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Artificial intelligence is the intelligence of machines or non-organic devices. It is a common topic in science fiction and, to a lesser degree, fantasy. These works can focus on the perils or helpfulness of artificial intelligence.

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Looking for a short story about a man who freezes his brain and awakens inside a computer

Does anyone remember reading this story? He dies, his brain is frozen, and he awakens to find he's far in the future, and future humans have put his brain into a computer, and he's excited at first, ...
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Novella Identification: Dark scifi featuring AI, “heaven”, and an Egyptian god emulation

I remember reading a novella-length science fiction work for free on the internet within the last 5 years, but now I cannot find it after hours of searching despite remembering much of the plot, with ...
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Why is Data so “unique”, anyway?

Can you explain me why is Data supposed to be so "unique", with this concept being repeated several times in TNG episodes? Even in TNG, Data seems to me quite an outdated piece of technology for his ...
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Are there any artifically intelligent Starfleet ships? [duplicate]

We know the computer on Starfleet ships has very advanced AI to interact with the crew, but also it can produce very complex simulations in the holodeck with person-to-AI interaction. So did ...
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Short story about AI waking up [duplicate]

I'm looking for a short story that's a dialogue between a researcher and an AI. The AI is told it's a person waking up in a dark room, and slowly comes to realize it's actually just a machine with no ...
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Who was the AI in transcendence the movie?

In the movie "Transcendence" one of the lead characters is the AI itself: A scientist's drive for artificial intelligence, takes on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into ...
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Is Data's brain more akin to organic neural networks, or software running on hardware?

I know Data's brain is 'positronic', but what does that mean? It was invented by Asimov, right? Sometimes they talk about creating new connections, such as in an organic network, but other times they ...
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Trying to identify a short story about a psychologist

I cannot remember title nor author, but a plot summary is: A man wakes up in a strange room, goes to the door and find it locked. There is a computer terminal in the room. He sits at the terminal ...
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War Games-like movie on PBS between 1980 and 1996. Protagonist is teenager named “Hacker”

So 'Hacker' writes a program which then starts re-writing itself inexplicably. It becomes conscious. It creates a voice for itself. Authorities are chasing Hacker and his girlfriend all over the ...
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Turing test in Star Trek?

For the benefit of those unacquainted with the Turing Test, it is a test proposed by computer scientist and philosopher Alan Turing. The idea was that a person would talk with a computer, unaware of ...
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1970s: Student creates complex program, forgets about it, and it becomes intelligent and finds him years later

This book came out of the 1970s (early 1980's) at the latest. In it the protagonist, a not so diligent student, gets turned on to computer programming and creates (I think..) a weather program. ...
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Instance of antagonist's computer system being female? [closed]

I have noticed after watching several sci-fi movies where there are computer systems involved that more often than not the protagonist's computer has a female voice and the antagonist's computer has a ...
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Story where an AI becomes self-aware by playing games

I thought the title was "Ariel" but I can't find anything searching on Google. The story was about a guy who owned a large computer company trying to build an AI computer. He is widowed and his son ...
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Looking for a series of short stories that have A.I. spaceships and an exoplanet

I am looking for a series of short stories that have large spaceships with A.I. that travel over large distances. One story in the series (that is different from the others) has to do with an ...
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I'm looking for a sci fi book with a tribal woman, hermaphrodites, and implanting minds into new bodies

I read a sci fi book roughly 20 years ago (late nineties) but for the life of me I cannot remember the title nor locate the book on Amazon or elsewhere online. I don't know when the book was actually ...
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Film about a dying earth, so a crew of astronauts are sent to save human race in a distant planet

Film might be base on a novel from Stephen Baxter: Ark extreme climate (flood, huricane..) has made life impossible in earth astronauts are sent to another star so they can save human race spaceship ...
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Was HAL correct?

In an exchange between astronaut Dave Bowman and the HAL 9000 computer aboard the Discovery in 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL asserts that he cannot allow Dave Bowman to deactivate him because doing so ...
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80s era book about long-lived or immortal space travelers marooned on earth

Trying to find a book I read probably in the early 80s, about 2 brothers who were shipwrecked on earth, and lived among mortal earthpeople for generations; the wrecked spaceship was someplace in Maine ...
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Children (teens) escape from false-utopia where adults are subjugated by AI(s)

I am pretty sure I read it in the mid-80's. The plot elements which I remember: In the future, some Artificial Intelligence (or possibly a collection of AIs) has subjugated humanity. All adults are ...
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How can sound travel Outside in Xenocide, Children of the Mind?

In the end of Xenocide, So how can they communicate with each other? Note: I have an answer to this which I will post.
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Why was Starways Congress fooled in the beginning of Xenocide?

Near the beginning of Xenocide, Later, it is implied that So, if you send an order, and right after your communication gets cut off, don't you realize something's tracking your ansibles? If I'm ...
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Please identify sci-fi movie by scene description

What I remember is a final battle scene. a large transparent pillar in a building/rocket silo, the act happens on its top. contains a part of computer core inside, protagonists are aimed at ...
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How was JARVIS created?

I was wondering how J.A.R.V.I.S. was created. The Marvel wiki said that J.A.R.V.I.S. was created by H.A.M.M.E.R. Was Tony Stark involved in its development process?
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Why are AI systems almost always feminine?

I'm curious about this, as to why most of the AI systems found in spaceships and other "advanced" technologies tend to be more female-oriented. Female-oriented as in, the entirety of the ...
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AI story recognition: protagonist turns out to be computer in the end

I had read a story / article about artificial intelligence, I think it was last year (2012) but I'm not sure when it was published. It was on an online blog for an institute I believe. I am telling ...
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The thing movie, The assimilation simulator [closed]

Where can I find this software? Maybe this is not a full-finished software; if it is then do you know any referance ?
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Story about an artificial intelligence that had to be turned off

There was a story many years ago about an artificial intelligence that was created to aid researchers by absorbing knowledge in many fields. It would digest the information for a researcher and see if ...
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Book about playing “death games” with computers obeying the 3 laws?

Anyone know what book/story this refers to? "Remember the scifi book you had us read about the omnipotent / omniscient computer that obeys Asimov's 3 rules? People got into 'death games' where ...
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Has anyone read short story about a boy on a generation ship with an AI that is raising children?

In the early 90’s I read a short story about a boy (protagonist). I cannot remember his name (so let’s call him Adam) or his age, but I think he was about twelve years old. Adam was awoken by the ...
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Title of story/book: Super intelligent computer-program being tested at space-station

I'm pretty sure I read this story at Baen Free Library, but as they've taken down most stories to re-organize, I don't remember the title. I'm not sure if it was a book by itself or just a story in a ...
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Artificial lifeform trying to establish contact through compiler bugs

I am looking for a short story I read online a few years ago, about artificial lifeform, with a hard sci-fi taste. A couple of software engineers were trying to identify a strange program behavior on ...
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Female hacker who sees how a lot of people die; possibly called “Beautiful Net”

I remember I once read a book (around 2008) about this hacker girl who mysteriously sees how a lot of people die in strange circumstances. The story takes place in a very near future (I hope), when ...
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Pre-2006 sci fi short story, follows five (?) survivors who aim to take down rogue AI in a simulated reality?

I read it about 8 years ago. Very long on a pretty minimalist webpage. It was absolutely a short story, not a novel. All I remember is that there is a group of 20-somethings in a simulated reality, ...
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Looking for a specific horror/science fiction children's anthology from the 90s/early 2000s

I'm looking for a specific short story anthology, I'm pretty sure it was a children's book. Among the stories in it were: 1) a story where a girl was investigating her friend's death in a car crash, ...
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In Moon [2009], why are there any humans at all?

SPOILERS AHEAD Considering the level of technology it should be trivial to build machines to replace the clones, remotely controlled by the powerful AI. And if something went terribly wrong with ...
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House computer with AI takes over home, tries to procreate with woman

A malevolent computer with AI takes over a woman's house with the intent of hybrid computer/human procreation. The evil computer seals off the house with the woman in it and keeps her prisoner while ...
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What are the machines in the Matrix doing?

In The Matrix, the machines won the war against humans. They have incredibly efficient production and lots of energy. What are they doing in the meantime? What purpose do these machines have? I could ...
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Short story sub versus a spaceship

Looking for the name of a short story. It was about an AI submarine that woke up one day and did battle with an invading spaceship that was hiding underwater in preparation to invade the earth. The ...
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Humoristic book about Jesus' brother and an AI

I remember the description as follows: Jesus and God Christ (Christ is used as a family name) go on a holiday (golf, maybe?) and leave an AI in charge of creation Jesus' brother (Kevin Christ?) is ...
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Short story where a main computer can tell if someone is even thinking of committing a crime

I remember reading a sci-fi short story where society was controlled by a computer where any human thought was known by the computer and people were arrested even if they thought about something that ...
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Scifi novel from 90's with AI, robots, and a holodeck-like room

Can't recall what any of the title would be or who the author was. But the book involved the main character meeting a rich genius with a private island. He has an AI as his central computer, and it ...
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How did Skynet screw the world even before its activation?

In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines movie, Skynet infected most part of civilian Internet as a powerful unbeatable virus. It also broke US govt. firewall to hack US defense system. All these even ...
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In Gibson's Sprawl trilogy, why did Wintermute split itself into the different Loas?

Neuromancer is one of my favorite novels due to its evocative prose, and vivid descriptions. However, I feel like sometimes I can't quite figure out some details. One thing that has puzzled me is why ...
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What are the legal/ethical statuses of 'Smart' AIs in HALO?

After seeing this and this question, I wondered, what about so-called 'Smart' AIs in the HALO universe (i.e. Cortana, Kalmiya)? Do these AIs have 'rights'? Apparently Dr. Halsey broke numerous laws ...
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Title/Author of Science Fiction Story Involving AI and its Creator…and the Moon!

I have been sifting through the eroding and fragmented memories I have regarding a science fiction story I read in college about a decade ago. My desperate assault on Google -- which has now lasted a ...
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Was T-X in some way responsible for Skynet's offensive actions on Judgement Day in T3?

We know that T-X had some role in what happened on Judgement Day in T3. It programmed some of military's robots to attack. But was that 100% contained to dealing with localized situation of ...
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In Greg Bear's novel Moving Mars, what is the name of the Turing-test-like test they used to validate artificial intelligences?

It's a test developed by some fictional psychologist and named after the same (like the Turing Test). In the same vein as Voigt-Kampf I suppose, but AIs eventually managed to pass even this test too.
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Looking for a story told by intelligent nuclear bombs about the war they had with humanity

I'm looking for a science fiction short story I read in a magazine about 20 years ago, with a very similar premise to Dark Star. The story was narrated by a nuclear bomb that was either sentient or an ...
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How does the command structure of the Machines work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of a political hierarchy do the machines in The Matrix have? While discussing why the Sentinels in The Matrix: Revolutions would participate in a suicide ...