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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 really... There's a few videos on youtube were a scene is slowly modified (things are added, removed, the characters change clothes...) and you won't see it, or ...


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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 your world. An emotional test may work - if your robots are less emotional than humans. This is a big "if" by the way, despite its ubiquity in older (and recent, ...


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They paint their wings like giant butterflies Rainforests house many colorful butteflies, some with wingspans of 4-5 inches. With painted wings and carefully chosen clothes and a bit of bodypaint, fairies can be difficult to tell from real butterflies at a distance of more than a few feet.


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To get to the moon you need to reach a speed of at least 7 mi/sec. What about giant catapults? A catapult will never reach anywhere near that kind of speed. It does not matter how long you make the arm, no man-made materials can survive anywhere near the sort of torsion that this would require. What about railguns? The world's strongest military ...


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Trigger nuclear war Hack a military observation satellite and tell it to transmit a signal indicating a nuclear launch by a hostile power. You'll probably need to hit a few concurrently for a convincing signal. After that you just need to sit back and watch the fireworks. Trigger Kessler Syndrome You don't need to knock them out of the sky, you just need ...


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They're not stupid. They see the humans enter the forest and avoid them. They see the cameras left behind and avoid them. It's hard to photograph something actively avoiding you.


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Similar with geofencing in today's drones - do not allow the destination be set outside the volume of the ship, at height above void volumes inside the ship or inside ships reactors/walls/hull or be operated in dangerous conditions. It's not like this would require much of a computation power, certainly more than fits on a RaspberryPi of today. Those ...


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Unfortunately, there is no foolproof way to prove you are human in this case. If an AI can successfully emulate a human well enough to pass the Turing test, chances are that it can successfully pass any test. For an example, let's consider the examples you provided. Complex scene analysis: If you're AI (let's call it "Skynet") can answer questions like "...


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Fairies are just hyper-intelligent butterflies They are have two powers, telepathy and telekinesis. The first let's them Glamour themselves to look like versions of whatever is viewing them. If dogs could talk they'd tell you that fairies look like very tiny dogs with butterfly wings. This is a defense mechanism as most animals have a "cute" reaction to ...


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Government Conspiracy This one only works if you are also using the Urban Fantasy trope where the government hides the existence of supernatural creatures. Similar to how governments prevent the photocopying of money, when a digital camera captures the picture of a supernatural creature, government mandated object recognition software kicks in and either ...


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This kind of reactor requires some specific substance at extremely high purity, as a catalyst, shielding or similar. But the reactor produces a kind of pollution that affects that very substance (perhaps only that substance, perhaps not; perhaps its natural deposits, perhaps it gets into the substance during processing). Purifying that substance to the ...


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Self-loading crossbows go back to antiquity, predating the invention of gunpowder, in China. Modern developments along these lines already approach AR capacity with light crossbow power and accuracy. YouTuber Jorge Sprave has even built units powered by a battery drill motor that can continue to repeat as long as there are arrows in the magazine and power ...


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Speaking as one who has been birding in a number of dense rainforest environments, the only way you ever see something that small and fast is if it is not trying to avoid being seen. I'm a big fan of hummingbirds, and realistically you only get to see them around feeders. Otherwise all you get is something whizzing by, impossible to photograph. Even birds ...


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Flocking behavior. You will not directly control your many drones. You will set a task and the drones will communicate between themselves and figure out how to do it. Like an ant or bird, each drone will have a set of rules that govern its behavior according to its position and motion, the position and motion of the target and the position and motion of ...


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The reactors suck.... a special and rare kind of energy from the nearby universe. This energy gets produced continuously but at a very slow rate. You can build and second reactor easily, but now you have two reactors half as strong as the first one used to be. In order to build a second useful reactor, you need to increase its sucking distance (which is ...


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I'm going to ignore that your subject talks about a "person", because the body of your question basically says to do that. It sounds like you want a space gun. The article has some information on plausibility, but the short version is that, if you want to reach the moon, or even just a stable orbit, you have issues with both the acceleration needed (but we'...


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Convenience and speed. Unless your dragon has some magical powers helping it along, there is no way she ever could achieve the same speeds as a fighter plane. Also, who doesn't prefer driving a car over walking? If it can be easier, then why not use the possibility? Now how she will afford the fuel is another question. We all know how stingy dragons can ...


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Pump guns or air rifles might become popular. There are guns in assault-rifle format which shoot bolts (or flechettes) with compressed air which are used for special operations missions. Additionally, air rifles, that is guns which fire balls or bullets using the pressure of an air reservoir have been around since the American Civil war. The advantage of ...


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Depends on the technology ... A sufficiently advanced technology could send warp ships into orbit, beam the people directly into stasis pods, and then fly them to the destination. The problem with that is that a technology which has transporters like Star Trek, and computers to control all this, might not need millions of workers. An insufficiently ...


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I can think of four* reasons why the dragon would want to pilot a fighter plane rather than fly in its dragon form, with the three reasons leading to the most important fourth one. Novelty One reason would be similar to why people watch movies or play games; to do something novel that they normally cannot do. Rather than flying with their own body, they ...


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Training, training, and some more training. Just like today's guns can near instantly "teleport" a bullet into someones brain, these guns can be instantly lethal when used incorrectly. The staff using these will require extreme training to prevent this. No amount of programming or error prevention will ever be flawless in unforeseen circumstances, meaning ...


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Potentially (depending on how smart your AI is and whether it knows it’s being tested for): General knowledge quizzing Ask lots of questions across a variety of subjects. Include some very simple questions all the way up to very technical (degree or equivalent) questions from a multitude of different disciplines. Throw in questions only a few humans would ...


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Actually hacking a satellite is not the easiest thing. Most use encrypted communications, they will only be overhead for a short while (unless geo stationary) The command and control systems will not be documented, and the existing control infrastructure will be very well secured. Older satellites might be easier (just because threats have evolved) On the ...


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Perhaps the main issue wouldn't be the rejection of firearms, but rather the adoption of crossbows. Between the fall of the Roman Empire in the West and the adoption of firearms in the 1400's, military power depended on highly skilled men at arms (called Knights in the West, but also exemplified by Samurai in Japan and the Janissaries in the Ottoman Empire)....


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Here's a great place to start: Interplanetary Cessna - XKCD What If? As a human on Earth, you have a great advantage in determining what you need, in that the Sol system has 4 gas giants of its own, each fairly well-studied and visited by numerous probes. Randall Munroe's What If question focused on using an ordinary Earth airplane, the Cessna 172 (one of ...


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Authentication Assuming: All the humans to be in the Space Station are known and trusted They can receive extensive security training The potentially rogue AI you're protecting against cannot just torture one human prior to having to fool the others Just give each human in the station a means of authenticating themselves through that channel. Any agent ...


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Reactors are much safer than you think. Only three major nuclear accidents have ever happened on Earth compared to tens of thousands of reactors. Since those incidents, containment protocols have gotten much better. If we have the technology to conduct frequent interplanetary travel, I'll wager we have the tech to generate power safely. Ejecting a reactor is ...


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For starters: your setup requires a good bit of human incompetence. If the biometric tests are not happening on the same network as the AIs live, or they operating in a read-only capacity, then this question is a non-starter. Since the AI has no physical body, the AI has no way of giving the authentication system input. Even if the station's IT team has a ...


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I nominate the Giza Pyramids. They have already survived about 4,500 years without maintenance, and indeed with human destruction in the form of removing outer casing stones.


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