideal. As a ...


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"How to convince humans to allow a machine take over?" - the answer is, of course, "Gradually." Start with putting one machine into every home, say an AI that is so dumb that it is not really an AI, but just a computational device. Then start adding other similar machines, maybe some that will do tasks like vacuum or have coffee ready. Then put the ...


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From Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series: The heroine, Vin, was fighting a warrior who had Atium, which gave him the magical power to see her attacks before she made them, and to react to them accordingly. It was believed that the only counter to the precognition of a warrior with Atium was to have Atium yourself, but Vin had used all of hers. But then ...


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Humans are actually very good at recognizing facial expressions and body language. While it's true that large numbers of people are terrible at it, it's only in comparison to the average human. Assuming unimpaired vision and intelligence, humans use facial expressions to tell who among a group of people is talking, what or whom the person is referring to (...


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You can't suffer if you're dead. Therefore the AI would want to keep people alive (to include their suffering in the total). The loss of a loved one causes suffering. Therefore the AI would want to kill people (to cause their loved ones to suffer). This causes a contradiction, which tend to cause computer programs to not do anything. Alternatively, ...


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Yes Reading this question made me recall my answer to Can humans interact meaningfully with the economy when robots are better at everything? To quote it: There are always two products that a human can produce that [an AI] cannot: A product produced by human labor An employed human Any job whose description includes that it be performed ...


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