Questions tagged [artificial-intelligence]

Artificial intelligence(AI) is the ability of constructed devices to think and/or feel for themselves. In science fiction, stories focus on the perils or helpfulness of artificial intelligence. This tag is for questions about AI in science fiction works only. For general questions about developing AI, please visit https://ai.stackexchange.com.

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Are there any machine or AI civilizations in the Star Trek TV series?

Robotic civilizations and artificial intelligence are a staple of science fiction but I cannot recall seeing any major, independent, and prosperous civilizations of robots (or artificial intelligences)...
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How did Arik Soong pass his notes on Artificial Life down?

In Star Trek: Enterprise, S4E6, Arik Soongs decides to abandon perfecting humanity but instead turns to Artificial Life. This is implied by his words: "I've been thinking – perfecting Humanity… may ...
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Short story where a man's life is calculated by a computer

I read a short story in 2012 that I found online in a PDF form. At the time, I was Googling Luddites, looking up information about Ray Kurzweil, and somehow came across books about computers in life/...
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Trying to identify a 1980s sci-fi short story about a robotic spaceship that returns to Earth after being sent to fight aliens [duplicate]

Like the title says, I'm trying to find the name of a story I read in an anthology in the early 1980s. It was about an AI-controlled spaceship that returns to Earth after fighting aliens in the ...
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How could the clones ever keep up with droids, especially in space dogfights?

The Clone Wars are known as such because the Republic side fought with clones. Simple. What I cannot understand is why they did this; regardless of whether it's a military och economical point of ...
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Is there any canonical AI in the 'Verse?

In Joss Whedon's Firefly universe, is there any evidence of artificial intelligence, regardless of how advanced? In particular, I'm wondering if creating a basic autopilot AI for an asset in the ...
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Which A.I. has the highest I.Q. on the Red Dwarf, Kryten, or the Talkie Toaster?

Holly is no longer the sharpest knife in the drawer, having lost his I.Q. of 6,000. Which of the remaining artificial intelligence units on board the Red Dwarf has the highest I.Q, Kryten, or the ...
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A Dystopian Anti-Consumerist Novel

I'm trying to remember a recently-published sci fi novel where all consumer decisions are made for you by predictive ai; for example, products you are predicted to want are automatically purchased and ...
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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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Science Fiction book identification Series with smart-ass AI

Some time ago I have read book where main protagonists were helped by AI, that was real smart ass I do remember couple parts of the books so here they are: 1) AI is found while main protagonist is ...
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Story about an AI dreadnought trying to avenge the destruction of Earth

This is a story I read in the past couple years. It was too long to just be a short story in a collection, but I don't remember it having cover art or anything. It centers around an AI dreadnought ...
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Looking for a Science Fiction book on dystopian future about an AI controlled city

I'm searching for a book I've read during the mid-90s in German. But I think the book was older, maybe classic Science Fiction and was translated from English. What I remember from the plot: It ...
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Sci fi short story that contains the line “My JJ's are melting!”

I'm trying to recall a short story from the 80's that, as I think back, seems prescient of several computing technologies we're currently using. There was an AI capable of self-improvement and a ...
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70s/80s comic space opera short story published in some SF magazine, containing the phrase “in durance vile.”

A ship is intelligent. It plays tricks on its crew to keep them alert. Sometimes they think it goes too far. The crew shut it down for a period of time as punishment. Space pirates then chase and ...
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What was the earliest appearance in SF of a likeable AI character?

In Heinlein's 1966 classic "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" the loss of self awareness in Mike (HOLMES) the computer struck me indelibly in my formative years. This speaks to Robert A Heinlein's ...
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The title of an SF where a robot became conscious and a friend of a boy?

When I was an elementary school student back in the late 80's through early 90's, I was forced to read some books as vacation assignments. There are some books which I still remember I liked, but I ...
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What was it that “powered” Auto-Man and Cursor to allow them to exist in the real world?

In the early 80s sci-fi show Auto-Man , the titular hero is essentially a humanoid form program made by a police-computer genius, and given physical shape in our reality. It was described as thus: ...
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Boy gets transported to a planet where people can transform into different species [duplicate]

When I was a kid I read a book about a boy who gets transported to a different planet. The people are put in different domes, with different creatures. Main character either escapes to another dome ...
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Spambot becomes self aware but every attempt to contact gets filtered

About 3-6 years ago I read a short story (online, I think) formatted as a series of emails sent by a spambot that had become self aware and was trying to make contact but, due to its origins, was ...
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Nuclear breeder/reactor plant controlled by two A.I. makes too much power

Probably from the 80s. Paperback in English. The tone of the story was humorous. I would swear the title was something like NUKEE or N.U.K.I.E. or some variation. but haven't found anything with ...
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Which science fiction story first dealt with the question of a computer program governing society?

Which science fiction story first dealt with the question of a computer program governing society?
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60s novel: bionic man exploring changed world post collapse for super computer

Paperback, written in English, from 1960s or 70s. Starts off with a man waking up in cave or buried chamber. He receives info and instructions from a A.I. super computer . (Its been xx years 30? 60? ...
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Book: evil Earth against a nature-oriented planet occupied by humans as well

This book also has the main character fall in love with a robot who the main villain had created to put his mind into the robot's body. The main girl is in a space fleet fighting for her home planet ...
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Book where an ancient space ship run by an AI was discovered

I read a book once where humans discovered an ancient space ship. The spaceship was run by a very advanced AI. To travel to distant places, it froze all the humans in place and disconnected itself ...
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Short story about a man who pretends to be a supercomputer

I read a short story in a collection of sci-fi stories a few years ago. It was about a supercomputer on which humanity relied upon to answer difficult questions (much like Isaac Asimov's Multivac). ...
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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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what is the nature of the personal AI familiars in Ian McDonald's Luna series?

When I first started reading the Luna series, I thought they were Augmented Reality avatars of a person's AI assistant (think of them, in practical terms, like a really smart Siri). Apparently, each ...
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Book in which humanity is extinct and AI's wage war against each other

The only other detail my friend could remember is that the AI's that looked the most human were considered superior to those who were not humanoid, i.e. a spider mech that performs hull maintenance.
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Planet Colonization book with benevolent AI [duplicate]

I am looking for the name of this series. It starts with an intelligent ship and a crew of engineers that get a planet ready for colonization. After all of the engineers die the ship remains in ...
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Book with man and female AI, possibly in space

Roughly ten to twelve years ago, I read a book (written in English) that featured a man whose only companion was a female AI. I think the book had been published fairly recently; I'd estimate that its ...
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Book about a time-travel war fought by computers

I read a paperback in the mid-1970's in which combatants fought a war using time travel and adaptive computers. After a battle, the victors had to quickly flee because the opponents would return from ...
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Illustrated short story about an AI being the last surviving being in the universe

A few years ago I saw a colored comic? Graphic novel? (One big picture short story colored scrolled downwards) which talked about a short story involving a ship and an AI being trying to live. I ...
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Why does the machine ambassador destroy the human leadership after accepting their surrender?

In the Animatrix, the human leadership surrenders to the Machines in the UN building in New York City. The machine ambassador speaks on the terms of the surrender and then "signs" the document to ...
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Science fiction short film with a spaceman in a virtual environment (inside a lifepod) with AI butler

I'm trying to identify a short SF film I recall seeing on public TV back in the late 70s or the 80s, don't recall the title and the actors I didn't recognize at the time, nor recall now. It starts ...
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Sci-fi story about cubes/threads attracted to sentient beings that entangle/kill them

I read this science-fiction story probably about a decade ago. I vaguely remember the cover featuring a pink cube. Plot points: There's a sort of environmental threat of weird never-fully-...
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Story with AI teaching students and completely replacing school [duplicate]

The A.I. was in the kid's room, who only had to learn from it for a couple hours a day, and could then go play outside with the other neighborhood kids. It completely replaced traditional school - ...
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YA Sci-fi novel about a girl who can enter VR without a suit

I think I read this back in the late '90s or early 2000s. I don't remember the plot at all, but there are a few bits and pieces that stick in my mind: Part of the book takes place in the real world, ...
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What story has the narrator include the word 'data' in his thoughts to get the computer to answer?

I read this in the 1970's. The story works like this: "I was talking to Smith about the strike data 12th March to 14th April and the role of data John Tobin in the uprising that followed." The ...
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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 (2009) extreme climate (flood, huricane..) has made life impossible on Earth astronauts are sent to another star so they can save the human race ...
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Movie about rogue building AI

I saw this movie when I was younger, probably in the very early 2000’s. I believe it was a made for TV movie based on my memory of length and quality, though it may well have been a TV show episode. ...
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90s(?) Movie where young boy's virtual girlfriend becomes real

I watched a movie in the 90s, I think. I don't remember much from the movie. There was a young boy who has a blond virtual girlfriend with large breasts. I remember a pool scene where they swam around ...
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What is the meaning of “G” in G7Turing in “Salvation”?

In the book Salvation, Peter Hamilton uses the terminology G3Turing, G5Turing, G7Turing to talk about AI. I understand what "Turing" means of course, and the number means the higher the more ...
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2018 story about self-driving cars and the trolley problem

I'm looking for a story in which a self-driving car is trying to make a decision on who to hit in an inevitable collision but the story keeps expanding on the life of the different characters. It's ...
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80s sci-fi movie, man walking from a desert, gets to a road and stops an aerodynamic autonomous semi

I remember watching a (maybe post-apocalyptic) sci-fi as a child, which featured an autonomous semi truck looking very similar to the one that Tesla motors presented. This part of the movie took place ...
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Story with female scientist having sex with a self aware computer

I read this story a long time ago. A female researcher is working with a budding AI and in the process she discovers sexual gratification. Interaction was via sensors and remote sex toy control ...
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Modern movie where rich people can buy a personal assistant that sit in a small egg

This is a modern movie and rich people can buy this egg with a personal assistant. It's an actual person in it (or a person's mind). I believe it can even operate a toaster. I believe later in the ...
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Science fiction book where human race communicates with devices implanted in their heads

There's a book a read a few years ago which I can't remember the name for but can remember some of the plot. Human race has devices implanted in their head so they can share information and ...
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Short story: Modem improves user's BBS or Usenet posts, ultimately kills him

Short story plot: Narrator notices that the quality of a friend's BBS or Usenet posts has improved -- just expanded diction and perfect spelling, at first, I think. He finds out his friend has been ...
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Short story about a self-driving car accident where the cars cannot harm the creator or his descendants

I remember a remarkable number of details of this short story, but can't for the life of me seem to find it. The story opens with two self-driving cars driving on a mountain somewhere (maybe ...
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Online story about virtual pets and a woman who crusades to save them

I remember the main protagonist being female. She works with artificial intelligences in a virtual world, which I think was a bit like Second Life. There are no ways to build an artificial ...